Market Reports for April 13, 2013

4/13/2013 7:00 AM

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
April 12, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 120.40; Last week 120.50; Last year 122.15.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 105.50; Last week 102.70; Last year 108.50.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 118.45; Last week 118.75; Last year 120.65.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 76.20; Last week 76.40; Last year 86.50.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 75.45; Last week 75.50; Last year 82.50.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 88.80; Last week 91.80; Last year 100.50.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 61.00; Last week 54.25; Last year 67.00.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 165.25; Last week 166.00; Last year 239.00.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 175.25; Last week 174.60.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 192.50; Last week 132.50.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
April 5, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3606; Last week 3068; Last year 4615. CALVES: This week 2364; Last week 2470; Last year 2990. HOGS: This week 1307; Last week 968; Last year 1361. FEEDER PIGS: n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 1274; Last week 3403; Last year 2747. GOATS: This week 1365; Last week 2821; Last year 3151.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s market, slaughter steers sold steady to firm. Slaughter holsteins sold mostly 1.00 to 2.00 lower. Slaughter heifers sold mostly steady and slaughter cows sold 1.00 to 2.00 higher. Slaughter bulls sold mostly steady to firm.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week, holstein bull calves sold mostly 3.00 to 5.00 higher and holstein heifers sold mostly 3.00 to 5.00 lower.

HOGS: Compared to last week’s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 1.00 to 2.00 lower. Sows sold mostly 2.00 to 3.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Slaughter ewes sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Nanny goats sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Slaughter billies sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher.

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

Lancaster County 
Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa. 
April 12, 2013 
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 3332; Last week 2472; Last year 3703. CALVES: 1312; Last week 1394; Last year 1446. 

This week in Lancaster County, slaughter steers sold steady with light to moderate demand. Cattle supplies increased this week as we begin seeing a fresh crop of cattle move in from fall placements. Cattle quality has been good, but the spring rally in box beef has yet to commence, keeping the market subdued. 

Choice box beef cutouts were quoted at 190.15 on Thursday, down 0.80/cwt from the previous day. The Choice/Select spread has expanded to 6.16/cwt, brought on mostly by export orders for certain wholesale cuts. 

April Live Cattle futures fell to contract lows Wednesday on the heels of a lower cash trade in the Midwest. Negotiated trades out of the great plains were mostly 1.00 lower from last week from 127.00-128.00/cwt. Cattle feeders with hedge positions on the April board increased selling interest which brought April Live Cattle Futures as low as 125.30/cwt this week. June contracts are at 120.65/cwt as of Thursday and December contracts are at 126.825/cwt. 

Corn futures made a rebounded this week as the market realigned with the fundamentals. USDA revised some of their estimated usage numbers in April 10th Supply and Demand Report, bringing down feed and export usage, but offsetting it with an increase in ethanol usage. Overall, carryover was revised higher but not to the level the trade feared it may. This should provide some stability in old crop supplies for the time being. 

New crop corn is yet to begin its weather induced roller coaster ride. Market volatility is always likely between planting, pollination, and harvest. May corn closed at 6.5125/bu on Thursday with December contracts at 5.44/bu. Early week bids for new crop corn in southeastern Pennsylvania region were offered from 5.33- 5.40/bu this week. Soybeans from 12.72-12.82/bu. 

Cash bids for corn averaged at 6.68/bu on Monday for eastern PA and 13.42/bu for soybeans. The spot-cash corn basis for the week ranged mostly from 40-60 cents over the May CME futures and anywhere from 30 under to 30 over for cash soybean bids. 
All cattle markets are priced per cwt. 

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1615 lbs 121.00-125.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1370-1600 lbs 118.00-123.50, 1610-1665 lbs 115.00-118.50; SELECT 2-3: 1130-1465 lbs 114.50-119.50. 

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1450-1600 lbs 106.00-108.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1350-1650 lbs 102.00-106.00; SELECT 2-3: 1275-1420 lbs 94.50-101.00. 

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1450 lbs 118.00-124.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1100-1400 lbs 114.00-119.00; SELECT 2-3: 1100-1350 lbs 109.00-112.00. 

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.50-80.00, High dress 81.50-85.50, Low dress 68.00-73.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 73.00-80.00, High dress 80.00-85.00, Low dress 68.00-73.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-80.00, High dress 80.00-83.00, Low dress 67.00-73.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 68.00-75.00, High dress 75.00-79.00, Low dress 58.00-68.00. 

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 910-2200 lbs 91.00-95.00, high dress 96.00-104.00, very high dress 116.00-122.00, low dress 85.00-89.00. 

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 10.00 higher with very good demand. Calf supplies remain light keeping buyers aggressive with their bids. Heifers sold mostly steady with light demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 328.00-355.20/cwt this week, with a weighted average value of 334.12/cwt (Hide-off). All prices per cwt. 

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-115 lbs 175.00-190.00, 80-90 lbs 160.00-175.00; #2: 75-125 lbs 150.00-170.00; #3: 75-105 lbs 120.00-140.00; UTILITY: 95-115 lbs 70.00-100.00. 

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-100 lbs 100.00-120.00; #2: 70-90 lbs 75.00-85.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 75-95 lbs 95.00-100.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 70-90 lbs 70.00-75.00. 

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 122 lbs 187.00, 95-113 lbs 206.00-211.00, 90 lbs 165.00; #2: 95-116 lbs 186.00-197.00, 85-90 lbs 160.00-165.00; #3: 110 lbs 137.00, 84-108 lbs 155.00-167.00, 77 lbs 80.00; UTILITY: 93-109 lbs 77.00-82.00, 73-83 lbs 65.00-70.00. 

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 94-110 lbs 130.00-140.00; #2: 92 lbs 130.00, 85 lbs 97.00, 75 lbs 75.00; #3: 80-90 lbs 82.00. 

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 189.00, 98-100 lbs 200.00-207.00, 94-96 lbs 193.00; #2: 102-128 lbs 189.00-199.00, 94-100 lbs 150.00-165.00, 80-92 lbs 100.00-120.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 90.00-102.00, 72-98 lbs 80.00-85.00; UTILITY: 80-110 lbs 80.00-81.00, 60-78 lbs 67.00. 

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 75-105 lbs 95.00-110.00; #2: 70-100 lbs 75.00-100.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 70-90 lbs 70.00-110.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 55-85 lbs 65.00-80.00. 

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

New Holland Monday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
April 8, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 950, Last week 767, Last year 569. CALVES: 326, Last week 312, Last year 322.

When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter cows and bulls sold mostly 1.00-2.00 lower with moderate demand. Cattle supply included 193 slaughter steers, 118 heifers, 282 cows, 130 bulls, and 44 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.50-80.00, High dress 81.50-85.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 73.00-78.00, High dress 78.00-81.50, Low dress 70.00-72.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.00, High dress 77.00-81.00, Low dress 67.00-72.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 68.00-73.00, High dress 74.00-77.00, Low dress 58.00-67.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 910-2200 lbs 91.00-95.00, high dress 96.00-104.00, very high dress 116.00-122.00, low dress 85.00-89.00.

CALVES: When compared to last Monday`s sale, Holstein bull calves sold steady to 10.00 higher with very good demand. Heifers traded steady. All calves are Holstein unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-115 lbs 175.00-190.00, 80-90 lbs 160.00-175.00; #2: 75-125 lbs 150.00-170.00; #3: 75-105 lbs 120.00-140.00; UTILITY: 95-115 lbs 70.00-100.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-100 lbs 100.00-120.00; #2: 70-90 lbs 75.00-85.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 75-95 lbs 95.00-100.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 70-90 lbs 70.00-75.00.

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

NOTE: Special spring feeder cattle April 26 at 6 p.m.

Vintage Sales Stables Monday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
April 8, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 281, Last week 223. CALVES: 53, Last week 30.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter steers sold 1.00 higher with moderate demand. Cows traded 2.00-3.00 lower with light to moderate demand. Slaughter supply consisted of 149 steers, 29 heifers, 84 cows, 4 bull, and 15 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1370-1615 lbs 122.50-125.50, full 119.00-121.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1350-1575 lbs 119.50-123.50; YG 4-5: 116.00- 118.00, 1610-1665 lbs 116.50-118.50; SELECT 2-3: 1130-1465 lbs 115.50-119.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1350-1535 lbs 103.00-106.00; SELECT 2-3: 1275-1420 lbs 94.50-100.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1105-1490 lbs 116.00-119.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 74.00-76.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 72.00-75.00, Low dress 68.00-71.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 70.00-74.00, Low dress 62.00-67.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 69.00-73.00, Low dress 61.00-68.00.

CALVES: Compared to last week’s sale, bull calves sold 10.00 lower with moderate to good demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 95-125 lbs 150.00-170.00, 80-90 lbs 110.00-130.00; #2: 95-115 lbs 130.00-150.00, 80-90 lbs 90.00-110.00; #3: 95-125 lbs 100.00-120.00, 80-90 lbs 75.00-85.00; UTILITY: 65-90 lbs 60.00-70.00.

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

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
April 9, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 363, Last week 379, Last year 391. CALVES: 483, Last week 514, Last year 548.

Compared to last week: Slaughter Holstein steers firm compared to a very light test last week. Slaughter cows mostly steady compared to last week on moderate demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 69 steers and heifers, 278 cows, 9 bulls, and 7 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1450-1650 lbs 107.00-110.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1450-1600 lbs 104.00-106.00; SELECT 2-3: 1450-1650 lbs 100.00-103.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.00, High dress 78.00-78.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-80.00, High dress 82.50-85.00, Low dress 71.00-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50, Low dress 67.00-74.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 70.00-75.00, Low dress 61.50-69.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1 1100-1600 lbs avg dress 84.00-86.50, 1780 lbs high dress 98.00, 1010-1965 lbs low dress 78.50-81.50.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull and Heifer calves sold 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 386 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 122 lbs 187.00, 95-113 lbs 206.00-211.00, 90 lbs 165.00; #2: 95-116 lbs 186.00-197.00, 85-90 lbs 160.00-165.00; #3: 110 lbs 137.00, 84-108 lbs 155.00-167.00, 77 lbs 80.00; UTILITY: 93-109 lbs 77.00-82.00, 73-83 lbs 65.00-70.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 94-110 lbs 130.00-140.00; #2: 92 lbs 130.00, 85 lbs 97.00, 75 lbs 75.00; #3: 80-90 lbs 82.00.

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

New Holland Thursday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
April 11, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 944, Last week 909, Last year 1003. CALVES: 450, Last week 538, Last year 500.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly steady to 1.00 higher. Slaughter Holsteins mostly 1.00-2.00 lower. Slaughter heifers mostly 1.00-2.00 higher. Slaughter cows mostly steady to 2.00 higher. Demand was moderate for all classes. Cattle supplies included 388 slaughter steers; 111 heifers; 398 cows; 37 bulls; and 10 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 121.00-125.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 120.50-118.00; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1650 lbs 114.50-117.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1450-1600 lbs 106.00-108.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 102.00-105.00; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1650 lbs 96.00-101.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1450 lbs 118.00-124.75; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 114.00-116.00; SELECT 1-3: 1100-1350 lbs 109.00-112.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 74.50-77.00, High dress 82.50, Low dress 68.00-73.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 77.00-78.50, High dress 79.50-83.50, Low dress 68.00-73.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 75.00-80.00, High dress 81.00-83.00, Low dress 68.00-74.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 70.00-75.00, High dress 76.00-79.00, Low dress 62.00-69.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1070-2120 lbs avg dress 86.00-90.50, 1400-1750 lbs high dress 92.00-94.00, 1175-2400 lbs low dress 82.00-85.50.

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 326 head for this Thursday's graded sale. One hundred percent supply Holstein calves unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 189.00, 98-100 lbs 200.00-207.00, 94-96 lbs 193.00; #2: 102-128 lbs 189.00-199.00, 94-100 lbs 150.00-165.00, 80-92 lbs 100.00-120.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 90.00-102.00, 72-98 lbs 80.00-85.00; UTILITY: 80-110 lbs 80.00-81.00, 60-78 lbs 67.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 75-105 lbs 95.00-110.00; #2: 70-100 lbs 75.00-100.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 70-90 lbs 70.00-110.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 55-85 lbs 65.00-80.00.

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

NOTE: Special spring feeder cattle sale April 26 at 6 p.m.

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
April 8, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 1003; Last Week: 1118; Year Ago: 944.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 4.00-5.00 higher with good demand. Sows traded steady with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 59.00-61.50, 300-400 lbs 60.50-63.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 55.00-58.50, 300-400 lbs 55.00-57.50.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 55.00-57.00, 500-700 lbs 55.00-60.00.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 15.50-17.50.

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

New Holland Weekly Horse Sale
New Holland, Pa.
April 8, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

171 total head. Overall market steady. Prices per head.

Work: 650.00-1200.00.

Driving: 400.00-1050.00.

Riding: 150.00-200.00.

Better Riding: 425.00-1000.00.

Registered Riding: 500.00-1200.00.

Ponies: 150.00-300.00.

Large Ponies: 210.00-450.00.

Colts: 50.00-150.00.

Registered Riding: 100.00-235.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
April 8, 2013
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 1786; Last Monday: 1222; Year Ago: 1864.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 1217; Last Monday: 1284; Year Ago: 2024.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher compared to a very light test last week. Slaughter ewes traded firm compared to a light test last week. Demand was good for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 81 percent lambs, 11 percent slaughter ewes, and 8 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 185.00-227.00, hair sheep 180.00-200.00, 60-70 lbs 170.00-184.00, hair sheep 170.00-174.00, 70-80 lbs 167.00-190.000, 80-90 lbs 160.00-186.00, 90-110 lbs 162.00-180.00, 110-120 lbs 174.00-180.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 50-60 lbs 162.00-172.00, hair sheep 154.00-167.00, 60-70 lbs 152.00-162.00, hair sheep 147.00-165.00, 70-80 lbs 144.00-162.00, hair sheep 157.00-170.00, 80-90 lbs hair sheep 164.00-168.0090-110 lbs 128.00-130.00, hair sheep 134.00-140.00, 110-125 lbs 142.00-160.00, 130-150 lbs 130.00-148.00, 150-175 lbs 116.00-145.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 70-80 lbs hair sheep 142.00-154.00, 80-90 lbs 135.00-140.00, hair sheep 132.00-150.00, 90-110 lbs 116.00-126.00, hair sheep 120.00-130.00, 110-125 lbs 118.00-130.00, 130-150 lbs 100.00-110.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 90-120 lbs 72.00-76.00, 140-160 lbs 66.00-84.00, 160-180 lbs 68.00-78.00, 200-250 lbs 70.00-86.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 90-120 lbs 52.00-56.00, 140-160 lbs 46.00-57.00, 160-200 lbs 42.00-52.00, 210-250 lbs 50.00-54.00; CULL 1-2: Thin Flesh 160-200 lbs 30.00-40.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 170 lbs 50.00, 200-250 lbs 34.00-56.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher compared last week on a very light test. Nanny goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower on a very light test. Slaughter billies sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher compared to last week. Demand was moderate for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 41 percent Slaughter Kids, 18 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 41 percent bucks/billies and wethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS (hd): SEL 1: 40-60 lbs 132.00-137.00, 60-90 lbs 150.00-168.00, 100-110 lbs 150.00-168.00; SEL 2: 40-60 lbs 95.00-120.00, 60-90 lbs 117.00-150.00, 90-110 lbs 125.00-140.00; SEL 3: 40-60 lbs 72.00-90.00, 60-90 lbs 100.00-112.00, 90-110 lbs 80.00-112.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES (hd): SEL 1: 110-125 lbs 125.00-137.00, 130-150 lbs 120.00-155.00; SEL 2: 100-125 lbs 94.00-122.00, 130-150 lbs 90.00-120.00; SEL 3: 85-125 lbs 60.00-96.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: (hd) SEL 1: 130-150 lbs 187.00-202.00, 160 lbs 207.00; SEL 2: 130-150 lbs 140.00-180.00, 150-175 lbs 162.00-197.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS (hd): SEL 1: 80-100 lbs 200.00-232.00, 100-150 lbs 245.00-280.00; SEL 2: 80-100 lbs 165.00-200.00, 100-150 lbs 160.00-210.00; SEL 3: 80-100 lbs 140.00-147.00.

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

Smoker Graded Goa & Sheep Auction
Parkesburg, Pa.
April 5, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

SHEEP: 228, Last sale 891. GOATS: 142, Last sale 462.

A lighter supply of sheep and goats were on offer following the Easter Holiday. Compared to the most recent sale, all classes of sheep and goats sold with a steady undertone. Demand was moderate. All goats are USDA graded and are co-mingled according to age, weight, sex, and selection grade. All sheep and goats are sold per cwt in their in-weights.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 14 head, 80-90 lbs 160.00; 11 head, 90-110 lbs 150.00-165.00. CHOICE 2-3: 6 head, 40-50 lbs 160.00; 2 head, 50-60 lbs 140.00; 67 head, 60-70 lbs 138.00-150.00; 23 head, 70-80 lbs 150.00-160.00; 9 head, 90-110 lbs 130.00-135.00; 19 head, 110-130 lbs 130.00; 2 head, 130-150 lbs 110.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: 37 head, 120-160 lbs 55.00-60.00; 11 head, 160-200 lbs 50.00-55.00. UTILITY 1-2: 5 head, 80-120 lbs 50.00; 2 head, 120-160 lbs 25.00-30.00; 4 head, 200-300 lbs 30.00-40.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 12 head, 160-300 lbs 60.00.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 4 head, 50-60 lbs 230.00-240.00. SEL 2: 16 head, 30-40 lbs 190.00; 32 head, 50-60 lbs 215.00-220.00. SEL 3: 7 head, 20-40 lbs 125.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 14 head, 130-180 lbs 100.00. SEL 2: 21 head, 80-130 lbs 105.00; 17 head, 130-160 lbs 105.00; 3 head, 160-180 lbs 90.00. SEL 3: 13 head, 80-130 lbs 90.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 2: 2 head, 100-150 lbs 105.00; 4 head, 150-250 lbs 100.00.

Source: USDA Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer OIC, 717-406-7350.

Greencastle Monthly Feeder Cattle Sale
Greencastle, Pa.
April 5, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

All prices per cwt.

Receipts: 1357; Last Sale: 816.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 165.00-185.00, 400-500 lbs 157.50-165.00, 500-600 lbs 152.50-167.50 few to 175.00, 600-700 lbs 135.00-145.00 few to 167.50, 700-800 lbs 125.00-140.00 few to 145.00, 800-900 lbs 124.00-132.50, 900-1100 lbs 121.00-127.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-500 lbs 137.50-152.50, 500-700 lbs 120.00-132.50, 700-900 lbs 110.00-122.50.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 3: 250-300 lbs 122.50-132.50, 300-500 lbs 95.00-112.50, 500-700 lbs 92.50-95.00, 700-900 lbs 86.00-89.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 139.00-150.00, 400-500 lbs 135.00-147.00, 500-600 lbs 127.50-136.00 few to 140.00, 600-700 lbs 121.00-131.50 few to 136.00, 700-900 lbs 118.00-129.00; MED/LGE 2: 250-300 lbs 160.00, 300-500 lbs 120.00-132.50, 500-700 lbs 116.00-124.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 300-500 lbs 170.00-175.00, 400-500 lbs 145.00-152.50, 500-600 lbs 142.00-159.00 few 160.00-166.00, 600-700 lbs 119.00-127.00, 900-900 lbs 112.50-115.00; MED/LGE 2: 250-300 lbs 170.00-187.50, 300-500 lbs 130.00-143.00, 500-700 lbs 111.00-124.00, 700-900 lbs 97.00-110.00.

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale May 3.

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

Middleburg Feeder Sale
Middleburg, Pa.
April 6, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

All prices per cwt.

Receipts: 423; Last Sale: 206.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 147.00-155.00, 400-500 lbs 150.00-162.00, 500-600 lbs 132.00-155.00, 600-700 lbs 130.00-131.00, 700-800 lbs 128.00-131.00, 800-900 lbs 123.00-133.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 121.00-142.00, 400-500 lbs 119.00-135.00, 500-600 lbs 127.00-127.00, 600-700 lbs 117.00-120.00, 700-800 lbs 106.00-127.00, 800-900 lbs 110.00-117.00, 900-105 lbs 101.00-105.00; MED/LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 52.00-90.00, 400-500 lbs 67.00-97.00, 500-600 lbs 55.00-86.00, 600-700 lbs 60.00-82.00, 700-800 lbs 81.00-81.00, 800-900 lbs 85.00-85.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 200-300 lbs 120.00-142.00, 300-400 lbs 138.00-140.00, 400-500 lbs 122.00-138.00, 500-600 lbs 115.00-127.00, 700-800 lbs 125.00-125.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 97.00-110.00, 400-500 lbs 90.00-125.00, 500-600 lbs 102.00-125.00, 600-700 lbs 90.00-117.00, 700-800 lbs 93.00-119.00, 800-900 lbs 105.00-105.00; MED/LGE 3: 200-300 lbs 80.00-80.00, 300-400 lbs 70.00-70.00, 400-500 lbs 50.00-85.00, 500-600 lbs 62.00-62.00, 600-700 lbs 81.00-85.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 135.00-147.00, 400-500 lbs 122.00-140.00, 500-600 lbs 102.00-117.00, 600-700 lbs 107.00-117.00; MED/LGE 2: 500-600 lbs 110.00-110.00, 600-700 lbs 85.00-85.00, 700-800 lbs 95.00-95.00, 800-900 lbs 84.00-84.00; MED/LGE 3: 200-300 lbs 50.00-55.00, 300-400 lbs 61.00-61.00, 500-600 lbs 57.00-75.00, 600-700 lbs 77.00-77.00.

NOTE: Next special feeder cattle sale is April 19.

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

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
April 4, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Virginia Feeder Cattle Summary Sales at Blackstone, Fredericksburg, Front Royal, Lynchburg, Narrows, Radiant, Rockingham, Springlake and Tri-State. State Graded Weighted Average for Mar 28-Apr 03, 2013.

Feeder Cattle: 5103 (Steers 2514; Heifers 2008; Bulls 581).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 19 head, 300-400 lbs 157.50-188.00; 116 head, 400-500 lbs 136.00-180.25; 230 head, 500-600 lbs 130.50-165.00; 263 head, 600-700 lbs 116.00-151.50; 149 head, 700-800 lbs 113.50-142.25; 184 head, 800-900 lbs 106.00-141.75; 31 head, 900-1000 lbs 100.00-123.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 8 head, 400-500 lbs 153.00; 65 head, 600-700 lbs 141.00-149.50; 7 head, 700-800 lbs 113.50; 11 head, 800-900 lbs 104.00-117.50. MED/LGE 2: 44 head, 300-400 lbs 101.00-191.00; 124 head, 400-500 lbs 111.00-170.00; 178 head, 500-600 lbs 105.00-171.00; 140 head, 600-700 lbs 101.00-153.00; 71 head, 700-800 lbs 100.00-133.50; 11 head, 800-900 lbs 112.50-125.00. MED/LGE 3: 6 head, 300-400 lbs 128.00-167.00; 24 head, 400-500 lbs 80.00-159.00; 37 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-145.00; 23 head, 600-700 lbs 102.00-130.75; 5 head, 700-800 lbs 110.00-126.00; 8 head, 800-900 lbs 102.50-116.50.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 2: 28 head, 300-400 lbs 116.00-121.00; 37 head, 400-500 lbs 101.75-110.50; 57 head, 500-600 lbs 96.75; 51 head, 600-700 lbs 94.00-100.00; 51 head, 700-800 lbs 94.75; 49 head, 800-900 lbs 92.00-92.75. LGE 3: 15 head, 300-400 lbs 113.00; 19 head, 400-500 lbs 108.00-110.00; 35 head, 500-600 lbs 94.50-97.75; 90 head, 600-700 lbs 84.00-100.00; 35 head, 700-800 lbs 95.00; 11 head, 800-900 lbs 87.50. LGE 4: 13 head, 300-400 lbs 100.00; 24 head, 400-500 lbs 95.00-102.00; 50 head, 500-600 lbs 92.00-94.50; 44 head, 600-700 lbs 93.00-93.25; 30 head, 700-800 lbs 84.25-86.75; 24 head, 800-900 lbs 84.00-90.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 14 head, 300-400 lbs 148.00-197.00; 102 head, 400-500 lbs 115.00-163.50; 69 head, 500-600 lbs 110.00-151.00; 33 head, 600-700 lbs 105.00-129.50; 17 head, 700-800 lbs 95.50-165.50. MED/LGE 1-2: 8 head, 500-600 lbs 131.50. MED/LGE 2: 41 head, 300-400 lbs 116.00-183.00; 146 head, 400-500 lbs 120.00-173.25; 44 head, 500-600 lbs 119.00-143.00; 17 head, 600-700 lbs 101.00-127.00. MED/LGE 3: 8 head, 500-600 lbs 85.00-125.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 25 head, 300-400 lbs 124.00-161.00; 168 head, 400-500 lbs 110.00-150.00; 254 head, 500-600 lbs 118.50-137.75; 189 head, 600-700 lbs 115.00-136.00; 158 head, 700-800 lbs 99.00-135.75; 7 head, 800-900 lbs 99.00-112.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 4 head, 400-500 lbs 101.00; 4 head, 500-600 lbs 111.00; 156 head, 600-700 lbs 109.00-128.50; 45 head, 700-800 lbs 119.00-126.00; 14 head, 800-900 lbs 110.00. MED/LGE 2: 67 head, 300-400 lbs 126.50-160.00; 198 head, 400-500 lbs 101.00-145.00; 200 head, 500-600 lbs 118.00-137.00; 120 head, 600-700 lbs 65.00-127.25; 29 head, 700-800 lbs 95.00-117.50; 30 head, 800-900 lbs 83.00-113.00. MED/LGE 2-3: 4 head, 800-900 lbs 76.00. MED/LGE 3: 34 head, 300-400 lbs 81.00-159.00; 73 head, 400-500 lbs 92.00-141.25; 69 head, 500-600 lbs 101.00-133.75; 28 head, 600-700 lbs 71.00-120.00; 8 head, 700-800 lbs 81.00-116.50.

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

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
April 10, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 732; Last Sale: 194, Last Year: 821.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold 100.00-200.00 higher compared to a very light test last week. Demand was good. Bred heifers sold firm with good demand. Wednesday’s supply included 112 fresh milking cows, 38 short-bred cows, 16 springing cows, 129 short-bred heifers, 139 springing heifers, 260 open heifers, and 29 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1800.00-2100.00; Approved: 1500.00-1750.00; Medium: 1300.00-1475.00; Common: 1050.00-1275.00.

CULL COWS: 800.00-1200.00.

SPRINGING COWS (7-9 months bred): Approved: 1450.00-1500.00; Medium: 1250.00-1275.00.

BRED COWS (4-6 months bred): Approved: 1250.00-1300.00; Medium: 1150.00-1200.00.

SHORT BRED COWS (1-3 months bred): Supreme: 1400.00-1550.00; Approved: 1275.00-1350.00; Medium: 1050.00-1225.00; Common: 925.00-1000.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS (1-3 months): Supreme: 1200.00-1250.00; Approved: 1000.00-1100.00; Medium: 850.00-975.00; Common: 725.00-825.00.

BRED HEIFERS (4-6 months): Supreme: 1350.00-1500.00; Approved: 1225.00-1325.00; Medium: 1050.00-1200.00; Common: 850.00-1000.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1425.00-1550.00; Approved: 1275.00-1400.00; Medium: 1125.00-1250.00; Common: 975.00-1100.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Approved: 450.00-500.00; Medium: 350.00-400.00; Common: 275.00-350.00. 600-900 LBS: Approved: 775.00-875.00; Medium: 600.00-675.00; Common: 475.00-575.00. 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 800.00-850.00; Medium: 700.00-775.00; Common: 575.00-675.00.

BULLS: 300-600 lbs 550.00-625.00, 600-900 lbs 725.00-825.00, Jersey 550.00-650.00, 900-1200 lbs 900.00-1050.00, Jersey 675.00, 1200-1500 lbs 1075.00-1275.00.

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

Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
April 10, 2013
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 $1.64 per pound for the week ending April 6, 2013. The United States (US) price per pound decreased 1.4 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.66 per pound for the week ending April 6, 2013. The price per pound increased 3.8 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.64 per pound, down 0.9 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 58.7 cents per pound for the week ending April 6, 2013. The US price per pound increased 0.8 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 $1.49 per pound for the week ending April 6, 2013. The US price per pound decreased 1.5 cents from the previous week.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
April 10, 2013
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 1.9974-2.0806.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices 1.52-1.59. Northeast - Class III - spot prices 1.35-1.42.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 105; LAST WK: In 0, Out 130; LAST YR: In 0, Out 250. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: 0.

Manufacturing milk supplies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions have marginally increased compared to last week, as milk production continues to increase along the seasonal trend. Class I demand has leveled off as schools have resumed classes following their spring breaks. Field work is beginning in both regions with activities mostly limited to hauling manure, top dressing fields and some spring plowing. Pastures are beginning to green up with 61% rated as fair to good.

Drought conditions continue to worsen in Florida with many areas 4-8 inches below normal rainfall, since the beginning of the year. The dry conditions are limiting forage growth, prompting supplementary hay feeding in those areas with the poorest pasture conditions. 70% of Florida’s pastures are rated as either poor or fair. Milk production is past the peak and has shown some marginal declines as hot weather has lowered cow comfort levels.

Class I demand increased this week, lowering exports to 105 spot loads. Warm weather and green pastures have significantly increased milk production in the Southeast with current production at or near the peak of the spring flush. Manufacturing milk volumes are heaviest on or around weekends. Class I demand has increased as nearly all schools have completed their spring break vacations.

Cream supplies are readily available with good volumes of standardized cream coming from Class I plants with additional volumes coming from yogurt production. Demand for cream has improved as ice cream and whipping cream production are showing seasonal production increases. Multiples for all Classes ranged from 1.16-1.28. Interest for spot loads of condensed skim has increased as prospective buyers compare and contrast prices with nonfat dry milk. Last Wednesday’s Class and Component Price release saw the Class III Skim Milk price decline, which lowered the value of Class III nonfat solids, which is used to price spot loads of condensed skim for cheese production. A majority of the condensed skim supplies continue to be channeled to Class IV production.

According to NASS, ice Cream production in the Atlantic region for February totaled 11.9 million gallons, 2.7% less than January and 5.0% less than February 2012 (unadjusted for leap year). U.S. Yogurt production (plain and flavored) for February totaled 361.4 million pounds, down 8.4% from January and 1.2% less than for February 2012 (unadjusted for leap year).

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U.S. Dairy Products Update
Washington, D.C.
April 4, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

TOTAL CHEESE output (excluding cottage cheese) was 857 million pounds, slightly below February 2012 and 8.4 percent below January 2013.

ITALIAN TYPE CHEESE production totaled 361 million pounds, 2.6 percent below February 2012 and 9.7 percent below January 2013.

AMERICAN TYPE CHEESE production totaled 347 million pounds, 1.3 percent above February 2012 but 7.8 percent below January 2013.

BUTTER production was 171 million pounds, 1.1 percent above February 2012 but 8.9 percent below January 2013.

DRY MILK POWDERS (comparisons with February 2012) Nonfat dry milk, human - 138 million pounds, down 20.0 percent. Skim milk powders - 43.2 million pounds, up 136.8 percent.

WHEY PRODUCTS (comparisons with February 2012) Dry whey, total - 80.8 million pounds, down 9.6 percent. Lactose, human and animal - 78.3 million pounds, down 3.7 percent. Whey protein concentrate, total - 34.2 million pounds, down 3.5 percent.

FROZEN PRODUCTS (comparisons with February 2012) Ice cream, regular (hard) - 62.6 million gallons, down 0.8 percent. Ice cream, lowfat (total) - 32.1 million gallons, up 3.3 percent. Sherbet (hard) - 3.27 million gallons, up 4.4 percent. Frozen yogurt (total) - 5.35 million gallons, up 1.1 percent.

Released April 4, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
April 8, 2013
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: 6.57 bu, 11.75 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 7.08 bu, 11.83 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 5.20 bu, 11.13 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 4.57 bu, 14.26 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 13.59 bu, 22.69 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 235.50 ton, 11.78 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 240.00 ton, 12.00 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 185.00 ton, 9.25 cwt.

PA Grain Report
New Holland, Pa.
April 8, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Compared to last week, cash bids for corn and beans are lower across the state, while wheat found some support in the way of weather and deteriorating spring wheat conditions across the major production areas of the Midwest. Basis has firmed for corn as cash bids attempt to offset the sharp drop in the CME futures. Last week grain and bean futures extended there their losses from the initial bearish onset caused by the March 29th USDA’s Grain Stocks Report. Since the release of the report May corn contracts have lost over $1.00/bu and May beans over $0.90/bu. Market participants feel the sell-off in the board was an over-reaction to the reports and the market is due for correction, hence the firmness in the basis for corn locally and across the Midwest. This week, USDA will be releasing their crop production and crop progress reports. Sorghum and some corn planting have begun in the southern plains, mainly Texas. The reports are expected to have minimum impact on the markets.

All prices are quoted per bushel delivered to the feed mills or elevators. All basis reflect last week’s Friday CME close.

US #2 Yellow Corn: EASTERN: 6.4000-6.8900, dn 48-dn 56, 11k to 60k, up 18.25-up 10.25. CENTRAL: 6.7300-6.8900, dn 36-dn 54, 44k to 60k, up 30.25-up 12.25. WESTERN: 6.1300-6.2500, no comp, -16k to -4k, no comp.

US #2 Soft Red Winter Wheat: EASTERN: 7.3600-7.6400, up 22-up 11, 37k to 65k, up 10.75-dn 0.25. CENTRAL: 6.8900-7.2600, up 11-up 22, -10k to 27k, dn 0.25-up 10.75. WESTERN: 6.6600-6.7200, no comp, -33k to -27k, no comp.

US #3 Feed Barley: EASTERN: 4.8000-5.8000, dn 80-up 5.

US #2 White Oats: EASTERN: 4.3000-4.9000, dn 10-unch, 70.5k to 130.5k, up 26.75-up 36.75.

US #2 Soybeans: EASTERN: 13.3200-13.5200, dn 38-dn 58, -29.75k to -9.75k, up 5-dn 15. CENTRAL: 13.6000-13.9800, dn 37-dn 2, -1.75k to 36.25k, up 6-up 41.

Average Bid Price: EASTERN: Corn 6.68; Wheat 7.48; Barley 5.20; Oats 4.57; Soybeans 13.42. CENTRAL: Corn 6.83; Wheat 7.08; Soybeans 13.75. WESTERN: Corn 6.19; Wheat 6.69.

Eastern Contracts: CORN: 5.3300-5.4000, dn 6-unch, -2z to 5z, dn 3-up 3. WHEAT: 6.5900-6.6000, up 28-dn 19, -40k to -39k, up 42.25-dn 4.75. SOYBEANS: 12.7200-12.8200, up 89-up 70, 44x to 54x, up 112.5-up 93.5.

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

HELPFUL HINTS: Commodity or Location = price per bushel, change in price from last week, basis or the difference between the cash price and a specified futures price, change in basis from last week. Dn = down. Unch = unchanged.

NOTE: The USDA will be using this report format from this point forward. Ag Market News will continue to publish the old PA Grain Report format for a limited time at www.agmarketnews.com.

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
April 8, 2013
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: 130.00-300.00. MIXED: 80.00-200.00. TIMOTHY: 150.00-200.00. STRAW: 80.00-230.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 141 loads. Straw: 19 loads. ALFALFA: 115.00-410.00. MIXED: 100.00-490.00. TIMOTHY: 155.00-255.00. GRASS: 125.00-290.00. STRAW: 125.00-210.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 162 loads; Straw: 31 loads. ALFALFA: 117.00-300.00. MIXED: 100.00-290.00. TIMOTHY: 100.00-230.00. GRASS: 100.00-285.00. STRAW: 100.00-260.00.

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

U.S. Crop Production
Washington, D.C.
April 10, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Orange Production Down 1% from March

The United States all orange forecast for the 2012-2013 season is 8.60 million tons, down 1 percent from the previous forecast and down 4 percent from the revised 2011-2012 final utilization. The Florida all orange forecast, at 138 million boxes (6.21 million tons), is down 1 percent from the March forecast and down 6 percent from last season’s revised final utilization. Early, midseason, and Navel varieties in Florida are forecast at 67.0 million boxes (3.02 million tons), unchanged from the March forecast but down 10 percent from last season. The Florida Valencia orange forecast, at 71.0 million boxes (3.20 million tons), is down 1 percent from the March forecast and down 2 percent from last season’s revised final utilization. Drought conditions persisted in Florida during March.

The California all orange forecast is 58.0 million boxes (2.32 million tons), down 2 percent from the previous forecast and down 1 percent from last season’s revised final utilization. The California Navel orange forecast is 45.5 million boxes (1.82 million tons), down 2 percent from the previous forecast but unchanged from last season. The California Valencia orange forecast is 12.5 million boxes (500,000 tons), unchanged from the previous forecast but down 4 percent from last season’s revised final utilization. Harvest of Navel oranges continued during March, while Valencia orange harvest began. The Texas all orange forecast, at 1.56 million boxes (67,000 tons), is up 3 percent from the previous forecast and up 10 percent from last season’s final utilization.

Florida frozen concentrated orange juice (FCOJ) yield forecast for the 2012-2013 season is 1.61 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, unchanged from the March forecast but down 1 percent from last season’s final yield of 1.63 gallons per box. The early-midseason portion is final at 1.51 gallons per box, down 1 percent from last season’s final yield of 1.53 gallons per box. The Valencia portion is projected at 1.71 gallons per box, 2 percent lower than last year’s final yield of 1.75 gallons per box. All projections of yield assume the processing relationships this season will be similar to those of the past several seasons.

Released April 10, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
April 4, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 3/9: 1300; Week ending 3/16: 1079; Week ending 3/23: 1278; Week ending 3/30: 621; 2012 to date: 47730; 2011 to date: 54227; Final 2011: 62,576.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 3/9: 3982; Week ending 3/16: 4420; Week ending 3/23: 6171; Week ending 3/30: 4092; 2012 to date: 150912; 2011 to date: 164023; Final 2011: 209853.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 3/9: 5282; Week ending 3/16: 5499; Week ending 3/23: 7449; Week ending 3/30: 4713; 2012 to date: 198642; 2011 to date: 218250; Final 2011: 272,429.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): Daytime temperatures in the District continue to be cooler with nighttime lows occasionally dipping below freezing. The weekend forecast expects highs in the 50s-60s.

NEW YORK: Trading is slow for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices for Canners/Peelers and Juice Stock about steady. Supplies are light. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Wednesday, April 03, 2013 F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt. 2012 crop: Canners/Peelers - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $17.00-20.00, mostly $20.00. Includes previous commitments. Juice Stock - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $16.00-21.00, mostly $18.00 occasional higher. Includes previous commitments.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 42-35-31 Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh mostly 27.00-29.00, Red Delicious mostly 24.00-24.50, Empire mostly 25.00-28.00, Golden Delicious mostly 25.00-28.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack Red Delicious 80s-88s mostly 28.00, 100s mostly 26.00; McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 38.00, 100s mostly 36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 32.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy cell pack McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 38.00, 100s mostly 36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 32.00.

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV): Shipments 18-19-16 Movement expected to decrease as more shippers have finished for the season. A couple of shippers will continue for several more weeks. LAST REPORT.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 5-4-3 Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Unofficial prices for Monday, April 1, 2013 Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3- pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh mostly 28.00-32.00, Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack McIntosh and 35.00-42.00.

NOTE: For a complete national report, visit marketnews.usda.gov/portal/fv, or call 559-487-5178.

Monthly Bison Carcass Report
Des Moines, Iowa
April 9, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

ACTUAL SLAUGHTER NUMBERS IN FEDERALLY INSPECTED PLANTS (not necessarily inspected) Bison: Week ending 3/02/13: 839; Week ending 3/09/13: 936; Week ending 3/16/13: 752; Week ending 3/23/13: 846; Total: 3,373.

CANADIAN LIVE BISON IMPORTS INTO U.S. FOR MARCH: Slaughter Male: 373; Slaughter Female: 339; Feeder Male: 42; Feeder Female: 41; Total: 795.

BISON CARCASSES: Compared to February’s report: The number of bison harvested for March was 10% higher compared to February while prices were similar for prime bulls and heifers and aged cows. However, prices edged higher for aged bulls as supplies for these bison were limited.

BISON CARCASSES-GRAIN FED (Hot Carcass Wt $/Cwt) FOB PLANT BASIS: Young Bulls: 1,592 head, 375.00- 400.00, wtd avg 389.29; Young Heifers: 1,201 head, 369.00- 390.00, wtd avg 374.23; Aged Bulls: 35 head, 270.00- 300.00, wtd avg 293.14; Aged Cows: 422 head, 260.00- 314.00, wtd avg 273.26. Total: 3,250 head.

BISON MEAT: Compared to February’s report: Prices began to increase on middle meats while the prices for end meats began to slid lower at the onset of spring. Prices were also higher for most trimmings, grinds and patties as supplies were plentiful.

Source: USDA Market News Service, Des Moines, IA. Nina Biensen, 515-284-4460.


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