Market Reports for Feb. 2, 2013

2/2/2013 7:00 AM

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
Jan. 28, 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: 7.16 bu, 12.82 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 7.65 bu, 12.78 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 4.90 bu, 10.48 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 4.17 bu, 13.00 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 13.89 bu, 23.20 cwt.

EAR CORN: 204.67 ton, 10.23 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 210.00 ton, 10.50 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 232.50 ton, 11.63 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 180.50 ton, 9.03 cwt.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
Jan. 28, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.25-7.60, avg 7.41, contracts Dec 5.74-6.05. WHEAT #2: 7.57-8.67, avg 8.13, contracts Dec 7.60-7.94. BARLEY #3: 4.80-5.80, avg 5.36, contracts Jul 4.75. OATS #2: 4.45, avg 4.45. SOYBEANS #2: 13.91-14.24, avg 14.05, contracts Dec 12.38-12.65. EAR CORN: 204.00, avg 204.00.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.00-7.55, avg 7.22. BARLEY #3: 4.75-5.15, avg 4.95. OATS #2: 2.95-4.50, avg 3.98. SOYBEANS #2: 13.00-14.16, avg 13.44. EAR CORN: 215.00, avg 215.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.95-7.30, avg 7.08. WHEAT #2: 7.05-7.80, avg 7.42. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.00, avg 4.38. OATS #2: 3.65-4.00, avg 3.82. SOYBEANS #2: 13.10-13.90, avg 13.53. EAR CORN: 180.00, avg 195.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 7.20-7.55, avg 7.42. WHEAT #2: 8.50, avg 8.50. BARLEY #3: 5.75, avg 5.75. OATS #2: 4.30-4.50, avg 4.40. SOYBEANS #2: 13.60-14.00, avg 13.80.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 6.95-7.60, avg 7.30, month ago 6.96, year ago 7.22. WHEAT #2: 7.05-8.67, avg 8.00, month ago 8.52, year ago 6.57. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.80, avg 4.98, month ago 4.73, year ago 5.40. OATS #2: 2.95-4.50, avg 4.14, month ago 4.04, year ago 4.60. SOYBEANS #2: 13.00-14.24, avg 13.20, month ago 13.44, year ago 11.83. EAR CORN: 180.00-215.00, avg 199.00, month ago 197.50, year ago 204.00.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.80-7.50, avg 7.09. WHEAT #2: 7.46-7.60, avg 7.53. OATS #2: 3.50-5.25, avg 4.25. SOYBEANS #2: 14.11, avg 14.11.

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

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
Jan. 28, 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 steady to 10.00 lower. Straw sold steady to 10.00 higher. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 100.00-300.00. MIXED: 100.00-300.00. TIMOTHY: 100.00-235.00. STRAW: 100.00-175.00. MULCH: 50.00-75.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 131 loads. Straw: 14 loads. ALFALFA: 130.00-300.00. MIXED: 120.00-410.00. TIMOTHY: 117.00-255.00. GRASS: 90.00-290.00. STRAW: 125.00-200.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: All prices per ton. Hay: 139 loads; Straw: 29 loads. ALFALFA: 112.50-310.00. MIXED: 80.00-320.00. TIMOTHY: 100.00-250.00. GRASS: 85.00-28.00. STRAW: 34.00-240.00.

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

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
January 31, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 126.30; Last week 126.40; Last year 125.00.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 111.15; Last week 106.00; Last year 109.50.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 124.90; Last week 126.00; Last year 123.50.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 76.40; Last week 74.60; Last year 78.50.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 75.55; Last week 72.90; Last year 74.75.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 90.60; Last week 89.90; Last year 88.50.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 66.50; Last week 65.00; Last year 69.00.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 lb: This week 172.50; Last week 140.50; Last year 234.00.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 127.75; Last week 120.60.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 122.50; Last week 172.00.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 25, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3535; Last week 4122; Last year 3329. CALVES: This week 2907; Last week 2896; Last year 2584. HOGS: This week 1113; Last week 1245; Last year 1306. FEEDER PIGS: This week n/a; Last week 326; Last year n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 1737; Last week 2414; Last year 1478. GOATS: This week 1881; Last week 1891; Last year 1857.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s markets, slaughter steers sold mostly steady to 4.00 lower. Slaughter holsteins sold mostly steady to 2.00 lower. Slaughter heifers sold mostly steady. Slaughter cows sold mostly steady to 2.00 lower. Slaughter bulls sold mostly steady.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week, feeder steers sold mostly steady. Slaughter heifers sold mostly 10.00 to 15.00 lower. Feeder bulls sold mostly 15.00 to 20.00 lower.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week, holstein bull calves sold mostly steady to 5.00 higher. Holstein heifers sold mostly 15.00 to 20.00 lower. HOGS: Compared to last week’s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 2.00 to 3.00 higher. Sows sold mostly steady.

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 lower. Slaughter ewes sold mostly steady.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: Compared to last week, kid goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower. Nanny goats sold 10.00 to 20.00 lower. Slaughter billies sold mostly weak.

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

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
Feb 1, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2117; Last week 2532; Last year 2889. CALVES: 1800; Last week 1782; Last year 1666.

This week in Lancaster County, slaughter cattle supplies were moderate, but offered several attractive consignments of fed steers and heifers. Front end supplies of fed cattle placed back in the summer and early fall are beginning to make their way into the auction markets. Steers this week sold steady with good demand from both conventional slaughter plants, as well as ethnic and kosher markets.

The local and regional trade has maintained a premium to cattle being traded in the Midwest. A few early trades out of Texas and Kansas sold at 125.00/cwt Live. Both packers and feeders are having a hard time trading cattle and beef at a profit. On average, packer margins have been negative by over 20.00/hd this week, while cattle feeders are losing as much as 100.00/hd or more.

Cattle futures on the other hand have been holding a nice premium to the cash. Nearby February Live Cattle futures advanced 1.625/cwt since last Friday’s close to this Thursday`s close of 127.925/cwt.

The gains were brought on by last week’s cattle on feed report unveiling statistics that were far more bullish than expected, as well as a deal stroke with Japan agreeing to receive US beef up to 30 months of age (previously 21 months). Prior to the US’s first BSE case in 2003, Japan was our largest export destination in terms of volume and value. The more relaxed 30 month rule will open up the market to a far greater percentage of cattle although it doesn’t insinuate a return to the “Good Ol’ Days.” Japan didn’t buy all the beef available to them in 2012, although purchases of particular high demand boxed items such as short plates may increase.

The underlying move in the market is mostly reflective of concerns over tight cattle supplies. Unfortunately, boxed beef is not moving in the same direction. As of Thursday, Choice cutout values closed at 187.44/cwt, 2.12 lower than last week’s close Friday, and nearly 10.00/cwt lower than its value at the beginning of the month.

USDA will be releasing its Cattle Inventory report this Friday at 3:00pm. The report will provide a benchmark of cattle supplies including all cows, bulls, heifers, and calves for both dairy and beef. Recent droughts have significantly reduced supplies and many pre-report estimates are expecting up to a 2% decline in the total inventory. There is little doubt that the industry will have fewer cattle to work with this year, but spring weather will be a wild card on just how tight this year’s slaughter levels will be. If the drought continues we can expect to see only a modest decline in slaughter due to additional cows being pulled out of production and less incentive to retain heifers. If timely rains arrive and key cow calf states green-up, the number of cows and heifers headed to slaughter will be significantly less as the industry works to re-build the heard, thus more significantly tightening up potential beef production.

As of last week, year to date federally inspected slaughter was down 5.2%, while beef production declined 4.7%. Cow slaughter is down 8% and is reflective in our local markets. Cull cows in the Lancaster region this week traded 2.00- 3.00 higher and demand remains very good.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 127.50-133.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1205-1600 lbs 124.00-128.50; SELECT 2-3: 1250-1650 lbs 119.00- 123.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1550-1650 lbs 111.50-114.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 108.50-110.50; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 100.00-105.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1550 lbs 127.00-130.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 122.00-126.00; SELECT 1-3: 1100-1350 lbs 115.00-121.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-81.50, High dress 82.50-86.50, Low dress 73.00-75.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 72.50-80.00, High dress 80.00-85.00, Low dress 66.00-72.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-83.00, Low dress 69.00-72.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 68.00-75.50, High dress 75.50-79.50, Low dress 60.00-68.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 885-1940 lbs 89.50-97.00, high dress 99.00-101.50, very high dress 117.00-129.00, low dress 82.00-89.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold 10.00-20.00 higher with very good demand. Heifers sold unevenly steady with light demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 325.00-363.00/cwt this Thursday, with a weighted average value of 334.50/cwt (Hide-Off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-125 lbs 135.00-150.00, 85-90 lbs 125.00-135.00; #2: 85-120 lbs 120.00-135.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 90.00-110.00; UTILITY: 70-125 lbs 50.00-75.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 85-105 lbs 110.00-150.00; #2: 85-105 lbs 75.00-110.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 70-95 lbs 85.00-115.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70-85 lbs 85.00-115.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 70-85 lbs 50.00-65.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-122 lbs 129.00-140.00, 95-104 lbs 142.00-148.00; #2: 95-115 lbs 132.00-139.00, 84-90 lbs 107.00-121.00; #3: 96-108 lbs 92.00-100.00, 82-95 lbs 105.00-119.00, 74 lbs 42.00; UTILITY: 91-106 lbs 40.00-62.00, 74-81 lbs 25.00-32.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 102-111 lbs 100.00-102.00, 93 lbs 90.00; #2: 93 lbs 80.00, 75-83 lbs 50.00-62.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 72-82 lbs 25.00-45.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 114-128 lbs 115.00-135.00, 90-112 lbs 145.00-153.00; #2: 120-128 lbs 140.00, 80-118 lbs 145.00-156.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 110.00-117.00, 80-98 lbs 143.00-150.00, 72-78 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 35.00-40.00, 60-88 lbs 20.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-100 lbs 95.00-112.00; #2: 75-105 lbs 50.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 75-85 lbs 40.00-50.00, 55-70 lbs 20.00-35.00.

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

New Holland Monday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 28, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 488, Last week 764, Last year 934. CALVES: 390, Last week 470, Last year 415.

When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter cows sold mostly 3.00-4.00 higher with good demand. Bulls traded 2.00-3.00 higher with good demand. Cattle supply included 55 slaughter steers, 58 heifers, 247 cows, 91 bulls, and 37 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-78.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 72.50-77.50, Low dress 66.00-71.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.00, Low dress 66.00-69.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 68.00-70.50, High dress 72.50-74.50, Low dress 60.00-67.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 885-1940 lbs 92.00-97.00, high dress 99.00-101.50, very high dress 117.00-129.00, low dress 82.00-89.00.

CALVES: Compared to last week, bull calves sold sharply higher, mostly 15.00-25.00 higher. Demand was very good on a lighter supply. Heifers sold steady with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-125 lbs 135.00-150.00, 85-90 lbs 125.00-135.00; #2: 85-120 lbs 120.00-135.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 90.00-110.00; UTILITY: 70-125 lbs 50.00-75.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 85-105 lbs 110.00-150.00; #2: 85-105 lbs 75.00-110.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 70-95 lbs 85.00-115.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70-85 lbs 85.00-115.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 70-85 lbs 50.00-65.00.

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.
Jan. 28, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 152; Last week 218. CALVES: 75; Last week 95.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter cattle supplies were light due to a wintery mix of snow and ice slowing up transportation. Slaughter steers and cows sold steady with good demand. Cattle supply consisted of 86 steers, 18 heifers, 45 cows, 3 bulls and 0 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1315-1615 lbs 127.50-130.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1205-1600 lbs 124.50-128.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1240-1350 lbs 123.00-124.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.00, Low dress 67.00-68.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 71.50-74.00, Low dress 64.00-69.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 69.00-73.00, Low dress 64.00-68.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 955-2000 lbs 88.00-91.00.

CALVES: Compared to last week’s sale, bull calves sold 5.00-10.00 lower with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 95-115 lbs 107.00-117.00, 80-90 lbs 85.00-95.00; #2: 95-120 lbs 95.00-105.00, 80-90 lbs 75.00-85.00; #3: 80-110 lbs 70.00-85.00; UTILITY: 70-100 lbs 30.00-50.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 95-105 lbs 127.00-132.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 75.00-105.00.

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

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Feb. 8.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Jan. 29, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 455; Last week 405; Last year 439. CALVES: 714; Last week 592; Last year 578.

Compared to last week: No slaughter steers offered. Slaughter Holsteins 1.00-2.00 higher compared to a very light test last week. Demand moderate. Slaughter cows traded 2.00-3.00 higher compared to last week on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 35 steers and heifers, 364 cows, 8 bulls, and 8 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1550 lbs individual 113.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1500-1650 lbs 108.00-110.50; SELECT 2-3: 1425-1700 lbs 100.00-107.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 77.00-79.50, High dress 80.50, Low dress 73.00-75.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-80.00, High dress 81.00-83.00, Low dress 70.00-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-83.00, Low dress 70.00-75.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 71.00-75.50, High dress 76.50-77.00, Low dress 60.00-70.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1250-1575 lbs avg dress 86.50-87.00, High Dress 1450-1850 lbs 92.00-93.50, very high dress individual 103.00, Low Dress 1250-2150 lbs 83.50-84.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Heifers sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on light demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 562 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-122 lbs 129.00-140.00, 95-104 lbs 142.00-148.00; #2: 95-115 lbs 132.00-139.00, 84-90 lbs 107.00- 121.00; #3: 96-108 lbs 92.00-100.00, 82-95 lbs 105.00-119.00, 74 lbs 42.00; UTILITY: 91-106 lbs 40.00-62.00, 74-81 lbs 25.00-32.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 102-111 lbs 100.00-102.00, 93 lbs 90.00; #2: 93 lbs 80.00, 75-83 lbs 50.00-62.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 72-82 lbs 25.00-45.00.

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

NOTE: Next Feeder Sale Feb. 8.

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 30, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 274; Last Sale: 273; Last Year: 273.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold weak with light demand. Bred heifers sold weak with moderate demand. All classes in light supply due to severe storms approaching the trade area. Wednesday’s supply included 54 fresh milking cows, 14 short-bred cows, 9 springing cows, 39 short-bred heifers, 82 springing heifers, 44 open heifers, and 14 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1575.00-1700.00; Approved: 1400.00-1500.00; Medium: 1175.00-1325.00; Common: 975.00-1100.00.

CULL COWS: 425.00-1125.00.

SPRINGING COWS: (7-9 months bred) Supreme: 1275.00-1550.00; Approved: 1150.00-1200.00; Medium: 1000.00-1025.00.

BRED COWS: (4-6 months bred) Supreme: 1225.00-1375.00; Approved: 1125.00 individual.

SHORT BRED COWS: (1-3 months) Supreme: 1150.00 individual; Approved: 1000.00 individual.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS: (1-3 months) Approved: 825.00-975.00; Medium: 725.00-775.00; Common: 650.00-675.00.

BRED HEIFERS: (4-6 months) Supreme: 1200.00-1375.00; Approved: 1025.00-1125.00; Medium: 800.00-975.00; Common: 650.00-775.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months) Supreme: 1325.00-1400.00; Approved: 1125.00-1275.00; Medium: 975.00-1100.00; Common: 825.00-950.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Approved: 450.00-525.00; Medium: 300.00-350.00; Common: 200.00-275.00. 600-900 LBS: Approved: 500.00-575.00; Medium: 425.00-475.00; Common: 400.00 individual. 900-1200 LBS: Supreme: 860.00 individual; Approved: 725.00-800.00; Medium: 625.00-700.00; Common: 525.00-610.00. 1200-1500 LBS: Supreme: 1150.00 individual.

BULLS: 300-600 lbs 425.00, 900-1200 lbs 825.00-1050.00, 1200-1500 lbs 800.00-1275.00.

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.
Jan. 31, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 1022; Last week 872; Last year 1006. CALVES: 621; Last week 625; Last year 587.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly steady to 1.00 higher. Demand was good. Slaughter Holsteins 1.00-2.00 higher with good demand and compared to a very light test last week. Slaughter heifers steady. Buyer activity was good. Slaughter cows mostly 2.00-3.00 higher. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 275 slaughter steers; 137 heifers; 564 cows; 39 bulls; and 7 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 129.00-133.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 124.00-128.75; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1650 lbs 115.00-123.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1550-1650 lbs 111.50-114.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 108.50-110.50; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 100.00-105.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1550 lbs 127.00-130.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 122.00-126.00; SELECT 1-3: 1100-1350 lbs 115.00-121.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 77.00-81.50, High dress 82.50-86.50, Low dress 74.00-75.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.00, High dress 80.00-85.00, Low dress 68.00-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-82.50, Low dress 69.00-75.00; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 70.00-75.00, High dress 76.00-79.50, Low dress 63.00-69.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1350-2150 lbs avg dress 89.50-94.00, 1700-1800 lbs very high dress 129.00-131.00, low dress 83.00-86.50.

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 10.00-20.00 lower on moderate demand compared to last week. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 412 head for this Thursday’s graded sale. One hundred percent supply Holstein calves unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 114-128 lbs 115.00-135.00, 90-112 lbs 145.00-153.00; #2: 120-128 lbs 140.00, 80-118 lbs 145.00-156.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 110.00-117.00, 80-98 lbs 143.00-150.00, 72-78 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 35.00-40.00, 60-88 lbs 20.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-100 lbs 95.00-112.00; #2: 75-105 lbs 50.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 75-85 lbs 40.00-50.00, 55-70 lbs 20.00-35.00.

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

Russell Springs, KY, Feeder Cattle Sale
Frankfort, Ky.
Jan. 30, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Cattle Receipts: 536; Last week: 479; Last year: 1259.

Compared to last week: Feeder steer and heifer calves sold steady with good demand. Yearling steers and heifers steady.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1-2: 15 head, 300-380 lbs 175.00-185.00; 4 head, 451 lbs 170.00; 28 head, 530-595 lbs 150.00-156.50; 17 head, 605-695 lbs 139.00-153.75; 16 head, 711-740 lbs 133.00-139.00; 18 head, 821-897 lbs 124.00-131.75; 61 head, 853 lbs 135.20; 52 head, 1000 lbs 129.85.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1-2: GROUPS: 61 head, 853 lbs blk 135.20; 52 head, 1000 lbs mixed 129.85.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1-2: 10 head, 370-397 lbs 158.00-165.00; 23 head, 402-495 lbs 146.00-158.00; 37 head, 541-585 lbs 131.00-143.00; 22 head, 626-671 lbs 126.00-131.50.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1-2: 13 head, 340-380 lbs 170.00-171.00; 29 head, 400-495 lbs 156.00-169.00; 15 head, 540-590 lbs 144.00-158.00; 29 head, 600-665 lbs 129.00-141.00; 5 head, 735-782 lbs 110.00-115.00.

Source: Kentucky Dept of Ag-USDA Market News, Frankfort, KY. Travis Gabbard, 606-260-1404.

Tennessee Video Board & Graded Sale
Nashville, Tenn.
Jan. 30, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

1/30/13 Brownings Livestock Market, Lafayette. Tn. Next sale Feb 6,2013.

Cattle Receipts: 1142; Total feeders: 1054.

Value added = Weaned, Vaccinated or both.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1-2: 11 head, 325-325 lbs 188.00; 12 head, 363-391 lbs 176.00-181.50; 6 head, 438-438 lbs 168.00 Value Added; 29 head, 451-494 lbs 159.00-164.00; 6 head, 463-463 lbs 168.50 Value Added; 25 head, 530-532 lbs 152.00-153.00; 46 head, 558-590 lbs 148.50-152.50 Value Added; 4 head, 605-605 lbs 145.00; 33 head, 602-640 lbs 145.00-146.00 Value Added; 65 head, 669-673 lbs 143.00-145.00 Value Added; 64 head, 721-744 lbs 133.50-136.25 Value Added; 7 head, 757-757 lbs 134.00 Value Added; 4 head, 810-835 lbs 126.50-130.50 Value Added.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1-2: 15 head, 338-338 lbs 169.00; 33 head, 391-396 lbs 157.50-162.50; 8 head, 434-434 lbs 152.00 Value Added; 78 head, 452-454 lbs 150.50-156.00; 93 head, 527-540 lbs 133.00-139.50; 20 head, 510-526 lbs 140.00-143.50 Value Added; 47 head, 585-596 lbs 130.00-136.25; 23 head, 588-588 lbs 138.50 Value Added; 15 head, 606-642 lbs 132.75-134.50; 21 head, 657-666 lbs 125.50-129.50; 27 head, 655-682 lbs 131.00-131.50 Value Added; 33 head, 711-745 lbs 124.00-130.00 Value Added; 9 head, 751-751 lbs 129.00 Value Added; 4 head, 825-838 lbs 108.00-110.00 Value Added.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1-2: 24 head, 394-394 lbs 176.00; 8 head, 400-400 lbs 169.00; 34 head, 463-466 lbs 162.00-169.00; 54 head, 525-536 lbs 138.50-148.00; 44 head, 589-589 lbs 140.25-144.00; 32 head, 664-674 lbs 128.50-131.50; 9 head, 742-742 lbs 114.00; 7 head, 756-756 lbs 110.00; 6 head, 815-815 lbs 106.00; 5 head, 951-951 lbs 90.00.

Source: Tennessee Dept of Ag-USDA Market News, Nashville, TN. Lewis Langell, 615-837-5164.

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
Jan. 24, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Virginia Feeder Cattle Summary Sales at Blackstone, Lynchburg, Radiant and Springlake. State Graded Weighted Average for Jan 17-23, 2013.

Feeder Cattle: 1161 (Steers 401; Heifers 508; Bulls 252).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 28 head, 400-500 lbs 81.00-180.00; 51 head, 500-600 lbs 143.00-161.00; 72 head, 600-700 lbs 134.00-143.00; 58 head, 700-800 lbs 120.00-140.00; 9 head, 900-1000 lbs 119.00-120.00. MED/LGE 2: 9 head, 300-400 lbs 129.00-188.00; 31 head, 400-500 lbs 159.00-179.00; 46 head, 500-600 lbs 139.00-156.75; 24 head, 600-700 lbs 133.00-143.50; 6 head, 700-800 lbs 130.00-135.00. MED/LGE 3: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 141.00-180.00; 5 head, 400-500 lbs 134.00-169.00; 10 head, 500-600 lbs 134.00-146.75; 6 head, 600-700 lbs 130.00-135.00; 4 head, 700-800 lbs 125.00-128.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 6 head, 300-400 lbs 178.00-196.00; 38 head, 400-500 lbs 145.00-175.50; 39 head, 500-600 lbs 128.00-158.00; 16 head, 600-700 lbs 118.00-138.50. MED/LGE 2: 18 head, 300-400 lbs 192.00-198.00; 50 head, 400-500 lbs 101.00-181.00; 27 head, 500-600 lbs 129.00-155.00; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 128.75-130.00. MED/LGE 3: 4 head, 400-500 lbs 129.00-160.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 44 head, 400-500 lbs 135.00-144.50; 38 head, 500-600 lbs 130.00-134.00; 33 head, 600-700 lbs 116.00-134.25; 6 head, 700-800 lbs 121.50. MED/LGE 1-2: 9 head, 300-400 lbs 153.00. MED/LGE 2: 31 head, 300-400 lbs 141.00-152.50; 72 head, 400-500 lbs 131.00-144.00; 68 head, 500-600 lbs 122.00-135.25; 30 head, 600-700 lbs 116.00-135.00; 12 head, 700-800 lbs 118.00-125.00. MED/LGE 3: 20 head, 300-400 lbs 130.00-145.00; 29 head, 400-500 lbs 128.50-140.50; 27 head, 500-600 lbs 123.00-129.25; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 119.00-127.50; 8 head, 700-800 lbs 110.00-121.00.

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

Cattle on Feed Update
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 25, 2013
Report supplied by USDA/NASS

U.S. 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 11.2 million head on January 1, 2013. The inventory was 6 percent below January 1, 2012. The inventory included 7.05 million steers and steer calves, down 3 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 63 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.07 million head, down 9 percent from 2012.

Placements in feedlots during December totaled 1.66 million, 1 percent below 2011. Net placements were 1.59 million head. During December, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 495,000, 600-699 pounds were 415,000, 700-799 pounds were 379,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 375,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during December totaled 1.75 million, 2 percent below 2011.

Other disappearance totaled 74,000 during December, 19 percent below 2011.

Released January 25, 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.
Jan. 24, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Commercial Red Meat Production Down

COMMERCIAL RED MEAT production for the United States totaled 4.00 billion pounds in December, down 5 percent from the 4.22 billion pounds produced in December 2011.

BEEF PRODUCTION, at 2.02 billion pounds, was 5 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.54 million head, down 8 percent from December 2011. The average live weight was up 26 pounds from the previous year, at 1,323 pounds.

VEAL PRODUCTION totaled 9.8 million pounds, 9 percent below December a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 65,400 head, down 10 percent from December 2011. The average live weight was up 1 pound from last year, at 254 pounds.

PORK PRODUCTION totaled 1.95 billion pounds, down 5 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.47 million head, down 5 percent from December 2011. The average live weight was down 2 pounds from the previous year, at 276 pounds.

LAMB AND MUTTON production, at 12.8 million pounds, was up 3 percent from December 2011. Sheep slaughter totaled 189,700 head, 5 percent above last year. The average live weight was 135 pounds, down 4 pounds from December a year ago.

January to December 2012 commercial red meat production was 49.4 billion pounds, up slightly from 2011. Accumulated beef production was down 1 percent from last year, veal was down 9 percent, pork was up 2 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up 5 percenT.

December 2011 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays. December 2012 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays.

Released January 24, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 28, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

RECEIPTS: 948; Last Week: 978; Year Ago: 1174.

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

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 63.00-66.00, 300-400 lbs 66.00-70.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 59.00-62.00, 300-400 lbs 57.00-59.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 42.00-45.00, 500-700 lbs 44.00-48.00.

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.
Jan. 28, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

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

NOTE: Light receipts because of snow.

Work: 125.00-300.00.

Driving: 400.00-1325.00.

Riding: 150.00-400.00.

Better Riding: 500.00-1500.00.

Registered Riding: 600.00-800.00.

Ponies: 150.00-235.00.

Large Ponies: 210.00-550.00.

Colts: 50.00-120.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 28, 2013
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 1606; Last Monday: 1697; Year Ago: 1396.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 1178; Last Monday: 1833; Year Ago: 1271.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 5.00-10.00 higher on moderate demand. Slaughter ewes traded mostly steady on moderate demand. Slaughter supply consisted of 78 percent lambs, 17 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: 45 lb hair sheep 210.00-217.00, 48 lbs 175.00, 50-55 lbs 182.00-185.00, hair sheep 178.00-182.00, 60-70 lbs 168.00-185.00, hair sheep 160.00-187.00, 70-80 lbs 180.00-182.00, hair sheep 182.00-184.00, 80-90 lbs 162.00-185.00, 85 lbs hair sheep 178.00, 90-110 lbs 160.00-162.00, 115 lbs 154.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 50-60 lbs fancy 237.00-245.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 48 lbs 172.00, 50-60 lbs 132.00-167.00, hair sheep 145.00-175.00, 60-70 lbs 120.00-130.00, hair sheep 136.00-175.00, 70-80 lbs 140.00-172.00, hair sheep 130.00-162.00, 80-90 lbs 144.00-170.00, 90-110 lbs 126.00-160.00, hair sheep 120.00-150.00, 115-130 lbs 128.00-140.00, 130-150 lbs 120.00-140.00, 155 lbs 110.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 70-80 lbs hair sheep 130.00-150.00, 90-100 lbs 110.00-138.00, 130-150 lbs 110.00-122.00, hair sheep 110.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 90-120 lbs hair sheep 72.00-90.00, 120-150 lbs 64.00-70.00, hair sheep 77.00-80.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 100 lbs hair sheep 58.00, 100-160 lbs 42.00-66.00, 160-200 lbs 44.00-68.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 100-160 lbs 60.00-86.00, 188 lbs 62.00, 220-250 lbs 50.00-56.00.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly steady to 10.00 lower on a very light test. Nanny goats sold steady to 5.00 lower on a very light test. Slaughter billies sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher. Demand was moderate for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 33 percent Slaughter Kids, 45 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 22 percent bucks/billies and wethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 40-45 lbs 87.00-102.00, 50-60 lbs 130.00- 140.00, 65 lbs 138.00, 70-80 lbs 134.00-158.00, 80-100 lbs 148.00-156.00; SEL 2: 65 lbs 100.00, 70-100 lbs 110.00-130.00; SEL 3: 50-60 lbs 70.00-80.00, 90 lbs 100.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 100-125 lbs 144.00-155.00, 130- 145 lbs 155.00-177.00; SEL 2: 100-125 lbs 122.00-144.00, 130 lbs 142.00-150.00; SEL 3: 75 lbs 100.00, 80-110 lbs 110.00-122.00, 130- 135 lbs 120.00-138.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 110-140 lbs 172.00-217.00, 150- 200 lbs 182.00-247.00; SEL 2: 100-145 lbs 122.00-172.00, 150-155 lbs 177.00-185.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS: SEL 1: 70-80 lbs 150.00-157.00, 85-130 lbs 162.00-282.00.

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

Tenn. Graded Goat & Sheep Sales
Nashville, Tenn.
Jan. 28, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

1/28/13 Tennessee Livestock Producers Graded Goat and Sheep Sale, Columbia, TN.

Receipts: 688 (566 Goats; 122 Sheep); Last Sale 715.

All sold per cwt.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 25-35 lbs 218.00, 36-50 lbs 225.00-227.00, 51-65 lbs 224.00-230.00, 66-80 lbs 169.00-174.00, 81-129 lbs 120.00-180.00; SEL 2: 25-35 lbs 170.00-201.00, 36-50 lbs 199.00-221.00, 51-65 lbs 211.00-225.00, 66-80 lbs 182.00-190.00, 81-103 lbs 120.00-175.00; SEL 3: 25-35 lbs 180.00-199.00, 36-50 lbs 173.00-192.00, 51-65 lbs 181.00-211.00 mostly 183.00, 66-80 lbs 140.00.

SLAUGHTER YEARLINGS: SEL 2-3: 62-88 lbs 150.00-162.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: All Wgts 90.00-108.50.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: All wgts 81.50-130.00, mostly 81.50-106.00.

KIDS FEEDERS: SEL 3: 26-56 lbs 133.00-169.00.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: CHOICE/PRIME: 40-60 lbs 190.00-211.00, 61-80 lbs 143.00-185.00 mostly 151.00-180.00, 81-100 lbs 131.00-155.00, 100-120 lbs 126.00-134.00, 120-150 lbs 120.00-123.00; GOOD: 40-60 lbs 180.00-190.00, 61-80 lbs 166.00, 81-100 lbs 140.00, 100-120 lbs 121.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: UTILITY/GOOD: All wgts 61.00-92.00.

SLAUGHTER RAMS: All Wgts few 68.00-71.00.

Source: Tennessee Dept of Ag-USDA Market News, Nashville, TN. Lewis Langell, 615-837-5164.

NOTE: Next Sale Feb. 11.

U.S. Poultry Slaughter
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 24, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 1%

Poultry certified wholesome during December 2012 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.34 billion pounds, down 1 percent from the amount certified in December 2011. The November 2012 revised certified total at 3.57 billion pounds, was up 3 percent from November 2011. The November revision represented an increase of 1.96 million pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during December 2012 was 4.42 billion pounds, down 1 percent from 4.46 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 3.80 billion pounds, down slightly from December 2011. Mature chickens, at 59.1 million pounds, were down 9 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 550 million pounds, down 4 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 14.4 million pounds, down 5 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during December 2012 averaged 5.91 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from December 2011. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.07 pounds per bird, down 9 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during December 2012 averaged 30.8 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from December 2011.

Ante-mortem condemnations during December 2012 totaled 9.35 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.21 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.21 percent a year earlier.

Post-mortem condemnations, at 32.1 million pounds, were 0.95 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.95 percent a year earlier.

December 2011 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays. December 2012 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays.

Released January 24, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
Jan. 30, 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 — 1.5201-1.7308.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices — 1.56-1.63. Northeast - Class III - spot prices — 1.55-1.63.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 0; LAST WK: In 84, Out 0; LAST YR: In 0, Out 100. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: 0.

Class I demand has increased in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions as a number of storm fronts have prompted increased fluid sales. Manufacturing milk supplies have marginally declined as a result of the increase in fluid milk demand. Milk production is steady to increasing with milk volumes above year ago levels. Class I demand has leveled off in Florida as milk production has begun to increase after being unchanged for a number of weeks.

Milk supplies are in balance with need, which resulted in zero loads of imports or exports. Comments from producers at annual meetings seem to indicate that producers are not inclined to change feed rations until June, which may limit milk production during the flush. The hesitation to change rations is an indication of the tenuous feed supply situation, brought about by high grain prices and the state’s increasingly severe drought condition.

Milk production in the Southeast region has improved with most of the increases being noted in Georgia and the Gulf Coast states. Supplies are, for the most part, in balance with need as Class I demand has leveled off and even declined in some areas. Contact speculation as to the cause of the fluid milk sales decline, was attributed to consumer preferences for alternative beverages for the upcoming Super Bowl weekend. Only marginal volumes of milk are being diverted to auxiliary manufacturing facilities.

Cream supplies remain heavy in the East and continue to necessitate cream movement into the Midwest to relieve the burdensome supply. Demand for cream has improved this week, but supply quickly outpaces demand. Most cream based product manufacturing plants have expanded production schedules to take advantage of the readily available supplies and lower prices. Nearly all available churns in the East are operating on expanded schedules with some operations at near capacity levels. Multiples moved marginally lower this week and ranged from 101-115. Demand for condensed skim increased marginally as some Class II operations have increased production, but spot sales remain light as most manufacturers are keeping production levels in line with their contracted supplies. Considerable volumes continue to make their way to Class IV production.

According to NASS, milk production for December 2012 in the 23 reported states totaled 15.7 billion pounds, up 1.7% from December 2011. Milk production increased in 3 of the 5 listed states in the Eastern region. Eastern region production increased 2.5% over the same month last year to 2,577 million pounds. The 5 states showed the following percentage changes in milk production from December 2011 to December 2012 and total milk production this December: Florida, unchanged, 196 million pounds; New York, +4.2%, 1,116 million pounds; Pennsylvania, +1.2%, 900 million pounds; Vermont, +2.8%, 218 million pounds; and Virginia, unchanged at 147 million pounds. Milk cow numbers for December 2012 increased in 2 of the 5 listed states of the Eastern region with 2 states declining and 1 state unchanged. As a region, cow numbers were 3,000 head (-0.2%) less compared to the same period last year.

Individual state cow numbers compared to December 2011 and cows remaining as of this December are: Florida, 2,000 increase, 122,000 remaining; New York, unchanged, 610,000 remaining; Pennsylvania, 5,000 decrease, 534,000 remaining; Vermont, 1,000 increase, 134,000 remaining; and Virginia, 1,000 decrease, 95,000 remaining.

Source: rick.whipp@ams.usda.gov

Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
Jan. 30, 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 $1.50 per pound for the week ending January 26, 2013. The US price per pound increased 2.2 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.74 per pound for the week ending January 26, 2013. The price per pound decreased 0.9 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged #1.71 per pound, down 1.9 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 65.4 center per pound for the week ending January 26, 2013. The US price per pound increased 1.0 cent from the previous week.

NONFAT DRY MILK prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade or United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Grade A standards averaged $1.55 per pound for the week ending January 26, 2013. The US price per pound decreased 3.0 cents from the previous week.

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
Jan. 24, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 12/29: 104; Week ending 1/5: 227; Week ending 1/12: 912; Week ending 1/19: 559; 2012 to date: 38,725; 2011 to date: 44,212; Final 2011: 62,576.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 12/29: 978; Week ending 1/5: 502; Week ending 1/12: 6,505; Week ending 1/19: 5,720; 2012 to date: 102,017; 2011 to date: 120,802; Final 2011: 209,853.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 12/29: 1,082; Week ending 1/5: 729; Week ending 1/12: 7,417; Week ending 1/19: 6,279; 2012 to date: 140,742; 2011 to date: 165,014; Final 2011: 272,429.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): Trading very light. Canners U.S. One F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt 2 1/2 inch minimum and up various varieties mostly Golden Delicious, Rome, Fuji, Stayman, Empire, and Yorks contract sales $21.00-26.00, Straight loads of juice stock per hundredweight (cwt) U.S. Cider grade all varieties includes contract sales $20.00-22.00 occas 16.00-18.00 occas higher.

NEW YORK: Trading is fairly slow for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices for Canners/Peelers and Juice Stock about steady. Supplies are moderate. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt. 2012 crop: Canners/Peelers - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $17.00-22.00, mostly $20.00 occasional higher. Includes previous commitments at higher prices. Juice Stock - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $17.00-22.00, mostly $18.00-20.00 occasional higher. Includes previous commitments.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 50-56-56 — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh mostly 27.00-29.00, Gala mostly 31.00, Red Delicious mostly 24.00-24.50, Empire 26.00-28.00, Cortland mostly 26.00-27.00, Rome mostly 22.00-23.00, Golden Delicious mostly 28.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack Red Delicious 80s-88s mostly 28.00, 100s mostly 26.00; Gala 80s-100s 35.00-38.00; McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 36.00, 100s 35.00-36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 33.00-34.00; Cortland 80s-88s mostly 35.00-36.00, 100s mostly 34.00-35.00; Rome 80s-100s mostly 24.00-25.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy cell pack McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 36.00, 100s 35.00-36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 33.00-34.00.

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV): Shipments 24-23-30 Export 1-0-0 — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. Cartons traypack U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious 72s- 100s mostly 26.00; Golden Delicious 72s-88s mostly 26.00-28.00; Fuji 72s- 88s 34.00-35.00; Pink Lady 72s-88s 43.00-44.00; Cartons 12 3-lb film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious mostly 24.00-25.00, Golden Delicious mostly 25.00, Fuji 28.00-29.00, Red Rome mostly 23.00, and Empire 29.00. Temperatures current week are in a deep freeze with daytime highs in the twenties and thirties and lows in the teens. Winds are making temperatures feel like single digits.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 5-6-6 — Movement expected to remain about the same. Unofficial prices for Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh and Cortland mostly 28.00-32.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack McIntosh and Cortland 80s-88s 35.00-42.00.

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

U.S. Non-Citrus Fruits & Nuts
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 25, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Noncitrus Fruit Highlights

In 2012, the Nation’s utilized production of the leading noncitrus fruit crops totaled 17.4 million tons, down 4 percent from the 2011 utilized production. Utilized production increased from 2011 for Oregon cultivated blackberries, cultivated blueberries, Maine wild blueberries, sweet cherries, cranberries, California olives, and strawberries. Utilized production decreased from 2011 for apples, apricots, boysenberries, red raspberries, all California raspberries, tart cherries, California dates, grapes, California kiwifruit, nectarines, peaches, pears, California plums, California prunes, and prunes and plums.

The value of utilized production for 2012 noncitrus fruit crops totaled 15.0 billion dollars, up 8 percent from 2011. The value of utilized production for apples increased 9 percent, Oregon cultivated blackberries increased 4 percent, Oregon black raspberries are up 3 percent, all California raspberries increased 7 percent, sweet cherries are up 1 percent, cranberries are up 12 percent, grapes increased by 14 percent, nectarines are up 11 percent, California Olives are up 149 percent, peaches increased 7 percent, California plums are up 24 percent, prunes and plums increased 37 percent, and strawberries are slightly above last year. However, the value of utilized production for apricots is slightly down, cultivated blueberries are down 3 percent, Maine wild blueberries are down 5 percent, boysenberries are down 23 percent, red raspberries decreased 12 percent, tart cherries decreased 27 percent, California dates are down 5 percent, and California prunes decreased 13 percent from the previous year.

Crop Comments

APPLES: Utilized apple production for 2012 is estimated at 8.99 billion pounds, down 3 percent from 2011. New York’s apple growers reported that their crop was negatively impacted by early warm weather in March which prompted budding, followed by freezing in April and drought conditions in June and July. The Michigan apple crop potential was drastically diminished from a series of severe frosts in April. This followed abnormally high temperatures in March that had pushed budding far ahead of normal. As of mid-December, the harvest was two to three weeks ahead of normal due to the hot summer and small crop. Washington apple growers reported good growing conditions, without losses from freezes or frost, which allowed for more picking days and more fruit being harvested this year.

GRAPES: Utilized grape production for 2012 is estimated at 7.34 million tons, down 1 percent from 2011. The California crop, which accounts for 91 percent of the 2012 United States utilized grape production, is down slightly from the previous year. The most notable decreases in utilized production were in Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania where the crop experienced unusually warm temperatures in March followed by a devastating freeze in April. In New York, the utilized production was the lowest since 1977. The grape crop in California developed well in 2012 due to the warm and dry weather. Yields for wine grapes were higher than last year’s frost damaged crop in most of the growing region.

PEACHES: Utilized peach production for 2012 is estimated at 965,420 tons, down 7 percent from the previous year. The California crop, accounting for 74 percent of the United States utilized peach production, is down 8 percent from 2011. In California, there were some reports of hail damage during the spring, which resulted in significant crop loss. An adequate number of chilling hours benefited the Freestone crop. There were some reports of hail damage during the spring, which resulted in significant crop loss. Higher labor costs and a lack of workers to thin the California Clingstone crop were a big concern for growers as the crop required a great deal of thinning. This year’s crop deliveries represented the third smallest crop in fifty years. The largest yield decrease occurred in the early varieties, as yields improved as the harvest progressed. Sizes were reported to be small, resulting in lower production. In Georgia, drought conditions during most of the growing season lowered peach production from a year ago. Many producers reported a lack of chill hours and hail storms negatively impacted this season’s crop. In South Carolina, harvest started about two weeks early. A mild winter produced inadequate chill hours and subsequent lower yields from 2011. Scattered hail storms were also reported during the season which did some damage, especially for “Upstate” producers. Fruit was of good quality, but slightly undersized. In New Jersey, growing conditions were ideal throughout the spring. Tree bloom and fruit sets were earlier than usual. As a result, producers began harvesting early and mid-season varieties in June. Peach sizes and quality rated good to excellent. In Michigan, hot weather in March caused peaches to blossom early. In April, several frosts killed most blossoms across the state, resulting in about 60 percent of peach growers without a crop.

PEARS: Utilized pear production for 2012 is estimated at 858,130 tons, down 11 percent from the revised 2011 estimate. Five of the six estimating States (California, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington) showed decreased production from last season. Washington producers experienced mild spring weather conditions with no losses from frost. Several producers noted reduced production of D’Anjou and Bosc varieties due to poor weather during pollination. Reports of hail and wind damage from June and July storms were common. Production further declined due to fire blight. In California rain and cool weather during the pollination period affected yields in some areas. Harvest began in July and continued into October. The quality of the crop was reported to be good.Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts 2012 Preliminary Summary (January 2013) 73 USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service Nearly all of Michigan’s crop was destroyed by April freezes. Only 15 percent of growers reported having a crop. In New York, frost was a major issue, which negatively impacted this year’s crop. March was unusually warm, causing early budding, and was followed by several frosts in April. Many producers reported complete or near complete losses due to these weather conditions. In Pennsylvania, the crop was significantly impacted by frost and pests. Adverse weather impacting the pear crop was widespread with few orchards not suffering. In Oregon, grower comments varied from a down year to fantastic one. Growers reported good pollination weather, decent bloom weather, and very good growing conditions. Fire blight issues and some frost damage were reported.

TREE NUTS: Utilized tree nut production for crop year 2012 is 2.68 million tons (in-shell basis), 4 percent above the previous year. Almond utilized crop production, at 1.73 million tons is down 2 percent from 2011. Walnut utilized production in 2012, at 470,000 tons, is up 2 percent from the previous year. Pistachio utilized production, at 275,500 tons is 24 percent more than 2011. Pecan utilized production in 2012 is estimated at 151,400 tons, a 12 percent increase from 2011. The hazelnut crop, at 34,700 tons, is 1 percent below the previous year. Macadamia nut production is 22,000 tons, down 10 percent from 2011. Value of United States utilized nut production in 2012 is 7.40 billion dollars, up 6 percent from the 2011 value. The 2012 utilized almond crop is valued at 4.35 billion dollars, 8 percent more than the previous year. Pistachio utilized crop value for 2012, at 1.11 billion dollars, is up 27 percent from previous year. The value of the 2012 utilized pecan crop decreased 27 percent to 477 million dollars. Hazelnut utilized crop value, at 63.4 million dollars, is 29 percent below last year. The 2012 utilized macadamia nut crop is valued at 35.2 million dollars, down 8 percent from 2011.

US Peanut Stocks & Processing
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 29, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Shelled Edible Grade Utilization Down 5%

PEANUT STOCKS in Commercial Storage Totaled 5.57 Billion Pounds Peanut stocks reported in commercial storage on December 31, 2012 totaled 5.57 billion pounds of equivalent farmer stock, compared with 3.24 billion pounds a year ago. This total includes 4.87 billion pounds of actual farmer stock.

SHELLED PEANUTS on hand totaled 661 million pounds of farmer stock equivalent. Roasting stock totaled 43.9 million pounds.

Shelled peanut stocks totaled 497 million pounds of which 470 million pounds were edible grades and 26.9 million pounds were oil stocks. Edible grade stocks by type included 78.6 million pounds of Virginias and Valencias, 379 million pounds of Runners, and 12.2 million pounds of Spanish.

MILLINGS in December totaled 361 million pounds, including 284 million pounds of Runners.

Commercial processors utilized 145 million pounds of shelled edible grade peanuts during December. Utilization by type was 91.4 million pounds for all peanut butter products, 22.8 million pounds for peanut candy, and 29.6 million pounds for peanut snacks. Crushing for oil and cake and meal totaled 42.8 million pounds during the month.

Deliveries under the Government Domestic Feeding and Child Nutrition Programs amounted to 2.45 million pounds of peanut butter and 77,760 pounds of roasted peanuts during December.

STOCKS OF TREATED SEED on hand December 31, 2012 totaled 484,000 pounds, compared with 530,000 pounds on November 30, 2012. Of the December total, 219,000 pounds were Virginias and Valencias. November stocks of treated seed included 265,000 pounds of Virginias and Valencias.

Stocks estimates refer to December 31, 2012. All other data are for the month of December.

Released January 29, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Vegetables
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 29, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Fresh Market Vegetable Production Up 1%

Fresh market vegetable and melon production for the 24 selected crops estimated in 2012 totaled 438 million hundredweight, up 1 percent from last year. Harvested area covered 1.68 million acres, up 1 percent from 2011. Value of the 2012 crop is estimated at 10.1 billion dollars, down 6 percent from a year ago. The three largest crops, in terms of production, are onions, head lettuce, and watermelons, which combined to account for 36 percent of the total production. Onions, tomatoes, and sweet corn claim the highest values, accounting for 26 percent of the total value when combined.

For the 24 selected vegetables and melons estimated in 2012, California continues to be the leading fresh market State, accounting for 44 percent of the harvested area, 48 percent of production, and 50 percent of the value.


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