Market Reports for Dec. 22, 2012

12/22/2012 7:00 AM

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
December 21, 2012
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 124.60; Last week 125.00; Last year 125.50.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 103.30; Last week 106.80; Last year 104.25.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 124.00; Last week 123.00; Last year 123.25.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 73.70; Last week 70.80; Last year 70.00.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 72.25; Last week 69.30; Last year 66.50.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 86.90; Last week 87.25; Last year 80.00.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 67.50; Last week 60.50; Last year 69.00.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 123.00; Last week 142.00; Last year 185.00.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 112.15, Last week 103.50.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 125.00; Last week 141.50.

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
Dec. 17, 2012
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:   7.18 bu, 12.85 cwt.

Wheat, No. 2:   8.23 bu, 13.74 cwt.

Barley, No. 3:   4.92 bu, 10.53 cwt.

Oats, No. 2:   4.20 bu, 13.11 cwt.

Soybeans, No. 2:   14.27 bu, 23.83 cwt.

Ear Corn:   200.00 ton, 10.00 cwt.

Alfalfa Hay :247.50 ton, 12.38 cwt.

Mixed Hay:  223.75 ton, 11.19 cwt.

Timothy Hay :241.25 ton, 12.06 cwt.<.000>

PA Grain Report
Harrisburg, Pa.
Dec. 17, 2012
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Compared to last week, corn sold steady to .05 lower, wheat sold .20 to .30 lower, barley sold .10 to .15 lower, oats sold .05 to .10 higher and soybeans sold .30 to .40 higher. Ear corn sold 5.00 to 7.00 lower. All prices per bushel except ear corn is per ton.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.00-7.54, avg 7.34, contracts Dec 6.23-6.48. WHEAT #2: 7.81-8.84, avg 8.42, contracts Dec 7.80-8.23. BARLEY #3: 4.80-6.00, avg 5.43, contracts Jul 4.75. OATS #2: 4.50-4.90, avg 4.70. SOYBEANS #2: 14.06-14.75, avg 14.26, contracts Dec 12.49-12.87.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.75-7.66, avg 7.25. BARLEY #3: 5.00-5.15, avg 5.07. OATS #2: 4.00-4.50, avg 4.25. SOYBEANS #2: 13.35-14.46, avg 13.77. EAR CORN: 215.00, avg 215.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.70-7.50, avg 6.96. WHEAT #2: 7.20-9.00, avg 8.06. BARLEY #3: 4.00-4.80, avg 4.26. OATS #2: 3.25-4.90, avg 3.88. SOYBEANS #2: 13.45-13.90, avg 13.74. EAR CORN: 185.00, avg 185.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 7.05-7.78, avg 7.33. WHEAT #2: 8.71-8.75, avg 8.73. BARLEY #3: 5.75, avg 5.75. OATS #2: 4.15-4.50, avg 4.32. Soybean #2: 13.65-14.40, avg 14.07.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 6.70-7.78, avg 7.24, month ago 7.51, yr ago 6.67. WHEAT #2: 7.20-9.00, avg 8.38, month ago 8.76, yr ago 6.25. BARLEY #3: 4.00-6.00, avg 4.87, month ago 5.06, yr ago 5.01. OATS #2: 3.25-4.90, avg 4.21, month ago 4.18, yr ago 4.08. SOYBEANS #2: 13.35-14.75, avg 14.04, month ago 14.83, yr ago 10.54. EAR CORN: 185.00-215.00, avg 189.33, month ago 199.66, yr ago 199.60.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.50-7.83, avg 7.17. WHEAT #2: 7.86-8.25, avg 8.05. OATS #2: 3.50-5.25, avg 4.13. SOYBEANS #2: 14.61, avg 14.61.

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

PA Regional Hay
Harrisburg, Pa.
Dec. 17, 2012
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 and straw sold steady. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 100.00-335.00. MIXED: 85.00-235.00. TIMOTHY: 85.00-260.00. STRAW: 80.00-160.00. MULCH: 50.00-75.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 214 loads. Straw: 46 loads. ALFALFA: 170.00-385.00. MIXED: 105.00-370.00. TIMOTHY: 180.00-370.00. GRASS: 75.00-290.00. STRAW: 110.00-240.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: All prices per ton. Hay: 156 loads; Straw: 27 loads. ALFALFA: 110.00-305.00. MIXED: 80.00-340.00. TIMOTHY: 95.00-330.00. GRASS: 80.00-330.00. STRAW: 100.00-255.00.

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

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 14, 2012
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This wk 3925; Last wk 3801; Last yr 5521. CALVES: This wk 2924; Last wk 3059; Last yr 3554. HOGS: This wk 1846; Last wk 1268; Last yr 1547. FEEDER PIGS: This wk 39; Last wk 442; Last yr n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This wk 2470; Last wk 1801; Last yr 3197. GOATS: This wk 3051; Last wk 1628; Last yr 3457.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s markets, slaughter steers sold 1.00 to 3.00 lower. Slaughter holsteins sold mostly steady to 1.00 lower. Slaughter heifers sold mostly steady to 1.00 lower. Slaughter cows sold mostly .75 higher. Slaughter bulls sold mostly firm to .50 higher.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week all feeder cattle sold mostly 10.00 higher.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week holstein bull calves sold mostly steady. Holstein heifers sold steady to 5.00 lower.

HOGS: Compared to last weeks sale, barrows and gilts sold 2.00 to 4.00 lower. Sows sold 6.00 to 8.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs sold mostly 20.00 to 30.00 lower and sheep sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: Compared to last week, kid goats sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 lower. Nannies sold 10.00 to 20.00 lower.

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

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 21, 2012
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2867; Last week 3157; Last year 2085. CALVES: 1931; Last week 1747; Last year 1769.

This week in Lancaster County slaughter steers sold steady with good demand and moderate offerings. Slaughter cows advanced 1.00-2.00 higher.

Cow buyers were more aggressive this week, knowing that the next two weeks will be shorten kills due to the Holidays and many of the livestock auctions across the south and Midwest will be shut down for two weeks.

The boxed beef market contracted this week pulling off its highs from last week. Choice cutout values lost 4.11/cwt since last Tuesday’s peak to this Thursday’s close of 192.06/cwt. The Choice/Select spread also narrowed to 15.36/cwt, a common trend following purchases for the Holidays. Cutter cow carcass values closed at 160.95/cwt this Thursday with 90% lean boneless at 207.02/cwt.

USDA will be releasing its cattle on feed report this Friday afternoon. The trade is expecting a 9% drop in placements from last year’s level and about steady marketings, for a reduction of 6.5% of total cattle on feed comparative to last year. Lower placements are expected throughout 2013 reflecting the drought liquidation of cows from the last two years.

Grain markets have drawn some attention this past week as corn closed under 7.00/bu this Thursday pushing below some key support levels. Disappointing exports as well as uncertainties over congress and the fiscal cliff have put the grain markets in a bearish mood lately.

Long-term outlooks remain bullish for the fact that market will have to continue to ration out supply until the South American harvest comes in and the US has handle on planting intentions for this spring. CME March Corn closed at 6.965/bu Thursday and January Soybeans at 14.0875/bu.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1200-1675 lbs 126.00-132.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1265-1600 lbs 122.50-127.50; SELECT 2-3: 1110-1600 lbs 115.50- 122.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 1450-1650 lbs 107.50-110.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1350-1600 lbs 103.00-107.00; SELECT 2-3: 1400-1600 lbs 97.50-101.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1550 lbs 125.50-129.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 119.00-123.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.00, High dress 77.00-82.00, Low dress 68.00-72.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 71.00-76.50, High dress 76.50-80.50, Low dress 64.50-71.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 70.00-76.50, High dress 76.50-79.00, Low dress 63.00-70.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 65.00-71.00, High dress 71.00-74.50, Low dress 57.00-65.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 900-2000 lbs 84.00-93.50, high dress 93.50-97.00, low dress 77.00-83.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher with exception of a steady market on Monday. Demand was good. Heifers traded steady to firm. Composite veal carcass values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 335.00-370.00/cwt last week with a weighted average value of 354.37/cwt (Hide-Off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-120 lbs 110.00-122.00, 85-90 lbs 105.00-115.00; #2: 95-130 lbs 95.00-110.00, 85-90 lbs 80.00-95.00; #3: 95-135 lbs 65.00-80.00, 85-90 lbs 60.00-70.00; UTILITY: 75-130 lbs 40.00-65.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-105 lbs 90.00-140.00; #2: 70-105 lbs 60.00-75.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70-85 lbs 40.00-60.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 121 lbs 97.00, 111-113 lbs 112.00-118.00, 95-103 lbs 130.00-132.00, 90 lbs 102.00, 85 lbs 87.00; #2: 95-113 lbs 122.00-134.00, 90 lbs 97.00, 83 lbs 70.00; #3: 93-110 lbs 72.00-80.00, 83-84 lbs 55.00, 74 lbs 35.00; UTILITY: 82-102 lbs 35.00-45.00, 73 lbs 15.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 93-118 lbs 142.00-155.00, 84 lbs 105.00; #2: 92-108 lbs 127.00-130.00, 83 lbs 85.00; NON-TUBING: 82-95 lbs 45.00-50.00, 74 lbs 25.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 114-128 lbs 115.00-125.00, 94-112 lbs 130.00-139.00, 90-92 lbs 100.00; #2: 112-128 lbs 120.00-125.00, 94-110 lbs 129.00-140.00, 88-92 lbs 102.00, 80-86 lbs 80.00; #3: 80-130 lbs 70.00-92.00, 72-78 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 37.00-40.00, 60-88 lbs 15.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 90-110 lbs 100.00-120.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 60.00-80.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 70-80 lbs 20.00-35.00.

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

Vintage Special Feeder Cattle Sale
Paradise, Pa.
Dec. 14, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA


Receipts: 659; Last Sale: 661.

Friday`s special offered several quality consignments of feeder cattle. Buyer turnout was good which promoted an active trade. Market trends were mixed when compared to last month’s special. Feeder steers weighing less than 700 lbs traded 8.00-10.00 lower, while their heavier brothers maintained a steady trade. Holstein steers were 5.00-8.00 lower. Heifers sold mostly 5.00- 10.00 higher overall. Bulls traded steady. Demand was moderate overall. All prices per cwt.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 165.00-177.00, 400-500 lbs 140.00-151.00, 500-600 lbs 142.00-145.00, 600-700 lbs 129.00-137.00 Fleshy 117.00, 700-800 lbs 132.00-139.00, 800-900 lbs 127.00-130.00, 900-1000 lbs 121.00-122.00 Fleshy 110.00-115.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 135.00-147.00, 400-500 lbs 122.00-137.00, 500-600 lbs 117.00-127.00, 600-700 lbs 115.00-125.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 77.00-80.00, 400-500 lbs 85.00-95.00, 500-600 lbs 77.00-87.00, 600-800 lbs 77.00-81.00, 800-1000 lbs 77.00-82.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 137.00-156.00, 400-500 lbs 130.00-137.00, 500-600 lbs 120.00-130.00, 600-700 lbs 115.00-124.00, 700-900 lbs 115.00-121.00 Fleshy 95.00-108.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 117.00-131.00, 400-500 lbs 120.00-125.00, 500-600 lbs 112.00-117.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 152.00-157.00, 400-500 lbs 136.00-145.00, 500-600 lbs 122.00-133.00, 600-700 lbs 125.00-125.00; MED/LGE 2: 400-500 lbs 120.00-127.00, 500-600 lbs 115.00-117.00.

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

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Jan. 11, 2013 at 6 p.m.

New Holland Monday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 17, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 879, Last week 796, Year ago 777. CALVES: 476, Last week 400, Year ago 433.

When compared to last Monday, slaughter cows sold sharply higher, upwards to 6.00-8.00 higher. Demand was very good on a better quality supply of slaughter cows. Bulls traded 4.00-5.00 lower with light to moderate demand. Cattle supply included 142 slaughter steers and heifers, 299 cows, 211 bulls, and 181 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 74.00-77.00, High dress 78.00-82.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 72.00-75.00, High dress 76.00-78.00, Low dress 66.00-71.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 70.00-73.50, High dress 74.50-77.50, Low dress 63.00-68.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 66.00-71.00, High dress 72.00-73.00, Low dress 60.00-65.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 935-1840 lbs 84.00-88.00, high dress 90.00-93.00, low dress 77.00-82.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Monday`s sale, Holstein Bull Calves sold steady to 5.00 lower with good demand. Heifers sold weak with very light demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-120 lbs 110.00-122.00, 85-90 lbs 105.00-115.00; #2: 95-130 lbs 95.00-110.00, 85-90 lbs 80.00-95.00; #3: 95-135 lbs 65.00-80.00, 85-90 lbs 60.00-70.00; UTILITY: 75-130 lbs 40.00-65.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-105 lbs 90.00-140.00; #2: 70-105 lbs 60.00-75.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70-85 lbs 40.00-60.00.

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

NOTE: Closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Open Dec. 27-28 and Jan. 3-4.

Vintage Sales Stables Monday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Dec. 17, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 195, Last week 271; CALVES: 80, Last week 129.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter steers sold steady with moderate demand. Cows traded 2.00-3.00 higher with good demand. Cattle supply consisted of 97 steers, 14 heifers, 78 cows, 4 bulls and 2 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1245-1675 lbs 126.00-129.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1265-1560 lbs 122.50-125.50; SELECT 2-3: 1110-1455 lbs 115.50- 118.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEINS: CHOICE 2-3: few 1245-1625 lbs 92.50-96.50; SELECT 2-3: few 1250-1495 lbs 84.00-90.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITES: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.50-78.00, High dress 81.00-83.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 71.00-75.50, High dress 76.00-77.00, Low dress 63.50-69.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 69.00-74.00, High dress 76.00-78.00, Low dress 64.00-69.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 64.50-71.00, High dress 72.00-74.50, Low dress 56.00-61.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1805-1920 lbs 83.00-87.00.

CALVES: Compared to last week’s sale, bull calves sold mostly 5.00 higher with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 95-110 lbs 100.00-112.00; #2: 95-110 lbs 95.00-105.00, 80-90 lbs 80.00-90.00; #3: 75-115 lbs 60.00-75.00; UTILITY: 70-95 lbs 30.00-60.00.

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

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Jan. 14, 2013.

NOTE: Closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Tuesday sales will be held Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 instead.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Dec. 18, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 361, Last week 427, Last year 373. CALVES: 695, Last week 609, Last year 659.

Compared to last week slaughter Holsteins sold firm on a very light test. Demand moderate. Slaughter cows traded steady to 2.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 31 steers and heifers, 314 cows, 5 bulls, and 11 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 1450-1600 lbs 107.50-109.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1350-1600 lbs 103.00-106.50; SELECT 2-3: 1400-1600 lbs 97.50-101.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITES: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 73.00-76.50, High dress 77.00-78.00, Low dress 67.00-69.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 71.00-75.50, High dress 76.50-80.00, Low dress 64.50-70.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 70.00-73.50, High dress 74.50-76.50, Low dress 65.00-69.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 66.00-71.00, High dress 72.00-74.00, Low dress 58.00-65.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1600-2000 lbs avg dress 85.50-87.50, low dress 83.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Heifers sold 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 550 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 121 lbs 97.00, 111-113 lbs 112.00-118.00, 95-103 lbs 130.00-132.00, 90 lbs 102.00, 85 lbs 87.00; #2: 95-113 lbs 122.00-134.00, 90 lbs 97.00, 83 lbs 70.00; #3: 93-110 lbs 72.00-80.00, 83-84 lbs 55.00, 74 lbs 35.00; UTILITY: 82-102 lbs 35.00-45.00, 73 lbs 15.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 93-118 lbs 142.00-155.00, 84 lbs 105.00; #2: 92-108 lbs 127.00-130.00, 83 lbs 85.00; NON-TUBING: 82-95 lbs 45.00-50.00, 74 lbs 25.00.

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

NOTE: Closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Tuesday sales will be held Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 instead.

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Jan. 11.

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 19, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 532; Last Week: 683; Last Year: 414.

Compared to last week, dairy cows and bred heifers sold very firm with good demand. Wednesday’s supply included 191 fresh milking cows, 33 short-bred cows, 17 springing cows, 59 short-bred heifers, 105 springing heifers, 83 open heifers, and 22 bulls. Several cross-bred heifers in the offering for the special heifer sale. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1800.00-2150.00; Approved: 1600.00-1775.00; Medium: 1300.00-1575.00; Common: 1050.00-1275.00.

CULL COWS: 550.00-1000.00. Springing Cows: (7-9 months bred) Supreme: 1450.00-1550.00; Approved: 1275.00-1400.00; Medium: 1075.00-1225.00; Common: 875.00-1050.00.

BRED COWS: (4-6 months bred) Approved: 1100.00-1125.00.

SHORT BRED COWS: (1-3 months) Medium: 975.00; Common: 800.00-875.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS: (1-3 months): Supreme: 1075.00-1125.00; Approved: 950.00-975.00; Medium: 825.00-850.00; Common: 650.00-775.00.

BRED HEIFERS: (4-6 months): Approved: 1300.00-1350.00; Medium: 1000.00-1225.00; Common: 800.00-950.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1500.00-1600.00; Approved: 1350.00-1425.00; Medium: 1100.00-1325.00; Common: 900.00-1075.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Medium: 350.00-450.00, Common: 250.00-350.00; 600-900 LBS: Approved: 675.00-750.00, Medium: 525.00-625.00, Common: 400.00-475.00; 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 750.00-800.00, Medium: 650.00-700.00, Common: 550.00-625.00.

BULLS: 600-900 lbs 750.00-1000.00, 900-1200 lbs 900.00- 1200.00, 1200-1500 lbs 1200.00-1300.00.

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

NOTE: Closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Open Dec. 27-28 and Jan. 3-4.

New Holland Thursday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 20, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 900; Last week 980; Last year 712. CALVES: 680; Last week 609; Last year 573.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold steady. Demand was good. Slaughter Holsteins not enough for a good market test. Slaughter heifers steady on good demand. Buyer activity was good. Slaughter cows mostly 1.00-2.00 higher. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 214 slaughter steers; 97 heifers; 487 cows; 64 bulls; and 38 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1200-1575 lbs 128.00-132.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 123.00-127.50; SELECT 1-3: 1180-1600 lbs 117.00-122.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 109.00-110.00; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 106.00-107.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1550 lbs 125.50-129.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 119.00-123.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 73.00-75.50, High dress 76.00-78.50, Low dress 68.00-72.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 73.00-76.50, High dress 77.00-80.50, Low dress 66.00-72.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.50, High dress 77.00-79.00, Low dress 67.00-71.00; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 65.00-70.00, High dress 71.00-74.50, Low dress 57.00-64.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1050-2500 lbs avg dress 87.00-93.50, high dress 95.00-97.00, low dress 79.00-82.50.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull calves sold mostly 10.00- 20.00 higher compared to last week on good demand. Heifers sold mostly steady on moderate demand compared to last week. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 462 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 115.00-125.00, 94-112 lbs 130.00-139.00, 90-92 lbs 100.00; #2: 112-128 lbs 120.00-125.00, 94-110 lbs 129.00-140.00, 88-92 lbs 102.00, 80-86 lbs 80.00; #3: 80-130 lbs 70.00-92.00, 72-78 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 37.00-40.00, 60-88 lbs 15.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 90-110 lbs 100.00-120.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 60.00-80.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 70-80 lbs 20.00-35.00.

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

NOTE: Closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Open Dec. 27-28 and Jan. 3-4.

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
Dec. 13, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Virginia Feeder Cattle Summary Sales at Blackstone, Lynchburg, Marshall, Radiant, Springlake and Winchester. State Graded Weighted Average for Dec 6-12, 2012.

Feeder Cattle: 4416 (Steers 1962; Heifers 1822; Bulls 632).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 12 head, 300-400 lbs 156.00-188.50; 77 head, 400-500 lbs 132.00-175.00; 170 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-156.25; 391 head, 600-700 lbs 118.00-148.00; 377 head, 700-800 lbs 116.00-141.25; 496 head, 800-900 lbs 120.00-136.00; 72 head, 900-1000 lbs 125.00-133.50; 4 head, 1000-1100 lbs 122.00-123.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 29 head, 700-800 lbs 136.75-137.50. MED/LGE 2: 14 head, 300-400 lbs 163.00-190.00; 26 head, 400-500 lbs 110.00-165.00; 106 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-148.00; 50 head, 600-700 lbs 115.00-136.75; 20 head, 700-800 lbs 105.00-138.00. MED/LGE 3: 10 head, 400-500 lbs 128.00-150.00; 9 head, 500-600 lbs 130.50-131.50; 11 head, 600-700 lbs 118.00-127.00; 9 head, 700-800 lbs 126.50-134.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 2: 8 head, 600-700 lbs 136.75.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 13 head, 300-400 lbs 116.00-187.00; 108 head, 400-500 lbs 144.00-175.00; 75 head, 500-600 lbs 110.00-139.00; 32 head, 600-700 lbs 100.00-124.50. MED/LGE 1-2: 9 head, 500-600 lbs 131.75; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 114.00-121.00. MED/LGE 2: 23 head, 300-400 lbs 148.00-194.00; 132 head, 400-500 lbs 133.50-173.00; 61 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-140.00; 33 head, 600-700 lbs 100.00-125.00. MED/LGE 3: 6 head, 400-500 lbs 143.50; 10 head, 500-600 lbs 124.50-129.75; 4 head, 600-700 lbs 93.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 35 head, 300-400 lbs 121.00-148.00; 130 head, 400-500 lbs 120.00-137.00; 195 head, 500-600 lbs 95.00-135.00; 207 head, 600-700 lbs 110.00-134.75; 518 head, 700-800 lbs 110.00-131.25; 34 head, 800-900 lbs 115.00-122.00; 6 head, 1000-1100 lbs 90.50. MED/LGE 2: 61 head, 300-400 lbs 115.00-153.50; 141 head, 400-500 lbs 119.00-138.50; 134 head, 500-600 lbs 85.00-129.25; 59 head, 600-700 lbs 112.00-129.50; 21 head, 700-800 lbs 114.00-128.50. MED/LGE 3: 25 head, 300-400 lbs 116.00-138.50; 40 head, 400-500 lbs 114.00-132.75; 37 head, 500-600 lbs 108.00-126.75; 14 head, 600-700 lbs 112.00-124.00.

Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. USDA-VA Market News, Richmond, VA. 804.786-3947.

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 17, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 1158; Week Ago: 1657; Year Ago: 1608.

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

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 66.00-68.50, 300-400 lbs 66.00-69.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 64.00-66.00, 300-400 lbs 58.00-61.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 49.00-50.00, 500-700 lbs 50.00-55.00.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 16.00-17.50.

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

NOTE: Closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Open Dec. 27-28 and Jan. 3-4.

New Holland Feeder Pig Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 19, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 794; Last sale: 383.

When compared to the most recent sale, a heavier supply of feeder pigs sold sharply higher, mostly 40.00-60.00 higher. Demand was very good as buyers seek to fill orders for roasting pigs in preparation for the upcoming Holidays. Wednesday’s pig sale is the last major swine auction in the region prior to the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. All feeder pigs are sold per cwt.

US 1-2: 26 head, 15-20 lbs 230.00-230.00; 42 head, 20-25 lbs 240.00-265.00; 80 head, 25-30 lbs 200.00-215.00; 49 head, 30-40 lbs 165.00-180.00; 25 head, 50-60 lbs 130.00-130.00; 18 head, 100-150 lbs 60.00-85.00.

US 2: 83 head, 15-25 lbs 200.00-255.00; 38 head, 15-25 lbs 170.00 Pkg; 39 head, 30-40 lbs 170.00-200.00; 15 head, 30-40 lbs 150.00 Pkg; 18 head, 40-60 lbs 150.00-170.00; 68 head, 90-120 lbs 75.00-77.00.

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

NOTE: Next feeder pig sale will be Jan. 02.

Carlisle Graded Feeder Pig Sale
Carlisle, Pa.
Dec. 14, 2012
Sale Reported by Ag Market News

Receipts: 1275; Last Sale: 365.

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

US 1-2: 87 head, 21-28 lbs 150.00-218.00; 29 head, 33-34 lbs 176.00-188.00; 14 head, 40-48 lbs 77.00-127.00; 74 head, 51-59 lbs 35.00- 82.00; 249 head, 60-69 lbs 30.00- 67.00; 53 head, 70-79 lbs 48.00- 80.00; 28 head, 80-89 lbs 45.00- 66.00; 62 head, 92-98 lbs 74.00- 80.00; 126 head, 100-109 lbs 65.00- 77.00; 31 head, 113-115 lbs 70.00- 72.00; 153 head, 120-130 lbs 65.00- 81.00.

US 2: 3 head, 26 lbs 130.00; 11 head, 31-39 lbs 30.00- 50.00; 40 head, 40-49 lbs 57.00-110.00; 68 head, 50-59 lbs 40.00- 79.00; 44 head, 61-69 lbs 20.00- 51.00; 9 head, 90-105 lbs 60.00- 67.00; 14 head, 174-224 lbs 51.00- 59.00.

AS IS: 87 head, 26-130 lbs 2.00-169.00.

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

NOTE: Next State Graded feeder pig sale Jan. 11, 2013.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 17, 2012
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 3891; Last week: 2348; Year Ago: 2720.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 3480; Last week: 2925; Year Ago: 3633.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last Monday, slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower on moderate demand. Slaughter ewes traded mostly 5.00- 10.00 lower on moderate demand. Slaughter supply consisted of 83 percent lambs, 13 percent slaughter ewes, and 4 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. NON-TRADITIONAL MARKETS:

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 50-60 lbs 157.00-170.00, 60-70 lbs 146.00-166.00, 75 lbs 136.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 50-60 lbs 144.00-156.00, 60-70 lbs 130.00- 144.00, 70-80 lbs 120.00-134.00, 80-90 lbs 114.00-128.00, 90-110 lbs 112.00- 118.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 60-70 lbs 118.00-120.00, 70-80 lbs 98.00-115.00, 80-100 lbs 100.00-112.00, 100-110 lbs 90.00-110.00, 110-130 lbs 88.00-102.00, 130-150 lbs 92.00-94.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 90-110 lbs 80.00-94.00, 110-160 lbs 70.00-84.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 90-110 lbs 54.00-60.00, 110-120 lbs 56.00-70.00, 120-160 lbs 40.00-66.00, 190-240 lbs 40.00-60.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 90-110 lbs 96.00-100.00, 110-155 lbs 100.00-107.00, 160-195 lbs 74.00-92.00, 200-250 lbs 60.00-76.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: Compared to last week`s sale, slaughter kids sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher. Nannies sold 10.00-20.00 higher. Demand was good for goats overall. Slaughter supply consisted of 61 percent Slaughter Kids, 21 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 15 percent miscellaneous stock. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 40-60 lbs 100.00-128.00, 60-80 lbs 120.00-136.00, 80-110 lbs 120.00-150.00; SEL 2: 40-60 lbs 80.00-98.00, 60-80 lbs 90.00-122.00, 80-110 lbs 116.00-132.00; SEL 3: 45 lbs 70.00-72.00, 60-80 lbs 62.00-88.00, 100 lbs 108.00-110.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 100-125 lbs 144.00-157.00, 130-160 lbs 138.00-170.00; SEL 2: 85-125 lbs 112.00-140.00, 130-135 lbs 136.00-144.00; SEL 3: 80-120 lbs 88.00-110.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 140-145 lbs 190.00-244.00, 150-190 lbs 200.00-300.00; SEL 2: 120-145 lbs 134.00-190.00, 160-180 lbs 187.00-200.00.

SLAUGHTER WHETHERS: SEL 1: 60-80 lbs 120.00-170.00, 80-110 lbs 170.00-200.00, 110-120 lbs 200.00-225.00, 120-130 lbs 225.00-240.00, 130-160 lbs 247.00-262.00; SEL 2: 80-110 lbs 130.00-138.00, 110-125 lbs 140.00-170.00, 125-140 lbs 170.00-190.00.

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

NOTE: Closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Open Dec. 27-28 and Jan. 3-4.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
Dec. 19, 2012
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 - 1.5940-1.8331.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices - 1.50-1.59. Northeast - Class III - spot prices - 1.68-1.77.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 70; LAST WK: In 0, Out 70; LAST YR: In 8, Out 0. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: THIS WK: In 0, Out 0; LAST WK: In 0, Out 0; LAST YR: In 0, Out 0.

Manufacturing milk supplies continue to increase in the Northeast and Mid- Atlantic regions. Milk production in both regions is increasing along the seasonal trend. Butterfat levels of incoming milk are above year ago levels and in some areas near 4%. Class I demand is expected to decline later in the week, adding to overall manufacturing milk volumes.

Florida milk production is beginning to pick up again as cooler weather and some badly needed rains covered some areas of the state. Most producers are comfortable with their forage feed supplies, but grain supplies are limited and prices are high. Due to the forage/grain situation, most producers expect this year’s flush to be below last year’s levels.

Class I demand held steady this week and limited exports to 70 loads. Southeast milk supplies continue to be nearly in balance with need with only a few loads going to auxiliary manufacturers. Load rejections, due to high aflatoxin levels, were down compared to last week. Class I demand has held steady, but is expected to decline going into the holiday week. Cream supplies are very “sloppy” with some loads having trouble finding a home.

Butter makers are in no mood to buy extra loads of cream at this point in time as they know they’ll be facing heavy supplies at possibly lower prices over the holiday period. Demand for cream is weak as holiday orders are filled and ice cream plants are preparing for extended shut downs, which is typical for this time of year. Some cream loads are making their way west at significant discounts and there have been reports of trouble finding truckers for longer hauls.

Multiples declined from last week and range from 100-115 and are dependent on need, day of week and location. Class II holiday production is declining, which is increasing condensed skim supplies. Spot sales are few and far between with most of the extra volumes headed to dryers. Drying operations at most plants will be at/or near capacity levels for the yearend holiday period.

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Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
Dec. 19, 2012
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 $1.59 per pound for the week ending December 15, 2012. The United States (US) price per pound decreased 4.1 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.81 per pound for the week ending December 15, 2012. The price per pound decreased 5.0 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.75 per pound, down 4.6 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 65.4 cents per pound for the week ending December 15, 2012. The US price per pound decreased 0.9 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 $1.55 per pound for the week ending December 15, 2012. The US price per pound increased 0.3 cents from the previous week.

U.S. Milk Production Update
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 19, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

November Milk Production up 1.1%

Milk production in the 23 major States during November totaled 14.9 billion pounds, up 1.1 percent from November 2011. October revised production at 15.2 billion pounds, was down slightly from October 2011. The October revision represented an increase of 1 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,758 pounds for November, 19 pounds above November 2011.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.47 million head, 3,000 head less than November 2011, but 8,000 head more than October 2012.

Released Dec. 19, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Kutztown Produce Auction
Fleetwood, Pa.
Dec. 15, 2012
Report Supplied by Auction

Reported Sales: December 11-15.

Produce

Apples: 4.00-8.50 ½-bu.

Brussels Sprouts: 0.60-2.50 bunch, 8.00 ½-bu.

Broccoli: 0.10-0.70 ea.

Cabbage: 0.25-0.60 ea.

Carrots: 6.00 box.

Cauliflower: 0.40 ea.

Citrus: 5.00 box.

Eggs: 1.00-2.70 doz.

Lettuce: 2.00 box.

Onions: Yellow: 0.85-1.75 10-lb; Spanish: 5.00 ½-bu.

Potatoes: 3.00-11.00 50-lb.

Sweet Potatoes: 5.00-11.00 ½-bu<\!q>.

Radishes: Winter: 4.50 ½-bu.

Squash: 3.00-7.50 ½-bu, 0.50-0.55 ea.

Tomatoes: 6.50-11.00 25-lb.

Turnips: 1.00-2.50 ½-bu.

Flowers / Christmas Items / Other

Poinsettias: 0.50-3.50 ea, 9.00 baskets.

Cemetery Pieces: 4.00-16.50 ea.

Crosses: Plain: 0.75-1.00 ea; Decorated: 2.50-8.00 ea.

Pine Cones: 3.00 box.

Greens: 0.50-7.50 bunch; Roping: 4.50-6.00 25-feet, 10.00-15.00 75-feet, 20.00-26.00 125-feet-and-up.

Kissing Balls: 3.00. ea.

Holly: 2.00-5.50 bunch.

Log Boxes: Plain: 2.00-3.50 ea; Decorated: 8.00-12.00 ea.

Swags: 0.25-4.00 ea.

Winter Berry: 1.25 bunch.

Wreaths: 2.00-6.00 ea; Large: 16.00-22.00 ea.

Trees: Misc: 0.50-8.00 ea; Douglas Fur: 2.00-9.00 ea; Frazier Fur: 2.50-13.00 ea.

SALES: Tues., Thurs. and Sat. at 9 a.m.

U.S. Hop Stocks
Washington D.C.
Dec. 17, 2012
Report supplied by USDA/NASS

2012 Hop Production Down 5%

Production for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in 2012 totaled 61.2 million pounds, down 5 percent from the 2011 crop of 64.8 million pounds. Oregon’s production increased 5 percent in 2012. Production in Washington and Idaho decreased 5 percent and 22 percent, respectively. Harvested acreage increased in all three States; 7 percent in Washington, 7 percent in Idaho, and 6 percent in Oregon. Yields decreased in all three States. United States yield, at 1,918 pounds per acre, decreased 257 pounds from a year ago.

Washington growers produced 79 percent of the United States crop. Zeus, Columbus/Tomahawk, Cascade, and Super Galena were the leading varieties in Washington, accounting for 43 percent of the State’s crop. In Oregon, Nugget and Willamette were the major varieties, accounting for 58 percent of the State’s production.

Released December 17, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Livestock, Dairy & Poultry Outlook
Washington, D. C.
Dec. 17, 2012
Reports supplied by USDA/ERS

Smaller Dairy Herd Expected in 2013

BEEF/CATTLE: While below year-earlier levels, federally inspected and commercial cow slaughter continue to constitute a high proportion of the January 1, 2012 cow inventory. Beef cow slaughter is at levels below year-earlier levels that more than offset the increased year-over-year dairy slaughter. Feeder and fed cattle prices are slipping, a result of deteriorating wheat pasture and negative profit margins for cattle feeders and packers.

PORK/HOGS: October pork exports were 2.2 percent above October 2011, with strong shipments to Mexico, Canada, and Russia more than offsetting persistent weakness in Japanese sales and lower shipments to China-Hong Kong. For the first 10 months of 2012, U.S. pork exports were more than 7 percent higher than in the same period of 2011.

POULTRY: Broiler meat production in fourth-quarter 2012 is expected at 9.1 billion pounds, 2.7 percent higher than the previous year. This higher production is expected to raise ending stocks for 2012. Turkey production is expected at 1.55 billion pounds in fourth-quarter 2012, due to higher bird numbers. Higher production has increased stocks of whole turkeys, which is expected to place downward pressure on prices. Shell egg production continued higher in October, while table egg production was lower.

POULTRY TRADE: October broiler shipments fell short of last year’s volume, while turkey shipments are on the rise. Broiler exports totaled 648.7 million pounds, a 6-percent drop, and turkey exports totaled 77.6 million pounds, an increase of 31 percent from a year ago.

DAIRY: Milk production forecasts for 2012 and 2013 are unchanged from November. A contraction in herd size is expected to continue in 2013, but the pace of contraction was moderated slightly. Current year export demand for powders remains strong, but export demand for butterfat is weaker. Export forecasts for 2013, on both a fats and skims-solids basis, were raised slightly from November.

U.S. Potatoes
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 14, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Potato Stocks Up 11%

The 13 major potato States held 280 million cwt of potatoes in storage December 1, 2012, up 11 percent from a year ago. Potatoes in storage accounted for 68 percent of the 2012 fall storage States’ production, up 2 percent from the previous year. Potato disappearance, at 132 million cwt, was 2 percent above December 1, 2011. Season-to-date shrink and loss, at 13.7 million cwt, was unchanged from the same date in 2011. Processors in the 9 major States have used 73.2 million cwt of potatoes this season, down 4 percent from the same period last year. Dehydrating usage accounted for 13.5 million cwt of the total processing, up 1 percent from last year.

Released December 14, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Turkeys
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 14, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Eggs in Incubators Down 6%: Turkey eggs in incubators on December 1, 2012, in the United States totaled 27.0 million, down 6 percent from December 1, 2011. Eggs in incubators were down 2 percent from the November 1, 2012 total of 27.6 million eggs.

Poults Hatched Up 4%: Turkey poults hatched during November 2012, in the United States totaled 23.7 million, up 4 percent from November 2011. Poults hatched were up 2 percent from the October 2012 total of 23.3 million poults.

Net Poults Placed Up 5%: The 23.1 million net poults placed during November 2012 in the United States were up 5 percent from the number placed during the same month a year earlier. Net placements were up slightly from the October 2012 total of 23.1 million.

Released December 14, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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