Market Reports for Dec. 29, 2012

12/29/2012 7:00 AM

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
December 28, 2012
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

NOTE: Limited receipts this year and last due to Christmas.

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 128.75; Last week 124.60; Last year 127.50.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 108.15; Last week 103.30; Last year 110.75.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 122.00; Last week 124.00; Last year 125.25.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 74.60; Last week 73.70; Last year 73.25.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 76.50; Last week 72.25; Last year 68.25.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 86.25; Last week 86.90; Last year 79.50.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week n/a; Last week 67.50; Last year n/a.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 132.75; Last week 123.00; Last year n/a.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 111.25; Last week 112.15. Last year n/a.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 184.75; Last week 125.00; Last year n/a.

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
Dec. 24, 2012
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

To provide farmers across the state with a handy reference of commodity input costs in their feeding operations for DHIA record sheets or to develop livestock feed cost data, here are last week’s average costs of various ingredients as compiled from regional reports across the state of Pennsylvania.

Remember, these are averages, so you will need to adjust your figures up or down according to your location and the quality of your crop.

Corn, No. 2:   6.96 bu, 12.45 cwt.

Wheat, No. 2:   8.13 bu, 13.57 cwt.

Barley, No. 3:   4.92 bu, 10.52 cwt.

Oats, No. 2 4:16 bu, 12.97 cwt.

Soybeans, No. 2:   13.72 bu, 22.90 cwt.

Ear Corn:   180.00 ton, 9.00 cwt.

Alfalfa Hay:   233.75 ton, 11.69 cwt.

Mixed Hay:  198.75 ton, 9.94 cwt.

Timothy Hay:   188.75 ton, 9.44 cwt.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 21, 2012
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This wk: 3869; Last wk: 3925; Yr ago: 4240. CALVES: This wk: 3022; Last wk: 2924; Yr ago: 3061. HOGS: This wk: 1817; Last wk: 1846; Yr ago: 1183. FEEDER PIGS: This wk: 856; Last wk: 39; Yr ago: 495. LAMBS/SHEEP: This wk: 4107; Last wk: 2470; Yr ago: 2965. GOATS: This wk: 3634; Last wk: 3051; Yr ago: 3771.

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

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week all feeder cattle sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher. This week there was a large feeder sale which reflected higher prices.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week holstein bull calves sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 higher. Holstein heifers sold steady to 5.00 higher.

HOGS: Compared to last weeks sale, barrows and gilts sold 3.00 to 5.00 lower. Sows sold mostly steady.

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

SLAUGHTER GOATS: Compared to last week, kid goats sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Nannies sold 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.
Dec. 28, 2012
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 1277; Last week 2648; Last year 1651. CALVES: 1631; Last week 2166; Last year 1422.

This week in Lancaster County reports are limited due to the holiday closings. slaughter steers sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher. Demand was good on an active trade. Slaughter cows steady to 2.00 higher on very good demand due to the holiday shortened week.

Direct trades in the Midwest Have been virtually nonexistant with a very small number traded in Nebraska at 127.00/cxt.

Boxed beef prices moved higher from last Friday.

Choice cutout values Thursday`s close of 194.26/cwt was 1.17/cwt higher, while Select cutouts closed at 179.49/cwt or 1.70/cwt higher than last Friday. The choice/select spread was $14.77. The spread seems to have peaked and the current spread is cosiderably less than it was a couple of weeks ago when it went over $20.00.

Thursday’s corn futures closed down 1.75 at 6.91/bu. At least a step in the right direction for cattle feeders.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1320-1535 lbs 128.50-134.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1240-1610 lbs 128.00-129.50; SELECT 2-3: 1030-1455 lbs 124.00- 127.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1650 lbs 113.00-115.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1350-1600 lbs 109.00-112.00; SELECT 2-3: 1250-1550 lbs 102.00-108.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1180-1460 lbs 123.50-126.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1165-1280 lbs 118.00-122.50; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1350 lbs 109.00-111.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 73.00-78.50, High dress 77.00-83.00, Low dress 67.00-74.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 72.00-77.00, High dress 77.00-82.00, Low dress 64.50-72.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 71.00-76.50, High dress 75.00-79.00, Low dress 65.00-71.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 67.00-72.00, High dress 72.00-76.00, Low dress 58.00-66.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 925-1920 lbs 85.00-91.50, high dress 92.00-96.00, low dress 84.00-91.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold steady to 10.00 higher early in the week and 10.00-20.00 lower on Thursday with good to moderate demand. Heifers sold 10.00-20.00 lower early in the week and 10.00-20.00 higher on Thursday with moderate to good demand. Receipts were only slightly lower this week even with the holiday shortened week. Composite veal carcass values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 340.00-370.00/cwt last week with a weighted average value of 357.27/cwt (Hide-Off). All prices per cwt.

Note: Vintage Tuesday sale moved to Wednesday due to Christmas.

WEDNESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 124 lbs 112.00, 95-112 lbs 129.00-138.00; #2: 95-112 lbs 121.00-134.00, 90 lbs 100.00, 83 lbs 77.00; #3: 109 lbs 75.00, 95 lbs 86.00-90.00, 73-83 lbs 70.00-79.00; UTILITY: 82-102 lbs 37.00-40.00, 73 lbs 15.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 93-103 lbs 125.00-132.00; #2: 95 lbs 120.00, 83 lbs 85.00; NON-TUBING: 71 lbs 40.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 97.00, 94-118 lbs 108.00-115.00, 86-92 lbs 80.00; #2: 88-128 lbs 94.00-110.00, 80-86 lbs 80.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 65.00-67.00, 72-88 lbs 25.00-50.00; UTILITY: 80-110 lbs 25.00-30.00, 60-78 lbs 17.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 100-125 lbs 120.00-137.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 105.00-115.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 70-80 lbs 30.00-40.00.

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

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Dec. 26, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

NOTE: Tuesday’s sale moved to Wednesday because of Christmas.

CATTLE: 251, Last week 361, Last year 428. CALVES: 678, Last week 695, Last year 679.

Compared to last week slaughter Holsteins sold firm on a very light test. Demand moderate. Slaughter cows traded steady to 1.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 82 steers and heifers, 158 cows, 7 bulls, and 4 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: SELECT 2-3: 1200-1300 lbs 102.00-106.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 73.00-76.50, High dress 77.00-78.00, Low dress 67.00-69.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.50, High dress 77.00-78.00, Low dress 64.50-70.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 71.00-74.50, High dress 75.00-76.00, Low dress 65.00-69.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 68.00-72.00, High dress 73.00-74.00, Low dress 58.00-65.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1600-2000 lbs avg dress 85.00-87.00.

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

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 124 lbs 112.00, 95-112 lbs 129.00-138.00; #2: 95-112 lbs 121.00-134.00, 90 lbs 100.00, 83 lbs 77.00; #3: 109 lbs 75.00, 95 lbs 86.00-90.00, 73-83 lbs 70.00- 79.00; UTILITY: 82-102 lbs 37.00-40.00, 73 lbs 15.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 93-103 lbs 125.00-132.00; #2: 95 lbs 120.00, 83 lbs 85.00; NON-TUBING: 71 lbs 40.00.

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.
Dec. 27, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 1026; Last week 900; Last year 962. CALVES: 953; Last week 680; Last year 743.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold 1.00- 2.00 higher. Demand was good. Slaughter Holsteins firm compared to a very light test last week. Slaughter heifers steady on a light test. Buyer activity was good. Slaughter cows mostly 2.00-3.00 higher. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 178 slaughter steers; 81 heifers; 694 cows; 64 bulls; and 28 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1200-1575 lbs 130.00-134.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 128.00-129.50; SELECT 1-3: 1180-1600 lbs 124.00-127.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 113.00-115.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 109.00-112.00; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 104.00-108.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1550 lbs 123.50-126.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 118.00-122.50; SELECT 1-3: 109.00-111.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 74.50-78.50, High dress 80.00-83.00, Low dress 70.00-74.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.00, High dress 82.00, Low dress 68.00-72.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.50, High dress 77.00-79.00, Low dress 66.00-71.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 67.00-71.50, High dress 72.00-76.00, Low dress 58.00-66.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1050-2500 lbs avg dress 86.00-87.00, high dress 97.00-103.00, low dress 80.00-84.50.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower compared to last week on moderate demand. Heifers sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand compared to last week. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 629 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 97.00, 94-118 lbs 108.00-115.00, 86-92 lbs 80.00; #2: 88-128 lbs 94.00-110.00, 80-86 lbs 80.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 65.00-67.00, 72-88 lbs 25.00-50.00; UTILITY: 80-110 lbs 25.00-30.00, 60-78 lbs 17.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 100-125 lbs 120.00-137.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 105.00-115.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 70-80 lbs 30.00-40.00.

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

NOTE: Closed Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Open Jan. 3-4.

New Holland Holiday Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 21, 2012
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 986; Last week: 3891; Year Ago: no report.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 779; Last week: 3480; Year Ago: no report.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to Monday’s sale, slaughter lambs sold mostly 5.00-10.00 lower on moderate demand and a very light test. Slaughter ewes traded mostly 10.00-20.00 lower on moderate demand. Slaughter supply consisted of 58 percent lambs, 40 percent slaughter ewes, and 2 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 155.00-176.00, 60-70 lbs 148.00-164.00, 70-80 lbs 156.00-172.00, 80-90 lbs 134.00-140.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 50-60 lbs 146.00-147.00, 60-80 lbs 120.00-136.00, 80-90 lbs 116.00-124.00, 90-110 lbs 104.00-116.00, 110-120 lbs 96.00-104.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 80-90 lbs 100.00-102.00, 90-110 lbs 90.00-102.00, 110-140 lbs 94.00-98.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 103 lbs 76.00, 110 lbs 72.00, 110-160 lbs 58.00-70.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 100-160 lbs 54.00-66.00, 160-185 lbs 50.00-64.00; CULL 1-2: 100-160 lbs 28.00-50.00, 160-190 lbs 44.00-50.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 120-150 lbs 82.00-108.00, 160-175 lbs 50.00-74.00, 200-245 lbs 46.00-72.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to Monday`s sale, slaughter kid goats sold sharply higher on a lighter supply. Kids traded mostly 20.00-30.00 higher with very good demand. Nanny goats sold steady to 5.00 higher, while billies sold 20.00-25.00 higher. Slaughter supply consisted of 50 percent Slaughter Kids, 40 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 10 percent bucks/billies. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 40-60 lbs 120.00-138.00, 60-80 lbs 136.00-162.00, 80-100 lbs 158.00-172.00, 100-120 lbs 172.00-200.00, 120-140 lbs 184.00-212.00; SEL 2: 20-40 lbs 78.00-92.00, 40-60 lbs 96.00-138.00, 60-80 lbs 122.00-140.00, 80-100 lbs 134.00-152.00; SEL 3: 20-40 lbs 40.00-72.00, 40-60 lbs 74.00-100.00, 60-80 lbs 102.00-130.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 80-130 lbs 140.00-146.00, 130-160 lbs 140.00-152.00; SEL 2: 80-130 lbs 126.00-138.00, 130-160 lbs 136.00-138.00; SEL 3: 50-80 lbs 76.00-90.00, 80-130 lbs 98.00-120.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 100-150 lbs 162.00-200.00, 150-200 lbs 245.00-300.00; SEL 2: 150-200 lbs 200.00-250.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS: SEL 1-2: 100-150 lbs 140.00-180.00, 150-200 lbs 192.00-222.00.

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

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

Smoker Graded Goat & Sheep Auction
Parkesburg, Pa.
Dec. 21, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

SHEEP: 665, Last sale 493.

GOATS: 357, Last sale 377.

When compared to the most recent sale, slaughter lambs sold mostly steady with exception of some fancier type lambs that brought a sizable premium for the Christmas Holiday. Ewes were mostly 5.00 lower. Demand was moderate to good for lambs and ewes. Goats on the other hand sold sharply higher with very good demand. All classes of goats traded mostly 25.00-30.00 higher. 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: 21 head, 40-50 lbs 228.00-240.00; 30 head, 50-60 lbs 195.00-202.00; 28 head, 60-70 lbs 160.00-172.00; 5 head, 70-80 lbs 152.00; 2 head, 80-90 lbs 136.00; 17 head, 90-110 lbs 121.00; 28 head, 110-130 lbs 122.00. CHOICE 2-3: 52 head, 40-50 lbs 150.00-165.00; 143 head, 50-60 lbs 140.00-155.00; 34 head, 60-70 lbs 140.00; 42 head, 70-80 lbs 119.00-121.00; 25 head, 80-90 lbs 117.00; 18 head, 90-110 lbs 109.00-115.00; 24 head, 110-130 lbs 106.00-115.00. GOOD/CHOICE 1-2: 11 head, 40-50 lbs 140.00; 18 head, 50-60 lbs 120.00-140.00; 36 head, 60-70 lbs 117.00-125.00; 24 head, 70-80 lbs 102.00-106.00; 5 head, 90-110 lbs 96.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: 11 head, 90-120 lbs 62.00-65.00; 51 head, 120-160 lbs 62.00-65.00. UTILITY 1-2: 11 head, 90-130 lbs 59.00-60.00; 7 head, 130-160 lbs 52.00-60.00; 2 head, 200-300 lbs 44.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 2 head, 200-300 lbs 60.00.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 2 head, 20-30 lbs 255.00; 2 head, 30-40 lbs 244.00; 4 head, 40-50 lbs 228.00; 44 head, 50-60 lbs 210.00-226.00; 1 head, 60-70 lbs 202.00; 2 head, 70-80 lbs 152.00; 1 head, 90-100 lbs 156.00. SEL 2: 4 head, 30-40 lbs 220.00; 17 head, 40-50 lbs 212.00; 10 head, 40-50 lbs 188.00 Pygmies; 53 head, 50-60 lbs 195.00; 4 head, 80-90 lbs 146.00. SEL 3: 8 head, 30-40 lbs 184.00; 4 head, 40-50 lbs 182.00; 45 head, 50-60 lbs 160.00-190.00; 3 head, 70-80 lbs 152.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 13 head, 80-130 lbs 130.00-142.00; 17 head, 130-180 lbs 104.00-125.00. SEL 2: 8 head, 80-130 lbs 140.00-146.00; 26 head, 130-180 lbs 106.00-120.00. SEL 3: 17 head, 80-130 lbs 116.00-128.00; 1 head, 130-180 lbs 114.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 6 head, 100-150 lbs 150.00; 6 head, 150-250 lbs 136.00. SEL 2: 2 head, 80-100 lbs 155.00; 8 head, 100-150 lbs 142.00; 9 head, 150-250 lbs 130.00-136.00. SEL 3: 2 head, 80-100 lbs 132.00; 1 head, 100-150 lbs 132.00.

SLAUGHTER WHETHERS: SEL 1-2: 5 head, 40-50 lbs 120.00-132.00.

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

NOTE: Next graded goat sale Dec. 27.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
Dec. 24, 2012
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Compared to last week, corn sold .25 to .30 lower, wheat sold .35 to .40 lower, barley sold .15 to .20 lower, oats sold steady and soybeans sold .10 to .12 lower. Ear corn sold 5.00 lower. All prices per bushel except ear corn is per ton.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.92-7.33, avg 7.13, contracts Dec 5.97-6.10. WHEAT #2: 7.72-8.62, avg 8.15, contracts Dec 7.59-7.60. BARLEY #3: 4.80-6.00, avg 5.40, contracts Jul 4.75. OATS #2: 4.90, avg 4.90. SOYBEANS #2: 13.51-13.85, avg 13.69, contracts Dec 12.50-12.69.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.90-7.15, avg 6.93. BARLEY #3: 5.00, avg 5.00. OATS #2: 4.00, avg 4.00. SOYBEANS #2: 13.00-13.75, avg 13.32.

Southcentral Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.57-7.00, avg 6.76. WHEAT #2: 8.00-9.00, avg 8.50. BARLEY #3: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.35. OATS #2: 3.25-4.00, avg 3.66. SOYBEANS #2: 13.20-13.80, avg 13.58. EAR CORN: 180.00, avg 180.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 6.80-7.22, avg 6.96. WHEAT #2: 8.75, avg 8.75. OATS #2: 5.75, avg 5.75. SOYBEAN #2: 13.30-13.60, avg 13.47.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 6.92-7.87, avg 6.96, month ago 7.56, year ago 6.62. WHEAT #2: 7.50-9.31, avg 8.33, month ago 8.74, year ago 6.21. BARLEY #3: 4.15-6.00, avg 4.86, month ago 5.04, year ago 4.86. OATS #2: 3.65-4.50, avg 4.09, month ago 4.20, year ago 3.99. SOYBEANS #2: 13.00-14.02, avg 13.50, month ago 14.62, year ago 10.66. EAR CORN: 185.00-215.00, avg 186.66, month ago 203.75, year ago 194.16.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.17-7.50, avg 6.97. WHEAT #2: 7.62-8.25, avg 7.93. OATS #2: 3.50-5.25, avg 4.13. SOYBEANS #2: 13.90, avg 13.90.

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

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
Dec. 24, 2012
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Dealer Hay & Straw Market for Eastern, Pa.: All hay prices paid by dealers at the farm and per ton. Compared to last week, hay and straw sold steady. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 100.00-335.00. MIXED: 85.00-235.00. TIMOTHY: 85.00-260.00. STRAW: 80.00-160.00. MULCH: 50.00-75.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 174 loads. Straw: 34 loads. ALFALFA: 175.00-330.00. MIXED: 85.00-300.00. TIMOTHY: 110.00-300.00. GRASS: 85.00-250.00. STRAW: 110.00-220.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: All prices per ton. Hay: 174 loads; Straw: 32 loads. ALFALFA: 95.00-285.00. MIXED: 80.00-330.00. TIMOTHY: 130.00-225.00. GRASS: 70.00-275.00. STRAW: 100.00-215.00.

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

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
Dec. 20, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Virginia Feeder Cattle Summary Sales at Front Royal, Lynchburg, Radiant, Rockingham and Springlake. State Graded Weighted Average for Dec 13-19, 2012.

Feeder Cattle: 2658 (Steers 1330; Heifers 951; Bulls 377).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 10 head, 300-400 lbs 165.00-185.00; 50 head, 400-500 lbs 154.00-180.50; 204 head, 500-600 lbs 132.50-163.00; 224 head, 600-700 lbs 110.00-148.00; 260 head, 700-800 lbs 124.00-140.75; 150 head, 800-900 lbs 131.00-137.75; 124 head, 900-1000 lbs 124.50-132.25. MED/LGE 2: 8 head, 300-400 lbs 121.00-171.00; 30 head, 400-500 lbs 110.00-174.00; 33 head, 500-600 lbs 124.00-151.00; 26 head, 600-700 lbs 119.00-136.00; 8 head, 700-800 lbs 128.00-134.50; 5 head, 800-900 lbs 128.00-129.50. MED/LGE 3: 7 head, 400-500 lbs 123.00-146.00; 4 head, 700-800 lbs 127.50.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 2-3: 60 head, 800-900 lbs 95.25; 53 head, 900-1000 lbs 93.50. LGE 3: 9 head, 300-400 lbs 68.00-105.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 11 head, 300-400 lbs 141.00-174.50; 77 head, 400-500 lbs 143.50-169.50; 44 head, 500-600 lbs 124.00-150.00; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 125.00-128.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 6 head, 500-600 lbs 132.50; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 124.00-126.00. MED/LGE 2: 30 head, 300-400 lbs 160.00-186.50; 72 head, 400-500 lbs 130.00-173.50; 35 head, 500-600 lbs 125.00-142.50; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 125.00-128.00. MED/LGE 3: 8 head, 400-500 lbs 114.00-139.50; 6 head, 500-600 lbs 103.00-123.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 15 head, 300-400 lbs 131.00-157.50; 97 head, 400-500 lbs 134.00-144.25; 207 head, 500-600 lbs 127.00-142.00; 164 head, 600-700 lbs 117.00-140.00; 67 head, 700-800 lbs 115.00-134.50; 23 head, 900-1000 lbs 106.00-119.75. MED/LGE 1-2: 4 head, 200-300 lbs 115.00. MED/LGE 2: 29 head, 300-400 lbs 106.00-162.50; 67 head, 400-500 lbs 123.00-145.50; 75 head, 500-600 lbs 100.00-139.75; 30 head, 600-700 lbs 113.00-140.00; 21 head, 700-800 lbs 110.00-122.50. MED/LGE 3: 6 head, 300-400 lbs 126.00-161.00; 18 head, 400-500 lbs 103.00-136.00; 27 head, 500-600 lbs 110.00-128.00; 10 head, 600-700 lbs 109.00-118.00.

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

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
Dec. 26, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Fluid cream and condensed skim prices in tanklot quantities: spot prices of class II cream, dollars per lb. Butterfat: F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast — 1.3239-1.7133.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices — 1.29-1.54. Northeast - Class III - spot prices — 1.48-1.68.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 94; LAST WK: In 0, Out 70; LAST YR: In 0, Out 20. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: THIS WK: In 0, Out 0; LAST WK: In 0, Out 0; LAST YR: In 0, Out 0.

The yearend holidays are here and so are the heavy manufacturing milk supplies. Milk supplies are burdensome from the Southeast to the Northeast with major unloading delays developing at most balancing plants. To complicate matters, plant managers are not sure how the absence of a Farm Bill will affect their operations next week, a major winter storm is moving from the Mid-Atlantic region to the Northeast and Longshoremen are set to go on strike December 29.

Milk production is increasing along the seasonal trend in the East and Class I demand is weak with schools closed for the holidays.

The Florida milk supply situation is in better balance than the rest of the East as Class I demand remains fairly good. A return of cooler weather has increased cow comfort levels and milk production. Export spot loads increased to 94 this week.

Cream supplies are very heavy with numerous loads moving to the Midwest at significant discounts. Cream has no place to go, but to churns as most cream based product manufacturers are shut down for the holidays or are limiting their production to match their contracted cream supplies. Finding truckers to move loads is becoming an increasing problem as unloading delays and weather problems are taking their toll.

Multiples declined significantly and range from 85-110 and are dependent on need, day of week and location.

Condensed skim supplies are also very heavy with few alternatives to drying nonfat dry milk as many Class II manufacturers are on extended holiday shut downs. There are few spot sales of condensed skim milk, but what limited transactions are occurring, include significant discounts.

Truckers at drying operations are experiencing increasing unloading delays as milk supply volumes overwhelm drying operations, even when operating at capacity.

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PA Milk Production
Harrisburg, Pa.
Dec. 26, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/Pa.-NASS

Milk production in Pennsylvania during November 2012 totaled 853 million pounds, up 0.4 percent from last November’s production of 850 million pounds, according to the Pennsylvania Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA/NASS).

The number of milk cows in the state during the month averaged 533,000 head, 5,000 less than November 2011.

Production per cow averaged 1,600 pounds in November, 30 pounds less than October’s production per cow, and 20 pounds more than November 2011.

Milk production in the 23 estimating states during November 2012 totaled 14.9 billion pounds, up 1.1 percent from October 2011. October’s revised production at 15.2 billion pounds was down slightly from October 2011. The October revision represented an increase of 1 million pounds from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

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

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

Cattle on Feed Update
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 21, 2012
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 11.3 million head on December 1, 2012. The inventory was 6 percent below December 1, 2011.

Placements in feedlots during November totaled 1.92 million, 6 percent below 2011. Net placements were 1.84 million head. During November, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 645,000, 600-699 pounds were 450,000, 700-799 pounds were 375,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 453,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during November totaled 1.76 million, 1 percent below 2011.

Other disappearance totaled 88,000 during November, 9 percent below 2011.

Released Dec. 21, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Livestock Slaughter Report
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 21, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Red Meat Production Up 1%: Commercial RED MEAT production for the United States totaled 4.31 billion pounds in November, up 1 percent from the 4.26 billion pounds produced in November 2011.

BEEF production, at 2.21 billion pounds, was 3 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.78 million head, down slightly from November 2011. The average live weight was up 28 pounds from the previous year, at 1,321 pounds.

VEAL production totaled 10.1 million pounds, 7 percent below November a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 70,500 head, down 4 percent from November 2011. The average live weight was down 11 pounds from last year, at 244 pounds.

PORK production totaled 2.08 billion pounds, down slightly from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 10.11 million head, up 1 percent from November 2011. The average live weight was down 2 pounds from the previous year, at 276 pounds.

LAMB/MUTTON production, at 12.4 million pounds, was down 2 percent from November 2011. Sheep slaughter totaled 181,800 head, 3 percent below last year. The average live weight was 137 pounds, up 2 pounds from November a year ago.

January to November 2012 commercial red meat production was 45.4 billion pounds, up 1 percent from 2011. Accumulated beef production was down 1 percent from last year, veal was down 9 percent, pork was up 3 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up 5 percent.

November 2011 contained 22 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.
November 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

Released December 21, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Poultry Slaughter
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 24, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 3%: Poultry certified wholesome during November 2012 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.57 billion pounds, up 3 percent from the amount certified in November 2011. The October 2012 revised certified total at 3.97 billion pounds, was up 8 percent from October 2011. The October revision represented an increase of 198 thousand pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during November 2012 was 4.73 billion pounds, up 3 percent from 4.60 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.01 billion pounds, up 3 percent from November 2011. Mature chickens, at 59.3 million pounds, were down 5 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 642 million pounds, up slightly from a year ago. Ducks totaled 14.1 million pounds, down 1 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during November 2012 averaged 5.95 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from November 2011. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.73 pounds per bird, up slightly from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during November 2012 averaged 28.9 pounds per bird, up 3 percent from November 2011.

Ante-mortem condemnations during November 2012 totaled 9.63 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.20 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.21 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 33.2 million pounds, were 0.92 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.91 percent a year earlier.

November 2011 contained 22 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.
November 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

Released December 24, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Chicken & Egg Update
Washington, D. C.
Dec. 21, 2012
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

November Egg Production Up 3%: United States egg production totaled 7.85 billion during November 2012, up 3 percent from last year. Production included 6.85 billion table eggs, and 997 million hatching eggs, of which 930 million were broiler-type and 67 million were eggtype. The total number of layers during November 2012 averaged 345 million, up 2 percent from last year. November egg production per 100 layers was 2,275 eggs, up 1 percent from November 2011.

All layers in the United States on December 1, 2012 totaled 346 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 346 million layers consisted of 293 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 50.0 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.95 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on December 1, 2012, averaged 76.2 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from December 1, 2011.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down 5%: Egg-type chicks hatched during November 2012 totaled 35.6 million, down 5 percent from November 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 34.0 million on December 1, 2012, down 15 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 242 thousand during November 2012, up 11 percent from November 2011.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down 1%: Broiler-type chicks hatched during November 2012 totaled 693 million, down 1 percent from November 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 615 million on December 1, 2012, up 1 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.77 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during November 2012, down 2 percent from November 2011.

Released Dec. 21, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Cold Storage Highlights
Washington D.C.
Dec. 21, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total NATURAL CHEESE stocks in refrigerated warehouses on November 30, 2012 were down 1 percent from the previous month and down 4 percent from November 30, 2011.

BUTTER stocks were down 12 percent from last month but up 36 percent from a year ago.

Total frozen POULTRY supplies on November 30, 2012 were down 16 percent from the previous month but up 10 percent from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken were up 3 percent from the previous month and up 4 percent from last year. Total pounds of turkey in freezers were down 43 percent from last month but up 33 percent from November 30, 2011.

Total frozen FRUIT stocks were down 6 percent from last month but up 6 percent from a year ago.

Total frozen VEGETABLE stocks were down 4 percent from last month but up 3 percent from a year ago.

Total RED MEAT supplies in freezers were down 4 percent from the previous month but up 6 percent from last year. Total pounds of beef in freezers were up 2 percent from the previous month but down 1 percent from last year. Frozen pork supplies were down 8 percent from the previous month but up 13 percent from last year. Stocks of pork bellies were up 30 percent from last month but down 8 percent from last year.

Released Dec. 21, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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