Billings Livestock Commission Wtd Avg
USDA - Fri Dec 07, 1:04AM CST
BL_LS751
Billings, MT    Thu Dec 6, 2018    USDA Market News
 
Billings Livestock Commission
Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for 12/06/2018
 
Receipts:  5,871    Last Week:  5,975    Year Ago:  5,050
 
Compared to last week: Steer calves 400-799 lbs sold mostly steady 
to 3.00 lower, with the exception of 550-649 lbs calves which sold 
mostly 5.00 lower. Heifer calves 350-399 lbs sold mostly 5.00-10.00 
higher; 400-549 lbs heifers sold steady 3.00 higher; 550-699 lbs
heifers sold steady to 3.00 lower. Yearling steers and heifers were 
all too lightly tested to develop any market trend. Quality this week 
was average to attractive, however quality overall was not as 
attractive as last week. Many feeder offerings were weaned this week
which allowed buyers to put together loads of calves in light flesh.
Weaned calves offered slight premiums throughout the sale. Calves 
straight off the cow are begining to show flesh differences and buyers
are discounting these cattle for being fleshy in some instances. 
Demand for feeder cattle was mostly moderate this week on heavy 
offerings. Last weeks snow storm has left pen and lot conditions
muddy throughout much of the feeding region. This has supressed demand 
for feedlot ready feeders slightly. Demand for lightweight cattle 
sutiable to run on grass remains mostly good. Many bidders and buyers
were in the stands this week. Market activity was moderate to active. 
Weigh up cows sold on mostly moderate demand this sale for moderate
offerings. Packer showed slightly lighter demand for cows for immidiate 
harvest this sale. The cutter cow cutout has struggled slightly following
the Thanksgiving holiday, however it has gained back some of its value
in the last few days. The cutter cow cutout as of todays close was 155.40,
0.27 higher than Wednesdays value. Packers continue to show good demand
for feeding cows and cows to hold for the holiday break. Feeding and packer
buyers bid agressivly over offerings today as they pushed to fill loads
and secure market share. Feeding cows sold generally steady with mondays
sale. Slaughter cows sold fully steady in a narrow compairson. Slaughter
bulls sold steady to firm in a narrow compairson. The feeder cattle offering 
was 52 percent steers and bulls 48 percent heifers with 35 percent weighing 
over 600 lbs. Today�s supply consisted of 89 percent feeder cattle, 1.5 
percent slaughter cow, near half of one percent slaughter bulls, 8 percent 
feeding cows and bulls and cows returning to the country, balance bred 
cows, heifers, and pairs. ***Next sale will be Monday Dec. 10th, 2018 with
the Northland bred cow special. No feeders sell***


                Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    7      350       350       217.50         217.50
   28    403-449     430    192.00-209.00     199.81
  134    450-499     469    179.00-194.00     187.17
  252    500-549     527    165.00-179.00     171.86
  194    550-599     579    153.00-165.00     157.78
  279    605-649     617    149.00-159.50     153.66   Calves
   20      627       627       145.00         145.00   Fleshy
  394    651-698     673    147.50-154.50     151.51   Calves
   50    663-677     664    140.00-141.00     140.90   Fleshy
  143    702-745     714    143.50-149.00     147.15   Calves
   62    712-749     730    138.00-142.00     139.83   Fleshy
   28    754-786     777    140.00-147.00     142.12   Calves
   12    782-792     788    134.50-135.00     134.71   Fleshy
    8      823       823       143.00         143.00   Calves
   33    924-949     944    140.50-146.00     145.02

                Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   14      291       291       212.50         212.50
   41      330       330       200.50         200.50
   38    366-394     374    192.50-204.00     200.12
   23    424-445     433    179.00-186.00     183.00
   72    450-493     486    167.50-177.50     170.68
   96    513-541     531    155.00-163.00     159.98
   36    553-590     581    149.00-154.50     151.42
   39    615-647     629    140.00-147.50     145.10   Calves
   13      738       738       146.00         146.00
    7      747       747       139.00         139.00   Calves
   25    753-795     773    140.00-143.50     141.77
    4      950       950       131.50         131.50

                Feeder Steers Medium and Large 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    9      447       447       177.00         177.00
    7      605       605       138.50         138.50   Calves
    7      723       723       139.00         139.00

                      Feeder Steers Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   17     1232      1232       111.75         111.75

                Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    7      343       343       185.00         185.00
  166    365-398     388    176.00-186.50     184.64
   54    411-445     431    162.00-169.00     165.04
  405    452-497     478    154.00-165.00     161.81
  360    503-548     525    147.50-156.00     152.67
  447    550-591     581    136.50-148.00     141.90
   33    592-598     594    131.00-135.00     133.54   Fleshy
  119    604-641     623    134.00-140.50     136.93   Calves
   17    600-601     600    131.00-132.50     131.88   Fleshy
  108    651-670     658    130.00-138.50     134.25   Calves
   10    721-722     722       128.00         128.00   Calves
    8      830       830       132.00         132.00
   23      915       915       131.00         131.00
    8      959       959       129.00         129.00

               Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   87    303-348     329    161.00-175.00     169.75
   36    374-392     384    164.00-168.00     165.24
   13      446       446    145.00-159.00     149.31
   22    463-491     469    141.00-150.00     147.86
   32    553-598     581    135.00-138.00     135.71
    4      939       939       124.50         124.50

                Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   17      298       298       160.00         160.00
    8      544       544       129.50         129.50

                      Feeder Heifers Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4      473       473       135.00         135.00
   24      608       608       134.50         134.50   Calves
   30   1001-1038   1017    122.00-123.75     122.98

                     Feeder Heifers Medium 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   12      412       412       155.00         155.00

                 Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   11      311       311       205.00         205.00
   46      378       378       201.00         201.00
   11      420       420       177.50         177.50
   67      517       517       157.00         157.00
    5      560       560       142.00         142.00
    7      741       741       125.00         125.00   Calves

                Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   15      312       312       190.00         190.00

Slaughter Cows         
           Pct Lean    Weight    Avg Dress    High Dress   Low Dress   Very Low Dress   
Breakers     75-80   1601-1915      --          65.50     47.00-49.50       --
Boners       80-85   1439-1635  51.50-53.00       --      45.00-49.00       -- 
Lean         85-90    975-1375  48.00-53.00       --      35.00-47.00    22.50-32.50

Slaughter Bulls, Yield Grade 1-2              
                  Weight       Avg Dress     High Dress    Low Dress   Very Low Dress
                1255-2210        69.00          72.00     53.00-64.50        --

Feeding bulls/Bulls returning to the country: 1405-1514 lbs 54.50-62.00.

Feeding Cows and Cows Returning to the Country: 2 yrs old: 890-1370 lbs 72.00-99.00.
3 yrs old: 901-1440 lbs 62.00-95.00, full 59.00. Young age: 1135-1570 lbs 58.00-70.00,
full 53.50. Middle age: 1208-1715 lbs 52.50-62.50, full 45.00-53.00. Aged: 1060-1532 lbs 
48.00-57.00, thin 46.00-53.00.

Source:  USDA Market News Service, Billings, MT
         John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge
         406-210-4792
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/BL_LS751.txt
 
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