Weekly Auction Cattle Wtd Avg Summary
USDA - Fri Mar 15, 12:42PM CDT
BL_LS754  
Billings, MT    Fri Mar 15, 2019    USDA Market News

Weekly Combined Weighted Average Feeder Cattle Report                      
                                                                           

Market: Billings Livestock Commission, MT                                  
Market: Miles City, MT                                                     
Market: Public Auction Yards - Cattle, MT                                  

Receipts: 5,748        Last Week 1,104        Last Year 6,777

Compared to two weeks ago: Winter weather and extremely cold 
temperatures kept sales very light last week. All comparisons are
to two weeks ago. Feeder steer and heifer calves 550-749 lbs
sold unevenly steady. Buyers looking for grass cattle were
willing to take heavier cattle this week as we inch closer to
grass time. This created uneven prices at times as grass fed
cattle sold with very good demand, while feed lot ready cattle
sold on mostly light demand. Quality this week was mostly average.
Market activity was mostly moderate. Weigh up cows sold on mostly
good demand this week with very good demand seen at times. Packers
and feeding cow buyers were very aggressive as quality this week 
was average to very attractive. Packers showed moderate demand for
slaughter cows. Slaughter cows sold generally steady. Feeding cows
sold steady to 2.00 higher. The cutter cow cutout has inched higher
in the last two weeks as tight cow supplies due to winter weather
and seasonal demand for grinding materials have helped push cow meat
higher. The cutout as of Thursdays close was 167.48, down 0.08 from 
Wednesdays value. Slaughter bulls sold steady to 1.00 higher. 
Offerings this week consisted of 58 percent feeder cattle, 6 percent 
slaughter cows, 3 percent slaughter bulls, 24 percent feeding cows 
and bulls and cows returning to the country, balance bred cows, 
heifers, and pairs.




Slaughter Cows         
             Pct Lean    Weight    Avg Dress    High Dress    Low Dress  Very Low Dress
Premium White  65-75      1785       63.50          --           --           --
Breakers       75-80   1600-1730     62.50      67.00-67.50  53.00-60.50      --
Boners         80-85   1315-1870  58.00-64.50   66.50-68.00  53.00-59.50      --
Lean           85-90    855-1435  58.50-64.00      66.50     46.00-60.50  35.00-46.00


Slaughter Bulls, Yield Grade 1-2              
                  Weight       Avg Dress     High Dress    Low Dress   Very Low Dress
                1375-2305     74.50-83.00   83.00-86.00   62.00-76.00   50.50-61.00
All Natural     2075-2505     81.00-82.50       --        74.50-75.00        --
  

Feeding bulls: 1315-1980 lbs 62.00-72.00, All Natural 78.50.

Baby calves: 125 lbs 400.00 per head, average quality 80 lbs 150.00 per head. 

Feeding Cows and Cows Returning to the Country: 2 yrs old 810-1140 lbs 84.00
-115.00, heifers 770-1675 lbs 92.00-128.00. 3 yrs old: 805-1483 lbs 63.00
-107.00, thin 62.00. Young age: 903-1576 lbs 58.50-68.00, rebreed quality 62.00
-85.50. Middle age: 1174-1920 lbs 57.00-65.75. Aged 1028-1970 lbs 55.50-64.00,
thin 49.00-55.00. 

Bred Heifers: Medium and large 1 calving before June 1st 1028-1108 lbs 1,400.00
-1,625.00, Non legible tattoos 1,500.00. 

Bred cows: 3-4 yrs old Medium and large 1 calving before June 1st 1093-1268 lbs 
1,450.00-1,500.00, non legible tattoos 1,475.00, thin 1,275.00, calving May-June 
1179 lbs 1,200.00, calving in July-Aug 1127 lbs 1,000.00.  

Bred cows: 5-6 yrs old Medium and large 1 calving before June 1st 1263 lbs non 
legiable tattoos 1,550.00.

Bred cows: Middle age (Solid mouth) Medium and large 1 calving before June 1st 
Non legible tattoos 1291 lbs 1,300.00, thin 1280 1,175.00.  

Bred cows: Aged (Broken mouth) Medium and large 1 calving before June 1st 1200
-1421 lbs 975.00-1,400.00, Non legible tattoos 1230-1328 lbs 1,075.00-1,175.00,
calving May-June 1476-1494 lbs 1,000.00. Medium and large 1-2 1229-1421 lbs 
calving before June 1st 875.00-1,050.00.           


                     Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1                      
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
         19     347        347       230.50         230.50                 
         11   414-448      424    190.00-213.00     201.55                 
         45   455-498      470    186.00-192.00     189.99                 
        114   512-525      523    183.50-186.50     183.91                 
         91   553-584      568    166.00-175.00     170.64                 
        193   602-648      634    159.00-172.00     166.84                 
          9     645        645       157.00         157.00 Full            
        349   651-698      663    148.50-167.00     161.76                 
        242   702-743      722    143.00-149.50     146.79                 
        106   753-781      758    138.00-145.00     143.51                 
        165   810-830      819    133.00-135.50     134.76                 
         17     869        869       129.50         129.50                 
         82   905-913      912    127.00-134.50     128.34 

                           Feeder Steers Large 1                           
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
          4    1046       1046       123.50         123.50                            

                    Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1-2                     
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
         16   435-443      440    190.00-194.00     191.90                 
         28   512-541      525    173.00-180.50     174.96                 
         24   596-598      596    161.50-164.50     162.79                 
         13   605-638      615    153.00-162.50     159.94                 
         24   662-693      673    140.00-148.50     142.31                 
         32   705-748      729    135.00-140.50     138.22                 
          4     775        775       137.50         137.50                 
          4     860        860       127.00         127.00                 

                     Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1                     
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
         14   329-331      330    201.00-215.00     209.98                 
         45   379-390      382    201.50-204.00     203.26                 
        101   450-486      473    161.00-176.50     167.08                 
        247   503-548      524    154.00-170.50     162.40                 
         74   556-594      584    149.50-157.50     152.14                 
        254   600-646      618    141.00-151.50     147.02                 
         61   653-685      657    132.00-142.50     137.45                 
         61   708-747      736    127.00-135.00     129.94                 
         17     785        785       123.00         123.00                 
          5     791        791       119.00         119.00 Fleshy          
         45   821-834      827    120.00-123.00     121.41                 
          5     866        866       117.00         117.00                 
          2     990        990       114.00         114.00                 

                    Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1-2                    
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
         15   367-399      380    166.00-172.00     168.52                 
         11   404-416      411    162.00-170.00     166.42                 
         22   463-498      474    155.00-168.00     164.20                 
         12   513-537      527    146.00-153.00     151.13                 
         18     578        578       148.00         148.00                 
          8   600-608      604    141.00-143.00     141.99                 
          2     673        673       131.00         131.00     

                      Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1                      
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
         26   589-593      589    152.50-158.00     153.14                 
         18     624        624       153.50         153.50                 
         25     682        682       139.50         139.50                 
          3     792        792       129.00         129.00                 
          8     971        971       124.00         124.00                 
            

Source:  USDA Market News Service, Billings, MT
         John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge
         406-210-4792
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/BL_LS754.txt
 

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