Market Reports for Jan. 5, 2013

1/5/2013 7:00 AM

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
January 4, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 1-3: This week 127.25; Last week 128.75; Last year 126.15.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 110.15; Last week 108.15; Last year 103.85.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 125.75; Last week 122.00; Last year 123.25.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 76.90; Last week 74.60; Last year 73.00.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 76.00; Last week 73.50; Last year 69.00.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 97.35; Last week 86.25; Last year 82.00.

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

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 179.25; Last week 132.75; Last year 197.00.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 105.75; Last week 111.25; Last year n/a.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 208.00; Last week 184.75; Last year n/a.

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
Dec. 31, 2012
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

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

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

Corn, No. 2:   7.04 bu, 12.60 cwt.

Wheat, No. 2:   7.81 bu, 13.04 cwt.

Barley, No. 3:   5.01 bu, 10.72 cwt.

Oats, No. 2:   4.18 bu, 13.04 cwt.

Soybeans, No. 2:   13.65 bu, 22.79 cwt.

Ear Corn:   197.00 ton, 9.85 cwt.

Alfalfa Hay:   237.50 ton, 11.88 cwt.

Mixed Hay:  198.75 ton, 9.94 cwt.

Timothy Hay:   185.00 ton, 9.25 cwt.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
Dec. 31, 2012
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Compared to last week, corn sold steady to .05 higher, wheat sold .40 to .50 lower, barley sold .10 to .15 higher, oats sold steady and soybeans sold steady. Ear corn sold steady to 5.00 higher . All prices per bushel except ear corn is per ton.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.83-7.24, avg 7.16, contracts Dec 5.97-6.00; WHEAT #2: 7.59-8.54, avg 8.08, contracts Dec 7.38-7.40; BARLEY #3: 4.80-6.00, avg 5.43, contracts Jul 4.75; OATS #2: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.45; SOYBEANS #2: 13.44-13.85, avg 13.79, contracts Dec 12.40-12.40; EAR CORN: 196.00, avg 196.00.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.50-7.30, avg 7.00; BARLEY #3: 5.00-5.50, avg 5.25; OATS #2: 4.00-4.50, avg 4.25; SOYBEANS #2: 13.00-13.62, avg 13.36; EAR CORN: 215.00, avg 215.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.60-7.15, avg 6.83; WHEAT #2: 6.90-8.60, avg 7.75; BARLEY #3: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.35; OATS #2: 3.25-4.00, avg 3.63; SOYBEANS #2: 12.85-14.33, avg 13.66; EAR CORN: 180.00, avg 180.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 6.80-7.25, avg 6.98; WHEAT #2: 8.50, avg 8.50; BARLEY #3: 5.75, avg 5.75; OATS #2: 4.25-4.50, avg 4.37; SOYBEAN #2: 13.20-13.45, avg 13.36; GR. SORGHUM: avg 7.64.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 6.92-7.87, avg 6.96, month ago 7.40, year ago 6.72; WHEAT #2: 7.50-9.31, avg 8.33, month ago 8.52, year ago 6.14; BARLEY #3: 4.15-6.00, avg 4.86, month ago 4.73, year ago 5.05; OATS #2: 3.65-4.50, avg 4.09, month ago 4.04, year ago 4.12; SOYBEANS #2: 13.00-14.02, avg 13.50, month ago 13.44, year ago 10.71; EAR CORN: 185.00-215.00, avg 186.66, month ago 197.50, year ago 197.16.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.56-7.77, avg 7.08; WHEAT #2: 7.41-8.00, avg 7.70; OATS #2: 3.50-5.25, avg 4.25; SOYBEANS #2: 13.69, avg 13.69.

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

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
Dec. 31, 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 sold steady to 10.00 lower. Straw sold steady. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 110.00-400.00. MIXED: 80.00-325.00. TIMOTHY: 80.00-250.00. STRAW: 90.00-160.00. MULCH: 50.00-75.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 154 loads. Straw: 25 loads. ALFALFA: 175.00-265.00. MIXED: 85.00-300.00. TIMOTHY: 110.00-300.00. GRASS: 85.00-265.00. STRAW: 110.00-210.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: All prices per ton. Hay: 174 loads; Straw: 32 loads. ALFALFA: 125.00-270.00. MIXED: 80.00-330.00. TIMOTHY: 130.00-225.00. GRASS: 70.00-270.00. STRAW: 90.00-215.00.

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

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 28, 2012
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This wk 1503; Last wk 3869; Last yr 3528. CALVES: This wk 1797; Last wk 3022; Last yr 2983. HOGS: This wk 106; Last wk 1817; Last yr 1509. FEEDER PIGS: This wk n/a; Last wk 856; Last yr NA. LAMBS/SHEEP: This wk 12; Last wk 4107; Last yr 1621. GOATS: This wk 13; Last wk 3634; Last yr 1812.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s markets, slaughter steers sold 3.00 to 6.00 higher. Slaughter holsteins sold mostly steady to 3.00 to 6.00 higher. Slaughter heifers sold mostly 1.00 lower. Slaughter cows sold mostly steady to 1.00 lower. Slaughter bulls sold mostly 2.00 higher.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week all feeder cattle sold mostly 4.00 to 9.00 higher. Slaughter bulls sold mostly 4.00 lower.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week holstein bull calves sold mostly 3.00 to 10.00 lower. Holstein heifers sold mostly 9.00 higher.

HOGS: Compared to last weeks sale, barrows and gilts sold 5.00 to 10.00 lower. Sows sold mostly 6.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00 to 14.00 lower and sheep sold mostly 4.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: Compared to last week, kid goats sold mostly 10.00 higher.

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

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 4, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2479, Last week 1277, Last year 2644. CALVES: 1795, Last week 1631, Last year 1712.

This week in Lancaster County slaughter steers sold steady compared to the prior Holiday shorten week. Demand was very good on a light to moderate supply of cattle.

Fat cattle supplies are tight coming into the New Year and the market is awaiting a fresh round of calves placed last spring through the fall.

Inventories of cattle on feed across the region are sufficient if not plentiful, but market ready cattle are in tight supply at the moment. Live cattle trade across the Midwest has been slow this week as Beef Packers find themselves up against the ropes after an unexpected post-holiday rally in the CME Live Cattle board.

CME Live Cattle closed out the month of December at 129.90/cwt, which left cattle feeders the option to deliver against the board up until next week Wednesday.

As of this Thursday 528 loads of cattle have been tendered, with 194 Live and 43 Carcass loads already delivered. Negotiations for direct trades from the feedlot to the packer are in the favor of the feed yards, who are asking 130.00/cwt for their cattle knowing that the CME delivery points are just down the road.

Last week’s trade allowed for feeders to catch a price of 127.00/cwt Live. The box beef market is back on the rise but not nearly at the pace of the fat cattle trade. Choice cutout values were quoted at 194.91 on Thursday, about a dollar higher than what it was prior to the Christmas Holiday.

The Choice/Select spread continues to narrow, a common trend this time of year, and was quoted at 11.63/cwt. Packer margins have started the year off deep in the red, reporting losses over 50.00/hd earlier this week.

Cattle feeders are not much better, but they did receive some relief in the way of cheaper corn.

Most commodities and stocks rallied on Wednesday after congress came to budgetary agreement concerning the “fiscal cliff,” but corn and soybean markets were taken little by the news, focusing mostly on fundamentals. Slumping exports and perspectives of a bumper crop out of Brazil have these markets testing bottom level chart support. There are also concerns that water ways along the Mississippi River may be shut down to barge traffic due to low water levels brought on by the drought. This may further disrupt the supply chain of grain moving down to the gulf for export. As of Thursday CME March Corn closed at 6.8925/bu, and January Soybeans at 14.03/bu.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1200-1635 lbs 128.50-133.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1195-1600 lbs 125.50-129.50; SELECT 2-3: 1050-1500 lbs 120.00- 125.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1450-1650 lbs 105.50-111.00; SELECT 2-3: 1300-1600 lbs 99.00-105.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1180-1550 lbs 125.50-129.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1070-1400 lbs 120.00-126.00; SELECT 2-3: 1085-1245 lbs 112.00- 120.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-83.00, High dress 83.00-86.50, Low dress 70.00-75.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-82.00, High dress 82.00-87.50, Low dress 69.00-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 74.00-81.50, High dress 81.50-86.00, Low dress 70.00-74.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 69.00-76.00, High dress 76.00-80.00, Low dress 62.00-69.00.

MONDAY: SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 965-1985 lbs 112.00-117.00, high dress 119.00-126.00, low dress 109.00-110.00.

THURSDAY: SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1050-2500 lbs aveg dress 87.00-92.00, high dress 94.50-99.00, few very high dress bulls 1250-1750 lbs 116.50-121.00, low dress 79.00-80.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold steady to weak with moderate demand. Heifers traded steady to firm with moderate demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 328.00-357.00/cwt this Thursday, with a weighted average value of 339.37/cwt (Hide-Off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-125 lbs 105.00-120.00, 80-90 lbs 95.00-100.00; #2: 95-130 lbs 85.00-100.00, 80-90 lbs 75.00-85.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 60.00-80.00; UTILITY: 70-115 lbs 35.00-65.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-105 lbs 130.00-140.00; #2: 75-130 lbs 60.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 65-100 lbs 22.00-60.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 103-122 lbs 111.00-112.00, 90 lbs 90.00; #2: 90-112 lbs 107.00-115.00, 83 lbs 70.00; #3: 95-96 lbs 65.00-67.00, 75-83 lbs 40.00-50.00; UTILITY: 93-103 lbs 35.00-40.00, 72-82 lbs 27.00-30.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 100-110 lbs 195.00-200.00, 93 lbs 175.00; #2: 92 lbs 165.00, 85 lbs 110.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 94-128 lbs 105.00-110.00; #2: 88-128 lbs 96.00-105.00, pkg 80-86 lbs 55.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 75.00-85.00, 72-88 lbs 30.00-50.00; UTILITY: 60-110 lbs 15.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: #1: 85-115 lbs 105.00-135.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 60.00-95.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 75-115 lbs 30.00-50.00.

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.
Dec. 31, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 525, Last week 879, Year ago 633. CALVES: 485, Last week 476, Year ago 380.

When compared to the most recent Monday market two weeks ago, slaughter cows and bulls sold with a sharply higher undertone. Demand was very good on light supplies. Cattle supply included 154 slaughter steers and heifers, 280 cows, 60 bulls, and 30 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 80.00-83.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 78.00-82.00, High dress 82.00-87.50, Low dress 72.50-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 74.00-79.00, High dress 79.50-81.50, Low dress 70.00-74.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 71.00-75.00, High dress 77.00-79.00, Low dress 65.00-70.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 965-1985 lbs 112.00-117.00, high dress 119.00-126.00, low dress 109.00-110.00.

CALVES: Compared to two weeks ago, bull calves sold steady to weak with moderate demand. Heifers sold steady with light demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-125 lbs 105.00-120.00, 80-90 lbs 95.00-100.00; #2: 95-130 lbs 85.00-100.00, 80-90 lbs 75.00-85.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 60.00-80.00; UTILITY: 70-115 lbs 35.00-65.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-105 lbs 130.00-140.00; #2: 75-130 lbs 60.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 65-100 lbs 22.00-60.00.

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.
Dec. 31, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 217, Last week 195; CALVES: 126, Last week 80.

When compared to the most recent auction two weeks ago, slaughter steers sold firm while cows trended weaker. Demand was good overall. Cattle supply consisted of 82 steers, 44 heifers, 88 cows, 3 bulls and 0 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1440-1635 lbs 128.50-131.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1195-1540 lbs 125.50-128.00; SELECT 2-3: 1050-1290 lbs 120.50- 124.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1180-1400 lbs 127.00-129.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1070-1350 lbs 124.50-126.00; SELECT 2-3: 1085-1245 lbs 118.00- 120.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITES: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-77.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 70.50-74.50, High dress 84.50-79.00, Low dress 67.00-69.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 69.00-71.50, High dress 73.50-76.00, Low dress 63.00-66.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 67.00-70.50, High dress 72.00-74.00, Low dress 58.00-65.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1750-2000 lbs 94.50-96.75.

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

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 100-120 lbs 102.00-112.00; #2: 95-120 lbs 85.00-100.00, 80-90 lbs 70.00-80.00; #3: 95-115 lbs 60.00- 75.00, 80-90 lbs 60.00-70.00; UTILITY: 70-115 lbs 30.00-65.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: #2: 90-105 lbs 60.00-90.00; NON-TUBING: 85-95 lbs 45.00-65.00.

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

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Jan. 14.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Jan. 1, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 159, Last week 251, Last year 442. CALVES: 279, Last week 678, Last year 640.

Compared to last week: Not enough slaughter steers for a market test. Slaughter Holsteins sold firm compared to a very light test last week. Demand moderate. Slaughter cows traded steady to 2.00-3.00 higher compared to last week on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 39 steers and heifers, 116 cows, 2 bulls, and 2 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEINS: CHOICE 2-3: 1450-1650 lbs 109.00-111.00; SELECT 2-3: 1300-1500 lbs 101.50-107.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, High dress 84.00-86.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.00, High dress 81.00-85.50, Low dress 70.00-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 78.50-81.50, High dress 83.00-85.50, Low dress 72.00-77.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 70.50-76.00, High dress 79.00-80.00, Low dress 63.50-69.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1600-2000 lbs avg dress 87.50-92.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower on moderate demand. Heifers sold 40.00-60.00 higher on good demand due to the limited supply. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 189 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 103-122 lbs 111.00-112.00, 90 lbs 90.00; #2: 90-112 lbs 107.00-115.00, 83 lbs 70.00; #3: 95-96 lbs 65.00-67.00, 75-83 lbs 40.00-50.00; UTILITY: 93-103 lbs 35.00-40.00, 72-82 lbs 27.00-30.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 100-110 lbs 195.00-200.00, 93 lbs 175.00; #2: 92 lbs 165.00, 85 lbs 110.00.

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

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 2, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 319; Last Sale: 532; Last Year: 425.

Compared to two weeks ago, dairy cows and bred heifers sold weak with moderate demand. Wednesday’s supply included 106 fresh milking cows, 25 short-bred cows, 14 springing cows, 39 short-bred heifers, 87 springing heifers, 22 open heifers, and 5 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1750.00-1950.00; Approved: 1500.00-1650.00; Medium: 1175.00-1425.00; Common: 950.00-1150.00.

CULL COWS: 650.00-1100.00.

SPRINGING COWS: (7-9 months bred) Approved: 1275.00-1350.00; Medium: 1000.00-1050.00.

BRED COWS: (4-6 months bred) Approved: 1200.00-1250.00; Medium: 875.00-900.00.

SHORT BRED COWS: (1-3 months) Approved: 1100.00-1125.00; Medium: 875.00-975.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS: (1-3 months): Approved: 950.00-1000.00; Medium: 750.00-850.00; Common: 650.00-700.00.

BRED HEIFERS: (4-6 months): Approved: 1175.00-1300.00; Medium: 950.00-1050.00; Common: 775.00-900.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1450.00-1550.00; Approved: 1300.00-1425.00; Medium: 1100.00-1275.00; Common: 900.00-1075.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Medium: 300.00-310.00. 600-900 LBS: Approved: 600.00-625.00; Medium: 500.00-550.00; Common: 400.00-450.00. 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 975.00-1000.00; Medium: 700.00-825.00; Common: 550.00-675.00. 1200-1500 LBS: Approved: 850.00-925.00.

BULLS: Few 1200-1500 lbs 1075.00-1150.00.

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. 3, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 1254; Last week 1026; Last year 917. CALVES: 905; Last week 953; Last year 615.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly steady. Demand was good. Slaughter Holsteins steady with moderate demand. Slaughter heifers steady to 1.00 higher on a very light test. Buyer activity was good. Slaughter cows mostly 2.00-3.00 higher. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 286 slaughter steers; 114 heifers; 778 cows; 65 bulls; and 11 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1200-1575 lbs 130.00-133.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 126.00-129.50; SELECT 1-3: 1180-1600 lbs 120.00-125.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 113.00-115.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 105.50-109.00; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 99.00- 104.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1550 lbs 125.50-129.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 120.00-122.00; SELECT 1-3: 112.00- 118.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.50, High dress 81.50-84.00, Low dress 70.00-75.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-84.00, Low dress 69.00-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-86.00, Low dress 71.00-74.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 69.00-74.50, High dress 75.00-79.00, Low dress 62.00-68.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1050-2500 lbs avg dress 87.00-92.00, high dress 94.50-99.00, few very high dress bulls 1250-1750 lbs 116.50- 121.00, low dress 79.00-80.00.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull calves sold mostly 5.00- 10.00 lower compared to last week on moderate demand. Heifers sold mostly 5.00-10.00 lower on moderate demand compared to last week. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 516 head for this Thursday’s graded sale. One hundred percent supply Holstein calves unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 94-128 lbs 105.00-110.00; #2: 88-128 lbs 96.00-105.00, 80-86 lbs 55.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 75.00-85.00, 72-88 lbs 30.00-50.00; UTILITY: 60-110 lbs 15.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-115 lbs 105.00-135.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 60.00-95.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 75-115 lbs 30.00-50.00.

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

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 31, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 998; Two Week’s Ago: 1158; Year Ago: 873.

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

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 63.00-67.00, 300-400 lbs 68.00-70.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 58.00-62.50, 300-400 lbs 65.00-67.00.

SOWS: US 1-3 300-500 lbs 45.00-49.00, 500-700 lbs 52.00-54.50.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 16.50-17.50 .

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

New Holland Feeder Pig Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 2, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 91; Last sale: 794.

A light run of slaughter pigs on offer for today`s sale. Due to the limited receipts a trend is not applicable, but a steady undertone was noted. Demand was good, promoted mostly by tight supplies. All feeder pigs are sold per cwt.

US 1-2: 4 head, 27 lbs 210.00; 6 head, 34 lbs 170.00.

US 2: 51 head, 20-30 lbs 200.00-200.00.

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

NOTE: Next feeder pig sale Jan. 16.

New Holland Weekly Horse Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 31, 2012
Report Supplied by Auction

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

Work: 50.00-1350.00.

Driving: 250.00-500.00.

Riding: 300.00-350.00.

Better Riding: 500.00-1550.00.

Registered Riding: 800.00-1250.00.

Ponies: 200.00-350.00.

Large Ponies: 350.00-775.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 31, 2012
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 1745; Last Monday: 986; Year Ago: 1479.
GOAT RECEIPTS: 1919; Last Monday: 779; Year Ago: 2073.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 40.00-60.00 higher on very good demand. Slaughter ewes traded mostly 20.00- 30.00 higher on very good demand. Prices were sharply higher as buyers pushed to replenish supply from holiday shortened week last week. Slaughter supply consisted of 78 percent lambs, 16 percent slaughter ewes, and 6 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.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 50-60 lbs 202.00-222.00, 60-70 lbs 180.00-212.00, 70-80 lbs 174.00-190.00, 80-135 lbs 150.00-192.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 53 lbs Fancy 266.00, 60-65 lbs Fancy 255.00-257.00, 89 lbs Fancy 196.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 55-60 lbs 180.00-195.00, 65-70 lbs 160.00-174.00, 70-80 lbs 158.00-166.00, 80-90 lbs 146.00-152.00, 110-130 lbs 136.00-148.00, 155 lbs 150.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 82 lbs 130.00, 109 lbs 118.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 100-105 lbs 106.00-110.00, 115-155 lbs 70.00-100.00, 160-190 lbs 72.00-98.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 120-150 lbs 70.00-100.00, 180 lbs 70.00; CULL 1-2: 166 lbs 62.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 125-155 lbs 100.00-120.00, 160-190 lbs 60.00-100.00, 200- 225 lbs 66.00-82.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold 10.00-20.00 higher with very good demand. Nanny goats sold 10.00-20.00 higher, while billies sold 20.00-25.00 higher. Slaughter supply consisted of 68 percent Slaughter Kids, 15 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 17 percent bucks/billies and wethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 40 lbs 120.00-150.00, 50-60 lbs 132.00-158.00, 60-70 lbs 145.00-170.00, 70-80 lbs 157.00-184.00, 80-90 lbs 172.00-192.00, 100-110 lbs 164.00-187.00; SEL 2: 40-60 lbs 88.00-115.00, 60-80 lbs 126.00-147.00, 95 lbs 156.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 110-125 lbs 160.00-170.00, 130-160 lbs 162.00-172.00; SEL 2: 100-125 lbs 150.00-162.00, 130-135 lbs 150.00-164.00; SEL 3: 90-110 lbs 126.00-148.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 130-140 lbs 215.00-252.00, 150-165 lbs 216.00-300.00; SEL 2: 130-145 lbs 180.00-217.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS: SEL 1: 70-90 lbs 166.00-182.00, 90-110 lbs 180.00-217.00, 110-150 lbs 220.00-252.00, 150-175 lbs 232.00-242.00; SEL 2: 70-100 lbs 137.00-188.00, 100-150 lbs 160.00-192.00.

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

Smoker Graded Goat & Sheep Auction
Parkesburg, Pa.
Dec. 27, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

SHEEP: 642; Last sale 665.
GOATS: 430; Last sale 357.

When compared to the most recent sale, all classes of sheep and goats sold sharply higher. Lambs sold mostly 30.00-40.00 higher with fancier sets trading as much as 70.00 higher. Ewes traded 30.00-50.00 higher. All classes of slaughter goats sold in the range of 50.00-80.00 higher. Demand was very good driven by tight supplies as the holidays limited auction receipts across the region. 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: 32 head, 60-70 lbs 250.00-290.00; 15 head, 70-80 lbs 225.00-270.00; 20 head, 90-110 lbs 175.00-200.00; 17 head, 110-130 lbs 145.00-160.00; 16 head, 130-150 lbs 137.00. CHOICE 2-3: 7 head, 60-70 lbs 162.00-165.00; 192 head, 80-90 lbs 155.00-165.00; 42 head, 90-110 lbs 145.00-160.00; 7 head, 110-130 lbs 105.00-110.00. GOOD/CHOICE 1-2: 11 head, 50-60 lbs 140.00-155.00; 101 head, 60-70 lbs 138.00-147.00; 28 head, 80-90 lbs 132.00-145.00; 45 head, 90-110 lbs 117.00-132.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: 6 head, 120-160 lbs 92.00-125.00; 10 head, 200-300 lbs 70.00-81.00. UTILITY 1-2: 11 head, 120-160 lbs 82.00-92.00; 5 head, 160-200 lbs 75.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 16 head, 120-160 lbs 82.00-110.00; 19 head, 160-200 lbs 72.00-110.00; 11 head, 200-300 lbs 72.00-97.00.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 7 head, 20-30 lbs 275.00; 11 head, 30-40 lbs 255.00; 6 head, 40-50 lbs 272.00; 45 head, 50-60 lbs 295.00; 34 head, 60-70 lbs 275.00-300.00; 14 head, 70-80 lbs 227.00-250.00; 2 head, 70-80 lbs 290.00 Fancy; 12 head, 80-90 lbs 220.00; 3 head, 90-100 lbs 235.00; 6 head, 100-110 lbs 235.00-240.00. SEL 2: 9 head, 30-40 lbs 270.00-275.00; 14 head, 40-50 lbs 255.00-260.00; 44 head, 50-60 lbs 300.00; 42 head, 60-70 lbs 225.00-300.00; 8 head, 80-90 lbs 210.00-235.00. SEL 3: 19 head, 30-40 lbs 200.00-245.00; 11 head, 50-60 lbs 180.00; 3 head, 70-80 lbs 172.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 7 head, 50-80 lbs 150.00; 4 head, 80-130 lbs 190.00-235.00; 9 head, 130-180 lbs 190.00. SEL 2: 6 head, 50-80 lbs 170.00; 12 head, 50-80 lbs 160.00 Pygmies; 14 head, 80-130 lbs 190.00-215.00. SEL 3: 4 head, 50-80 lbs 160.00; 11 head, 80-130 lbs 185.00-205.00; 2 head, 130-180 lbs 180.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 2 head, 80-100 lbs 202.00; 2 head, 100-150 lbs 185.00; 3 head, 150-250 lbs 150.00-155.00. SEL 2: 2 head, 80-100 lbs 210.00.

SLAUGHTER WHETHERS: SEL 1: 5 head, 50-80 lbs 140.00.

Source: USDA Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer OIC, 717-406-7350.
NOTE: The next graded goat sale will be Jan. 18.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
Jan. 2, 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 — 1.3478-1.6473.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices — 1.54-1.61. Northeast - Class III - spot prices — 1.68-1.75.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 188; LAST WK: In 0, Out 94; LAST YR: In 0, Out 45. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: 0.

The New Year started with some good news as the Longshoreman’s strike and the “Milk Cliff” were averted or at least delayed for the time being as Longshoremen agreed to extend contract negotiations for 30 days and Congress passed measures extending current farm regulations until later this year.

The good news ends in the Northeast as manufacturing milk supplies remain very heavy and unloading delays to varying degrees are occurring at nearly all plants. Operational breakdowns have added to delays at some plants. This situation should improve next week as more dairy product manufacturers resume normal production schedules and as Class I demand improves as schools return from their holiday vacations.

The Mid-Atlantic region is faring better than the Northeast as good Class I demand has had a greater impact on manufacturing milk supplies.

Florida milk production has increased following a spell of cooler weather increasing cow comfort levels. Class I demand has weakened and will remain weak until later this week when bottling plants refill pipelines ahead of schools opening next week. The additional milk supplies and decreased bottling demand prompted the export of 188 spot loads of milk this week.

Southeast milk supplies are being handled with minimal delays and the use of auxiliary manufacturing plants are being scaled back. A number of bottling plants have added on loads as Class I demand is returning to pre-holiday levels. The number of loads rejected due to high aflatoxin levels increased over the holiday period.

Cream supplies are burdensome with numerous loads moving to the Midwest at significant discounts. Nearly all available storage facilities including tankers were being used to get through the holiday period and processing the carry over supply will go into next week. Plant managers are rotating supplies as needed in order to ensure that fresh cream is available for cream based product manufacturers. Most manufacturers are limiting their cream purchases to contract levels as many are not yet back to full production schedules.

Multiples were in a wide range this week, primarily due to the significant discounts needed to send cream to the Midwest.

Condensed skim supplies also remain heavy with some unloading delays and Class IV production at near capacity levels at many plants. Class II manufacturers are coming back online following their holiday shutdowns, but most are limiting their condensed skim purchases to contract volumes. There are few spot sales of condensed skim milk.

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PA Egg Production
Harrisburg, Pa.
Jan. 2, 2013
Report supplied by USDA/NASS-Pa.

Production Up 1% in November

Egg production in Pennsylvania during November 2012 totaled 607 million eggs, up 1 percent from the 602 million eggs produced in November 2011, according to the Pennsylvania Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The total number of layers averaged 25.2 million during November, about the same as this time last year. Production per 100 layers was 2,410 eggs during the month, an increase of 11 eggs overall from November 2011. Broiler-type chicks hatched in Pennsylvania totaled 12.3 million during November 2012, a 6 percent decrease from the number hatched in the same month a year earlier.

U.S. 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 egg-type. 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.

Egg-type chicks hatched during November 2012 totaled 35.6 million, down 5 percent from November 2011. Broiler-type chicks hatched during November 2012 totaled 693 million, down 1 percent from November 2011. There were 23.1 million net poults placed during November 2012 in the United States, up 5 percent from the number placed during the same month a year earlier.

PA Hog & Pig Inventory
Harrisburg, Pa.
Jan. 2, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS-Pa.

There were 1,130,000 hogs and pigs on Pennsylvania farms on December 1, 2012, according to the Pennsylvania Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This estimated inventory was unchanged from the previous year’s December 1 inventory, and 20,000 head above the September 1 inventory.

Market hog inventory, at 1,030,000 head, was up 15,000 head from September, but was unchanged from December 2011. The breeding herd inventory, at 100,000 head was up 5,000 head from September and unchanged from a year ago. The September-November 2012 pig crop totaled 515,000 head, 10,000 more than the same period a year ago. There were 51,000 sows farrowed during the quarter, 2,000 more than the previous quarter, and the same number as the previous year. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 51 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter this quarter was 10.10, unchanged from the previous quarter, and up from the 9.90 pigs per litter average from a year ago.

Pennsylvania hog farmers intend to have 48,000 sows farrow during the December 2012-February 2013 quarter, 1,000 fewer than actually farrowed during the same period in 2012; and 50,000 for the March - May 2013 quarter, unchanged from the number of sows that actually farrowed during that time in 2012.

The U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2012, was 66.3 million head. This was down slightly from December 1, 2011, and down 2 percent from September 1, 2012. Breeding inventory, at 5.82 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.5 million head, was down slightly from last year, and down 2 percent from last quarter.

The September-November 2012 U.S. pig crop, at 29.4 million head, was up slightly from 2011. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.90 million head, down 1 percent from 2011. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.15 for the September-November period, compared to 10.02 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.60 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.20 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

U.S. hog producers intend to have 2.86 million sows farrow during the December 2012-February 2013 quarter, up slightly from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2012, and up 1 percent from 2011. Intended farrowings for March-May 2013, at 2.93 million sows, are down 2 percent from 2012, but up slightly from 2011.

The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 47 percent of the total U.S. hog inventory, up from 45 percent last year.

U.S. Egg Products
Washington, D. C.
Dec. 31, 2012
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

Shell Eggs Broken Down 4%

Shell eggs broken totaled 167 million dozen during November 2012, down 4 percent from November a year ago, and 9 percent below the 183 million broken last month.

During calendar year 2012 through November, shell eggs broken totaled 1,935 million dozen, up 1 percent from the comparable period in 2011. To date, cumulative total edible product from eggs broken in 2012 was 2,507 million pounds, up 1 percent from 2011.

Data presented in this report were compiled from Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection reports. The best available data at the time of publication were used.

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

Released December 31, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Update
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 28, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

U.S. Hog Inventory Down Slightly

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2012 was 66.3 million head. This was down slightly from December 1, 2011, and down 2 percent from September 1, 2012.

Breeding inventory, at 5.82 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.5 million head, was down slightly from last year, and down 2 percent from last quarter.

The September-November 2012 pig crop, at 29.4 million head, was up slightly from 2011. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.90 million head, down 1 percent from 2011. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.15 for the September-November period, compared to 10.02 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.60 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.20 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

United States hog producers intend to have 2.86 million sows farrow during the December 2012-February 2013 quarter, up slightly from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2012, and up 1 percent from 2011. Intended farrowings for March-May 2013, at 2.93 million sows, are down 2 percent from 2012, but up slightly from 2011. The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 47 percent of the total United States hog inventory, up from 45 percent last year.

Revisions

All inventory and pig crop estimates for March 2011 through September 2012 were reviewed using final pig crop, official slaughter, death loss, and updated import and export data. Based on the findings of this review, an adjustment of less than one and one half percent was made to the June 2012 total inventory. An adjustment of less than one half of one percent was made to the September 2012 total inventory. An adjustment of more than two percent was made to the March-May 2012 pig crop.

Released December 28, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

US Peanut Stocks & Processing
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 28, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Shelled Edible Grade Down 5%

PEANUT STOCKS in Commercial Storage Totaled 5.74 Billion Pounds Peanut stocks reported in commercial storage on November 30, 2012 totaled 5.74 billion pounds of equivalent farmer stock, compared with 3.39 billion pounds a year ago. This total includes 5.09 billion pounds of actual farmer stock.

SHELLED PEANUTS on hand totaled 614 million pounds of farmer stock equivalent. Roasting stock totaled 39.0 million pounds.

Shelled peanut stocks totaled 461 million pounds of which 428 million pounds were edible grades and 33.8 million pounds were oil stocks. Edible grade stocks by type included 69.0 million pounds of Virginias and Valencias, 352 million pounds of Runners, and 6.29 million pounds of Spanish.

MILLINGS in November totaled 403 million pounds, including 323 million pounds of Runners.

Commercial processors utilized 158 million pounds of shelled edible grade peanuts during November. Utilization by type was 96.7 million pounds for all peanut butter products, 26.8 million pounds for peanut candy, and 32.7 million pounds for peanut snacks. Crushing for oil and cake and meal totaled 43.8 million pounds during the month. Deliveries under the Government Domestic Feeding and Child Nutrition Programs amounted to 2.15 million pounds of peanut butter during November.

STOCKS of treated seed on hand November 30, 2012 totaled 530,000 pounds, compared with 530,000 pounds on October 31, 2012. Of the November total, 265,000 pounds were Virginias and Valencias, 144,000 pounds were Runners, and 121,000 pounds were Spanish. October stocks of treated seed included 265,000 pounds of Virginias and Valencias, 144,000 pounds of Runners, and 121,000 pounds of Spanish.

Stocks estimates refer to November 30, 2012. All other data are for the month of November.

Released December 28, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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