Market Reports for March 9, 2013

3/9/2013 7:00 AM

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
March 4, 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: 7.12 bu, 12.74 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 7.25 bu, 12.10 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 4.69 bu, 10.04 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 4.23 bu, 13.19 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 14.20 bu, 23.72 cwt.

EAR CORN: 204.33 ton, 10.22 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 233.75 ton, 11.69 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 225.00 ton, 11.25 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 212.50 ton, 10.63 cwt.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
March 4, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Compared to last week, corn sold mostly .10 to .15 higher, wheat sold mostly steady, barley sold mostly .05 to .10 higher, oats sold mostly .20 to .25 higher and soybeans sold mostly steady. Ear corn sold steady. All prices per bushel except ear corn is per ton.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.28-7.59, avg 7.42, contracts Dec 5.55-5.76. WHEAT #2: 7.13-8.08, avg 7.67, contracts Dec 6.70-7.12. BARLEY #3: 4.50-5.50, avg 4.93, contracts Jul 4.50. OATS #2: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.45. SOYBEANS #2: 14.14-14.50, avg 14.33, contracts Dec 11.90-12.26. EAR CORN: 208.00, avg 208.00.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.00-7.60, avg 7.25. BARLEY #3: 4.50-5.15, avg 4.82. OATS #2: 4.50, avg 4.50. SOYBEANS #2: 13.80-14.00, avg 13.92. EAR CORN: 215.00, avg 215.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.95-7.34, avg 7.14. WHEAT #2: 6.65-7.60, avg 7.25. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.00, avg 4.33. OATS #2: 3.65-4.25, avg 3.96. SOYBEANS #2: 13.85-13.99, avg 13.91. EAR CORN: 190.00, avg 190.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 7.30-7.44, avg 7.34. WHEAT #2: 7.75, avg 7.75. BARLEY #3: 5.75, avg 5.75. OATS #2: 4.40-4.50, avg 4.45. SOYBEAN #2: 14.05-14.20, avg 14.11.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 6.90-7.41, avg 7.30, month ago 7.50, year ago 7.12. WHEAT #2: 7.15-8.50, avg 7.56, month ago 7.89, year ago 6.65. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.75, avg 4.75, month ago 4.81, year ago 5.16. OATS #2: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.27, month ago 4.18, year ago 4.38. SOYBEANS #2: 13.80-14.61, avg 14.08, month ago 14.17, year ago 11.69. EAR CORN: 190.00-215.00, avg 204.00, month ago 200.00, year ago 205.85.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.70-7.09, avg 6.97. WHEAT #2: 6.83-7.23, avg 7.03. OATS #2: 3.58-5.25, avg 4.15. SOYBEANS #2: 14.35, avg 14.35.

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

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
March 4, 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 and straw sold steady. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 130.00-300.00. MIXED: 100.00-200.00. TIMOTHY: 100.00-200.00. STRAW: 100.00-160.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 154 loads. Straw: 58 loads. ALFALFA: 160.00-395.00. MIXED: 90.00-410.00. TIMOTHY: 160.00-290.00. GRASS: 100.00-320.00. STRAW: 105.00-222.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 151 loads; Straw: 33 loads. ALFALFA: 80.00-290.00. MIXED: 110.00-300.00. TIMOTHY: 100.00-300.00. GRASS: 72.50-270.00. STRAW: 75.00-200.00.

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
March 8, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 122.00; Last week 121.80; Last year 124.90.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 106.60; Last week 104.50; Last year 107.10.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 118.40; Last week 119.00; Last year 124.25.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 75.70; Last week 75.70; Last year 83.00.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 75.40; Last week 74.50; Last year 81.90.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 91.60; Last week 93.85; Last year 97.40.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, Monday: This week 63.00; Last week 67.00; Last year 68.00.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 lb: This week 184.25; Last week 198.50; Last year 227.50.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 136.40; Last week 131.90.

KID GOATS, Selection 1 (head): This week 219.25; Last week 132.50.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
March 1, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3627; Last week 3558; Last year 3753. CALVES: This week 2605; Last week 2844; Last year 2935. HOGS: This week 976; Last week 886; Last year 1116. FEEDER PIGS: n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 1871; Last week 1355; Last year 1041. GOATS: This week 1407; Last week 697; Last year 1945.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s market, slaughter steers and slaughter holsteins sold mostly 2.00 to 3.00 lower. Slaughter heifers sold mostly steady and slaughter cows sold mostly 2.00 to 3.00 lower. Slaughter bulls sold mostly steady.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week, feeder steers sold mostly 10.00 to 15.00 higher. Feeder heifers sold mostly 5.00 to 7.00 lower and feeder bulls sold mostly 8.00 to 10.00 lower.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week, holstein bull calves sold steady to weak and holstein heifers sold mostly 1.00 to 2.00 higher.

HOGS: Compared to last week’s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 2.00 to 4.00 higher. Sows sold mostly 2.00 to 3.00 higher.

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs sold mostly 20.00 to 30.00 higher. Slaughter ewes sold mostly steady.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher. Nanny goats sold steady to 10.00 lower.

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

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
March 8, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2655; Last week 2555; Last year 3411. CALVES: 1588; Last week 1598; Last year 1619.

This week in Lancaster County, a heavier supply of slaughter steers made their way through the auctions, trading fully steady with last week. Demand was moderate, with kosher interest promoting most of the trade. Conventional packer buyers were less aggressive but maintained their involvement in the market. The average spot price for a locally fed Choice steer fell short this week compared to the cash trade in the Midwest.

Direct trades across the major feeding regions of the great plains traded steady with last week at 128.00/cwt Live; 203.00-204.00/cwt Dressed. Trade volumes were light to moderate as of Thursday, with more trades expected by the end of the week.

Beef demand appears to be awaking from its comatose state after rallying over 10.00/cwt from late last week up to this Thursday`s close of 196.90/cwt, a level the market hasn’t seen since December 11th 2012. To add to it, drop values increased to a record high of 14.04/cwt on Wednesday (14.00/cwt on Thursday), adding approximately $185.00 per head to each slaughter animal.

The sharp increase in price is reflective of two fundamental occurrences. First, winter storms across the major feeding regions have slowed up trade and reduced slaughter weights due to weather stress. Second, retailers and food service providers are forward purchasing and gearing up inventories for the spring grilling season. After bleeding red ink since the start of the year and most of the first quarter, packers may soon be on their way to positive margins if they can keep beef prices elevated and hold steer prices at or below current levels, both of which will be a challenge.

Choice cutout values have been met with stiff resistance each time it has neared 200.00/cwt, and consumers continue to focus on the price per pound of protein rather than quality and value.

USDA’s All Beef Price posted a new record high in January at an average of $4.92/lb, which is about 45% more expensive than pork and 2.5 times more expensive than chicken. On the latter half of the margin equation, packers will most likely have a hard time negotiating lower cattle prices as slaughter weights tend to seasonally decline this time of year, and cattle feeders have about 400,000 less head of cattle on feed over 120 days as of Feb 1st (10% lower than last year), according to USDA’s Cattle on Feed Report.

Cattle feeding margins haven’t improved as much as packer margins in the past couple of weeks, but things are lining up in the correct direction. Fed cattle prices have advanced, supply fundamentals remain bullish, and corn prices pulled back under 7.00/bu as a result of lower exports and strength in the dollar. CME May corn futures closed Friday at 6.91/bu.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1655 lbs 123.00-128.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1240-1615 lbs 119.00-124.50; SELECT 2-3: 1250-1515 lbs 115.00- 121.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1500-1650 lbs 108.00-111.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 104.00-106.50; SELECT 2-3: 1400-1600 lbs 98.00-103.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1170-1465 lbs 118.00-121.00; SELECT 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 114.50-117.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50, High dress 80.50-85.00, Low dress 71.00-75.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 74.00-79.50, High dress 79.50-84.00, Low dress 68.00-74.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-79.50, High dress 79.50-84.50, Low dress 68.00-73.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 69.00-78.50, High dress 78.50-81.00, Low dress 63.00-69.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 925-2190 lbs 90.00-98.00, high dress 99.00-113.00, low dress 82.50-88.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold steady to firm with good demand. Light supplies brought upon good demand. Heifers traded mostly steady with light demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 325.00-365.00/cwt this week, with a weighted average value of 336.55/cwt (Hide-off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-135 lbs 135.00-145.00, 80-90 lbs 120.00-130.00; #2: 95-130 lbs 120.00-135.00, 80-90 lbs 90.00-100.00; #3: 80-130 lbs 75.00-100.00; UTILITY: 75-100 lbs 45.00-75.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 85-115 lbs 100.00-120.00; #2: 80-105 lbs 70.00-95.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 55-115 lbs 50.00-80.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 60-85 lbs 50.00-72.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-122 lbs 112.00-117.00, 95-103 lbs 141.00-145.00, 90 lbs 125.00; #2: 95-114 lbs 135.00-144.00, 84-90 lbs 100.00-124.00; #3: 109-118 lbs 80.00, 82-95 lbs 115.00-122.00, 73 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 73-104 lbs 20.00-40.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 92-112 lbs 112.00-122.00, 84 lbs 90.00; #2: 92-102 lbs 110.00-117.00, 84 lbs 92.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 98 lbs 62.00, 75 lbs 25.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 114-128 lbs 139.00-149.00, 94-112 lbs 153.00-158.00; #2: 98-128 lbs 143.00-153.00, 88-96 lbs 105.00-132.00, 80-86 lbs 80.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 80.00-101.00, 80-88 lbs 50.00-52.00, 72-88 lbs 30.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 35.00-40.00, 60-88 lbs 20.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-110 lbs 90.00-125.00; #2: 60-100 lbs 50.00-80.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 65-115 lbs 20.00-50.00.

Source: USDA 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.
March 4, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 792; Last week 729; Last year 806. CALVES: 373; Last week 350; Last year 343.

When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter cows sold steady to firm with good demand. Bulls traded 1.00-2.00 lower. Cattle supply included 150 slaughter steers, 126 heifers, 348 cows, 125 bulls, and 43 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.50, High dress 80.50-85.00, Low dress 74.50-75.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 74.00-78.00, High dress 79.00-82.00, Low dress 68.00-73.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.00, High dress 78.00-81.00, Low dress 68.00-73.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 69.00-74.00, High dress 75.00-79.00, Low dress 65.00-69.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 925-2190 lbs 92.00-98.00, high dress 103.00-113.00, low dress 82.50-88.00.

CALVES: When compared to last Monday`s sale, Holstein bull calves sold mostly 5.00 lower with moderate demand. Heifers sold weak with light demand. All calves are Holstein unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-135 lbs 135.00-145.00, 80-90 lbs 120.00-130.00; #2: 95-130 lbs 120.00-135.00, 80-90 lbs 90.00-100.00; #3: 80-130 lbs 75.00-100.00; UTILITY: 75-100 lbs 45.00-75.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 85-115 lbs 100.00-120.00; #2: 80-105 lbs 70.00-95.00; JERSEY/CROSSBRED: 55-115 lbs 50.00-80.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 60-85 lbs 50.00-72.00.

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

Vintage Sales Stables Monday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
March 4, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 250; Last week 211. CALVES: 114; Last week 114.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter steers sold steady with moderate demand. Trade was active with all buyers participating. Slaughter cows traded steady to 1.00 lower. Demand was moderate. Slaughter supply consisted of 127 steers, 24 heifers, 84 cows, 3 bull, and 12 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1280-1655 lbs 123.00-125.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1240-1615 lbs 119.00-123.00, low dressing 116.00-119.00, 1685- 1785 lbs 114.00-118.00; SELECT 2-3: 1285-1515 lbs 115.00-119.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1170-1465 lbs 118.00-120.00, YG 4-5 114.50-116.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 72.00-73.50, High dress 78.50-83.50, Low dress 65.00-70.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.50, High dress 78.00-80.00, Low dress 68.50-70.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 68.00-72.00, High dress 76.50-80.00, Low dress 60.00-67.50.

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

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 90-125 lbs 130.00-142.00; #2: 95-120 lbs 120.00-130.00, 80-90 lbs 100.00-115.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 80.00-100.00; UTILITY: 70-110 lbs 30.00-60.00.

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

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
March 5, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 367; Last week 379; Last year 487. CALVES: 569; Last week 609; Last year 575.

Compared to last week: Slaughter Holsteins firm on a very light test. Demand moderate. Slaughter cows steady to 1.00 higher compared to last week on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 34 steers and heifers, 316 cows, 5 bulls, and 12 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: CHOICE 2-3: Few 1500-1650 lbs 105.00-106.50; SELECT 2-3: 1425-1700 lbs 99.50-104.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 75.00-78.00, Low dress 71.00-72.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 74.00-78.50, High dress 79.00-82.50, Low dress 69.00-73.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.00, High dress 78.00-81.50, Low dress 68.00-72.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 71.00-75.50, High dress 76.00-78.50, Low dress 63.00-70.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1200-1550 lbs avg dress 87.00-90.50, 1910 lbs high dress individual 95.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold firm on moderate demand. Heifers sold mostly 5.00-10.00 higher on moderate demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 490 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-122 lbs 112.00-117.00, 95-103 lbs 141.00-145.00, 90 lbs 125.00; #2: 95-114 lbs 135.00-144.00, 84-90 lbs 100.00-124.00; #3: 109-118 lbs 80.00, 82-95 lbs 115.00-122.00, 73 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 73-104 lbs 20.00-40.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 92-112 lbs 112.00-122.00, 84 lbs 90.00; #2: 92-102 lbs 110.00-117.00, 84 lbs 92.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 98 lbs 62.00, 75 lbs 25.00.

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

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
March 6, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 381; Last Sale: 246; Last Year: 146.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold firm on good demand. Bred heifers sold firm with good demand. Wednesday’s supply included 139 fresh milking cows, 44 short-bred cows, 9 springing cows, 20 short-bred heifers, 62 springing heifers, 67 open heifers, and 5 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1900.00-2150.00; Approved: 1600.00-1850.00; Medium: 1350.00-1550.00; Common: 1050.00-1300.00.

CULL COWS: 800.00-1275.00.

SPRINGING COWS: (7-9 months bred) Supreme: 1650.00-1700.00; Approved: 1325.00-1375.00; Medium: 1250.00-1275.00.

BRED COWS: (4-6 months bred) Supreme: 1650.00-1675.00; Approved: 1325.00-1450.00; Medium: 1050.00-1275.00; Common: 900.00-1025.00.

SHORT BRED COWS: (1-3 months) Supreme: 1400.00-1650.00; Approved: 1225.00-1350.00; Medium: 1100.00-1150.00; Common: 875.00-925.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS: (1-3 months): Approved: 975.00-1050.00; Medium: 750.00-825.00; Common: 525.00-600.00.

BRED HEIFERS: (4-6 months): Approved: 1100.00-1175.00; Medium: 1020.00-1030.00; Common: 825.00-875.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1475.00-1600.00; Approved: 1300.00-1425.00; Medium: 1125.00-1275.00; Common: 950.00-1075.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Approved: 425.00-525.00; Medium: 300.00-375.00; Common: 200.00-285.00. 600-900 LBS: Supreme: 725.00-800.00; Approved: 600.00-675.00; Medium: 475.00-525.00; Common: 375.00-425.00. 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 875.00-900.00; Medium: 725.00-775.00.

BULLS: 600-900 lbs 575.00, 900-1200 lbs 1000.00-1125.00, 1200-1500 lbs 1100.00.

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.
March 7, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 865; Last week 990; Last year 1089. CALVES: 532; Last week 525; Last year 568.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly firm. Demand was good. Slaughter Holsteins mostly steady on a very light test. Demand was moderate. Slaughter heifers steady on a very light test. Slaughter cows mostly 2.00-3.00 higher. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 305 slaughter steers; 80 heifers; 561 cows; 34 bulls; and 10 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 125.00-128.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 121.50-124.50; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1650 lbs 117.00-121.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1500-1650 lbs 108.00-111.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 104.00-106.50; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 98.00-103.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1450 lbs 119.00-121.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 114.50-117.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 75.00-78.50, High dress 79.00-84.00, Low dress 71.00-74.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-84.00, Low dress 72.00-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-84.50, Low dress 70.00-74.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 74.00-78.50, High dress 79.00-81.50, Low dress 64.00-73.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 900-2300 lbs avg dress 90.00-92.00, 1630-1950 lbs high dress 97.00-105.00, 800-1300 lbs low dress 84.00-88.00.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull calves sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher compared to last week on moderate demand. Heifers sold mostly steady on moderate demand compared to last week. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 343 head for this Thursday’s graded sale. One hundred percent supply Holstein calves unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 114-128 lbs 139.00-149.00, 94-112 lbs 153.00-158.00; #2: 98-128 lbs 143.00-153.00, 88-96 lbs 105.00-132.00, 80-86 lbs 80.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 80.00-101.00, 80-88 lbs 50.00-52.00, 72-88 lbs 30.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 35.00-40.00, 60-88 lbs 20.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-110 lbs 90.00-125.00; #2: 60-100 lbs 50.00-80.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 65-115 lbs 20.00-50.00.

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

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
Feb. 27, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Virginia Feeder Cattle Summary Sales at Blackstone, Lynchburg, Radiant, Rockingham and Springlake. State Graded Weighted Average for Feb 21-27, 2013.

Feeder Cattle: 1914 (Steers 796; Heifers 727; Bulls 391).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 206.00; 77 head, 400-500 lbs 150.00-189.50; 92 head, 500-600 lbs 139.00-164.25; 77 head, 600-700 lbs 132.00-147.00; 44 head, 700-800 lbs 126.00-133.50; 19 head, 800-900 lbs 122.50-125.50. MED/LGE 2: 10 head, 300-400 lbs 172.50-187.50; 16 head, 400-500 lbs 149.00-183.50; 55 head, 500-600 lbs 140.00-163.50; 48 head, 600-700 lbs 132.50-144.50; 13 head, 700-800 lbs 88.00-129.50. MED/LGE 3: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 146.00-170.00; 13 head, 400-500 lbs 140.00-161.00; 16 head, 500-600 lbs 139.00-150.50; 12 head, 600-700 lbs 130.25-131.50; 4 head, 700-800 lbs 81.00-127.50.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 2: 7 head, 300-400 lbs 138.50; 10 head, 400-500 lbs 124.00-126.50; 23 head, 500-600 lbs 104.00-116.00; 21 head, 600-700 lbs 98.00-106.00; 6 head, 700-800 lbs 96.00; 10 head, 900-1000 lbs 89.50; 15 head, 1000-1100 lbs 86.25. LGE 3: 18 head, 400-500 lbs 111.00-128.00; 20 head, 600-700 lbs 98.00-107.00; 20 head, 700-800 lbs 98.00; 9 head, 800-900 lbs 89.50; 6 head, 900-1000 lbs 89.25; 5 head, 1100-1200 lbs 80.50. LGE 4: 16 head, 300-400 lbs 120.00-124.00; 7 head, 400-500 lbs 118.00; 11 head, 500-600 lbs 102.00-108.00; 7 head, 600-700 lbs 85.00-100.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 170.00-185.50; 85 head, 400-500 lbs 154.00-176.00; 47 head, 500-600 lbs 131.00-162.00; 13 head, 600-700 lbs 119.00-129.00. MED/LGE 2: 26 head, 300-400 lbs 170.00-186.00; 74 head, 400-500 lbs 116.00-176.00; 55 head, 500-600 lbs 99.00-161.50; 10 head, 600-700 lbs 124.25-129.50. MED/LGE 3: 12 head, 400-500 lbs 140.00-153.00; 7 head, 500-600 lbs 116.00-126.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 8 head, 300-400 lbs 155.00-167.00; 67 head, 400-500 lbs 134.00-158.50; 81 head, 500-600 lbs 129.50-134.25; 34 head, 600-700 lbs 123.50-126.75; 9 head, 700-800 lbs 105.00-119.50. MED/LGE 2: 40 head, 300-400 lbs 153.00-165.00; 87 head, 400-500 lbs 114.00-156.50; 101 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-134.25; 59 head, 600-700 lbs 119.00-127.75; 13 head, 700-800 lbs 105.00-119.75. MED/LGE 3: 34 head, 300-400 lbs 129.00-159.75; 60 head, 400-500 lbs 129.50-145.50; 37 head, 500-600 lbs 114.00-130.25; 10 head, 600-700 lbs 124.50-125.00.

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

Lynchburg, VA Graded Feeder Cattle
Richmond, Va.
March 5, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

All prices per cwt.

Feeder Cattle: 956 (Steers 279; Heifers 427; Bulls 250).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 6 head, 300-400 lbs 200.00-202.50; 23 head, 400-500 lbs 170.00-176.00; 29 head, 500-600 lbs 148.00-157.25; 23 head, 600-700 lbs 138.00-145.00; 13 head, 700-800 lbs 129.00-130.50. MED/LGE 2: 32 head, 400-500 lbs 173.00-177.50; 45 head, 500-600 lbs 153.00-159.75; 27 head, 600-700 lbs 136.75-140.75; 10 head, 700-800 lbs 130.50. MED/LGE 3: 18 head, 400-500 lbs 164.00-169.00; 13 head, 500-600 lbs 141.00-149.00; 12 head, 600-700 lbs 134.50.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 27 head, 400-500 lbs 146.50; 47 head, 500-600 lbs 133.00-137.00; 21 head, 600-700 lbs 125.25-128.75. MED/LGE 2: 29 head, 300-400 lbs 160.00-163.00; 58 head, 400-500 lbs 145.00-148.00; 68 head, 500-600 lbs 135.00-139.00; 24 head, 600-700 lbs 121.00-125.25; 5 head, 700-800 lbs 120.25. MED/LGE 3: 28 head, 300-400 lbs 161.00; 33 head, 400-500 lbs 145.00-147.25; 27 head, 500-600 lbs 136.00-138.00; 13 head, 600-700 lbs 120.50.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 8 head, 400-500 lbs 159.00-172.50; 51 head, 500-600 lbs 135.50-156.00; 13 head, 600-700 lbs 136.75. MED/LGE 2: 24 head, 300-400 lbs 194.00-200.00; 80 head, 400-500 lbs 150.50-178.00; 21 head, 500-600 lbs 130.00-146.25; 14 head, 600-700 lbs 136.25.

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

Greencastle Monthly Feeder Cattle Sale
Greencastle, Pa.
March 1, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Receipts: 816; Last Sale: 574.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 175.00-180.00, 400-500 lbs 170.00-175.00, 500-600 lbs 160.00-175.00 few to 177.50, 600-700 lbs 140.00-150.00 few to 155.00, 700-800 lbs 132.50-140.00, 800-900 lbs 120.00-132.50, 900-1100 lbs 110.00-117.50; MED/LGE 2: 300-500 lbs 150.00-170.00, 500-600 lbs 130.00-147.50, 600-700 lbs 125.00-130.00, 700-900 lbs 120.00-125.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 110.00-117.50, 400-500 lbs 97.50-107.50, 500-700 lbs 92.00-100.00, 700-900 lbs 87.00-93.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 141.00-160.00, 400-500 lbs 137.00-154.00, 500-600 lbs 124.00-137.00, 600-700 lbs 118.00-134.00, 700-900 lbs 115.00-121.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-500 lbs 119.00-140.00, 500-700 lbs 112.00-125.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 300-500 lbs 155.00-160.00, 500-700 lbs 125.00-132.50, 700-900 lbs 117.50-120.00, 900-1100 lbs 110.00-115.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-500 lbs 132.50-137.50, 500-700 lbs 120.00-125.00, 700-900 lbs 100.00-114.00.

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale April 5.

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

Somerset, KY Feeder Cattle
Frankfort, Ky.
March 2, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Lake Cumberland Livestock Market, Somerset Kentucky. Cattle weighed at time of sale.

Receipts: 1098; Last Week: 608; Last Year: 1168.

Compared to last week: Steers were 2.00 to 3.00 higher and Heifers Steady to 2.00 higher.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1-2: 200-300 lbs 190.00-205.00, 300-400 lbs 170.00-149.00, 400-500 lbs 161.00-179.00 ind 210.00, 500-600 lbs 150.00-163.00, 600-700 lbs 134.00-147.00, 700-800 lbs 128.00-136.00, 800-900 lbs 120.50-127.50, 900-1000 lbs 117.50; MED/LGE 2-3: 300-400 lbs 154.00-167.00, 400-500 lbs 143.00-157.00, 500-600 lbs 140.00-148.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 120.00, 500-600 lbs 95.00-117.00, 900-1015 lbs 92.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1-2: 300-400 lbs 156.00-172.00, 400-500 lbs 151.00-164.00, 500-600 lbs 143.00-158.00, 600-700 lbs 121.00-136.00, 700-800 lbs 116.00-130.00, 800-900 lbs 114.00-117.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1-2: 300-400 lbs 134.00-142.00, 400-500 lbs 138.00-150.50, 500-600 lbs 127.00-140.00, 600-700 lbs 122.00-132.00, 700-800 lbs 119.00-124.00; MED/LGE 2-3: 300-400 lbs 124.00-133.00, 400-500 lbs 126.00-135.00, 500-600 lbs 117.00-125.00, 600-700 lbs 109.00-120.00.

Source: USDA-KY Dept of Ag Market News Service, Frankfort, KY. Alex Tolbert, 502-564-0290x238.

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Special Sale
Canandaigua, N.Y.
March 2, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

All prices per cwt unless otherwise stated. The prices listed are the top of the market; Prices range down from this according to quality, condition, fill and vaccination.

BEEF STEERS: 301-500 lbs 98.00-158.00, 501-700 lbs 95.00-141.00, 701+ lbs 92.00-122.00.

BEEF HEIFERS: 301-500 lbs 94.00-146.00, 501-700 lbs 90.00-130.00, 701+ lbs 88.00-114.00.

BEEF BULLS: 301-500 lbs 96.00-143.00, 501-700 lbs 93.00-149.00, 701+ lbs 89.00-105.00.

HOLSTEINS: 301-500 lbs 65.00-90.00, 501-700 lbs 70.00-86.00, 701+ lbs 75.00-82.00.

BRED REPLACEMENTS (ea): 500.00-1700.00.

FAMILIES (pair): 780.00-1200.00.

REPLACEMENT HEIFERS (ea): 1100.00.

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 4, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 760; Last Week: 822; Year Ago: 957.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 2.00-4.00 lower with moderate demand. Sows traded mostly steady with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 61.00-64.00, 300-400 lbs 62.00-65.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 53.00-57.00, 300-400 lbs 55.00-59.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 47.00-50.00, 500-700 lbs 54.00-58.50.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 17.50-18.50.

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

New Holland Feeder Pig Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 6, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 277; Last sale: 293.

When compared to the most recent sale 2 weeks ago, feeder pigs sold sharply lower, anywhere from 40.00-70.00 lower. Demand was light to moderate. All feeder pigs are sold per cwt.

US 1-2: 9 head, 19 lbs 180.00 pkg; 90 head, 30-35 lbs 140.00-150.00; 22 head, 40-50 lbs 110.00-110.00.

US 2: 72 head, 30-40 lbs 60.00-70.00; 5 head, 52 lbs 75.00.

NOTE: Next feeder pig sale March 20.

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

Carlisle Graded Feeder Pig Sale
Carlisle, Pa.
March 1, 2013
Sale Reported by Ag Market News

Receipts: 705; Last Sale: 729.

All pigs were weighed on arrival and sold by the hundred weight.

US 1-2: 72 head, 35-39 lbs 150.00-158.00; 134 head, 46-49 lbs 85.00-100.00; 47 head, 52-59 lbs 80.00-91.00; 54 head, 60-69 lbs 75.00-85.00; 56 head, 71-79 lbs 69.00-70.00; 35 head, 87-89 lbs 69.00-70.00; 33 head, 104-114 lbs 73.00-73.00; 20 head, 121-124 lbs 67.00-70.00; 67 head, 134-136 lbs 69.00-72.50.

US 2: 72 head, 32-35 lbs 156.00-168.00; 53 head, 42-43 lbs 90.00-100.00; 15 head, 78-96 lbs 68.00-69.00.

US 2-3: 10 head, 27 lbs 160.00; 13 head, 34-35 lbs 40.00-41.00 thin.

AS IS: 14 head, 40-42 lbs 5.00-29.00; 7 head, 57-90 lbs 15.00-49.00; 3 head, 110-125 lbs 30.00-51.00.

NOTE: Next State Graded feeder pig sale March 22.

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

Smoker Graded Goat & Sheep Auction
Parkesburg, Pa.
March 1, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

SHEEP: 363; Last sale 460. GOATS: 150; Last sale 133.

When compared to the most recent sale from two weeks ago, all classes of slaughter goats sold 10.00-20.00 higher with very good demand. Slaughter lambs sold mostly 20.00 higher, while ewes traded steady to firm. 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: 45 head, 40-50 lbs 266.00-278.00; 16 head, 50-60 lbs 232.00-254.00; 20 head, fancy 50-60 lbs 270.00; 26 head, 60-70 lbs 190.00-208.00; 4 head, fancy 60-70 lbs 224.00; 17 head, 70-80 lbs 193.00-207.00; 6 head, 80-90 lbs 165.00-180.00; 15 head, 90-110 lbs 164.00-166.00; 31 head, 110-130 lbs 140.00-152.00; 17 head, 130-150 lbs 140.00. CHOICE 2-3: 10 head, 40-50 lbs 240.00; 7 head, 50-60 lbs 220.00; 8 head, 60-70 lbs 185.00; 16 head, 70-80 lbs 170.00-185.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD/CHOICE 2-3: 53 head, 120-160 lbs 70.00-85.00; 6 head, 160-200 lbs 70.00-85.00; 3 head, 200-300 lbs 70.00-85.00. GOOD 2-3: 4 head, 90-120 lbs 60.00; 6 head, 120-160 lbs 62.00-65.00; 21 head, 160-200 lbs 56.00-65.00. UTILITY 1-2: 7 head, 120-160 lbs 40.00-50.00; 2 head, 160-200 lbs 50.00-55.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 4 head, 160-200 lbs 60.00; 3 head, 200-300 lbs 68.00-70.00.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 5 head, 40-50 lbs 300.00; 13 head, 50-60 lbs 280.00-300.00; 9 head, 60-70 lbs 257.00. SEL 2: 4 head, 20-30 lbs 207.00; 4 head, 30-40 lbs 280.00; 12 head, 40-50 lbs 240.00-288.00; 5 head, 50-60 lbs 250.00 ; 9 head, pygmies 50-60 lbs 200.00; 6 head, 60-70 lbs 240.00; 3 head, 80-90 lbs 200.00. SEL 3: 3 head, 30-40 lbs 225.00; 11 head, 40-50 lbs 158.00-230.00; 2 head, 50-60 lbs 230.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 4 head, 80-130 lbs 124.00-134.00; 3 head, 130-180 lbs 110.00. SEL 2: 3 head, 80-130 lbs 110.00; 12 head, 130-180 lbs 117.00-130.00. SEL 3: 5 head, 50-80 lbs 127.00-136.00; 6 head, 80-130 lbs 110.00-127.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 2: 9 head, pygmies 50-100 lbs 112.00; 6 head, 100-150 lbs 120.00-130.00.

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

Note: Next graded goat sale March 15. Special Easter sale March 23.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 4, 2013
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 1823; Last Monday: 1810; Year Ago: 1180.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 983; Last Monday: 1336; Year Ago: 2121.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 20.00-30.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter ewes traded firm on good demand. Slaughter supply consisted of 70 percent lambs, 27 percent slaughter ewes, and 3 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: 40-60 lbs hair sheep 197.00-227.00, 50-60 lbs 202.00-215.00, 60-80 lbs 192.00-212.00, hair sheep 192.00-210.00, 80-110 lbs 182.00-210.00, hair sheep 187.00-214.00, 110-130 lbs 179.00-198.00, 130-135 lbs 178.00-187.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 40-60 lbs 235.00-245.00, hair sheep 227.00-250.00, 60-70 lbs 227.00-245.00, 60-80 lbs hair sheep 224.00-235.00, 80-110 lbs 226.00-238.00, hair sheep 222.00-228.00, 110-120 lbs 214.00-216.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 67 lbs hair sheep 186.00, 70-80 lbs 157.00-182.00, 80-110 lbs 155.00-180.00, 91 lbs hair sheep 182.00, 110-130 lbs 165.00-178.00, 130-140 lbs 169.00-171.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 90-120 lbs hair sheep 82.00-90.00, 120-160 lbs 72.00-87.00, 160-200 lbs 62.00-88.00, 200-225 lbs 60.00-84.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 110-160 lbs 50.00-72.00, 160-165 lbs 64.00-76.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 150 lbs 54.00, 170 lbs 90.00, 200-250 lbs 50.00-60.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher compared last week. Nanny goats sold 10.00-20.00 higher on a very light test compared last week. Slaughter billies firm compared to last week. Demand was good for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 32 percent Slaughter Kids, 59 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 8 percent bucks/billies and wethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 40-50 lbs 115.00-137.00, 50-60 lbs 130.00-160.00, 60-80 lbs 166.00-167.00, 80-110 lbs 172.00-205.00; SEL 2: 40-50 lbs 92.00-115.00, 50-60 lbs 100.00-115.00, 60-80 lbs 140.00-165.00, 80-110 lbs 130.00-166.00; SEL 3: 60-80 lbs 112.00-138.00, 80-110 lbs 110.00-122.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 100-125 lbs 154.00-187.00, 130-150 lbs 175.00-197.00. SEL 2 80-125 lbs 130.00-152.00, 130-150 lbs 165.00-170.00; SEL 3: 70-80 lbs 84.00-104.00, 80-120 lbs 96.00-132.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 120-140 lbs 235.00-239.00, 150-160 lbs 272.00-300.00; SEL 2: 120-140 lbs 172.00-228.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS: SEL 1: 90-125 lbs 220.00-297.00, 125-150 lbs 197.00-250.00; SEL 2: 80-120 lbs 158.00-225.00, 120-150 lbs 160.00-188.00.

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

New Holland Weekly Horse Sale
New Holland, Pa.
March 4, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

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

Work: 35.00-450.00.

Driving: 25.00-400.00.

Riding: 150.00-475.00.

Better Riding: 800.00-2200.00.

Registered Riding: 800.00-1250.00.

Ponies: 100.00-225.00.

Large Ponies: 160.00-275.00.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
March 5, 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 — 1.6837-1.8084.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices — 1.39-1.47. Northeast - Class III - spot prices — 1.54-1.59.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 70; LAST WK: In 0, Out 78; LAST YR: In 0, Out 110. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: 0.

Winter is ending unevenly in the Northeast. Snow covers the ground in some areas, with increasing pockets of land where snow and ice are gone. Milk production is increasing seasonally. Snow still falls though, and has an impact. In what has almost become routine, some Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region fluid milk bottling plants this week used somewhat more fluid milk for bottling in advance of the latest winter snow storm, due to expected strong retail purchasing.

In other parts of the Northeast, some bottling plant mechanical problems sent milk that would have gone to those plants had they been operating, elsewhere, resulting in increasing drying to accommodate the higher milk intakes at receiving plants. Some existing milk marketing arrangements and alliances abruptly shifted late last week, leaving various producer cooperatives, balancing plants, and milk bottlers seeking new patterns for movement of milk through the processing system. Weather in the Southeast is flirting with Spring, some days reaching the 60’s, but then freezing at night and returning to a cooler day or so before warming again.

Milk production is up enough to cause some seasonal manufacturing plants to be in operation. Florida also has varied weather, alternating between cool days and nights, then high 80’s by day and 60’s by night. This “really has the cows confused” and resulted in the flush leveling off during the last two weeks. Export spot loads moving out of state this week totaled 70 loads, down from 78 loads last week.

Cream multiples continue to be generally steady, up slightly at the top, .98-1.15. The lower end of the range represents cream leaving the region for Midwest class IV production. Demand for condensed skim remains flat with most dairy product manufacturers covering their needs with contracted supplies. Spot sales are light with a majority of the condensed skim volume going to Class IV production.

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Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
March 6, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

BUTTER prices received for 25 kilogram and 68 pound boxes meeting United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grade AA standards averaged $1.59 per pound for the week ending March 2, 2013. The United States (US) price per pound increased 1.4 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.66 per pound for the week ending March 2, 2013. The price per pound decreased 0.1 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.65 per pound, up 2.1 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 63.5 cents per pound for the week ending March 2, 2013. The US price per pound increased 0.5 cents from the previous week.

NONFAT DRY MILK prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade or United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Grade A standards averaged $1.55 per pound for the week ending March 2, 2013. The US price per pound decreased 2.3 cents from the previous week.

U.S. Dairy Products Update
Washington, D.C.
March 4, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total CHEESE OUTPUT (excluding cottage cheese) was 933 million pounds, 2.4 percent above January 2012 but 2.0 percent below December 2012.

ITALIAN TYPE CHEESE production totaled 400 million pounds, 0.2 percent below January 2012 and 2.3 percent below December 2012.

AMERICAN TYPE CHEESE production totaled 375 million pounds, 2.4 percent above January 2012 but 2.4 percent below December 2012.

BUTTER production was 185 million pounds, 2.6 percent above January 2012 and 7 percent above December 2012.

DRY MILK POWDERS (comparisons with January 2012): Nonfat dry milk, human - 143 million pounds, down 6.9 percent. Skim milk powders - 48.0 million pounds, up 20.8 percent.

WHEY PRODUCTS (comparisons with January 2012): Dry whey, total - 87.2 million pounds, down 9.3 percent. Lactose, human and animal - 88.1 million pounds, up 1.6 percent. Whey protein concentrate, total - 38.8 million pounds, up 0.8 percent.

FROZEN PRODUCTS (comparisons with January 2012): Ice cream, regular (hard) - 58.4 million gallons, up 5.9 percent. Ice cream, lowfat (total) - 27.4 million gallons, down 3.9 percent. Sherbet (hard) - 2.94 million gallons, down 3.9 percent. Frozen yogurt (total) - 3.60 million gallons, up 3.4 percent.

Released March 4, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
Feb. 28, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 2/2: 594; Week ending 2/9: 1269; Week Ending 2/16: 709; Week ending 2/23: 884; 2012 to date: 42826; 2011 to date: 48725; Final 2011: 62,576.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 2/2: 6,166; Week ending 2/9: 6079; Week Ending 2/16: 5415; Week ending 2/23: 5410; 2012 to date: 129057; 2011 to date: 141649; Final 2011: 209,853.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 2/2: 6,760; Week ending 2/9: 7348; Week Ending 2/16: 6124; Week ending 2/23: 6294; 2012 to date: 171883; 2011 to date: 190374; Final 2011: 272,429.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): Trading fairly slow. 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, and Empire contract sales $21.00-26.00, Straight loads of juice stock per hundredweight (cwt) U.S. Cider grade all varieties contract sales 20.00-21.00, occasional spot sales 13.00-18.00.

NEW YORK: Trading is moderate for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices for Canners/Peelers steady and Juice Stock lower. Supplies are fairly light. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt. 2012 crop: Canners/Peelers - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $17.00-20.00, mostly $20.00. Includes previous commitments. Juice Stock - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $15.00-20.00, mostly $15.00-18.00 Includes previous commitments.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 54-55-45 — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh mostly 27.00-29.00, Red Delicious mostly 24.00-24.50, Empire mostly 25.00-28.00, Rome mostly 22.00- 23.00, Golden Delicious mostly 25.00-28.00, Fuji mostly 28.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack Red Delicious 80s-88s mostly 28.00, 100s mostly 26.00; McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 38.00, 100s mostly 36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 32.00; Rome 80s-100s mostly 24.00-25.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy cell pack McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 38.00, 100s mostly 36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 32.00.

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV): Shipments 23-19-21 Export 1-0-0 — Movement expected to slightly decrease. Trading moderate. Prices about 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; 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 28.00-29.00, and Red Rome mostly 23.00.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 5-6-5 — Movement expected to remain about the same. Unofficial prices for Monday, February 25, 2013 Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh mostly 28.00-32.00, Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack McIntosh and 35.00-42.00.

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PA Red Meat Production
Harrisburg, Pa.
March 1, 2013
Report supplied by USDA/NASS-Pa.

Production Up 1% in January

Commercial red meat production in Pennsylvania during January 2013 totaled 109.1 million pounds, dressed weight basis, up 1 percent from January 2012, according to the Pennsylvania Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Beef production, at 101.9 million pounds live weight, was down less than 1 percent from January 2012. Total head slaughtered was 85,400, up 500 head from last year. Average live weight decreased 9 pounds to 1,198 pounds. Veal production was 4.9 million pounds live weight, up 27 percent from a year ago. Calf slaughter, at 11,700 head, was up 2,600 head, however the average live weight decreased 7 pound to 417 pounds. Pork production, at 63.5 million pounds live weight, was up 4 percent from a year earlier. Total head slaughtered was 239,500, up 5,400 head from January of 2012. Average live weight was 265 pounds, five pounds heavier than January of last year. Lamb and mutton production was 438,000 pounds live weight, up 47 percent from a year ago. The number slaughtered was 4,300, up 1,300 head from January of last year. The average live weight was up a pound at 101 pounds.

Nationally, commercial red meat production for January totaled 4.35 billion pounds, dressed weight basis, up 5 percent from the 4.12 billion pounds produced in January 2012. Beef production, dressed weight basis, at 2.26 billion pounds, was 7 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.83 million head, up 4 percent from January 2012. The average live weight was up 27 pounds from the previous year, at 1,327 pounds. Veal production, totaled 10.5 million pounds, slightly above January a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 70,900 head, 5 percent above January 2012. The average live weight was down 9 pounds from last year, at 253 pounds. Pork production totaled 2.07 billion pounds, 4 percent above the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.96 million head, 4 percent above January 2012. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 277 pounds. Lamb and mutton production, at 12.4 million pounds, was 2 percent above January 2012. Sheep and lambs slaughtered totaled 177,400 head, 8 percent above last year. The average live weight was 140 pounds, down 7 pounds from January a year ago.

PA Trout Production
Harrisburg, Pa.
Feb. 27, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS-Pa.

Production Valued at $13.9 Million

Pennsylvania’s trout growers produced trout valued at $13.9 million in 2012. Trout sold by commercial trout producers during 2012 was valued at $5.1 million, remaining third ranked nationally behind Idaho and North Carolina. Pennsylvania farmers also produced trout valued at $8.8 million for conservation and recreational purposes.

Pennsylvania also ranks third for the value of trout distributed for conservation and recreational activities. Pennsylvania accounts for 8.9 percent of the nation’s distributed trout value. These trout were produced primarily by the state fish commission, its cooperative nurseries, and private fishing clubs. These conservation related producers grew 5.2 million 6”-12” fish, compared to 4.3 million 6”-12” fish a year ago.

Sales of food fish trout 12 inches or longer in Pennsylvania totaled 1.1 million pounds. Averaging $3.66 per pound, compared to $3.17 last year and $1.52 nationally. The 12 inch and longer trout were valued at $4.0 million.

Nationally, the total value of fish sales received by trout growers in the United States totaled 79.7 million dollars for 2012, an increase of 6 percent from 2011. Idaho accounted for 55 percent of the total value of fish sold.

The number of trout 12 inches and longer sold during 2012 totaled 40.4 million fish, up 6 percent from the previous year. The average price per pound was $1.52, unchanged from 2011. The value of sales for the 2012 marketing year was 72.7 million dollars, up 6 percent from 2011. For trout 12 inches or longer, 52 percent were sold to processors.

The number of 6”- 12” trout sold during 2012 totaled 6.78 million fish, an increase of 21 percent from 2011. The average price per pound was $2.87 during 2012, down 34 cents from the 2011 price. The total value of sales was 5.98 million dollars during 2012, a 3 percent decrease from the previous year. The major sales outlets for 6”-12” trout were for recreational stocking accounting for 51 percent of total sales, followed by wholesale to other producers with 24 percent.

The number of 1”- 6” trout sold during 2012 totaled 6.8 million, a 36 percent increase from the previous year. The average value per 1,000 fish was $162 during 2012, down from $207 in 2011. The total value of sales was 1.09 million dollars, up 6 percent from last year’s total.

U.S. & Canadian Cattle & Sheep Inventory
Washington, D. C.
March 6, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Cattle Inventory Down 1%

All cattle and calves in the United States and Canada combined totaled 101.6 million head on January 1, 2013, down 1 percent from the 103.0 million on January 1, 2012. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 43.4 million head, were down 2 percent from a year ago.

All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2013, totaled 89.3 million head, 2 percent below the 90.8 million on January 1, 2012. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 38.5 million head, were down 2 percent from a year ago.

All cattle and calves in Canada as of January 1, 2013, totaled 12.3 million head, up 0.5 percent from the 12.2 million on January 1, 2012. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 4.92 million, were down 1 percent from a year ago.

Sheep Inventory Down Slightly

All sheep and lambs in the United States and Canada combined totaled 6.23 million head on January 1, 2013, down slightly from the 6.25 million on January 1, 2012. Breeding sheep, at 4.65 million head, were down slightly from a year ago and market sheep and lambs, at 1.58 million head, down from last year’s 1.59 million head.

All sheep and lambs in the United States as of January 1, 2013, totaled 5.34 million head, 1 percent below the 5.37 million head on January 1, 2012. Breeding sheep, at 3.98 million head, were down 1 percent from a year ago, while market sheep and lambs, at 1.36 million head, were down 1 percent from last year.

All sheep and lambs in Canada as of January 1, 2013, totaled 893 thousand head, up 1 percent from last year’s number of 887 thousand. Breeding sheep, at 671 thousand head, were up slightly percent from last year. Market sheep and lambs, at 222 thousand head, were up 2 percent from a year ago.

Released March 6, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

PA Egg Production
Harrisburg, Pa.
Feb. 28, 2013
Report supplied by USDA/NASS-Pa.

Egg Production Down 1%

Egg production in Pennsylvania during January 2013 totaled 620 million eggs, down 1 percent from the 629 million eggs produced in January 2012, according to the Pennsylvania Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The total number of layers averaged 24.8 million during January, down 3 percent from last year. Production per 100 layers was 2,503 eggs during the month, an increase of 44 eggs overall from January 2012. Broiler-type chicks hatched in Pennsylvania totaled 14.3 million during January 2013, a 1 percent increase from the number hatched in the same month a year earlier.

Chicken & Egg Update
Washington, D. C.
Feb. 28, 2013
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

January Egg Production Up 2%

United States egg production totaled 7.99 billion during January 2013, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 6.94 billion table eggs, and 1.06 billion hatching eggs, of which 985 million were broiler-type and 74 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2013 averaged 344 million, up 1 percent from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,326 eggs, up slightly from January 2012.

All layers in the United States on February 1, 2013 totaled 344 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 344 million layers consisted of 290 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 51.4 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.96 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on February 1, 2013, averaged 74.8 eggs per 100 layers, up 2 percent from February 1, 2012.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up %

Egg-type chicks hatched during January 2013 totaled 42.2 million, up 5 percent from January 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 39.7 million on February 1, 2013, up 1 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 350 thousand during January 2013, up 33 percent from January 2012.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1%

Broiler-type chicks hatched during January 2013 totaled 762 million, up 1 percent from January 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 614 million on February 1, 2013, up 2 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.30 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during January 2013, down 6 percent from January 2012.

Annual Summary Highlights

United States Average NUMBER OF LAYERS Up Slightly: Layer numbers during 2012 averaged 340 million, up slightly from the year earlier. The annual average production per layer on hand in 2012 was 274 eggs, up 1 percent from 2011.

United States EGG PRODUCTION Up 1 Percent: Egg production during the year ending November 30, 2012 totaled 92.9 billion eggs, up 1 percent from 2011. Table egg production, at 80.5 billion eggs, was up 2 percent from the previous year. Hatching egg production, at 12.4 billion eggs, was down 3 percent from 2011.

United States December 1 INVENTORY Numbers: The total number of chickens on hand on December 1, 2012 (excluding commercial broilers) was 456 million birds, up 2 percent from last year.

United States TOTAL VALUE: The total value of all chickens on December 1, 2012 was $1.85 billion, up 9 percent from December 1, 2011. The average value increased from $3.80 per bird on December 1, 2011, to $4.06 per bird on December 1, 2012.

Released February 28, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Egg Products
Washington, D. C.
Feb. 28, 2013
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

Shell Eggs Broken Up 2%

Shell eggs broken totaled 173 million dozen during January 2013, up 2 percent from January a year ago, but 3 percent below the 179 million broken last month. Data presented in this report were compiled from Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection reports. The best available data at the time of publication were used.

January 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays. January 2013 contained 23 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

Released February 28, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. & Canadian Hog Inventory
Washington, D.C.
March 6, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Inventory Down Slightly

United States and Canadian INVENTORY OF ALL HOGS and pigs for December 2012 was 79.1 million head. This was down slightly from December 2011, but up 2 percent from December 2010. The breeding inventory, at 7.03 million head, was up slightly from a year ago and up slightly from 2010. Market hog inventory, at 72.0 million head, was down slightly from last year but up 2 percent from 2010. Combined data for quarterly farrowings and pig crop will no longer be provided due to publication changes from Statistics Canada.

UNITED STATES INVENTORY of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2012 was 66.3 million head. This was down slightly from December 1, 2011 and down 2 percent from September 1, 2012. The breeding inventory, at 5.82 million head, was up slightly from last year and up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.5 million head, was down slightly from last year, and down 2 percent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 29.4 million head, was up slightly from 2011 and up 3 percent from 2010. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.90 million head, down 1 percent from 2011 but up 1 percent from 2010.

CANADIAN INVENTORY of all hogs and pigs on January 1, 2013 was 12.7 million head. This was down 1 percent from January 1, 2012 but up slightly from January 1, 2011. The breeding inventory, at 1.21 million, was down 1 percent from last year and down 1 percent from 2011. Market hog inventory, at 11.5 million head, was down slightly from last year but up slightly from 2011.

Released March 6, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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