Market Reports for May 4, 2013

5/4/2013 7:00 AM

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
May 3, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 121.20; Last week 119.75; Last year 116.00.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 106.50; Last week 105.15; Last year 103.85.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 117.40; Last week 117.25; Last year 114.10.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 77.95; Last week 75.45; Last year 83.55.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 76.70; Last week 75.65; Last year 82.15.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 93.50; Last week 88.90; Last year 98.75.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 61.00; Last week 53.50; Last year 59.50.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 lb: This week 168.25; Last week 152.00; Last year 216.50.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 170.90, Last week 195.75.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 187.50; Last week 145.00.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
April 26, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3457; Last week 3292; Last year 4481. CALVES: This week 1924; Last week 4019; Last year 2253. HOGS: This week 1365; Last week 1111; Last year 1749. FEEDER PIGS: n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 3911; Last week 2456; Last year 2053. GOATS: This week 1665; Last week 1487; Last year 1842.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s market, slaughter steers sold mostly steady to firm. Slaughter holsteins sold mostly steady. Slaughter heifers sold mostly steady and slaughter cows sold mostly 1.00 to 2.00 higher. Slaughter bulls sold mostly steady.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week’s market, slaughter steers sold mostly 10.00 to 15.00 higher. Slaughter heifers sold mostly steady and slaughter bulls sold 8.00 to 12.00 lower.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week, holstein bull calves sold mostly 10.00 to 15.00 higher and holstein heifers sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 higher.

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

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 40.00 to 50.00 lower. Slaughter ewes sold 10.00 to 20.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Nanny goats sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Slaughter billies sold mostly firm.

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

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
May 3, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2172, Last week 2176, Last year 2093. CALVES: 1252, Last week 1197, Last year 980.

This week in Lancaster County, slaughter steers sold mostly steady to 2.00 higher on good demand. Cattle supplies remained steady this week as local farmers work their fields in the warm weather ahead of the forecasted rain early next week.

Cattle quality remains good overall. Choice box beef cutouts were closed at 200.58 on Thursday, up 1.09/cwt from the previous day.

The Choice/Select spread has widened from last Thursday's close of 7.03/cwt to 9.94/cwt at Thursday's close. June Live Cattle futures gained considerable ground on Thursday's close to close at 123.65/cwt.

Cash trade started steady then climbed a little as the week progressed. Cattle traded at 128.00/cwt in Texas early then climbed to 130.50 in Nebraska on Wednesday. March and April placements are well above last year. These placement numbers may taper off in May but there still remains much of the Southwest mired in drought while the North is wet. A 750# steer was selling for $135 in the southern plains on Wednesday.

Corn prices were lower at mid week but regained those losses as cold wet weather crosses the midwest. Plantings may be slowed by the weather but farmers still safely have time for planting and normal harvest expectations. This might be an unusual year for a seasonal move in the cash cattle and boxed beef cutout markets.

Cold weather has hampered beef demand and weather forecasters are finally calling for a warm up across the North and Northeast. If beef demand kicks in for springtime, cattle supplies may fall short of demand. This would set the stage for improving prices at a time when usual expectations are for lower prices.

Additionally the cow slaughter that has been exceeding prior year may fall to well under last year's numbers adding additional support to the end meats. All cattle markets are priced per cw. Compared to last week, slaughter steers sold mostly steady 2.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter Holsteins mostly firm to 3.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter heifers were very lightly tested this week. Slaughter cows sold mostly 1.00-4.00 higher on good demand. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1390-1515 lbs 122.00-127.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1260-1555 lbs 118.00-123.75; SELECT 2-3: 1335-1495 lbs 115.50- 120.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 1455-1475 lbs 106.00-112.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1570-1635 lbs 100.00-108.50; SELECT 2-3: 1450-1650 lbs 98.00-105.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 75.00-80.00, High dress 82.00-84.00, Low dress 72.50-75.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 74.50-81.50, High dress 81.50-87.00, Low dress 70.00-76.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-84.00, Low dress 70.00-75.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 67.50-77.50, High dress 73.00-79.50, Low dress 63.00-73.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 850-2150 lbs 90.00-96.50, high dress 97.00-106.00, very high dress 107.00-113.50, low dress 83.50-92.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 20.00-40.00 higher, with a few to 50.00 higher. Demand was very good. Calf supplies remain light keeping buyers aggressive with their bids. Heifers sold mostly steady to 20.00 higher with good demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 329.00-356.00/cwt this week, with a weighted average value of 336.59/cwt (Hide-off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 90-120 lbs 190.00-230.00, 80-90 lbs 160.00-190.00; #2: 80-120 lbs 178.00-190.00; #3: 75-110 lbs 120.00-150.00; UTILITY: 95-115 lbs 80.00-100.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-100 lbs 125.00-150.00; #2: 70-90 lbs 90.00-110.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 70-90 lbs 60.00-80.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-122 lbs 162.00-167.00, 95-104 lbs 170.00-175.00, 90 lbs 147.00; #2: 112-113 lbs 140.00-142.00, 95-102 lbs 157.00-162.00, 90 lbs 145.00, 84 lbs 105.00; #3: 95-110 lbs 120.00-125.00, 73-83 lbs 95.00-105.00; UTILITY: 73-101 lbs 72.00-87.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 110 lbs 155.00, 92-103 lbs 167.00-172.00, 84 lbs 115.00; #2: 95 lbs 135.00, 75-83 lbs 80.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 85 lbs 87.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 114-128 lbs 147.00-152.00, 94-112 lbs 159.00-165.00, 86-92 lbs 130.00-150.00; #2: 88-128 lbs 145.00-156.00, 80-88 lbs 140.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 130.00-138.00, 80-88 lbs 117.00, 72-78 lbs 90.00; UTILITY: 60-110 lbs 72.00-87.00, 60-78 lbs 72.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: 90-110 lbs 110.00-120.00; #2: 85-110 lbs 85.00-110.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 65-80 lbs 50.00-87.00.

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.
April 29, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 682, Last week 802, Last year 676. CALVES: 259, Last week 322, Last year 219.

When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter cows sold mostly 3.00-4.00 higher with good demand. Slaughter bulls sold mostly 2.00-3.00 higher with good demand. Cattle supply included 156 slaughter steers, 101 heifers, 233 cows, 141 bulls, and 49 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.50-80.00, High dress 82.00-84.00, Low dress 72.50-75.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.50-80.00, High dress 81.50-85.00, Low dress 73.00-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.00, High dress 80.00-84.00, Low dress 70.00-75.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 69.00-72.50, High dress 73.00-74.50, Low dress 63.00-68.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 850-2150 lbs 92.00-96.50, high dress 97.00-106.00, very high dress 110.00-113.00, low dress 88.00-92.00.

CALVES: When compared to last Monday`s sale, Holstein bull and heifer calves sold firm with good demand. All calves are Holstein unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 90-120 lbs 190.00-230.00, 80-90 lbs 160.00-190.00; #2: 80-120 lbs 178.00-190.00; #3: 75-110 lbs 120.00-150.00; UTILITY: 95-115 lbs 80.00-100.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-100 lbs 125.00-150.00; #2: 70-90 lbs 90.00-110.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 70-90 lbs 60.00-80.00.

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.
April 29, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 236, Last week 297. CALVES: 69, Last week 45.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter steers sold steady to 1.00 higher. Slaughter holsteins and slaughter heifers were lightly tested. Cows sold 1.00 to 2.00 higher. Slaughter supply consisted of 131 steers, 28 heifers, 68 cows, 8 bulls, and 1 feeder. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1390-1515 lbs 122.00-124.00, few fancy 125.00-127.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1260-1555 lbs 118.00-122.00; SELECT 2-3: 1335-1495 lbs 115.50-118.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 1455-1475 lbs 106.00-110.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1570-1635 lbs 100.00-100.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 1240-1585 lbs 117.0-119.75; CHOICE 2-3: 115.00-117.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 74.50-78.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 67.50-72.00.

CALVES: Compared to last week’s sale, Holstein bull calves firm on a light test with good demand. Holstein heifers not tested. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 90-120 lbs 170.00-190.00; #2: 90-110 lbs 150.00-160.00; #3: 90-110 lbs 120.00-140.00.

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

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale May 10.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
April 30, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 348, Last week 283, Last year 399. CALVES: 496, Last week 368, Last year 397.

Compared to last week: Slaughter Holstein steers sold firm on a very light test. Slaughter cows mostly 1.00-2.00 higher compared to last week on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 34 steers and heifers, 303 cows, 4 bulls, and 7 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1450-1600 lbs 105.00; SELECT 2-3: 1450-1650 lbs 100.50-104.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 74.50-79.00, Low dress 69.00-71.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-80.00, High dress 81.50-83.50, Low dress 70.00-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 76.00-80.00, High dress 81.00-85.00, Low dress 70.00-75.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 71.00-75.50, High dress 76.00-79.00, Low dress 64.00-70.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1225-1600 lbs high dress 92.50-94.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold 30.00-50.00 lower on moderate demand. Heifer calves sold firm on good demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 287 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-122 lbs 162.00-167.00, 95-104 lbs 170.00-175.00, 90 lbs 147.00; #2: 112-113 lbs 140.00- 142.00, 95-102 lbs 157.00-162.00, 90 lbs 145.00, 84 lbs 105.00; #3: 95-110 lbs 120.00-125.00, 73-83 lbs 95.00-105.00; UTILITY: 73-101 lbs 72.00-87.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 110 lbs 155.00, 92-103 lbs 167.00- 172.00, 84 lbs 115.00; #2: 95 lbs 135.00, 75-83 lbs 80.00-100.00; #3: 85 lbs 87.00.

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

NOTE: Next Feeder Sale May 10.

New Holland Thursday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
May 2, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 906, Last week 794, Last year 970. CALVES: 428, Last week 462, Last year 333.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter Holsteins mostly 2.00-3.00 higher on good demand and compared to a light test last week. Slaughter heifers not tested. Slaughter cows sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher on good demand. Cattle supplies included 378 slaughter steers; 88 heifers; 378 cows; 43 bulls; and 16 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 124.00-127.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 121.00-123.75; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1650 lbs 116.00-120.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1450-1600 lbs 109.00-112.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 106.00-108.50; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1650 lbs 98.00-105.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.00, High dress 82.00-84.00, Low dress 73.00-74.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 77.00-81.50, High dress 82.50-87.00, Low dress 70.00-76.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50, High dress 80.50-82.50, Low dress 70.00-74.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 74.00-77.50, High dress 78.00-79.50, Low dress 64.00-73.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1220-2075 lbs avg dress 90.00-96.00, 1250-1750 lbs high dress 97.50-99.50, very high dress 107.00-113.50, 850-1925 lbs low dress 83.50-89.00.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull calves sold mostly 50.00-60.00 lower on moderate demand. Graded heifer calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower compared to last week on moderate demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 310 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 147.00-152.00, 94-112 lbs 159.00-165.00, 86-92 lbs 130.00-150.00; #2: 88-128 lbs 145.00-156.00, 80-88 lbs 140.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 130.00-138.00, 80-88 lbs 117.00, 72-78 lbs 90.00; UTILITY: 60-110 lbs 72.00-87.00, 60-78 lbs 72.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 90-110 lbs 110.00-120.00; #2: 85-110 lbs 85.00-110.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 65-80 lbs 50.00-87.00.

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

New Holland Weekly Horse Sale
New Holland, Pa.
April 29, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

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

Work: 200.00-800.00.

Driving: 350.00-1350.00.

Riding: 500.00-600.00.

Better Riding: 610.00-1000.00.

Registered Riding: 700.00-1450.00.

Ponies: 150.00-325.00.

Large Ponies: 150.00-675.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
April 29, 2013
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 2989; Last Monday: 3748; Year Ago: 1769.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 1842; Last Monday: 1578; Year Ago: 2086.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 40.00-50.00 higher compared last week. Slaughter ewes traded 10.00-20.00 higher compared to last week. Demand was good for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 80 percent lambs, 15 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.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 40-60 lbs 195.00-230.00, hair sheep 187.00-228.00, 60-80 lbs 182.00-215.00, hair sheep 180.00-202.00, 80-90 lbs 170.00-182.00, hair sheep 170.00-180.00, 90-110 lbs 168.00-182.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 40-50 lbs hair sheep 265.00-275.00, 40-60 lbs 230.00-290.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 40-50 lbs hair sheep 145.00-160.00, 50-70 lbs 177.00-195.00, 60-70 lbs hair sheep 180.00-190.00, 70-90 lbs 142.00-172.00, 80-110 lbs hair sheep 152.00-166.00, 90-110 lbs 136.00-162.00, 110-130 lbs 136.00-158.00, 130-140 lbs 134.00-150.00. 160-180 lbs 130.00-138.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 110-120 lbs 120.00-100.00, 130-150 lbs 125.00-134.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 120-150 lbs 60.00-78.00, hair sheep 60.00-64.00, 160-180 lbs 60.00-70.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 110-120 lbs 44.00-48.00, hair sheep 42.00-58.00, 120-150 lbs 44.00-58.00, 160-180 lbs 44.00-58.00; CULL 1-2: Thin Flesh 120-150 lbs 28.00-36.00, 160-180 lbs 34.00-36.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 130-140 lbs 88.00-92.00, 150-160 lbs hair sheep 72.00-82.00, 160-190 lbs 50.00-97.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher compared last week. Nanny goats sold mostly 5.00-10.00 lower. Slaughter billies sold mostly firm compared to last week. Demand was good for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 66 percent Slaughter Kids, 22 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 12 percent bucks/billies and wethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 40-60 lbs 142.00-167.00, 60-80 lbs 158.00-178.00, 80-90 lbs 167.00-175.00; SEL 2: 40-60 lbs 110.00-138.00, 60-80 lbs 135.00-155.00, 90-100 lbs 120.00-160.00; SEL 3: 40-60 lbs 67.00-97.00, 60-80 lbs 64.00-76.00, 80-100 lbs 90.00-115.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 110-120 lbs 132.00-142.00, 120-150 lbs 135.00-160.00; SEL 2: 110-120 lbs 102.00-122.00, 120-150 lbs 115.00-100.00; SEL 3: 80-120 lbs 67.00-100.00, 120-130 lbs 88.00-110.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 120-130 lbs 170.00-220.00, 150-180 lbs 195.00-290.00; SEL 2: 120-150 lbs 137.00-165.00, 150-180 lbs 160.00-175.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS: SEL 1: 70-90 lbs 177.00-202.00, 90-110 lbs 200.00-230.00, 110-150 lbs 220.00-250.00, 150-180 lbs 225.00-280.00; SEL 2: 70-90 lbs 120.00-140.00, 90-120 lbs 135.00-145.00.

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.
April 27, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

SHEEP: 1034. GOATS: 244.

A heavy run of sheep and goats were on offer for Saturday`s special as producers aim to meet the demand for the upcoming “Greek Easter” Holiday. Compared to the most recent sale one week ago, all classes of sheep and goats traded steady with good demand. 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: 52 head, 40-50 lbs 182.00-210.00; 9 head, 40-50 lbs 222.00 Fancy; 37 head, 50-60 lbs 190.00-210.00; 31 head, 60-70 lbs 164.00-175.00; 7 head, 90-110 lbs 148.00; 6 head, 110-130 lbs 144.00-156.00. CHOICE 2-3: 167 head, 40-50 lbs 160.00-178.00; 120 head, 50-60 lbs 170.00-188.00; 49 head, 60-70 lbs 142.00-162.00; 33 head, 70-80 lbs 138.00-150.00; 23 head, 80-90 lbs 136.00-148.00; 7 head, 90-110 lbs 132.00-135.00; 10 head, 150-200 lbs 110.00. GOOD/CHOICE 1-2: 72 head, 40-50 lbs 130.00-160.00; 32 head, 50-60 lbs 140.00-160.00; 14 head, 60-70 lbs 140.00-145.00; 2 head, 70-80 lbs 120.00; 6 head, 80-90 lbs 120.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: 25 head, 80-90 lbs 42.00-51.00; 80 head, 120-160 lbs 43.00-50.00; 18 head, 160-200 lbs 43.00-54.00; 4 head, 200-300 lbs 34.00-38.00. UTILITY 1-2: 45 head, 120-160 lbs 38.00-46.00; 11 head, 160-200 lbs 32.00-40.00.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 30 head, 40-50 lbs 250.00-270.00; 11 head, 50-60 lbs 242.00; 25 head, 60-70 lbs 205.00-222.00; 5 head, 70-80 lbs 202.00; 5 head, 100-110 lbs 160.00. SEL 2: 11 head, 20-30 lbs 120.00; 20 head, 30-40 lbs 217.00-232.00; 6 head, 40-50 lbs 250.00; 23 head, 50-60 lbs 210.00; 2 head, 90-100 lbs 145.00. SEL 3: 3 head, 20-30 lbs 150.00; 13 head, 30-40 lbs 150.00-177.00; 6 head, 40-50 lbs 155.00; 3 head, 50-60 lbs 142.00; 2 head, 70-80 lbs 200.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 8 head, 80-130 lbs 110.00. SEL 2: 14 head, 80-130 lbs 112.00-115.00. SEL 3: 6 head, 50-80 lbs 117.00; 20 head, 80-130 lbs 102.00-107.00.

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

NOTE: The next graded goat sale May 5.

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
April 29, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 910; Last Week: 1256; Year Ago: 1160.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 4.00-5.00 higher with good demand. Sows traded 2.00- 3.00 lower with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 63.00-67.00, 300-400 lbs 55.00-61.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 57.00-61.00, 300-400 lbs 48.00-52.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 40.00-43.00, 500-700 lbs 43.00-45.00.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 15.00-16.00.

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.
May 1, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 178; Last sale: 151.

Another light run of pigs on offer for Wednesday sale. When compared to two weeks ago, pigs sold sharply higher, exceeding 50.00/cwt higher. All feeder pigs are sold per cwt.

US 1-2: 04 head, 45-55 lbs 180.00-230.00.

US 2: 40 head, 20-30 lbs 220.00-260.00; 65 head, 30-40 lbs 185.00-220.00; 04 head, pkg 56 lbs 160.00.

NOTE: Next feeder pig sale May 17.

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

Carlisle Graded Feeder Pig Sale
Carlisle, Pa.
April 26, 2013
Sale Reported by Ag Market News

Receipts: 429; Last Sale: 106.

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

US 1-2: 32 head, 27-28 lbs 200.00; 60 head, 33-39 lbs 150.00-177.00; 24 head, 44-49 lbs 120.00-150.00; 7 head, 51-59 lbs 81.00-116.00; 22 head, 60-68 lbs 111.00-188.00; 16 head, 71 lbs 135.00; 52 head, 82-89 lbs 88.00-146.00; 48 head, 103-110 lbs 86.00-91.00; 24 head, 125-134 lbs 79.00-81.00.

US 2: 11 head, 29 lbs 180.00; 52 head, 32-42 lbs 131.00-150.00; 35 head, 50 lbs 88.00-110.00; 12 head, 66-75 lbs 111.00-117.00; US 2-3: 9 head, 15-50 lbs 110.00-116.00.

AS IS: 4 head, 10-20 lbs 26.00-115.00; 12 head, 35-46 lbs 42.00-118.00; 6 head, 57-68 lbs 61.00-81.00; 3 head, 102-145 lbs 66.00-80.00.

NOTE: Next graded feeder pig sale May 17.

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

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
May 1, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 310; Last Sale: 202; Last Year: 259.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold firm. Demand was good for the good quality fresh cows offered. Bred heifers sold weak with moderate demand. Wednesday’s supply included 78 fresh milking cows, 20 short-bred cows, 11 springing cows, 40 short-bred heifers, 59 springing heifers, 76 open heifers, and 25 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1700.00-2000.00; Approved: 1500.00-1675.00; Medium: 1200.00-1450.00; Common: 950.00-1125.00.

CULL COWS: 650.00-1450.00.

SPRINGING COWS: (7-9 months bred) Supreme: 1575.00-1675.00; Approved: 1400.00-1500.00; Medium: 1225.00-1300.00; Common: 1050.00-1075.00.

BRED COWS: (4-6 months bred) Supreme: 1300.00-1350.00; Approved 1200.00-1250.00; Medium: 1000.00-1150.00; Common: 900.00-925.00.

SHORT BRED COWS: (1-3 months bred) Medium: 925.00-975.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS: (1-3 months) Approved: 1125.00-1250.00; Medium: 900.00-1000.00; Common: 675.00-750.00.

BRED HEIFERS: (4-6 months) Supreme: 1300.00-1375.00; Approved: 1150.00-1225.00; Medium: 1000.00-1150.00; Common: 900.00-950.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS: (7-9 months) Supreme: 1500.00-1600.00; Approved: 1300.00-1475.00; Medium: 1050.00-1275.00; Common: 775.00-1025.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Approved: 510.00-550.00; Medium: 475.00-500.00; Common: 285.00-410.00. 600-900 LBS: Supreme: 1000.00 Approved: 700.00-725.00; Medium: 550.00-650.00; Common: 375.00-525.00. 900-1200 LBS: Supreme: 1075.00; Approved: 900.00-925.00; Medium: 800.00-885.00; Common: 675.00-775.00. 1200-1500 LBS: Medium: 825.00-985.00.

BULLS: 300-600 lbs 525.00, 600-900 lbs 600.00-900.00, Jersey 650.00, 900-1200 lbs 950.00-1100.00, Jersey 875.00, 1200-1500 lbs 1075.00-1400.00.

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

Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
May 1, 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 $1.72 per pound for the week ending April 27, 2013. The United States (US) price per pound increased 2.8 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.82 per pound for the week ending April 27, 2013. The price per pound increased 5.4 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.78 per pound, up 5.5 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 56.5 cents per pound for the week ending April 27, 2013. The US price per pound decreased 1.2 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 $1.60 per pound for the week ending April 27, 2013. The US price per pound increased 5.4 cents from the previous week.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
May 1, 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 2.0580-2.1952.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices 1.50-1.58. Northeast - Class III - spot prices 1.35-1.43.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 130; LAST WK: In 0, Out 70; LAST YR: In 0, Out 190. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: 0.

Milk production continues to increase in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, adding to the already heavy manufacturing milk supply. Class I demand is steady with last week. Both regions have had good weather for fieldwork activities. The cool wet spring has caused the planting of crops to lag behind, and in some areas significantly behind, last year’s planting schedule. A majority of pastures are rated as fair to good in both regions. Class I demand has declined considerably in Florida as the tourist season has slowed and seasonal residents have all but left the state.

Milk production continues to trend downward as cow comfort levels are declining, due to daytime high temperatures in the low 90’s. Afternoon showers this last week have improved pasture conditions, but more rain is needed to promote forage growth. The decline in fluid milk demand increased spot export loads to 130 this week. Milk supplies in the Southeast region are all but in balance with needs with very few loads being shipped to manufacturing facilities. Class I demand is flat with little change from last week.

Cream supplies are heavy and continue to increase, following the increases in milk production. Demand for cream has improved with increased pulls from ice cream manufacturers, but are unable to keep up with the available supplies, causing some loads to find homes in other regions. Cream multiples for all Classes moved higher this week with this week’s range from 1.13-1.28 with out of region shipments at the low end of the range.

Condensed skim demand has also seen some improved demand coming from ice cream manufacturers, but supplies quickly exceed demand, and as a result, a majority of volumes continue to be channeled to Class IV production

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Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
April 29, 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: 6.55 bu, 11.72 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 6.97 bu, 11.64 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 4.66 bu, 9.97 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 4.08 bu, 12.72 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 13.75 bu, 22.96 cwt.

EAR CORN: 187.66 ton, 9.38 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 205.63 ton, 10.28 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 227.50 ton, 11.38 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 206.25 ton, 10.31 cwt.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
April 29, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

Southeastern Pennsylvania

CORN #2: 6.60-7.18, avg 6.91, contracts Dec 5.39-5.64. WHEAT #2: 6.08-7.79, avg 7.24, contracts Dec 6.49-6.94. BARLEY #3: 5.00-5.40, avg 5.20, contracts Jul 4.50. OATS #2: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.45. SOYBEANS #2: 13.82-14.21, avg 14.01, contracts Dec 11.67-11.78. EAR CORN: 188.00, avg 188.00.

Central Pennsylvania

CORN #2: 6.50-7.40, avg 6.93. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.15, avg 4.57. OATS #2: 3.50-4.50, avg 4.00. SOYBEANS #2: 13.25-14.15, avg 13.72. EAR CORN: 190.00, avg 190.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania

CORN #2: 6.20-7.00, avg 6.61. WHEAT #2: 6.00-7.50, avg 6.75. BARLEY #3: 4.00-4.50, avg 4.20. OATS #2: 4.00-4.75, avg 4.37. SOYBEANS #2: 12.90-13.83, avg 13.34. EAR CORN: 185.00, avg 185.00.

Lehigh Valley Area

CORN #2: 6.80-7.15, avg 6.96. WHEAT #2: 7.80, avg 7.80. BARLEY #3: 5.00, avg 5.00. OATS #2: 4.30-4.50, avg 4.40. SOYBEAN #2: 13.71, avg 13.71. GR. SORGHUM: 7.05, avg 7.05.

Eastern & Central PA Summary

CORN #2: 6.20-7.40, avg 6.88, month ago 7.23, year ago 6.98. WHEAT #2: 6.00-7.80, avg 7.20, month ago 7.81, year ago 6.38. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.15, avg 4.49, month ago 4.79, year ago 5.26. OATS #2: 3.50-4.90, avg 4.30, month ago 4.25, year ago 4.24. SOYBEANS #2: 12.90-14.15, avg 13.82, month ago 14.07, year ago 12.97. EAR CORN: 185.00-190.00, avg 198.00, month ago 174.00, year ago 205.00.

Western Pennsylvania

CORN #2: 5.90-7.00, avg 6.28. WHEAT #2: 6.66-7.23, avg 6.94. OATS #2: 3.80-4.00, avg 3.88. SOYBEANS #2: 13.81, avg 13.81.

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

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
April 29, 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 5.00 lower and straw sold 5.00-10.00 lower. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 130.00-300.00. MIXED: 80.00-220.00. TIMOTHY: 80.00-210.00. STRAW: 80.00-160.00. MULCH: 75.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions

Prices per ton. Hay: 129 loads. Straw: 26 loads. ALFALFA: 160.00-290.00. MIXED: 120.00-380.00. TIMOTHY: 135.00-300.00. GRASS: 115.00-350.00. STRAW: 110.00-240.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions

Prices per ton. Hay: 77 loads; Straw: 13 loads. ALFALFA: 72.50-290.00. MIXED: 85.00-330.00. TIMOTHY: 110.00-310.00. GRASS: 37.50-360.00. STRAW: 105.00-210.00.

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

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
April 25, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 3/30: 621; Week ending 4/6: 1566; Week ending 4/13: 1740; Week ending 4/20: 601; 2012 to date: 51637; 2011 to date: 56778; Final 2011: 62,576.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 3/30: 4092; Week ending 4/6: 5240; Week ending 4/13: 4459; Week ending 4/20: 4164; 2012 to date: 164775; 2011 to date: 175563; Final 2011: 209853.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 3/30: 4713; Week ending 4/6: 6806; Week ending 4/13: 6199; Week ending 4/20: 4765; 2012 to date: 216412; 2011 to date: 232341; Final 2011: 272,429.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): After more normal temperatures spurred prolific bloom, nighttime temperatures dipped to around freezing early in the week for two days. No reports of any significant damage.

NEW YORK: Trading is slow for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices for Canners/Peelers and Juice Stock about steady. Supplies are very light. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Tuesday, April 23, 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. Prices represent few open sales. Remaining supplies are in few hands. Juice Stock - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $16.00-21.00, mostly $18.00. Prices represent few open sales. Remaining supplies are in few hands.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 28-28-19 Movement expected to decrease season- ally. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum Red Delicious mostly 25.00, Empire mostly 28.00-29.00, Golden Delicious mostly 26.00-28.00.

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

U.S. Dairy Products Update
Washington, D.C.
April 25, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

TOTAL CHEESE production, excluding cottage cheeses, was 10.9 billion pounds, 2.8 percent above 2011 production. Wisconsin was the leading State with 25.6 percent of the production.

ITALIAN VARIETIES, with 4.63 billion pounds were 1.1 percent above 2011 production and accounted for 42.5 percent of total cheese in 2012. Mozzarella accounted for 78.0 percent of the Italian production followed by Provolone with 7.7 percent and Parmesan with 6.4 percent. California was the leading State in Italian cheese production with 30.7 percent of the production.

AMERICAN TYPE cheese production was 4.36 billion pounds, 3.1 percent above 2011 and accounted for 40.0 percent of total cheese in 2012. Wisconsin was the leading State in American type cheese production with 19.0 percent of the production.

BUTTER production in the United States during 2012 totaled 1.86 billion pounds, 2.8 percent above 2011. California accounted for 35.2 percent of the production.

DRY MILK POWDERS (2012 United States production, comparisons with 2011) Nonfat dry milk, human - 1.76 billion pounds, up 17.7 percent. Skim milk powders - 381 million pounds, down 14.7 percent.

WHEY PRODUCTS (2012 United States production, comparisons with 2011) Dry whey, total - 999 million pounds, down 1.1 percent. Lactose, human and animal - 1.03 billion pounds, up 2.6 percent. Whey protein concentrate, total - 441 million pounds, up 2.4 percent.

FROZEN PRODUCTS (2012 United States production, comparisons with 2011) Ice cream, Regular (total) - 899 million gallons, up 1.2 percent. Ice cream, Lowfat (total) - 467 million gallons, up 12.3 percent. Sherbet (total) - 46.0 million gallons, up 1.4 percent. Frozen Yogurt (total) - 74.0 million gallons, up 18.0 percent.

U.S. Egg Products
Washington, D. C.
April 30, 2013
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

Shell Eggs Broken Up 2%

Shell eggs broken totaled 175 million dozen during March 2013, up 2 percent from March a year ago, and 9 percent above the 161 million broken last month.

During calendar year 2013 through March, shell eggs broken totaled 509 million dozen, up slightly from the comparable period in 2012. To date, cumulative total edible product from eggs broken in 2013 was 657 million pounds, down 1 percent from 2012.

March 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 5 Saturdays. March 2013 contained 21 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 5 Saturdays.

Released April 30, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Floriculture Crop Update
Washington, D.C
April 25, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

VALUE OF ALL PRODUCTION: The 2012 wholesale value of floriculture crops is up 1 percent from the 2011 valuation. The total crop value at wholesale for the 15-State program for all growers with $10,000 or more in sales is estimated at $4.13 billion for 2012, compared with $4.08 billion for 2011. California continues to be the leading State with crops valued at $985 million, down 3 percent from the 2011 value. Florida, the next largest producer, is down 3 percent from the prior year to $812 million in wholesale value. These two States account for 44 percent of the 15-State total value. For 2012, the top 5 States are California, Florida, Michigan, Texas, and North Carolina, which account for $2.72 billion, or 66 percent, of the 15-State total value.

NUMBER OF PRODUCERS: The number of producers for 2012, at 5,419, is down 6 percent in the 15 States compared with the 2011 count of 5,763.

AREA USED FOR PRODUCTION: In the 15-State program, total covered area for floriculture crop production was 702 million square feet, down 1 percent from the 2011 area of 712 million square feet.

PEAK HIRED WORKERS: The average peak number of hired workers employed on operations in the 15-State program in 2012 is 19. A total of 4,184 operations hired workers during 2012. Overall, 77 percent of operations used some hired labor during 2012, up 1 percentage point from 2011.

U.S. Livestock Slaughter Report
Washington, D.C.
April 25, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Commercial Red Meat  Production Down

Commercial RED MEAT production for the United States totaled 3.99 billion pounds in March, down 4 percent from the 4.17 billion pounds produced in March 2012.

BEEF production, at 2.04 billion pounds, was 6 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.59 million head, down 6 percent from March 2012. The average live weight was up 14 pounds from the previous year, at 1,313 pounds.

VEAL production totaled 9.2 million pounds, 8 percent below March a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 62,700 head, up 5 percent from March 2012. The average live weight was down 31 pounds from last year, at 252 pounds.

PORK production totaled 1.93 billion pounds, down 3 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.32 million head, down 2 percent from March 2012. The average live weight was down 2 pounds from the previous year, at 277 pounds.

LAMB AND MUTTON production, at 13.8 million pounds, was down 3 percent from March 2012. Sheep slaughter totaled 196,100 head, 3 percent above last year. The average live weight was 141 pounds, down 8 pounds from March a year ago.

January to March 2013 commercial red meat production was 12.0 billion pounds, down 2 percent from 2012. Accumulated beef production was down 2 percent from last year, veal was down 5 percent, pork was down 1 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 3 percent.

March 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 5 Saturdays. March 2013 contained 21 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 5 Saturdays.

Released April 25, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Meat Animals Production, Disposition & Income
Washington, D.C.
April 25, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

TOTAL 2012 PRODUCTION of cattle and calves and hogs and pigs for the United States totaled 73.5 billion pounds, up 1 percent from 2011. Production increased 4 percent for hogs and pigs but decreased 1 percent for cattle and calves.

TOTAL 2012 CASH RECEIPTS from marketings of meat animals increased 6 percent to $90.1 billion. Cattle and calves accounted for over 75 percent of this total and hogs and pigs accounted for nearly 25 percent.

THE 2012 GROSS INCOME from cattle and calves and hogs and pigs for the United States totaled $90.7 billion, up 6 percent from 2011. Gross income for cattle and calves increased 8 percent and hogs and pigs increased 2 percent over previous year’s gross income.

CATTLE AND CALVES: Cash receipts from marketings of cattle and calves increased 8 percent from $63.0 billion in 2011 to $67.9 billion in 2012. All cattle and calf marketings totaled 55.4 billion pounds in 2012, down 1 percent from 2011.

HOGS AND PIGS: Cash receipts from hogs and pigs totaled $22.2 billion during 2012, up 2 percent from 2011. Marketings totaled 33.3 billion pounds in 2012, up 4 percent from 2011.

U.S. Milk Production, Disposition & Income
Washington, D.C.
April 25, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

MILK PRODUCTION increased 2.1 percent in 2012 to 200 billion pounds. The rate per cow, at 21,697 pounds, was 361 pounds above 2011. The annual average number of milk cows on farms was 9.23 million head, up 39,000 head from 2011.

CASH RECEIPTS from marketings of milk during 2012 totaled $37.0 billion, 6.4 percent lower than 2011. Producer returns averaged $18.56 per hundredweight, 8.3 percent below 2011. Marketings totaled 199.4 billion pounds, 2.1 percent above 2011. Marketings include whole milk sold to plants and dealers and milk sold directly to consumers.

An estimated 961 million pounds of milk were used on farms where produced, 1.1 percent less than 2011. Calves were fed 90 percent of this milk, with the remainder consumed in producer households.

US Peanut Stocks & Processing
Washington, D.C.
April 30, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Shelled Edible Grade Utilization Down 3%.
Peanut Stocks in Commercial Storage Totaled 4.38 Billion Pounds

PEANUT STOCKS reported in commercial storage on March 31, 2013 totaled 4.38 billion pounds of equivalent farmer stock, compared with 2.33 billion pounds a year ago. This total includes 3.55 billion pounds of actual farmer stock.

SHELLED PEANUTS on hand totaled 784 million pounds of farmer stock equivalent. Roasting stock totaled 52.1 million pounds.

Shelled peanut stocks totaled 589 million pounds of which 556 million pounds were edible grades and 33.0 million pounds were oil stocks. Edible grade stocks by type included 115 million pounds of Virginias and Valencias, 426 million pounds of Runners, and 16.0 million pounds of Spanish.

MILLINGS in March totaled 531 million pounds including 414 million pounds of Runners.

Commercial processors utilized 170 million pounds of SHELLED EDIBLE grade peanuts during March. Utilization by type was 99.7 million pounds for all peanut butter products, 35.6 million pounds for peanut candy, and 33.5 million pounds for peanut snacks.

CRUSHING for oil and cake and meal totaled 42.3 million pounds during the month.

Deliveries under the Government Domestic Feeding and Child Nutrition Programs amounted to 1.05 million pounds of peanut butter and 25,920 pounds of roasted peanuts during March.

Stocks of TREATED SEED on hand March 31, 2013 totaled 24.7 million pounds, compared with 3.85 million pounds on February 28, 2013. Of the March total, 5.74 million pounds were Virginias and Valencias. February stocks of treated seed included 2.78 million pounds of Virginias and Valencias.

Stocks estimates refer to March 31, 2013. All other data are for the month of March.

Released April 30, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Poultry Production & Value
Washington, D.C.
April 29, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Value of Production and Sales Up 8%

The COMBINED VALUE of production from broilers, eggs, turkeys, and the value of sales from chickens in 2012 was $38.1 billion, up 8 percent from $35.3 billion in 2011. Of the combined total, 65 percent was from broilers, 21 percent from eggs, 14 percent from turkeys, and less than 1 percent from chickens.

The VALUE OF BROILERS produced during 2012 was $24.8 billion, up 8 percent from 2011. The total number of broilers produced in 2012 was 8.44 billion, down 2 percent from 2011. The total amount of live weight broilers produced in 2012 was 49.5 billion pounds, down 1 percent from 2011.

The VALUE OF TURKEYS produced during 2012 was $5.44 billion, up 10 percent from the $4.96 billion the previous year. Turkey production in 2012 totaled 7.55 billion pounds, up 4 percent from the 7.27 billion pounds produced in 2011.

The VALUE OF SALES FROM CHICKENS (excluding broilers) in 2012 was $79.0 million, down 3 percent from $81.1 million a year ago. The number of chickens sold in 2012 totaled 178 million, down 2 percent from the total sold during the previous year.

VALUE OF ALL EGG PRODUCTION in 2012 was $7.82 billion, up 7 percent from $7.32 billion in 2011. Egg production totaled 92.9 billion eggs, up 1 percent from 91.9 billion eggs produced in 2011.

U.S. Poultry Slaughter
Washington, D.C.
April 25, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 2%

Poultry certified wholesome during March 2013 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.52 billion pounds, down 2 percent from the amount certified in March 2012. The February 2013 revised certified total at 3.39 billion pounds, was down 2 percent from February 2012. The February revision represented an increase of 325 thousand pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during March 2013 was 4.66 billion pounds, down 2 percent from 4.77 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 3.99 billion pounds, down 2 percent from March 2012. Mature chickens, at 59.4 million pounds, were down 6 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 591 million pounds, down 6 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 13.7 million pounds, down slightly from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during March 2013 averaged 5.87 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from March 2012. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.26 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during March 2013 averaged 30.9 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from March 2012.

Ante-mortem condemnations during March 2013 totaled 10.2 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.22 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.20 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 37.5 million pounds, were 1.06 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.96 percent a year earlier.

March 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 5 Saturdays. March 2013 contained 21 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 5 Saturdays.

Released April 25, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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