New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 16, 2016
Report Supplied By USDA

Lancaster Weekly Cattle Summary for week ending Friday, December 16, 2016.

CATTLE: 3159; Last week 2596; Last year 2607. CALVES: 1715; Last week  1726; Last year 1940.

This week in Lancaster County, follows last week's lead and stays quiet with things staying mostly steady early in the week. The end of the week saw all the slaughter cattle classes take a positive turn and finish higher. Right now there seems to be a lot of speculation about foreign policy and trade. Both of these have a huge effect on the futures market, which in turn, has a huge effect on domestic cattle prices. Slaughter steers were quoted steady to 3.00 higher. Holstein steers sold mostly 2.00-3.00 higher on a very light test. Slaughter heifers sold 3.00-4.00 higher on another very light test. Slaughter cows sold mostly steady to 1.00 higher. Slaughter bulls sold steady to 4.00 higher. There is not a Feeder cattle sale this week. Holstein bull calves sold mixed from 20.00 lower to 20.00 higher this week. Holstein heifer calves sold steady to 20.00 lower again on another very light supply. Dairy replacement fresh cows sold mostly steady to 100.00 higher. Not enough bred Holstein cows for a market test. Overall cow quality not as good as previous sale. Replacement Holstein bred heifers sold mostly steady to 50.00 higher. Replacement open heifers sold unevenly steady compared to a light test. Overall heifer quality not as good as previous sale. Not enough Holstein bulls last week for a comparison but a firm undertone noted. Demand was moderate for all classes. All cattle are sold per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1650 lbs 105.00-109.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1650 lbs 102.00-105.50; SELECT 1-2: 1300-1650 lbs 98.00-102.50, High Dressing Lean Steers 1200-1700 lbs 101.00-114.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEINS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1500-1650 lbs 93.00-99.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1450-1700 lbs 86.00-91.00; SELECT 1-2: 1400-1700 lbs 80.00-83.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1450 lbs 102.00-106.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1200-1450 lbs 98.00-101.00; SELECT 1-2: 1100-1400 lbs 92.00-96.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 56.00-60.50, High dress 62.00-65.50, Low dress 52.00-55.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 53.00-57.50, High dress 58.00-62.50, Low dress 48.00-52.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 52.00-57.50, High dress 55.00-62.00, Low dress 45.00-51.00; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 46.00-51.50, High dress 52.00-57.00, Low dress 37.00-45.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 885-2375 lbs Average Dress 83.00-91.00, High Dress 92.50-101.00, Very High Dress 105.00-114.00, individual 126.00, Low Dress 73.00-82.00, Very Low Dress 62.00-72.00.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES:

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 65-125 lbs 100.00-125.00, #2: 70-110 lbs 80.00-100.00, #3: 70-130 lbs 50.00-75.00; UTILITY: 50-105 lbs 11.00-50.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 121 lbs 100.00, 105-113 lbs 120.00-150.00; #2: 112-113 lbs 116.00-120.00, 102-103 lbs 125.00-140.00, 95 lbs 100.00-122.00, 84-90 lbs 80.00-92.00, 73 lbs 62.00. #3: 72-110 lbs 62.00-81.00; UTILITY: 93-103 lbs 42.00-45.00, 73-84 lbs 22.00-32.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 93-104 lbs 210.00-225.00; #2: 102 lbs 202.00, 82-92 lbs 215.00-232.00, 73 lbs 170.00, 65 lbs 75.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 63-83 lbs 27.00-45.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 60.00, 90-118 lbs 77.00-90.00; #2: 120-128 lbs 60.00, 80-118 lbs 72.00-84.00; #3: 80-130 lbs 62.00-68.00, 72-78 lbs 55.00; UTILITY: 60-98 lbs 20.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: #2: 80-110 lbs 145.00-175.00; #3: 60-100 lbs 75.00-135.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 50-90 lbs 11.00-50.00.

Price and grade information is reported by QSA-USDA Market News Service. While market reports reflect the majority of Livestock sold at each sale, there are instances where animals do not fit reporting categories and are not included in this report.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, Kayley Ellis 717-354-2391. www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/ln_ls145.txt.