Market Reports for August 31, 2013

8/31/2013 7:00 AM

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
Aug. 30, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 123.90; Last week 123.40; Last year 117.00.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 109.15; Last week 108.70; Last year 103.00.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 121.60; Last week 118.75; Last year 117.00.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 80.55; Last week 80.50; Last year 76.45.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 79.15; Last week 77.55; Last year 74.20.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 96.00; Last week 97.90; Last year 101.00.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 69.50; Last week 73.75; Last year 62.25.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 132.00; Last week 136.75; Last year 86.00.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 137.75; Last week 134.50; Last year 98.75.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 149.50; Last week 153.75.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
Lewisburg, Pa.
Aug. 23, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3669; Last week 2925; Last year 3605. CALVES: This week 2786; Last week 2658; Last year 2975. HOGS: This week 1123; Last week 1124; Last year 1276. FEEDER PIGS: This week 241; Last week 122; Last year n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 1968; Last week 3349; Last year 2638. GOATS: This week 1925; Last week 1935; Last year 2478.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s market, slaughter steers sold mostly steady to 1.00 higher. Slaughter holsteins sold steady to 1.00 higher and slaughter heifers sold sold firm. Slaughter cows sold 1.00 to 2.00 higher and slaughter bulls sold 3.00 to 4.00 higher.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last weeks’ market, feeder steers sold mostly 5.00 to 15.00 higher Feeder heifers sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 higher and feeder bulls sold mostly steady.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week, holstein bull calves sold mostly 3.00 to 5.00 higher. Holstein heifers sold steady to 15.00 to 20.00 higher.

HOGS: Compared to last week’s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 3.00 to 4.00 lower. Sows sold 3.00 to 4.00 lower.

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

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kids sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Slaughter nanny goats sold mostly steady. Slaughter billies sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 higher.

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

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
Aug. 30, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2157, Last week 2528, Last year 2165. CALVES: 1756, Last week 1749, Last year 1829.

This week in Lancaster County, slaughter steers sold mixed from 1.00 lower to 2.00 higher for the week. Demand continues to be good on a moderate supply of cattle. Slaughter Holstein steers sold mostly steady to 2.00 higher on a light test. Slaughter cows sold mostly 1.00-3.00 higher for the week. Demand remains good going into the Labor Day weekend. The box beef market moved very little this week with the Choice cutouts closing steady at $196.00/cwt and Select closing $1.00 lower at $184.00/cwt. Direct cattle trades in the Midwest have been inactive again as of Thursday. Asking prices are at 126.00/cwt live, and bids did gain $1.00 to 122.00/cwt. The big story in the industry is corn. Depending on who you listen to this is either a record year or hot, dry weather is going to limit supply. The board got higher with the prediction of a hot, dry cornbelt and then started down again as much needed rain fell as this prediction was being made. September futures closed Thursday down 7 at 4.97 1/4/bushel. All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1245-1580 lbs 126.00-128.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1195-1560 lbs 120.50-126.50; SELECT 2-3: 1145-1385 lbs 118.00-122.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 1450-1625 lbs 107.50-113.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1500-1680 lbs 106.00-109.50; SELECT 2-3: 1450-1600 lbs 101.50-105.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1120-1355 lbs 120.00-122.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1100-1300 lbs 122.00-123.50; SELECT 2-3: 1050-1300 lbs 115.00-120.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 78.00-84.00, High dress 82.00-88.00, Low dress 74.50-77.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-85.00, High dress 84.00-88.00, Low dress 72.00-79.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 74.00-84.50, High dress 81.00-89.50, Low dress 70.00-78.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 65.00-79.50, High dress 71.00-83.50, Low dress 60.00-74.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 850-2110 lbs avg dress 93.00-99.00, high dress 98.50-109.00, very high dress 109.50-124.00, low dress 83.00-94.50.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull and Heifer calves sold mostly steady to 20.00 higher with very good demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 330.00-370.00/cwt this week, with a weighted average value of 341.80/cwt (Hide-off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 90-120 lbs 145.00-165.00, 80-90 lbs 120.00-135.00; #2: 80-120 lbs 125.00-145.00; #3: 75-110 lbs 90.00-120.00; UTILITY: 95-115 lbs 40.00-60.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-100 lbs 90.00-110.00; #2: 70-90 lbs 40.00-60.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 70-90 lbs 20.00-35.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-122 lbs 135.00-147.00, 95-102 lbs 153.00-160.00, 90 lbs 138.00; #2: 95-112 lbs 147.00-155.00, 84-90 lbs 120.00-132.00; #3: 93-107 lbs 125.00-132.00, 82-83 lbs 109.00-110.00, 73 lbs 35.00; UTILITY: 81-105 lbs 50.00, 71 lbs 15.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 93-100 lbs 157.00, 83 lbs 85.00; #2: 93 lbs 122.00, 73-84 lbs 40.00-67.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 73-82 lbs 32.00-40.00, 63 lbs 17.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 114-128 lbs 120.00-130.00, 94-112 lbs 140.00-146.00, 90-92 lbs 115.00; #2: 80-128 lbs 121.00-145.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 115.00-122.00, 80-88 lbs 100.00-112.00, 72-78 lbs 30.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 45.00-50.00, 60-88 lbs 17.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: #1: 90-120 lbs 100.00-110.00; #2: 75-100 lbs 85.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-90 lbs 25.00-50.00.

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.
Aug. 26, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 726, Last week 881, Last year 622. CALVES: 415, Last week 441, Last year 417.

Compared to last week’s sale, slaughter cows sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher with good demand. Slaughter bulls sold mostly 2.00-3.00 lower with moderate demand. Cattle supply included 138 slaughter steers, 123 heifers, 261 cows, 149 bulls, and 55 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 80.00-84.00, High dress 88.00, Low dress 74.50-77.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 80.00-85.00, High dress 86.00-88.00, Low dress 73.00-79.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 79.00-83.00, High dress 84.00-89.50, Low dress 73.00-78.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 72.00-77.00, High dress 78.00-80.00, Low dress 65.00-71.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 850-1700 lbs 93.00-97.00, high dress 98.50-109.00, very high dress 120.00-124.00, low dress 87.00-93.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Monday`s sale, Holstein bull calves sold 10.00-20.00 higher with good demand. Holstein heifer calves sold mostly steady with moderate demand. All calves are Holstein unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 90-120 lbs 145.00-165.00, 80-90 lbs 120.00-135.00; #2: 80-120 lbs 125.00-145.00; #3: 75-110 lbs 90.00-120.00; UTILITY: 95-115 lbs 40.00-60.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-100 lbs 90.00-110.00; #2: 70-90 lbs 40.00-60.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 70-90 lbs 20.00-35.00.

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

Vintage Sales Stables Monday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Aug. 26, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 199; Last week 186. CALVES: 150; Last week 133.

Compared to last week’s sale, slaughter steers sold steady to 1.00 lower. Slaughter cows sold steady on breaker cows while boner and lean cows traded 2.00 to 3.00 higher. Cattle supply consisted of 110 steers, 15 heifers, 71 cows, 1 bull, and 2 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-155 lbs 126.00-128.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1280-1590 lbs 120.50-125.50; SELECT 2-3: 1175-1525 lbs 118.00- 121.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 1530-1605 lbs 107.50-110.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 1120-1355 lbs 120.00-122.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1155-1285 lbs 119.00-120.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 74.00-77.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 65.00-70.00, High dress 71.00-73.00, Low dress 60.00-63.50.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week’s sale, bull calves sold 5.00-10.00 higher with moderate demand. All prices per cwt, all calves are Holstein unless otherwise noted.

BULL CALVES: #1: 90-120 lbs 125.00-140.00; #2: 90-110 lbs 110.00-115.00, 80-90 lbs 95.00-110.00; #3: 80-115 lbs 70.00-80.00; UTILITY: 60-90 lbs 30.00-50.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587.

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Sept. 13.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Aug. 27, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 386; Last week 374; Last year 378. CALVES: 570; Last week 582; Last year 623.

Compared to last week: Sleughter Holsteins traded mostly 1.00-2.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter cows mostly 1.00-3.00 higher on good demand. Most movement on the leaner cows. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 60 steers and heifers, 303 cows, 8 bulls, and 15 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1450-1600 lbs 110.00-113.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1500-1680 lbs 107.00-109.50; SELECT 1-3: 1450-1600 lbs 103.00-105.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 79.50-81.00, High dress 82.00-83.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 78.00-83.00, High dress 84.00-86.00, Low dress 72.00-77.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 79.00-84.50, High dress 85.00-87.50, Low dress 72.00-78.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50, High dress 81.00-83.50, Low dress 67.50-74.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 900-2045 lbs avg dress 93.00-98.00, high dress 105.00-108.00, low dress 83.00-91.50.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly firm. Holstein Heifer calves sold 10.00-20.00 higher,Demand was good for all classes. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 428 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-122 lbs 135.00-147.00, 95-102 lbs 153.00-160.00, 90 lbs 138.00; #2: 95-112 lbs 147.00- 155.00, 84-90 lbs 120.00-132.00; #3: 93-107 lbs 125.00-132.00, 82-83 lbs 109.00-110.00, 73 lbs 35.00; UTILITY: 81-105 lbs 50.00, 71 lbs 15.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 93-100 lbs 157.00, 83 lbs 85.00; #2: 93 lbs 122.00, 73-84 lbs 40.00-67.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 73-82 lbs 32.00-40.00, 63 lbs 17.00.

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

NOTE: Next Feeder Sale Sept. 13.

New Holland Thursday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Aug. 29, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 846, Last week 881, Last year 805. CALVES: 621, Last week 593, Last year 670.

Compared to last week Slaughter steers sold steady to 1.00 higher on a light test. Demand was good. Slaughter Holstein steers sold mostly steady on a very light test. No comparison on Slaughter heifers due to the lack of heifers last week. Slaughter cows sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher with good demand. Cattle supplies included 200 slaughter steers; 88 heifers; 504 cows; 42 bulls; and 0 feeder calves. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1455-1600 lbs 127.00-128.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1325-1650 lbs 123.00-126.50; SELECT 2-3: 1350-1600 lbs 118.00-122.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1450 lbs 110.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1290-1595 lbs 106.00-107.50; SELECT 1-3: 1275-1650 lbs 101.50-105.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1100-1200 lbs 122.00-123.50; SELECT 1-3: 1050-1300 lbs 115.00-120.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 78.00-81.50, High dress 84.50-85.00, Low dress 71.00-77.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 80.00-84.00, High dress 85.00-88.00, Low dress 71.00-79.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 76.00-80.50, High dress 81.00-84.00, Low dress 70.00-75.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 72.00-77.00, High dress 78.00-80.50, Low dress 66.00-71.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 925-2110 lbs avg dress 96.00-99.00, high dress 102.00-107.50, very high dress 109.50-119.00, low dress 85.00-94.50.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull calves sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher with good demand. Holstein heifer calves sold mostly steady with moderate demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 421 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 120.00-130.00, 94-112 lbs 140.00-146.00, 90-92 lbs 115.00; #2: 80-128 lbs 121.00-145.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 115.00-122.00, 80-88 lbs 100.00-112.00, 72-78 lbs 30.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 45.00-50.00, 60-88 lbs 17.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: #1: 90-120 lbs 100.00-110.00; #2: 75-100 lbs 85.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-90 lbs 25.00-50.00.

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

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
Aug. 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

State Graded Weighted Average for Aug 15-21, 2013. Sales at Blackstone, Front Royal, Lynchburg, Radiant and Springlake.

Feeder Cattle: 2062 (Steers 831; Heifers 889; Bulls 342).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 44 head, 400-500 lbs 156.00-168.50; 98 head, 500-600 lbs 132.00-159.50; 195 head, 600-700 lbs 126.00-157.00; 146 head, 700-800 lbs 134.00-161.00; 11 head, 800-900 lbs 129.00-143.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 5 head, 800-900 lbs 142.50; 4 head, 900-1000 lbs 129.00. MED/LGE 2: 4 head, 300-400 lbs 189.00; 12 head, 400-500 lbs 151.00-161.50; 68 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-158.75; 64 head, 600-700 lbs 143.00-155.00; 27 head, 700-800 lbs 80.00-142.50. MED/LGE 2-3: 5 head, 700-800 lbs 146.00; 5 head, 800-900 lbs 142.00; 4 head, 900-1000 lbs 129.00. MED/LGE 3: 12 head, 400-500 lbs 130.00-150.00; 29 head, 500-600 lbs 90.00-157.00; 17 head, 600-700 lbs 126.00-155.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 143.00-212.00; 43 head, 400-500 lbs 118.00-173.50; 57 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-155.50; 18 head, 600-700 lbs 120.00-128.00; 6 head, 900-1000 lbs 108.00-109.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 8 head, 500-600 lbs 141.50; 13 head, 600-700 lbs 127.50. MED/LGE 2: 21 head, 300-400 lbs 124.00-199.00; 56 head, 400-500 lbs 130.00-172.50; 53 head, 500-600 lbs 129.00-153.00; 16 head, 600-700 lbs 93.00-130.50. MED/LGE 3: 5 head, 400-500 lbs 135.00-144.00; 4 head, 500-600 lbs 82.00-134.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 11 head, 300-400 lbs 150.00-172.50; 41 head, 400-500 lbs 135.00-146.00; 139 head, 500-600 lbs 127.00-142.25; 119 head, 600-700 lbs 123.00-136.50; 21 head, 700-800 lbs 122.00-130.50; 5 head, 800-900 lbs 114.00-120.00. MED/LGE 2: 18 head, 300-400 lbs 120.00-174.00; 63 head, 400-500 lbs 105.00-146.75; 141 head, 500-600 lbs 115.00-141.50; 77 head, 600-700 lbs 127.00-137.50; 29 head, 700-800 lbs 117.00-135.00; 4 head, 900-1000 lbs 110.00. MED/LGE 3: 21 head, 300-400 lbs 110.00-157.00; 48 head, 400-500 lbs 126.00-144.75; 57 head, 500-600 lbs 117.00-140.25; 22 head, 600-700 lbs 122.00-130.75.

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

Lynchburg, VA Graded Feeder Cattle
Richmond, Va.
Aug. 26, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

All prices per cwt.

Feeder Cattle: 1098 (Steers 316; Heifers 535; Bulls 247).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 13 head, 400-500 lbs 166.50; 44 head, 500-600 lbs 157.50-158.00; 61 head, 600-700 lbs 146.25-149.00; 24 head, 700-800 lbs 143.00-144.00. MED/LGE 2: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 194.00-198.00; 12 head, 400-500 lbs 158.00-172.75; 46 head, 500-600 lbs 156.00-159.75; 31 head, 600-700 lbs 146.50-149.00; 18 head, 700-800 lbs 132.50-135.50. MED/LGE 3: 6 head, 300-400 lbs 185.00; 12 head, 400-500 lbs 164.50; 11 head, 500-600 lbs 141.00-153.50; 8 head, 600-700 lbs 122.00-148.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 32 head, 400-500 lbs 135.00-144.75; 70 head, 500-600 lbs 134.75-140.00; 48 head, 600-700 lbs 130.00-133.00; 11 head, 700-800 lbs 120.00-121.00. MED/LGE 2: 18 head, 300-400 lbs 150.00-158.50; 53 head, 400-500 lbs 135.00-144.50; 94 head, 500-600 lbs 134.75-136.75; 54 head, 600-700 lbs 128.50-133.00; 9 head, 700-800 lbs 121.00-125.75. MED/LGE 3: 7 head, 300-400 lbs 163.00; 34 head, 400-500 lbs 121.00-139.00; 43 head, 500-600 lbs 133.50-138.00; 20 head, 600-700 lbs 119.00-125.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 45 head, 400-500 lbs 148.50-171.00; 35 head, 500-600 lbs 139.50-144.00; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 130.00. MED/LGE 2: 22 head, 300-400 lbs 189.00-201.75; 68 head, 400-500 lbs 146.00-170.50; 30 head, 500-600 lbs 140.50-143.25; 12 head, 600-700 lbs 133.00.

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

Staunton, VA Feeder Cattle
Richmond, Va.
Aug. 23, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

All prices per cwt unless otherwise stated.

Feeder Cattle: 1112 head (Steers 700, Holstein Steers 12, Heifers 340, Bulls 60).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 160.00-185.00, 400-500 lbs 158.00-180.00, 500-600 lbs 155.00-169.00, 600-700 lbs 146.00-167.50, 700-800 lbs 136.00-146.00, 800-900 lbs 133.00-143.00, 900-1000 lbs 133.00-142.75, 1000-1100 lbs 130.00-138.10; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 155.00-170.00, 400-500 lbs 150.00-162.00, 500-600 lbs 150.00-161.00, 600-700 lbs 142.00-155.00, 700-800 lbs 130.00-139.00, 800-900 lbs 129.00-135.00, 900-1000 lbs 127.00-135.00, 1000-1100 lbs 122.00-131.00; MED/LGE 3: 600-700 lbs 130.00-138.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 2-3: 500-600 lbs 86.00-91.00, 600-700 lbs 84.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 140.00-165.00, 400-500 lbs 135.00-146.00, 500-600 lbs 133.00-145.00, 600-700 lbs 131.00-140.00, 700-800 lbs 122.00-129.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 130.00-148.00, 400-500 lbs 130.00-139.00, 500-600 lbs 129.00-138.00, 600-700 lbs 128.00-135.00, 700-800 lbs 118.00-125.00; MED/LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 128.00-136.00, 400-500 lbs 100.00-125.00, 500-600 lbs 110.00-117.00, 600-700 lbs 99.00-119.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 160.00-185.00, 400-500 lbs 150.00-170.00, 500-600 lbs 135.00-150.00, 600-700 lbs 129.00-135.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 145.00-160.00, 400-500 lbs 145.00-159.00, 500-600 lbs 130.00-144.00, 600-700 lbs 120.00-131.00; MED/LGE 3: 400-500 lbs 150.00-157.00, 500-600 lbs 121.00-133.00, 600-700 lbs 117.00-124.00.

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

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Aug. 26, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 1197; Last Week: 1054; Year Ago: 1570.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 3.00-4.00 lower. Demand was moderate. Sows traded 1.00-2.00 lower on moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 68.00-71.00, 300-400 lbs 70.00-71.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 63.50-66.00, 300-400 lbs 66.00-68.50.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 70.00-73.50, 500-700 lbs 73.00-75.50.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 22.00-23.00.

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

Carlisle Graded Feeder Pig Sale
Carlisle, Pa.
Aug. 27, 2013
Sale Reported by Ag Market News

Receipts: 779; Last Sale: 836.

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

US 1-2: 110 head, 16-19 lbs 120.00-142.00; 48 head, 22-25 lbs 188.00-194.00; 14 head, 35-38 lbs 120.00-160.00; 4 head, 51 lbs 95.00-95.00; 272 head, 60-69 lbs 90.00-108.00; 5 head, 69 lbs 72.00-72.00; 105 head, 76-86 lbs 81.00-99.00; 74 head, 99-110 lbs 89.00-99.00; 15 head, 112-117 lbs 92.00-96.00.

US 2: 10 head, 29 lbs 40.00-40.00 thin; 36 head, 41-49 lbs 90.00-120.00; 9 head, 47 lbs 55.00-55.00 thin; 26 head, 50-56 lbs 60.00-67.00; 21 head, 77-82 lbs 65.00-70.00; 14 head, 99 lbs 86.00-86.00.

AS IS: 1 head, 15 lbs 150.00-150.00; 3 head, 17-25 lbs 68.00-68.00; 2 head, 32 lbs 14.00-14.00; 8 head, 55-57 lbs 41.00-50.00; 2 head, 102 lbs 66.00-66.00.

NOTE: Next graded feeder pig sale Sept. 13.

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

New Holland Weekly Horse Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Aug. 26, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

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

Work: 450.00-650.00.

Driving: 400.00-775.00.

Riding: 350.00-500.00.

Better Riding: 700.00-1900.00.

Registered Riding: 500.00-1000.00.

Ponies: 275.00-350.00.

Large Ponies: 225.00-400.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Aug. 26, 2013
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 2085; Last Monday: 1649; Year Ago: 1167.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 1601; Last Monday: 1757; Year Ago: 1858.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher. Slaughter ewes traded 10.00-20.00 lower. Demand was moderate for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 76 percent lambs, 19 percent slaughter ewes, and 5 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: 50-70 lbs 158.00-195.00, 50-70 lbs hair sheep 150.00-172.00, 70-80 lbs 160.00-160.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 50-60 lbs 230.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 50-70 lbs hair sheep 137.00-150.00, 60-70 lbs 130.00-144.00, 70-90 lbs 128.00-140.00, 90-110 lbs 124.00- 134.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 50-70 lbs hair sheep 128.00-135.00, 60-70 lbs 110.00-125.00, 70-90 lbs 120.00-126.00, 80-90 lbs hair sheep 111.00-116.00, 90-110 lbs 107.00-120.00, hair sheep 114.00-115.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 100-110 lbs 58.00- 66.00, hair sheep 58.00-64.00, 120-160 lbs 58.00-70.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 100-120 lbs 52.00-56.00, 120-160 lbs 40.00-54.00, 160-190 lbs 40.00-57.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 130-150 lbs 50.00-102.00, 150-180 lbs hair sheep 80.00-87.00, 170-200 lbs 54.00-86.00, 200-220 lbs 52.00-78.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly steady. Slaughter Nanny goats sold mostly 5.00-10.00 lower. Slaughter billies sold mostly steady. Demand was good for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 66 percent Slaughter Kids, 22 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 12 percent bucks/billies and whethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS (hd): SEL 1: 40-60 lbs 112.00-142.00, 60-80 lbs 126.00-162.00, 80-110 lbs 126.00-187.00; SEL 2: 40-60 lbs 98.00-110.00, 60-80 lbs 106.00-124.00, 80-90 lbs 122.00- 124.00; SEL 3: 40-60 lbs 56.00-96.00, 60-80 lbs 60.00-78.00, 90-100 lbs 100.00-104.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES (hd): SEL 1: 110-120 lbs 136.00-167.00, 130-160 lbs 150.00-177.00; SEL 2: 80-125 lbs 136.00-167.00, 130-160 lbs 137.00-150.00; SEL 3: 75-120 lbs 80.00-130.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES (hd): SEL 1: 130-150 lbs 210.00- 242.00; SEL 2: 130-140 lbs 165.00-200.00, 150-180 lbs 167.00- 230.00; SEL 3: 80-100 lbs 130.00-136.00, 100-125 lbs 144.00- 170.00.

SLAUGHTER WHETHERS (hd): SEL 1: 60-80 lbs 200.00-255.00, 80-110 lbs 220.00-255.00, 110-120 lbs 280.00-295.00, 120-150 lbs 250.00-310.00; SEL 2: 60-80 lbs 185.00-200.00, 80-100 lbs 140.00-180.00, 110-120 lbs 184.00-215.00; SEL 3: 80-110 lbs 125.00-167.00.

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

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Aug. 28, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 194; Last Sale: 206; Last Year: 149.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold 100.00- 200.00 higher. Demand was good. Bred Holstein heifers sold mostly firm. Demand was good. Wednesday’s supply included 77 fresh milking cows, 5 short-bred cows, 11 springing cows, 14 short-bred heifers, 17 springing heifers, 48 open heifers, and 19 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1700.00-2300.00 Approved: 1500.00-1650.00 Medium: 1250.00-1450.00 Common: 950.00-1100.00

SPRINGING COWS (7-9 months): Approved: 1375.00 Individual Medium: 1250.00 Individual Common: 975.00 Individual

CULL COWS: 900.00-1075.00

SHORT BRED HEIFERS (1-3 months): Approved: 1000.00-1175.00 Medium: 800.00-850.00

BRED HEIFERS (4-6 months): Approved: 1200.00-1300.00

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1500.00-1550.00 Approved: 1350.00-1475.00 Medium: 1100.00-1300.00 Common: 875.00-1050.00

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Approved: 475.00-550.00 Medium: 310.00-450.00 600-900 LBS: Approved: 600.00-700.00 Medium: 450.00-500.00 Common: 300.00-360.00 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 800.00-885.00 Medium: 700.00-785.00 1200-1500 LBS: Approved: 925.00-935.00

BULLS: 300-600 lbs 575.00-775.00; 600-900 lbs 800.00-975.00. 900-1200 lbs 850.00-1075.00. 1200-1500 lbs 1075.00-1200.00, Jersey/cross-bred 1200.00-1575.00.

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.
Aug. 28, 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 $1.36 per pound for the week ending August 24, 2013. The United States (US) price per pound decreased 7.9 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.78 per pound for the week ending August 24, 2013. The price per pound increased 1.4 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.80 per pound, down 0.7 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 58.3 cents per pound for the week ending August 24, 2013. The US price per pound increased 0.7 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 $1.77 per pound for the week ending August 24, 2013. The US price per pound increased 0.3 cents from the previous week.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
Aug. 28, 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 1.7804-1.9584.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices 1.81-1.86. Northeast - Class III - spot prices 1.53-1.59.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 190, Out 0; LAST WK: In 212, Out 0; LAST YR: In 78, Out 0. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: 0.

Manufacturing milk supplies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions are declining, due to strong pulls from bottling plants. Milk production remains about level with last week and above year ago levels. Good weather in both regions prompted increased hay harvest activities and the beginning of the corn silage harvest in New England. Milk production in Florida continues to follow the downward trend and is not expected to bottom out until mid-September.

Class I demand remains strong, prompting 190 spot loads to be imported this week. Rainy weather patterns over the past few weeks have caused hay harvest delays and lower quality. Milk supplies are nearly in balance with need in the Southeast region with only a few extra loads, above contract minimums, going to manufacturing plants. Class I demand has leveled off this week as pipelines have been replenished with recent school startups.

Milk production continues to decline along the seasonal trend. Demand for cream has improved this week and tightened supplies with ice cream and cream cheese manufacturers having strong pulls and increased production schedules ahead of the holiday. Class I bottling plants are adding to cream supplies with increased volumes of standardized cream. Cream multiples for all Classes were in a wide range this week, 1.25-1.43, with pricing dependent on location and date of purchase.

Condensed skim milk supplies have tightened, due to increased Class I demand. Supplies are held in firm hands as most balancing plants would rather dry their available volumes, given the current nonfat dry milk market. Most supplies are moving through contracts with light spot sale activity.

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Organic Dairy Market News
Madison, Wis.
Aug. 23, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA-AMS

Organic Dairy Fluid Overview

NEWS: Organic milk half gallons of a national brand are now being sold in the cooler section of a national drugstore chain. This chain has frequently featured low prices for conventional milk relative to other outlets for milk, but organic milk is a new addition to the cooler.

Growth of the organic ice cream sector as well as confidence in growth potential, has now led to a Humboldt County California organic ice cream manufacturer only in business for several years, to engage in a national person-to-person promotional campaign. Retail demonstrators travel the country in trucks boldly painted to publicize the brand, appearing in stores of a national natural food store chain and offering samples of the organic ice cream to shoppers. Some of these outlets are now carrying as many as four brands of organic ice cream.

MILK PRODUCT SALES: AMS reports Total Organic Milk Products sales for June 2013, 179 million pounds, were up 5.8% from June last year. Organic Whole Milk sales for June 2013, 47 million pounds, were up 8.2% compared with June last year and up 8.9% year-to-date compared with last year. Organic Reduced Fat Milk sales for May, 51 million pounds, were 12.6% above sales one year earlier and 9.7% above year-to-date sales last year.

Organic Dairy Retail Overview

ORGANIC MILK HALF GALLONS: The weighted average advertised price of organic milk half gallons is $3.50, down 14 cents from last period. The price range declined at the top and bottom of the price range, $4.49 to $2.59. One year ago the weighted average advertised price was $3.91. The Northeast has the highest weighted average price, $3.76, while the South Central Region has the lowest weighted average price this period, $2.91.

ORGANIC/CONVENTIONAL MILK HALF GALLON PRICE SPREAD: The weighted average advertised organic half-gallon milk price, $3.50, is down 14 cents from two weeks ago. Conventional milk’s price for half gallons, $1.41, is down 46 cents from two weeks ago.

The organic-conventional half-gallon price spread is $2.09, compared to $1.77 two weeks ago. Since the first week of May, conventional milk half gallon prices have varied within a 68.1% price range in contrast with organic half gallons, 6.8%.

ORGANIC MILK GALLONS: More ads for organic gallons of milk occurred this period than any period since this survey period began during the fall of 2009, nearly four years ago. In fact, there were nearly as many ads for organic gallons during this two week period, than during all of 2011 or 2012. As a general observation, the emphasis in organic milk ads since 2009 has been toward ads for half gallons and away from gallons. All of these factors make this period’s number of organic gallon ads noteworthy.

A closer examination of the ads reveals that nationwide, about 80% of the ads for organic gallons were run by a single national supermarket chain. Those ads included that chain’s private label brand of organic gallons in every ad, at prices ranging from $5.00 to $6.99, depending on location. However the $6.99 price only occurred in the Northeast, often the region with the highest organic milk prices. Some of that chain’s ads in the Southeast and Southwest also featured a national brand of organic milk at a price of $5.00 per organic gallon. In each store with ads for both the store’s private label brand and the national brand, the national brand was priced lower.

The remaining approximate 20% of ads for organic gallons were split between stores of three separate regional supermarket chains, two in the Southeast and one in the Northeast. One of those chains has recently agreed to be purchased by the largest national supermarket chain. The organic gallons advertised by each of the chains was a store private label brand, with two of the chains offering the lowest price of all stores advertising organic gallons, $4.99.

The national weighted average advertised price for organic gallons is $5.56, up from $5.00 two weeks ago but down from $5.72 one year ago.

ORGANIC YOGURT: Organic yogurt ad numbers are nearly identical with last report, at the third highest level of 2013. The Northeast has 61% of organic yogurt ads, followed by the Southeast, 23%; Southwest, 11%; and South Central, 5%.

4-6 ounce organic yogurt and 4-6 ounce organic Greek yogurt tied with 35% of ads each, followed by 32 ounce yogurt with 30%.

The weighted average advertised price for 4-6 ounce organic yogurt is $.70, up 10 cents from last year. The weighted average advertised price for 4-6 ounce organic Greek yogurt is $1.04, down from $1.46 last year. As for 32 ounce organic yogurt, the price is $3.11, up from $2.99 one year ago.

8 OZ. CREAM CHEESE: Ads for organic cream cheese appeared in only the Northeast with all ads priced at $2.50.

16 OZ. ORGANIC COTTAGE CHEESE: Ads for organic cottage cheese appeared in only the Midwest with all ads priced at $3.69.

SOURCE: http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/dybdairyorganic.pdf.

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
Aug. 26, 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: 5.84 bu, 10.46 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 5.81 bu, 9.71 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 3.62 bu, 7.74 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 3.54 bu, 11.05 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 14.12 bu, 23.58 cwt.

EAR CORN: 162.50 ton, 8.13 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 193.75 ton, 9.69 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 191.25 ton, 9.56 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 148.75 ton, 7.44 cwt.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
Aug. 26, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Compared to last week, corn sold mostly .10 to .20 higher, wheat sold mostly .10 to .20 lower, barley sold mostly .05 to .10 higher, oats sold mostly .10 to .15 higher and soybeans sold mostly .50 to 1.00 higher. Ear corn sold steady. All prices per bushel except ear corn is per ton.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 5.71-6.40, avg 6.00, contracts Dec 4.35-4.80. WHEAT #2: 5.70-6.86, avg 6.32, contracts Dec 6.20. BARLEY #3: 3.00-3.70, avg 3.40, contracts Jul 3.00. OATS #2: 3.40-3.50, avg 3.45. SOYBEANS #2: 13.18-14.82, avg 13.86, contracts Dec 12.48-13.20. EAR CORN: 165.00, avg 165.00.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 4.75-6.35, avg 5.66. WHEAT #2: 6.00, avg 6.00. BARLEY #3: 3.00-4.50, avg 3.75. OATS #2: 2.90-4.50, avg 3.70. SOYBEANS #2: 12.80-13.50, avg 13.10.

Southcentral Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 5.75-6.35, avg 6.03. WHEAT #2: 4.75-6.00, avg 5.37. BARLEY #3: 3.70, avg 3.70. OATS #2: 3.60, avg 3.60. SOYBEANS #2: 13.00-13.65, avg 13.34. EAR CORN: 160.00, avg 160.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 6.00-6.41, avg 6.20. WHEAT #2: 6.30-6.65, avg 6.47. BARLEY #3: 4.25, avg 4.25. OATS #2: 3.20, avg 3.20. SOYBEAN #2: 14.30-14.78, avg 14.54. GR. SORGHUM: 6.15, avg 6.15.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 4.75-6.41, avg 5.97, month ago 6.41, year ago 8.46. WHEAT #2: 4.75-6.86, avg 6.76, month ago 6.10, year ago 7.28. BARLEY #3: 3.00-4.50, avg 3.66, month ago 3.91, year ago 4.78. OATS #2: 2.90-4.50, avg 3.01, month ago 3.60, year ago 4.09. SOYBEANS #2: 12.80-14.82, avg 13.70, month ago 13.64, year ago 13.94. EAR CORN: 162.00, avg 162.00, month ago 180.00, year ago 223.75.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 5.50-6.00, avg 5.79. WHEAT #2: 5.73, avg 5.73. OATS #2: 3.50, avg 3.50. SOYBEANS #2: 14.81, avg 14.81.

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

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
Aug. 26, 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 sold 10.00-45.00 lower and straw sold 10.00-20.00 lower. ALFALFA: 120.00-185.00. MIXED: 80.00-180.00. TIMOTHY: 80.00-150.00. STRAW: 50.00-160.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 114 loads. Straw: 21 loads. ALFALFA: 75.00-330.00. MIXED: 80.00-350.00. TIMOTHY: 145.00-220.00. GRASS: 40.00-260.00. STRAW: 110.00-210.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 58 loads; Straw: 13 loads. ALFALFA: 135.00-250.00. MIXED: 75.00-260.00. TIMOTHY: 60.00-170.00. GRASS: 50.00-200.00. STRAW: 60.00-170.00.

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

Cattle on Feed Update
Washington, D.C.
Aug. 23, 2013
Report supplied by USDA/NASS

United States Cattle on Feed Down 6%

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.0 million head on August 1, 2013. The inventory was 6 percent below August 1, 2012.

Placements in feedlots during July totaled 1.72 million, 10 percent below 2012. Net placements were 1.66 million head. During July, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 390,000, 600-699 pounds were 275,000, 700-799 pounds were 455,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 602,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during July totaled 2.00 million, 5 percent above 2012.

Other disappearance totaled 64,000 during July, 2 percent above 2012.

Released August 23, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Chicken & Egg Update
Washington, D. C.
Aug. 22, 2013
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

July Egg Production Up 3%

United States egg production totaled 7.97 billion during July 2013, up 3 percent from last year. Production included 6.88 billion table eggs, and 1.09 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.01 billion were broiler-type and 77 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during July 2013 averaged 344 million, up 2 percent from last year. July egg production per 100 layers was 2,313 eggs, up slightly from July 2012.

All layers in the United States on August 1, 2013 totaled 345 million, up 3 percent from last year. The 345 million layers consisted of 289 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 52.6 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.15 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on August 1, 2013, averaged 74.5 eggs per 100 layers, down slightly from August 1, 2012.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 8%

Egg-type chicks hatched during July 2013 totaled 38.5 million, up 8 percent from July 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 35.4 million on August 1, 2013, down 8 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 272 thousand during July 2013, up slightly from June 2012.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 2%

Broiler-type chicks hatched during July 2013 totaled 782 million, up 2 percent from July 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 626 million on August 1, 2013, up 2 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.57 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during July 2013, up 8 percent from July 2012.

Released August 22, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Cold Storage Highlights
Washington D.C.
Aug. 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total NATURAL CHEESE stocks in refrigerated warehouses on July 31, 2013 were up slightly from the previous month and up 5 percent from July 31, 2012.

BUTTER stocks were down 7 percent from last month but up 26 percent from a year ago.

Total FROZEN POULTRY supplies on July 31, 2013 were up 3 percent from the previous month and up 5 percent from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken were up 4 percent from the previous month and up 5 percent from last year. Total pounds of turkey in freezers were up 3 percent from last month and up 6 percent from July 31, 2012.

Total FROZEN FRUIT stocks were up 31 percent from last month and up 16 percent from a year ago.

Total FROZEN VEGETABLE stocks were up 8 percent from last month and up slightly from a year ago.

Total RED MEAT supplies in freezers were down 3 percent from the previous month and down slightly from last year. Total pounds of beef in freezers were down 4 percent from the previous month but up 1 percent from last year. Frozen pork supplies were down 4 percent from the previous month and down 1 percent from last year. Stocks of pork bellies were down 33 percent from last month but up 1 percent from last year.

Released August 22, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. & Canadian Hog Inventory
Washington, D.C.
Aug. 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Inventory Up Slightly

United States and Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs for June 2013 was 79.6 million head. This was up slightly from June 2012, and up 2 percent from June 2011. The breeding inventory, at 7.10 million head, was up slightly from a year ago and up 1 percent from 2011. Market hog inventory, at 72.5 million head, was up slightly from last year and up 2 percent from 2011. The semi- annual pig crop, at 73.1 million head, was up slightly from 2012 and up 3 percent from 2011. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 7.08 million head, down 1 percent from last year and down 1 percent from 2011.

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2013 was 66.6 million head. This was down slightly from June 1, 2012 but up 2 percent from March 1, 2013. The breeding inventory, at 5.88 million head, was up slightly from last year and up 1 from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.8 million head, was down slightly from last year, but up 2 percent from last quarter. The March-May 2013 pig crop, at 30.1 million head, was up slightly from 2012 and up 3 percent from 2011. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.92 million head, down 2 percent from 2012 but up slightly from 2011.

Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs on July 1, 2013 was 12.9 million head. This was up 1 percent from July 1, 2012 and up 2 percent from July 1, 2011. The breeding inventory, at 1.22 million head, was up slightly from last year and up 1 percent from 2011. Market hog inventory, at 11.7 million head, was up 1 percent from last year and up 2 percent from 2011. The semi-annual pig crop, at 13.9 million head, was down 2 percent from 2012 and down 1 percent from 2011. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 1.28 million head, down 4 percent from last year and down 6 percent from 2011.

Released August 22, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Livestock Slaughter Report
Washington, D.C.
Aug. 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Commercial Red Meat Production Up

Commercial RED MEAT production for the United States totaled 4.16 billion pounds in July, up 5 percent from the 3.95 billion pounds produced in July 2012.

BEEF production, at 2.29 billion pounds, was 4 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.89 million head, up 4 percent from July 2012. The average live weight was up 7 pounds from the previous year, at 1,302 pounds.

VEAL production totaled 9.6 million pounds, 1 percent above July a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 70,000 head, up 4 percent from July 2012. The average live weight was down 7 pounds from last year, at 234 pounds.

PORK production totaled 1.84 billion pounds, up 7 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.08 million head, up 6 percent from July 2012. The average live weight was up 2 pounds from the previous year, at 271 pounds.

LAMB AND MUTTON production, at 14.1 million pounds, was up 13 percent from July 2012. Sheep slaughter totaled 211,600 head, 19 percent above last year. The average live weight was 133 pounds, down 7 pounds from July a year ago.

January to July 2013 commercial red meat production was 28.3 billion pounds, up slightly from 2012. Accumulated beef production was up slightly from last year, veal was down 6 percent, pork was up slightly from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up 2 percent.

July 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays. July 2013 contained 23 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

Released August 22, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Poultry Slaughter
Washington, D.C.
Aug. 26, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 5%

Poultry certified wholesome during July 2013 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.85 billion pounds, up 5 percent from the amount certified in July 2012. The June 2013 revised certified total at 3.53 billion pounds, was down 4 percent from June 2012. The June revision represented an increase of 894 thousand pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during July 2013 was 5.10 billion pounds, up 5 percent from 4.87 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.37 billion pounds, up 5 percent from July 2012. Mature chickens, at 68.3 million pounds, were down 1 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 643 million pounds, up 3 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 14.3 million pounds, up 15 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during July 2013 averaged 5.84 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from July 2012. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.86 pounds per bird, down 4 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during July 2013 averaged 29.7 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from July 2012.

Ante-mortem condemnations during July 2013 totaled 10.8 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.21 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.24 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 33.9 million pounds, were 0.87 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.88 percent a year earlier.

July 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays. July 2013 contained 23 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

Released August 26, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Rice Stocks
Washington, D.C.
Aug. 27, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Rough Rice Stocks Down 15%

Rough rice stocks in all positions on August 1, 2013 totaled 30.5 million hundredweight (cwt), down 15 percent from the total on August 1, 2012. Stocks held on farms totaled 640 cwt and off-farm stocks totaled 29.9 million cwt. Long grain varieties accounted for 64 percent of the total rough rice, medium grain accounted for 33 percent, and short grain varieties accounted for 3 percent.

Milled rice stocks in all positions totaled 4.13 million cwt, up 15 percent from a year ago. Milled rice stocks were comprised of 2.49 million cwt of whole kernel rice and 1.64 million cwt of second heads, screenings, and brewers rice.

Special Note: USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service suspended a number of statistical surveys and reports for the remainder of the fiscal year resulting from reduced funding. Suspended commodity programs impacted the June Rice Stocks. Check the NASS website at www.nass.usda.gov for any future updates to this program.

Released August 27, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

PA Apple Cold Storage
Harrisburg, Pa.
Aug. 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS-Pa.

Apples in cold storage reported by cold storage warehouses for Pennsylvania totaled 259,500 bushels on July 31, 2013, compared to 296,500 bushels on July 31, 2012. A few early new-crop varieties are beginning to be harvested, therefore, we will be beginning our annual survey cycle in August even though the season may not have started in some orchards.

Total apple stocks in Pennsylvania totaled 10,899,000 pounds on July 31, 2013, compared to 12,453,000 pounds on July 31, 2012.

Source: www.nass.usda.gov/pa.

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
Aug. 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District: 2013 Crop

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 8/17: 140; 2013 to date: 140; 2012 to date: 2663; Final 2012: 56303.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 8/17: 0; 2013 to date: 0; 2012 to date: 5928; Final 2012: 205536.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 8/17: 140; 2013 to date: 140; 2012 to date: 8591; Final 2012: 261839.

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District: 2012 Crop

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 7/27: 205; Week ending 8/3: 210; Week ending 8/10: 241; Week ending 8/17: 394; 2012 to date: 56303; 2011 to date: 62576; Final 2011: 62576.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 7/27: 2042; Week ending 8/3: 1964; Week ending 8/10: 1864; Week ending 8/17: 1305; 2012 to date: 205536; 2011 to date: 209853; Final 2011: 209853.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 7/27: 2247; Week ending 8/3: 2174; Week ending 8/10: 2105; Week ending 8/17: 1699; 2012 to date: 261839; 2011 to date: 272429; Final 2011: 272429.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): Temperatures returned to near normal levels for the week and the week was fairly dry with only a few scattered thunderstorms. Growers are harvesting Gingergolds, Gala, and Paula Reds. Most fresh market volume is being moved to farm stands. Processors are beginning to purchase a few local loads, but are mainly buying Carolina fruit current week.

Apple Juice Concentrate Imports

APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE IMPORTS PORTS OF ENTRY EAST COAST: Prices for apple juice concentrate for the period August 15 - 20, 2013. Acidity 1.0-2.2 percent weight/weight as malic acid, color 40-70 percent, brix minimum of 70.0, various containers (drums, bins, or bulk liquid packaging). Sales Ex Doc, excludes freight charges, all duties paid, containers included unless otherwise stated. Prices offered to importers per gallon basis in U.S. Dollars. China Offerings insufficient to establish a market.

Shipping Point Trends

CHILE: Imports 124-305-92 Imports via boat. Movement expected to decrease slightly. PORT OF ENTRY: PHILADELPHIA AREA. Trading moderate. Prices Granny Smith generally unchanged, others lower. 18 kilogram cartons tray pack Fuji 64-90s 34.00-36.00, 100s 30.00-32.00, 110s 26.00-28.00, 120s 26.00-28.00; Granny Smith 70-90s 26.00-28.00, 100s 24.00-26.00, 110s 22.00-24.00; Royal Gala 70-90s mostly 30.00, 100s mostly 26.00, 110s mostly 22.00, 120s 20.00-22.00; Braeburn 64-90s 256.00-28.00, 100s 24.00-26.00; Pink Lady/Cripps Pink 70-80s 22.00-24.00, 90s 20.00-22.00, 100s 20.00-22.00, 110s 18.00-20.00, 120s 16.00-18.00. Quality good.

NEW YORK: Shipments 2-2-6 Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading active. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum Ginger Gold 22.00-24.00, Paula Red 22.00-24.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack Ginger Gold 80s-100s mostly 27.00-30.00; Paula Red 88s- 100s 27.00-28.00.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 0-0-1 Movement expected to increase seasonally. Too few open market sales to establish a market.

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV): Shipments 0-0-1 Movement expected to increase as growers begin to harvest Rambo, Gingergolds and Galas. Reportable volume expected in 1-2 weeks.

MICHIGAN: Shipments 0-1-1 Movement expected to increase as most shippers and sheds will begin packing Paula Red apples later in the period. Initial color and size appear to be above average for early fruit. Light supplies being diverted to local markets and farm stands.

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA: Light harvest of Gala possible during the current trade week, August 18-24. Unseasonably cool, wet conditions have hindered the ripening of the crop. Currently, no F.O.B. is being reported.

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


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