Public Auction Yard Cattle Wtd Avg
BL_LS750
Billings, MT    Fri Dec 15, 2017    USDA Market News
 
Public Auction Yards- Billings, MT
Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for 12/15/2017
 
Receipts:  1,370    Last Week:  1,676    Year Ago:  592
 
Compared to Friday: Steer calves weighing 450-599 lbs sold 
mostly firm to 10.00 higher in a narrow comparison. All other
weights of steers were too lightly tested to develop an accurate
market trend, however higher undertones were noticed. Heifer 
calves 400-599 lbs sold unevenly steady on a mixed quality 
offering. CME positions took a positive bounce following news 
that packers were bidding and purchasing finished cattle higher 
this week. Bids rose most of the morning before feeders finally 
accepted 118.00-120.50 in Nebraska and mostly 120.50 in Colorado. 
This was positive news for traders and feeder cattle buyers as 
cattle both in the sale ring and on the board pushed mostly higher.
Quality this week was average to attractive. Market activity was
moderate to active. Weigh up cows sold on mostly moderate demand
for light offerings. Slaughter and feeding as well as slaughter
bulls were all too lightly tested to develop an accurate market
trend, however steady undertones were noticed compared to Wednesdays
large offering. The feeder cattle offerings included 57 percent 
steers and bulls 51 percent heifers with 14 percent weighing over 
600 lbs. Offerings were 90 percent feeder cattle, 4 percent 
slaughter cows, less than 1 percent slaughter bulls, 5 percent 
feeding cows, cows returning to the country bred cows, heifers, 
and pairs. This is the last cattle sale of 2017, Next sale will be 
Friday Jan 05th, 2018.


                Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   26    408-448     435    211.00-220.00     214.48
   55    457-499     471    190.00-213.00     203.01
   84    525-547     532    176.00-183.00     180.43
   95      546       546       184.50         184.50   Value Added
  101    576-593     581    163.00-178.50     175.03
    3      633       633       155.00         155.00   Full
   13    706-718     708    153.00-156.50     155.95   Calves
   27      886       886       140.00         140.00   Fleshy

                Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4      425       425       207.00         207.00
    5      493       493       173.00         173.00
   19    505-543     537    171.00-172.00     171.95
   42    550-566     556    155.00-163.50     161.32
   25    604-648     631    148.00-156.00     152.99   Calves
    8      935       935       136.50         136.50

                      Feeder Steers Medium 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4      431       431       197.00         197.00
    5      538       538       166.00         166.00

                Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   10      390       390    175.00-177.00     175.80
   60    401-441     424    168.00-176.50     172.19
   91    460-495     474    161.00-176.00     170.64
  187    503-548     522    150.00-165.00     162.54
  127    552-597     589    146.00-152.50     151.12
    4      603       603       139.00         139.00   Calves
   26      687       687       137.25         137.25   Calves
   22      726       726       133.00         133.00   Fleshy

               Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2      383       383       173.00         173.00
    5    455-475     459    152.00-155.00     152.62
   14    540-549     547    141.00-148.75     147.11
   11    554-585     572    139.00-142.00     140.94

                 Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    5      432       432       210.00         210.00
   18      639       639       147.00         147.00   Calves
    5      710       710       130.00         130.00   Calves

Slaughter Cows       
            Pct Lean   Weight   Avg Dress    High Dress    Low Dress  Very Low Dress  
Breakers      75-80      --        --            --           --            --
Boners        80-85    1370        --            --          52.00          --
Lean          85-90  1030-1315 53.00-54.00       --       50.00-52.50  38.00-47.00
      

Slaughter Bulls, Yield Grade 1-2       
                  Weight       Avg Dress    High Dress    Low Dress     
                1685-1870     71.00-78.50       --       65.00-68.50   


Feeding bulls: 1360 lbs 63.00.    
   

Feeding Cows and Cows Returning to the Country: 2 yrs old heifers 1076 lbs 112.00. Young 
age 1335-1373 lbs 61.50-63.00 Aged 1115-1495 lbs 54.00, thin 47.00.   

Bred Cows:  Medium and Large 1 Aged (Broken mouth) calving before May 15th 1291 lbs 
thin 760.00.


Source:  USDA- Livestock, Poultry, Grain, Market News Service
         John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge, 406-210-4792
         john.kimbrell@ams.usda.gov
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/BL_LS750.txt
 
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