Market Reports for Jan. 26, 2013

1/26/2013 7:00 AM

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
Jan. 21, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

To provide farmers across the state with a handy reference of commodity input costs in their feeding operations for DHIA record sheets or to develop livestock feed cost data, here are last week’s average costs of various ingredients as compiled from regional reports across the state of Pennsylvania.

Remember, these are averages, so you will need to adjust your figures up or down according to your location and the quality of your crop.

CORN, No. 2: 7.22 bu, 12.92 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 7.78 bu, 13.00 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 4.87 bu, 10.41 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 4.49 bu, 13.99 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 13.80 bu, 23.04 cwt.

EAR CORN: 204.67 ton, 10.23 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 235.50 ton, 11.75 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 233.75 ton, 11.69 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 180.50 ton, 9.03 cwt.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
Jan. 21, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Compared to last week, corn sold 0.40-0.50 higher, wheat sold .50 to .60 higher, barley sold mostly steady to .05 lower, oats sold steady to .30 to .40 higher and soybeans sold .30 to .40 higher. Ear corn sold steady. All prices per bushel except ear corn is per ton.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.28-7.53, avg 7.43, contracts Dec 6.00-6.10. WHEAT #2: 7.71-8.66, avg 8.17, contracts Dec 7.60-7.94. BARLEY #3: 4.75-4.80, avg 4.77, contracts Jul 4.75. OATS #2: 4.90, avg 4.90. SOYBEANS #2: 13.79-14.00, avg 13.92, contracts Dec 12.30-12.57. EAR CORN: 204.00, avg 204.00.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.00-7.55, avg 7.20. BARLEY #3: 5.15, avg 5.15. OATS #2: 4.50, avg 4.50. SOYBEANS #2: 13.30-13.50, avg 13.40. EAR CORN: 215.00, avg 215.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.05-7.40, avg 7.21. WHEAT #2: 7.50-8.50, avg 7.76. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.00, avg 4.68. OATS #2: 4.00-4.75, avg 4.28. SOYBEANS #2: 13.20-13.80, avg 13.49. EAR CORN: 190.00-200.00, avg 195.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 7.25-7.48, avg 7.36. WHEAT #2: 8.50, avg 8.50. BARLEY #3: 5.75, avg 5.75. OATS #2: 4.30-4.50, avg 4.40. SOYBEANS #2: 13.40-13.80, avg 13.63.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 7.00-7.55, avg 7.32, month ago 7.24, year ago 6.82. WHEAT #2: 7.50-8.66, avg 8.14, month ago 8.38, year ago 6.27. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.75, avg 4.90, month ago 4.87, year ago 5.20. OATS #2: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.43, month ago 4.21, year ago 4.27. SOYBEANS #2: 13.20-14.00, avg 13.67, month ago 14.04, year ago 11.03. EAR CORN: 190.00-215.00, avg 202.00, month ago 189.33, year ago 196.60.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.61-7.78, avg 7.16. WHEAT #2: 7.60-7.61, avg 7.60. OATS #2: 3.58-5.25, avg 4.41. SOYBEANS #2: 13.99, avg 13.99.

SOURCE: Ag Market News, LLC. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587. www.AgMarketNews.com.

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
Jan. 21, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Dealer Hay & Straw Market for Eastern, Pa.: All hay prices paid by dealers at the farm and per ton. Compared to last week, hay sold steady to 10.00 lower. Straw sold steady. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 130.00-400.00. MIXED: 100.00-325.00. TIMOTHY: 100.00-235.00. STRAW: 80.00-160.00. MULCH: 50.00-75.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 161 loads. Straw: 29 loads. ALFALFA: 130.00-300.00. MIXED: 120.00-410.00. TIMOTHY: 117.00-255.00. GRASS: 90.00-290.00. STRAW: 125.00-200.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: All prices per ton. Hay: 192 loads; Straw: 52 loads. ALFALFA: 112.00-310.00. MIXED: 80.00-320.00. TIMOTHY: 100.00-250.00. GRASS: 85.00-280.00. STRAW: 90.00-240.00.

Source: Ag Market News, LLC. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587. www.AgMarketNews.com.

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
January 25, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 126.40; Last week 125.00; Last year 127.25.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 106.00; Last week 109.10; Last year 107.25.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 126.00; Last week 124.25; Last year 124.75.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 74.60; Last week 74.30; Last year 77.50.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 72.90; Last week 72.75; Last year 74.75.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 89.90; Last week 87.15; Last year 89.25.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 65.00; Last week 61.50; Last year 66.75.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 140.50; Last week 165.50; Last year 174.00.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 120.60; Last week 113.60.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 172.00; Last week 144.00.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 18, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Combined Livestock Receipts from New Holland, Vintage, Dewart, Middleburg, Greencastle, Lebanon Valley and Waynesburg.

CATTLE: This week 4122; Last week 4685; Last year 4315. CALVES: This week 2896; Last week 3050; Last year 2951. HOGS: This week 1245; Last week 787; Last year 1337. FEEDER PIGS: This week 326; Last week n/a; Last year n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 2414; Last week 2338; Last year 1207. GOATS: This week 1891; Last week 1671; Last year 1978.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s markets, slaughter steers sold most steady to 1.00 lower. Slaughter holsteins sold mostly steady to 2.00 higher. Slaughter heifers sold mostly steady. Slaughter cows sold mostly 2.00 to 4.00 higher. Slaughter bulls sold mostly 2.00 to 4.00 lower.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week all feeder cattle sold mostly 10.00 lower. Feeder bulls sold mostly steady.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week holstein bull calves sold mostly 10.00 higher. Holstein heifers sold mostly 5.00 lower.

HOGS: Compared to last weeks sale, barrows and gilts sold mostly 2.00 to 3.00 lower. Sows sold mostly steady to 2.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Sheep sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: Compared to last week, kid goats sold mostly steady. Nanny goats sold 10.00 to 20.00 lower while billies sold mostly steady.

SOURCE: Ag Market News, LLC. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587. www.AgMarketNews.com.

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 25, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2532; Last week 2788; Last year 2528. CALVES: 1782; Last week 1832; Last year 1633.

This week in Lancaster County slaughter steers sold 1.00-2.00 higher leaning on support from our market's Kosher demand. So far our local auction markets have been able to shrug off the bearish news across the beef sector that began last week.

Cattle futures experienced a bearish reversal last week as hedgers and fund managers exited their long positions in what they deemed was an oversold board. Cattle futures were due for correction as beef processors found it impossible to push box beef prices to a profitable level.

In addition Cargill Meat Solutions announced that they would be sharply reducing their slaughter capacity by placing their Plainview, Texas, Beef Plant on idle. The decision was made after an extensive evaluation of cattle supplies in the region. Cargill felt it was in the best interest of the business to temporarily close the plant after confirming that fed cattle supplies were far less than the slaughter capacity of major beef packs in that region. The temporary shutdown will take effect on February 1, 2013 and will reduce processing capacity of 4,650 head per day, roughly 4% of the total steer and heifer slaughter capacity in the US.

Last week direct trades sold mostly from 123.00-125.00/cwt Live. This week cattle feeders were hoping for a higher cash trade, offering 23,000 less head on the showlist, but settle on a live price of 122.00/cwt with a few reports coming out that feeders needed to move some heavier cattle. Heavy carcass weights have been detrimental to both feeders and beef processors. Although slaughter levels are down 1%, beef production is up nearly 2%.

USDA's Cattle on Feed report is due out this Friday. Analysts expect that more cattle were placed in December as a result of earlier than normal placements due to poor wheat pastures. Marketings are expected to be lower and total cattle on feed less than a year ago.

Cattle feeders continue to struggle with profit margins. High feed cost and high priced feeder cattle have placed projected break-evens near 140.00/cwt, far above the current spot market for fed cattle and well above any futures contract month throughout the year. It is likely that many of the large feeding operations across the Midwest will have to come to terms with the supply situation and make some tough management decisions as did Cargill. Feedlot capacity is far above the cattle supplies moving forward.

On a positive note for the beef and cattle feeding sector, Japan continues to show interest in raising its age limitation to 30 months for all beef exported from the US to Japan. This will open up about 95% of the fed cattle market to Japan export. Implementation may take effect as early as February, but then again these negotiations have been going on since the early part of last year.

On a more tangible note, corn prices have pulled back from their highs established last week. March corn closed Thursday afternoon at 7.2425/bu. The losses were led by a steeper decline in soybeans as news broke that dry areas in southern Brazil and Argentina were receiving timely rains bolstering confidence of a bumper crop for both corn and beans in South America. March soybeans closed at 14.3525/bu on Thursday.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 127.50-134.25; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1655 lbs 124.00-128.50; SELECT: 1250-1650 lbs 117.00-123.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1400-1650 lbs 105.00-109.00; SELECT 2-3: 1295-1600 lbs 99.00-104.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1265-1605 lbs 126.00-130.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1220-1400 lbs 122.00-125.00; SELECT 2-3: 1100-1350 lbs 117.00- 120.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 71.50-79.00, High dress 79.00-83.00, Low dress 68.00-71.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 70.00-79.00, High dress 79.00-80.50, Low dress 66.50-70.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 66.50-77.00, High dress 77.00-84.00, Low dress 64.00-66.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 64.00-75.00, High dress 75.00-78.00, Low dress 57.00-64.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 950-2010 lbs 87.00-95.00, high dress 96.50-107.00, very high dress 118.00-126.50, low dress 76.00-87.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold 5.00-10.00 higher early in the week and steady to weak late in the week. Demand has been good on an active trade. Heifers sold weak with moderate demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 319.00-360.42/cwt this Thursday, with a weighted average value of 332.45/cwt (Hide-Off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 105-135 lbs 125.00-136.00, 90-105 lbs 110.00-124.00, 80-90 lbs 90.00-110.00; #2: 95-120 lbs 95.00-110.00, 80-90 lbs 85.00-95.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 65.00-85.00; UTILITY: 85-105 lbs 55.00-65.00, 55-80 lbs 10.00-35.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-105 lbs 140.00-150.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 60.00-80.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70-100 lbs 40.00-60.00, 50-65 lbs 10.00-30.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-121 lbs 110.00-119.00, 95-104 lbs 127.00-129.00, 90 lbs 107.00; #2: 112-113 lbs 116.00-117.00, 95-103 lbs 127.00-139.00, 90 lbs 106.00, 84 lbs 67.00; #3: 91-109 lbs 87.00-92.00, 82 lbs 55.00, 74 lbs 30.00; UTILITY: 83-103 lbs 35.00-45.00, 72 lbs 20.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 103-115 lbs 85.00-90.00, 84-94 lbs 70.00-82.00; #2: 84-94 lbs 70.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 74-85 lbs 35.00-50.00, 65 lbs 20.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 94-128 lbs 132.00-141.00, 90-92 lbs 115.00; #2: 94-128 lbs 122.00-129.00, 80-92 lbs 101.00-112.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 81.00-89.00, 90-98 lbs 97.00-105.00, 80-88 lbs 80.00-82.00, 72-78 lbs 22.00; UTILITY: 60-110 lbs 15.00-40.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-105 lbs 110.00-132.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 50.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-80 lbs 20.00-40.00.

Source: USDA Dept of Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

New Holland Monday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 21, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 764; Last week 924; Year ago 557. CALVES: 470; Last week 514; Year ago 297.

When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter cows sold 2.00-3.00 higher with good demand. Bulls traded firm with good demand. Cattle supply included 126 slaughter steers, 83 heifers, 348 cows, 143 bulls, and 65 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 71.50-75.00, High dress 76.00-80.00, Low dress 68.00-70.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 70.00-74.00, High dress 75.00-77.00, Low dress 66.50-69.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 66.50-69.50, High dress 71.00-74.00, Low dress 64.00-65.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 64.00-66.50, High dress 68.00-71.00, Low dress 57.00-63.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 950-2010 lbs 89.00-95.00, high dress 96.50-107.00, very high dress 118.00-126.50, low dress 81.00-87.00.

CALVES: Compared to last week, bull calves sold mostly 5.00-10.00 higher with good demand. Heifers sold firm with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 105-135 lbs 125.00-136.00, 90-105 lbs 110.00-124.00, 80-90 lbs 90.00-110.00; #2: 95-120 lbs 95.00-110.00, 80-90 lbs 85.00-95.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 65.00-85.00; UTILITY: 85-105 lbs 55.00-65.00, 55-80 lbs 10.00-35.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-105 lbs 140.00-150.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 60.00-80.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70-100 lbs 40.00-60.00, 50-65 lbs 10.00- 30.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-354-2391. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

Vintage Sales Stables Monday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Jan. 21, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 218; Last week 256. CALVES: 95; Last week 101.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter steers sold 1.00-2.00 higher. Good demand from Kosher buyers along with better quality cattle help push the market higher, but demand outside these orders was light to moderate at best. Slaughter cows sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher with exception of fleshier cows trending weaker. Demand remains good for cows. Cattle supply consisted of 129 steers, 30 heifers, 91 cows, 2 bulls and 4 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1290-1590 lbs 127.50-130.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1275-1655 lbs 125.00-128.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: CHOICE 2-3: few 1400-1470 lbs 101.50-105.00; SELECT 2-3: 1295-1435 lbs 92.00-99.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1265-1605 lbs 127.00-129.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1220-1385 lbs 123.00-125.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 72.50-74.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 71.00-76.00, High dress 77.00-79.50, Low dress 67.50-70.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.50, Low dress 65.00-71.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 67.50-72.50, Low dress 55.50-65.50.

CALVES: Compared to last week’s sale, bull calves sold 10.00-15.00 higher with good demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 95-120 lbs 120.00-127.00; #2: 95-120 lbs 100.00-115.00, 80-90 lbs 80.00-90.00; #3: 95-110 lbs 80.00-100.00, 80-90 lbs 70.00-80.00; UTILITY: 75-105 lbs 40.00-70.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350.

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Feb. 8.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Jan. 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 405; Last week 409; Last year 380. CALVES: 592; Last week 609; Last year 572.

Compared to last week: No slaughter steers offered. Slaughter Holsteins 1.00-2.00 lower on a very light test. Demand moderate. Slaughter cows traded steady to 1.00 lower compared to last week on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 53 steers and heifers, 337 cows, 7 bulls, and 8 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEINS: CHOICE 2-3: 1525-1625 lbs 107.50-109.00; SELECT 2-3: 1325-1700 lbs 101.00-106.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.00, High dress 82.00, Low dress 70.00-72.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 74.00-78.00, High dress 79.00-80.00, Low dress 67.00-73.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.50, High dress 78.00-84.00, Low dress 67.00-71.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 69.00-74.50, High dress 75.00-78.00, Low dress 59.00-68.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1425-2130 lbs avg dress 87.00-88.00, High Dress 1140 lbs 94.00, Low Dress 995-2050 lbs 76.00-82.50.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 5.00-10.00 higher on good demand. Heifers sold mostly 40.00-60.00 lower on light demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 483 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-121 lbs 110.00-119.00, 95-104 lbs 127.00-129.00, 90 lbs 107.00; #2: 112-113 lbs 116.00-117.00, 95-103 lbs 127.00-139.00, 90 lbs 106.00, 84 lbs 67.00; #3: 91-109 lbs 87.00-92.00, 82 lbs 55.00, 74 lbs 30.00; UTILITY: 83-103 lbs 35.00- 45.00, 72 lbs 20.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 103-115 lbs 85.00-90.00, 84-94 lbs 70.00-82.00; #2: 84-94 lbs 70.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 74-85 lbs 35.00-50.00, 65 lbs 20.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

NOTE: Next Feeder Sale Feb. 8.

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 23, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 273; Last Sale: 274; Last Year: 304.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold weak with light demand. Bred heifers sold firm with moderate demand. Wednesday’s supply included 86 fresh milking cows, 21 short-bred cows, 19 springing cows, 33 short-bred heifers, 78 springing heifers, 16 open heifers, and 6 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1575.00; Approved: 1350.00-1525.00; Medium: 1125.00-1300.00; Common: 975.00-1100.00.

CULL COWS: 500.00-1000.00.

SPRINGING COWS: (7-9 months bred) Supreme: 1375.00 individual; Approved: 1200.00-1275.00; Medium: 1075.00-1125.00; Common: 825.00-975.00.

BRED COWS: (4-6 months bred) Approved: 1075.00 individual; Medium: 975.00-1000.00; Common: 875.00-900.00.

SHORT BRED COWS: (1-3 months) Supreme: 1200.00; Approved: 975.00-1075.00; Medium: 900.00-950.00; Common: 775.00-850.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS: (1-3 months) Approved: 950.00-1000.00; Medium: 750.00-900.00.

BRED HEIFERS: (4-6 months) Approved: 1125.00-1275.00; Medium: 875.00-1050.00; Common: 625.00-700.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS: (7-9 months) Supreme: 1350.00-1575.00 Approved: 1150.00-1325.00 Medium: 900.00-1125.00 Common: 650.00-875.00

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Approved: 400.00 individual; Common: 300.00 individual. 600-900 LBS: Approved: 700.00 individual; Medium: 575.00-625.00; Common: 400.00 individual. 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 800.00-885.00. 1200-1500 LBS: Supreme: 1175.00-1200.00.

BULLS: 300-600 lbs 175.00-450.00, 600-900 lbs 925.00, 1200-1500 lbs 1350.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News; New Holland; PA. Levi Geyer; 717-406-7350. John Stacy; 717-354-2391.

New Holland Thursday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 24, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 872, Last week 925, Last year 933. CALVES: 625, Last week 608, Last year 667.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly 1.00- 2.00 higher. Demand was good. Slaughter Holsteins steady to 1.00 higher with moderate demand and a very light test. Slaughter heifers steady to 1.00 higher on a light test. Buyer activity was good. Slaughter cows mostly 1.00- 2.00 higher. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 241 slaughter steers; 92 heifers; 504 cows; 29 bulls; and 6 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 129.00-134.25; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 124.00-128.50; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1650 lbs 117.00-123.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 105.00-108.00; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 99.00-104.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1550 lbs 126.00-130.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 122.00-124.00; SELECT 1-3: 1100-1350 lbs 117.00-120.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.00, High dress 80.00-83.00, Low dress 70.00-74.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.00, High dress 80.00-80.50, Low dress 67.50-74.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.00, High dress 79.00-80.50, Low dress 67.00-72.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 68.00-75.00, High dress 76.00-76.50, Low dress 60.00-67.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1350-2150 lbs average dress 89.00-91.50, high dress 93.50-94.00, individual 100.00, low dress 76.00-83.00.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: When compared to last Thursday's sale, Holstein bull calves sold mixed, with number 1 calves trading steady to firm while number 2 and number 3 calves traded 10.00-20.00 lower. Demand was good despite an overall decline in quality. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA- LMAR program graded 406 head for this Thursday's graded sale. One hundred percent supply Holstein calves unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 94-128 lbs 132.00-141.00, 90-92 lbs 115.00; #2: 94-128 lbs 122.00-129.00, 80-92 lbs 101.00-112.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 81.00-89.00, 90-98 lbs 97.00-105.00, 80-88 lbs 80.00-82.00, 72-78 lbs 22.00; UTILITY: 60-110 lbs 15.00-40.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-105 lbs 110.00-132.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 50.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-80 lbs 20.00-40.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 21, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

RECEIPTS: 978; Last Week: 1048; Year Ago: 1082.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold 2.00-3.00 higher with good demand. Sows traded steady with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 63.00-66.00, 300-400 lbs 64.00-67.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 59.00-62.00, 300-400 lbs 61.00-64.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 43.50-45.50, 500-700 lbs 48.50-51.50.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 16.00-17.50.

Source: USDA Agricultural Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

New Holland Weekly Horse Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 21, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

172 total head. Overall market steady. Prices per head.

Work: 100.00-600.00.

Driving: 260.00-600.00.

Riding: 300.00-400.00.

Better Riding: 500.00-1550.00.

Registered Riding: 500.00-1250.00.

Ponies: 150.00-260.00.

Large Ponies: 150.00-525.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 21, 2013
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 1697; Last Monday: 2359; Year Ago: 2193.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 1833; Last Monday: 1847; Year Ago: 1813.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower on moderate demand. Slaughter ewes traded mostly steady on good demand. Prices dropping this week as get away from the holidays. Slaughter supply consisted of 77 percent lambs, 18 percent slaughter ewes, and 5 percent miscellaneous stock. All sheep and lambs are destined for non-traditional markets. All sheep and lambs are sold by the hundred weight,on actual weights. NON-TRADITIONAL MARKETS:

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 50-60 lbs 182.00-190.00, 60-70 lbs 165.00-175.00, 70-80 lbs 180.00-190.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 50-60 lbs fancy 217.00-250.00, fancy hair lambs 237.00-242.00, 60-70 lbs fancy 217.00-235.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 60-80 lbs 145.00-157.00, hair lambs 140.00-150.00, 80-110 lbs 120.00-147.00, hair lambs 120.00, 100-120 lbs 152.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 60 lbs 132.00, 80-120 lbs 110.00-118.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 90-170 lbs 78.00-90.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 125-150 lbs 50.00-80.00, 160-195 lbs 52.00-72.00, 225-250 lbs 62.00-67.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 105-160 lbs 48.00-85.00, 200-210 lbs 67.00-100.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower with moderate demand. Nanny goats sold 10.00-20.00 lower on moderate demand. Slaughter billies sold mostly weak. Slaughter supply consisted of 60 percent Slaughter Kids, 25 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 15 percent bucks/billies and wethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 40-45 lbs 90.00-100.00, 50-55 lbs 110.00- 118.00, 60-80 lbs 124.00-144.00, 80-110 lbs 152.00-165.00; SEL 2: 40-45 lbs 76.00-90.00, 50-55 lbs 85.00-102.00, 60-80 lbs 106.00-124.00, 80-100 lbs 117.00-152.00; SEL 3: 40-45 lbs 52.00-65.00, 50-55 lbs 67.00-80.00, 60-80 lbs 88.00-102.00, 90 lbs 94.00-100.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 100-125 lbs 130.00-157.00, 130- 140 lbs 142.00-170.00; SEL 2: 85-120 lbs 105.00-130.00, 130 lbs 132.00; SEL 3: 75 lbs 75.00, 85-110 lbs 88.00-105.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 100-145 lbs 165.00-200.00, 150- 175 lbs 207.00-225.00; SEL 2: 100-145 lbs 110.00-165.00, 150-155 lbs 150.00-167.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS: SEL 1: 85-120 lbs 227.00-242.00, 120-160 lbs 242.00-262.00; SEL 2: 80-130 lbs 147.00-210.00.

Source: USDA Dept. of Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

Smoker Graded Goat & Sheep Auction
Parkesburg, Pa.
Jan. 18, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

SHEEP: 398; Last sale 642.
GOATS: 230; Last sale 430.

When compared to the most recent from sale reported back in December, all classes of slaughter sheep and goats sold weaker as the market pulled off its highs established in a post-holiday rally during the last week of December. Demand remains good despite a weaker market. All goats are USDA graded and are co-mingled according to age, weight, sex, and selection grade. All sheep and goats are sold per cwt in their in-weights.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 9 head, 40-50 lbs 237.00-267.00; 9 head, 50-60 lbs 225.00-257.00; 6 head, 60-70 lbs 215.00; 37 head, 90-110 lbs 135.00-136.00; 6 head, 90-110 lbs 160.00 Fancy; 25 head, 110-130 lbs 134.00. CHOICE 2-3: 9 head, 60-70 lbs 170.00; 64 head, 70-80 lbs 140.00-160.00; 33 head, 80-90 lbs 135.00-150.00; 20 head, 90-110 lbs 120.00-130.00; 28 head, 110-130 lbs 118.00-125.00; 14 head, 130-150 lbs 115.00-124.00. GOOD/CHOICE 1-2: 18 head, 50-60 lbs 135.00-152.00; 15 head, 60-70 lbs 145.00-150.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: 9 head, 70-110 lbs 80.00; 18 head, 110-160 lbs 65.00-70.00; 31 head, 160-200 lbs 60.00-70.00; 12 head, 200-300 lbs 60.00-70.00. UTILITY 1-2: 5 head, 90-110 lbs 66.00-68.00; 5 head, 120-160 lbs 50.00-66.00; 3 head, 160-200 lbs 50.00-64.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 5 head, 160-200 lbs 65.00-70.00; 1 head, 200-300 lbs 60.00.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 1 head, 30-40 lbs 200.00 Pygmies; 8 head, 40-50 lbs 258.00; 17 head, 50-60 lbs 256.00; 7 head, 70-80 lbs 234.00; 6 head, 80-90 lbs 176.00-186.00. SEL 2: 2 head, 20-30 lbs 215.00; 6 head, 30-40 lbs 232.00; 1 head, 30 lbs 200.00 Pygmies; 54 head, 50-60 lbs 240.00; 1 head, 50-60 lbs 225.00 Pygmies; 1 head, 70-80 lbs 176.00; 11 head, 80-90 lbs 180.00. SEL 3: 3 head, 20-30 lbs 242.00; 6 head, 30-40 lbs 225.00; 2 head, 30-40 lbs 200.00 Pygmies; 19 head, 50-60 lbs 225.00; 2 head, 70-80 lbs 170.00; 8 head, 80-90 lbs 160.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 13 head, 80-120 lbs 125.00-144.00; 4 head, 90-100 lbs 112.00 Pygmies; 9 head, 130-170 lbs 90.00-120.00. SEL 2: 1 head, 60 lbs 127.00; 1 head, 70 lbs 122.00 Pygmies; 16 head, 80-120 lbs 125.00-144.00; 3 head, 140-150 lbs 115.00. SEL 3: 1 head, 60 lbs 102.00; 8 head, 80-120 lbs 74.00-126.00; 1 head, 145 lbs 115.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 1 head, 95 lbs 112.00; 3 head, 120-130 lbs 125.00. SEL 2: 1 head, 80 lbs 126.00; 6 head, 100-110 lbs 125.00; 1 head, 170 lbs 120.00. SEL 3: 2 head, 115-125 lbs 90.00-120.00.

SLAUGHTER WHETHERS: SEL 1: 3 head, 130-140 lbs 136.00. SEL 2: 1 head, 100 lbs 152.00.

Source: USDA Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350.

NOTE: Next graded goat sale Feb. 1.

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
Jan. 17, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Virginia Feeder Cattle Summary Sales at Blackstone, Front Royal, Lynchburg, Radiant, Rockingham and Springlake. State Graded Weighted Average for Jan 10-16, 2013.

Feeder Cattle: 3106 (Steers 1121; Heifers 1326; Bulls 659).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 6 300-400 lbs 179.50-180.00; 87 400-500 lbs 157.00-183.00; 182 500-600 lbs 129.00-162.50; 176 600-700 lbs 131.00-152.00; 87 700-800 lbs 121.50-138.00; 134 800-900 lbs 116.00-137.75; 105 900-1000 lbs 135.25-135.75; 11 1000-1100 lbs 130.25. MED/LGE 2: 9 300-400 lbs 187.50-188.00; 63 400-500 lbs 136.00-177.50; 87 500-600 lbs 131.00-157.00; 59 600-700 lbs 130.00-142.25; 18 700-800 lbs 127.00-135.00. MED/LGE 3: 6 300-400 lbs 179.00; 17 400-500 lbs 148.00-167.50; 17 500-600 lbs 125.00-141.50; 13 600-700 lbs 114.00-139.50.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 24 300-400 lbs 174.00-193.00; 117 400-500 lbs 142.00-173.75; 88 500-600 lbs 127.00-150.00; 40 600-700 lbs 123.00-132.50. MED/LGE 2: 25 300-400 lbs 140.00-195.00; 158 400-500 lbs 120.00-177.00; 73 500-600 lbs 129.00-153.00; 14 600-700 lbs 125.00-134.00. MED/LGE 3: 16 400-500 lbs 113.00-146.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 23 300-400 lbs 148.00-159.00; 104 400-500 lbs 121.00-151.00; 202 500-600 lbs 130.00-146.50; 167 600-700 lbs 116.00-145.00; 60 700-800 lbs 117.00-130.25; 29 800-900 lbs 120.00-127.75; 12 900-1000 lbs 117.50-123.75. MED/LGE 1-2: 9 500-600 lbs 150.00. MED/LGE 2: 64 300-400 lbs 129.00-165.00; 145 400-500 lbs 123.50-147.25; 143 500-600 lbs 124.00-141.00; 47 600-700 lbs 118.00-133.00; 44 700-800 lbs 100.00-128.25; 7 800-900 lbs 91.00-124.00. MED/LGE 3: 35 300-400 lbs 120.00-154.00; 75 400-500 lbs 116.00-146.00; 39 500-600 lbs 121.00-134.00; 23 600-700 lbs 117.00-128.75.

Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. USDA-VA Market News, Richmond, VA. 804.786-3947.

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
Jan. 17, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 12/22: 829; Week ending 12/29: 104; Week ending 1/5: 227; Week ending 12/12: 912; 2012 to date: 38,166; 2011 to date: 43,134; Final 2011: 62,576.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 12/22: 2,410; Week ending 12/29: 978; Week ending 1/5: 502; Week ending 12/12: 6,505; 2012 to date: 96,297; 2011 to date: 115,713; Final 2011: 209,853.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 12/22: 3,239; Week ending 12/29: 1,082; Week ending 1/5: 729; Week ending 12/12: 7,417; 2012 to date: 134,463; 2011 to date: 158,847; Final 2011: 272,429.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT: Trading very light on moderate volume as growers offer lots of larger size fruit for sale. Processors continue to pull apples from storages at contracted prices. Canners U.S. One F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt 2 1/2 inch minimum and up various varieties mostly Golden Delicious, Rome, Fuji, Stayman, Empire, and Yorks contract sales $21.00-26.00, Straight loads of juice stock per hundredweight (cwt) U.S. Cider grade all varieties $20.00-22.00 occas higher and lower.

NEW YORK: Trading is fairly slow for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices for Canners/Peelers and Juice Stock about steady. Supplies are moderate. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt. 2012 crop: Canners/Peelers - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $17.00-22.00, mostly $20.00 occasional higher. Includes previous commitments. Juice Stock - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $17.00-22.00, mostly $18.00-20.00 occasional higher. Includes previous commitments.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 45-50-56 — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly active. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh mostly 27.00-29.00, Gala mostly 31.00, Red Delicious mostly 24.00-24.50, Fuji 26.00-29.00, Empire 26.00-28.00, Cortland mostly 26.00-27.00, Rome mostly 22.00-23.00, Golden Delicious mostly 28.00, Jonagold 29.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack Red Delicious 80s-88s mostly 28.00, 100s mostly 26.00; Gala 80s-100s 35.00- 38.00; McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 36.00, 100s 35.00-36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 33.00-34.00; Cortland 80s-88s mostly 35.00-36.00, 100s mostly 34.00-35.00; Rome 80s-100s mostly 24.00-25.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy cell pack McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 36.00, 100s 35.00-36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 33.00-34.00.

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT: Shipments 23-24-23 Export 0-1-0 — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. Cartons traypack U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious 72s- 100s mostly 26.00; Golden Delicious 72s-88s mostly 26.00-28.00, 100s mostly 26.00; Fuji 72s-88s 34.00-36.00, 100s 33.00; Cartons 12 3-lb film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious mostly 24.00- 25.00, Golden Delicious mostly 24.00-25.00, Fuji 28.50-29.00, Red Rome mostly 23.00, and Empire 28.00-29.00. Temperatures in the area have been above normal for most of the week, but more seasonable temperatures are expected to return current week.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 5-5-6 — Movement expected to remain about the same. Unofficial prices for Monday, January 14, 2013 Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh and Cortland mostly 28.00-30.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack McIntosh and Cortland 80s-88s 35.00-38.00.

Notice: Appalachian refers to Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Note: For a complete national report, visit marketnews.usda.gov/portal/fv, or call 559-487-5178.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
Jan. 23, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Fluid cream and condensed skim prices in tanklot quantities: spot prices of class II cream, dollars per lb. Butterfat: F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast — 1.5034-1.7564.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices — 1.56-1.63. Northeast - Class III - spot prices — 1.55-1.63.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 84, Out 0; LAST WK: In 43, Out 0; LAST YR: In 0, Out 70. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: 0.

Manufacturing milk supplies are steady in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions as milk production and Class I demand have leveled off. This year’s mild winter seems to be coming to an end with the forecast for bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills in the upper Northeast, which may provide a surge in fluid sales as the public stocks up ahead of the adverse weather. Some heavy, lake effect, snows in New York and Pennsylvania are also adding to Class I sales.

The combination of increased Class I demand and flat milk production, below year ago levels, has brought about the need to import spot loads of milk into Florida. This is the earliest imports have occurred since 2006. Milk production increases have been stymied by lower producer margins, limited feed and forage availability and warm summer like weather lowering cow comfort levels. Producers have to continue with supplemental hay feeding as pastures have been slow to regrow due to dry conditions. The US Drought Monitor currently has 60% of the state listed as abnormally dry.

Spot milk shipments imported into the state this week totaled 84. Milk production in the Southeast region is improving with supplies more than adequate to cover Class I needs. The forecast for snow showers in the northern areas of the region may increase fluid milk sales later in the week. Only marginal supplies of milk are being diverted to auxiliary manufacturing facilities. Cream supplies remain readily available with a majority of the supply headed to churns. Numerous loads were moved to the Midwest at discount pricing in order to find a home.

Demand for cream is weak, with numerous cream based manufacturers limiting production to contracted supplies. Multiples declined this week and ranged from 101-118. Demand for condensed skim remains weak with considerable volumes making their way to Class IV production. Class II demand remains weak as most manufacturers are matching production with contracted supplies.

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U.S. Milk Production Update
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 23, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

December Milk Production up 1.7%

Milk production in the 23 major States during December totaled 15.7 billion pounds, up 1.7 percent from December 2011. November revised production at 14.9 billion pounds, was up 1.3 percent from November 2011. The November revision represented an increase of 31 million pounds or 0.2 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,848 pounds for December, 30 pounds above December 2011. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.49 million head, 5,000 head more than December 2011, and 16,000 head more than November 2012.

October-December Milk Production up 0.9%

Milk production in the United States during the October - December quarter totaled 49.1 billion pounds, up 0.9 percent from the October - December quarter last year. The average number of milk cows in the United States during the quarter was 9.20 million head, 17,000 head less than the same period last year.

Released Jan. 23, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

PA Egg Production
Harrisburg, Pa.
Jan. 23, 2013
Report supplied by USDA/NASS-Pa.

Production Up 1%

Egg production in Pennsylvania during December 2012 totaled 625 million eggs, up 1 percent from the 621 million eggs produced in December 2011, according to the Pennsylvania Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The total number of layers averaged 24.9 million during December, down 1 percent from last year. Production per 100 layers was 2,508 eggs during the month, an increase of 52 eggs overall from December 2011. Broiler-type chicks hatched in Pennsylvania totaled 13.9 million during December 2012, a 1 percent decrease from the number hatched in the same month a year earlier.

Chicken & Egg Update
Washington, D. C.
Jan. 22, 2013
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

December Egg Production Up 2%

United States egg production totaled 8.07 billion during December 2012, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 7.03 billion table eggs, and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 969 million were broiler-type and 71 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during December 2012 averaged 344 million, up 2 percent from last year. December egg production per 100 layers was 2,346 eggs, unchanged from December 2011.

All layers in the United States on January 1, 2013 totaled 343 million, up 1 percent from last year. The 343 million layers consisted of 288 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 51.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.97 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on January 1, 2013, averaged 75.1 eggs per 100 layers, down 1 percent from January 1, 2012.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down 5%

Egg-type chicks hatched during December 2012 totaled 37.1 million, down 5 percent from December 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 37.5 million on January 1, 2013, down 3 percent from a year ago. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 191 thousand during December 2012, down 31 percent from December 2011.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1%

Broiler-type chicks hatched during December 2012 totaled 763 million, up 1 percent from December 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 611 million on January 1, 2013, down 4 percent from a year earlier. Leading breeders placed 6.63 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during December 2012, up 3 percent from December 2011.

Released January 22, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Cold Storage Highlights
Washington D.C.
Jan. 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total NATURAL CHEESE stocks in refrigerated warehouses on December 31, 2012 were up 5 percent from the previous month but down slightly from December 31, 2011.

BUTTER STOCKS were up 20 percent from last month and up 43 percent from a year ago.

Total FROZEN POULTRY supplies on December 31, 2012 were up 5 percent from the previous month and up 16 percent from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken were up 1 percent from the previous month and up 8 percent from last year. Total pounds of turkey in freezers were up 16 percent from last month and up 40 percent from December 31, 2011.

Total FROZEN FRUIT stocks were down 7 percent from last month but up 5 percent from a year ago.

Total FROZEN VEGETABLE stocks were down 6 percent from last month but up 2 percent from a year ago.

Total RED MEAT supplies in freezers were up 2 percent from the previous month and up 9 percent from last year. Total pounds of beef in freezers were up 5 percent from the previous month and up 2 percent from last year. Frozen pork supplies were down 1 percent from the previous month but up 14 percent from last year. Stocks of pork bellies were up 55 percent from last month but down 11 percent from last year.

Released January 22, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

SPECIAL NOTE: Beginning with the February 22, 2013 release, estimates for shelled and in- shell peanuts are scheduled to be discontinued. Please contact the Livestock Branch at (202) 720-3570 or email at hq_sd_lb<\@>nass.usda.gov with any questions or concerns.

U.S. Livestock, Dairy & Poultry Outlook
Washington, D. C.
Jan. 17, 2013
Reports supplied by USDA/ERS

New Year, Same Drought, Continued Negative Impacts on Cattle Sector

BEEF/CATTLE: As the drought continues, potential for more cow liquidation increases and prospects for herd rebuilding deteriorate. Drought-affected pastures could result in further placements of lightweight feeder cattle in feedlots and further reduce the supply of heavy feeder cattle for placement. Negative packer margins and record high retail beef prices could dampen rising fed cattle prices.

BEEF/CATTLE TRADE: U.S. beef exports through November were nearly 12 percent lower, while imports increased over the same period by over 8 percent.

PORK/HOGS: The December Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report indicated a stable to slightly higher inventory of breeding animals, despite higher feed costs. Litter rates for the fourth quarter of 2012 achieved a record high of 10.15 pigs per litter. Slightly higher pork production is forecast for 2013: almost 23.3 billion pounds, up 0.16 percent from 2012. November U.S. pork exports were 7.5 percent lower than a year ago. Year-overyear lower shipments to Japan and China accounted for much of the reduction.

POULTRY: Broiler meat production totaled 3.0 billion pounds in November, up 3.4 percent from the previous year. The broiler production forecast for 2013 was increased to 36.8 billion pounds, up about 350 million pounds from the previous estimate and fractionally lower than in 2012. Total turkey cold storage holdings were 258 million pounds at the end of November, an increase of 33 percent from a year earlier. The higher stocks in November, plus higher meat production expected in 2013, brought on an increase in ending stocks in 2013. Ending stocks estimates for each quarter were increased by 20 million pounds. With prices continuing strong, although lower than earlier in the fourth quarter, table egg producers are expected to continue to expand output. The table egg production forecast was increased in three of the four quarters in 2013. The revised total for 2013 is 6.7 billion dozen eggs, about 1 percent higher than in 2012.

POULTRY TRADE: Broiler, turkey, and egg shipments were up from a year ago. Broiler exports in November totaled 630.6 million pounds, an increase of 4 percent, while turkey exports totaled 77 million pounds, a 12-percent increase from a year ago. Egg exports totaled 24.1 million dozen in November 2012, an increase of 12.1 percent from last November.

DAIRY: Cow numbers were increased fractionally from last month’s forecast, raising the 2013 production estimate. Prices for cheese and butter were lowered given weaker demand prospects. Milk prices were reduced as lower forecast cheese and butter prices more than offset higher nonfat dry milk and whey prices.

North American Potatoes
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 23, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

U.S. & Canadian Production Up 8%

United States 2012 fall potato production was released January 11, 2013 and Canadian production was released January 18, 2013. The 2012 fall potato production for the United States and Canada combined is estimated at 524 million cwt, up 8 percent from 2011. The United States fall potato production is estimated at 423 million cwt, 8 percent above 2011. Canada’s potato growers harvested 101 million cwt, up 10 percent from 2011.

This publication is the result of a joint effort by Statistics Canada and USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to publish potato production for both countries in one report.

Released January 23, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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