Market Reports for March 1, 2014

3/1/2014 7:00 AM

PA Weekly
Livestock Trends
Lewisburg, Pa.
Feb. 21, 2014
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3465; Last week 2871; Last year 3767. CALVES: This week 2517; Last week 2001; Last year 2749. HOGS: This week 557; Last week 731; Last year 886. FEEDER PIGS: This week 324; Last week n/a; Last year n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 1951; Last week 1601; Last year 1355. GOATS: This week 949; Last week 1223; Last year 967.

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

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week’s market, feeder steers sold mostly 2.00 to 5.00 higher. Feeder heifers sold mostly 10.00 to 15.00 higher and feeder bulls sold mostly 8.00 to 10.00 lower.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week, holstein bull calves sold mostly 10.00 to 15.00 higher. Holstein heifers sold mostly 20.00 to 25.00 higher.

HOGS: Compared to last week’s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 2.00 to 4.00 lower. Sows sold mostly 3.00 to 5.00 lower.

SHEEP/LAMBS: Compared to last week, slaughter lambs traded 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Slaughter ewes traded mostly firm.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter kid goats sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Slaughter nanny goats sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Slaughter billies sold mostly steady.

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
March 1, 2014
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 143.50; Last week 142.75; Last year 121.80.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 126.15; Last week 125.15; Last year 104.50.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 142.15; Last week 143.00; Last year 119.00.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 90.55; Last week 89.75; Last year 75.70.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 88.20; Last week 86.90; Last year 74.50.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 107.75; Last week 110.95; Last year 93.85.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 76.00; Last week 70.50; Last year 67.00.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 209.50; Last week 212.00; Last year 198.50.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 207.75; Last week 167.50; Last year 131.90.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 226.75; Last week 195.00; Last year 132.50.

Lancaster County
Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 28, 2014
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2838; Last week 2262; Last year 2555. CALVES: 1706; Last week 2102; Last year 1598.

This week in Lancaster County cash cattle tried to revisit the highs established a month ago when steers pushed over 150.00/cwt. Following a western trade of 150.00-152.00/cwt throughout the plains on Wednesday, Lancaster markets followed suite on Thursdays as buyers raised their bids a full 3.00 higher than the prior week for live cattle. The markets have left many awestruck, wondering how cattle costing 240.00/cwt in the carcass can pencil out when the Choice cutouts are at 221.41/cwt (Thursday's Quote).

Granted forward contracts, formula purchases, and hedged positions are all means to manage risk, but formula and forward dressed sales are still holding a premium over the wholesale beef market averaging 227.56/cwt for steers and heifers combined. These margins are far less painful than what appears on the surface in the spot trade, but negative nonetheless.

Formula purchases and forward contracts have accounted for about 70% of the market share since the start of the year, but currently we are witnessing a shift in marketing to a greater percentage of negotiated cash taking its place as it continues to outperform other marketing options and is holding a steady premium to the board.

As of Thursday negotiated cash volumes in the 5-Area feeding region throughout the Midwest totaled 80,363 head while formula purchase volume totaled only 31,488 head (Thursday report). The largest portion of the negotiated cash trades are being reported out of the eastern corn-belt where farmer-feeders tend to prefer trading there cattle on the spot markets.

Slaughter cows are also holding firm and are trading with very good demand. It's no surprise that we have fewer cows coming to market after drought forced many to slaughter in recent years. US producers are currently managing one of the smallest and youngest herds since the 50s with every incentive to hold back cows/heifers to re-build the herd.

In addition, Australian imports of lean grinding beef have been less than expected due to a big increase in demand from China. China is now 3rd largest destination for Australian beef when only year ago it was not even a blip on the radar.

Cow beef values continue to set new records with the national cutter carcass value quoted at 192.93/cwt on Thursday and 90% lean boneless at 250.73/cwt. All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

Early Week Sales

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-1600 lbs 144.00-148.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1200-1650 lbs 140.00-143.50; SELECT 2-3: 1100-1500 lbs 135.00- 139.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-1650 lbs 123.00-127.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1250-1650 lbs 117.00-121.00; SELECT 2-3: 110.00-115.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1100-1400 lbs 140.00-145.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1050-1400 lbs 135.00-139.00; SELECT 2-3: 1050-1350 lbs 130.00- 134.00.

Late Week Sales

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1650 lbs mostly 148.00-153.50, few 154.00-155.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1250-1675 lbs 143.00-147.50; SELECT 2-3: 1250-1600 lbs 137.00-143.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1500-1650 lbs 132.00-133.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1450-1700 lbs 127.00-130.00; SELECT 2-3: 1350-1650 lbs 119.00-126.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1200-1350 lbs 146.00-149.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1200-1400 lbs 139.00-145.00; SELECT 2-3: 1300-1450 lbs 134.00- 138.00.

Weekly Averages

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 88.00-99.00, High dress 99.00-105.00, Low dress 82.00-88.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 87.00-96.50, High dress 97.00-103.00, Low dress 80.00-87.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 86.00-92.00, High dress 93.00-95.00, Low dress 76.00-86.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 81.00-88.50, High dress 88.50-93.50, Low dress 71.00-81.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 955-1880 lbs 105.00-115.00, high dress 115.00-121.00, very high dress 133.00-139.00, low dress 97.50-105.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 30.00 higher with very good demand. Heifers help firm after last week's rally. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 345.00-365.00/cwt last week, with a weighted average value of 350.66/cwt (Hide-off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-115 lbs 210.00-235.00, 80-90 lbs 230.00-250.00; #2: 75-125 lbs 160.00-200.00; #3: 95-130 lbs 120.00-150.00, 75-90 lbs 100.00-120.00; UTILITY: 80-110 lbs 40.00-80.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: #1: 85-105 lbs 180.00-235.00; #2: 85-110 lbs 140.00-170.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 65-110 lbs 30.00-60.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-121 lbs 177.00-195.00, 95-103 lbs 220.00-225.00; #2: 113-114 lbs 187.00, 103-110 lbs 202.00- 209.00, 84-95 lbs 212.00-230.00; #3: 96-109 lbs 175.00-182.00, 83-95 lbs 202.00-215.00, 75 lbs 185.00; UTILITY: 93-94 lbs 110.00-120.00, 74-82 lbs 65.00-95.00, 65 lbs 12.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 110 lbs 235.00, 94-102 lbs 295.00-300.00; #2: 93-102 lbs 270.00-285.00, 84 lbs 230.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 83-93 lbs 50.00-60.00, 73 lbs 32.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 190.00, 80- 118 lbs 210.00-230.00; #2: 98-128 lbs 185.00-200.00, 80-96 lbs 206.00- 215.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 187.00-195.00, 90-98 lbs 220.00-230.00, 80-88 lbs 200.00-202.00, 72-78 lbs 140.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 65.00-70.00, 60-88 lbs 30.00-35.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-130 lbs 150.00-190.00; #2: 90-110 lbs 80.00-135.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 55-105 lbs 15.00-50.00.

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

New Holland Monday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 24, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 801; Last week 718; Last year 729. CALVES: 405; Last week 683; Last year 350.

When compared to last Monday’s sale, slaughter cows sold mostly 2.00-3.00 higher with good demand. Slaughter bulls traded mostly steady. Demand was good. Cattle supply included 172 slaughter steers, 81 heifers, 376 cows, 105 bulls, and 67 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 94.00-99.00, High dress 102.00-105.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 87.00-94.00, High dress 97.00-103.00, Low dress 80.00-86.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 86.00-92.00, High dress 93.00-95.00, Low dress 76.00-84.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 83.00-88.00, High dress 88.00-93.50, Low dress 71.00-81.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 955-1880 lbs 109.00-115.00, high dress 116.00-121.00, very high dress 133.00-139.00, low dress 97.50-108.00.

CALVES: No report from last week to compare Monday’s sale against due to a federal holiday. A firm undertone was noted for today’s sale with very good buyer demand. All calves are Holstein unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-115 lbs 210.00-235.00, 80-90 lbs 230.00-250.00; #2: 75-125 lbs 160.00-200.00; #3: 95-130 lbs 120.00-150.00, 75-90 lbs 100.00-120.00; UTILITY: 80-110 lbs 40.00-80.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: #1: 85-105 lbs 180.00-235.00; #2: 85-110 lbs 140.00-170.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 65-110 lbs 30.00-60.00.

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.
Feb. 24, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 271; Last week 235. CALVES: 107; Last week 104.

When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter steers sold steady to 1.00 lower with moderate demand. There was some firmness noted for Holstein steers. Cows traded mostly 2.00 higher with good demand. Cattle supply consisted of 131 steers, 35 heifers, 100 cows, 5 bulls, and 5 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-1600 lbs 144.00-148.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1200-1650 lbs 140.00-143.50; SELECT 2-3: 1100-1500 lbs 135.00- 139.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-1650 lbs 123.00-127.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1250-1650 lbs 117.00-121.00; SELECT 2-3: 110.00-115.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1100-1400 lbs 140.00-145.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1050-1400 lbs 135.00-139.00; SELECT 2-3: 1050-1350 lbs 130.00- 134.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 97.00-100.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 86.00-91.00, High dress 92.00-97.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 82.00-87.50, High dress 88.00-94.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 75.00-80.00, High dress 82.50-84.50, Low dress 70.00-74.00.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: No report from last week to trend Monday’s market against due to a federal holiday. A firm undertone was noted for today’s sale with buyers expressing very good demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-125 lbs 175.00-192.00, 80-90 lbas 180.00-205.00; #2: 95-130 lbs 160.00-180.00, 75-90 lbs 160.00-185.00; #3: 95-130 lbs 135.00-155.00, 75-90 lbs 125.00-150.00; UTILITY: 60-100 lbs 40.00-60.00.

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

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Feb. 25, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: This Week: 393; Last Week: 370; Last Year: 379. CALVES: This week: 629; Last Week: 636; Last year: 609.

Compared to last week: Not enough Slaughter Holstein steers this week for a market test. Slaughter cows sold mostly steady to 1.00 higher compared to last week. Demand was good. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 17 steers, 21 heifers, 330 cows, 7 bulls, and 18 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, avg dress 89.00-91.00, high dress 94.00-96.50, low dress 83.00-88.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, avg dress 90.00-96.50, high dress 98.00-102.00, low dress 84.00-89.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, avg dress 86.00-91.00, high dress 93.00-94.00, low dress 81.00-85.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, avg dress 81.00-84.50, high dress 86.00-87.00, low dress 73.50-81.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1345-2230 lbs avg dress 101.50- 105.00, high dress 109.00-110.50, very high dress 114.50.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 30.00-40.00 higher. Heifer calves sold mostly 70.00-80.00 higher. Demand was good. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 458 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-121 lbs 177.00-195.00; 95-103 lbs 220.00-225.00; #2: 113-114 lbs 187.00, 103-110 lbs 202.00-209.00, 84-95 lbs 212.00-230.00; #3: 96-109 lbs 175.00- 182.00, 83-95 lbs 202.00-215.00, 75 lbs 185.00; UTILITY: 93-94 lbs 110.00-120.00, 74-82 lbs 65.00-95.00, 65 lbs 12.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 110 lbs 235.00, 94-102 lbs 295.00-300.00; #2: 93-102 lbs 270.00-285.00, 84 lbs 230.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 83-93 lbs 50.00-60.00, 73 lbs 32.00.

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.
Feb. 27, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 1013; Last week 939; Last year 990. CALVES: 565; Last week 679; Last year 525.

Compared to last Thursday's sale, Slaughter steers sold mostly 2.00-3.00 higher compared to last week. Demand was very good. Holstein steers sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher compared to a very light test last week. Heifers sold mostly steady on a very light test. Slaughter cows sold mostly steady to 1.00 lower. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 371 slaughter steers; 90 heifers; 487 cows; 45 bulls; and 19 feeder calves. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1650 lbs mostly 148.00-153.50, few 154.00-155.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1250-1675 lbs 143.00-147.50; SELECT 2-3: 1250-1600 lbs 137.00-143.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1500-1650 lbs 132.00-133.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1450-1700 lbs 127.00-130.00; SELECT 2-3: 1350-1650 lbs 119.00-126.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1200-1350 lbs 146.00-149.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1200-1400 lbs 139.00-145.00; SELECT 2-3: 1300-1450 lbs 134.00-138.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 88.00-92.00, High dress 93.00, Low dress 82.00-87.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 87.00-93.00, High dress 94.00-96.00, Low dress 80.00-86.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 88.00-93.00, High dress 94.00-95.00, Low dress 78.00-87.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 83.00-88.50, High dress 91.00, Low dress 72.00-82.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1010-1855 lbs avg dress 105.00-111.00, high dress 112.00-120.00, low dress 98.00.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week Holstein Bull calves sold mostly steady to 30.00 higher. Demand was good. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 402 head for Thursday's sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1 120-128 lbs 190.00, 80-118 lbs 210.00-230.00; #2: 98-128 lbs 185.00-200.00, 80-96 lbs 206.00-215.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 187.00-195.00, 90-98 lbs 220.00-230.00, 80-88 lbs 200.00-202.00, 72-78 lbs 140.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 65.00-70.00, 60-88 lbs 30.00-35.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-130 lbs 150.00-190.00; #2: 90-110 lbs 80.00-135.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 55-105 lbs 15.00-50.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587.

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
Feb. 20, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

State Graded Weighted Average for Feb 13-19, 2014. Sales at Blackstone, Lynchburg, Marshall, Radiant and Rockingham.

Feeder Cattle: 2014 (Steers 1089; Heifers 742; Bulls 183); Last Week 2,117; Last Year 2,374.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 21 head, 400-500 lbs 193.00-211.00; 51 head, 500-600 lbs 174.50-196.25; 202 head, 600-700 lbs 143.00-180.00; 279 head, 700-800 lbs 143.00-167.00; 207 head, 800-900 lbs 138.50-163.75; 78 head, 900-1000 lbs 140.00-153.25; 31 head, 1000-1100 lbs 146.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 6 head, 400-500 lbs 215.00; 17 head, 500-600 lbs 141.00-198.25; 13 head, 600-700 lbs 165.50; 9 head, 700-800 lbs 126.00-155.00; 17 head, 800-900 lbs 148.00-156.75. MED/LGE 2: 7 head, 300-400 lbs 190.00-223.00; 25 head, 400-500 lbs 197.00-210.00; 31 head, 500-600 lbs 144.00-188.00; 27 head, 600-700 lbs 122.00-160.00; 20 head, 700-800 lbs 143.00-149.00; 5 head, 800-900 lbs 138.00. MED/LGE 3: 11 head, 400-500 lbs 166.00-187.00; 6 head, 500-600 lbs 156.00-166.00; 7 head, 600-700 lbs 134.00-152.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 210.00-224.00; 35 head, 400-500 lbs 161.00-208.50; 22 head, 500-600 lbs 135.00-175.00; 13 head, 600-700 lbs 129.00-152.00. MED/LGE 2: 16 head, 300-400 lbs 125.00-224.00; 36 head, 400-500 lbs 141.00-214.00; 24 head, 500-600 lbs 149.00-170.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 8 head, 300-400 lbs 172.00-185.00; 30 head, 400-500 lbs 160.00-176.00; 139 head, 500-600 lbs 117.00-172.75; 89 head, 600-700 lbs 123.00-158.50; 53 head, 700-800 lbs 123.00-145.00; 69 head, 800-900 lbs 129.00-148.75; 30 head, 900-1000 lbs 130.00-137.75. MED/LGE 1-2: 11 head, 400-500 lbs 160.00; 32 head, 500-600 lbs 144.00-171.75; 12 head, 600-700 lbs 136.00-150.00; 10 head, 800-900 lbs 102.50-144.00. MED/LGE 2: 21 head, 300-400 lbs 170.00-191.00; 42 head, 400-500 lbs 114.00-176.75; 69 head, 500-600 lbs 112.00-160.00; 32 head, 600-700 lbs 120.00-151.00. MED/LGE 3: 13 head, 300-400 lbs 140.00-182.50; 20 head, 400-500 lbs 140.00-169.00; 16 head, 500-600 lbs 136.00-156.50; 6 head, 600-700 lbs 123.00-135.00.

Prices per hundredweight unless otherwise stated. Price and grade information is reported by VDACS Livestock Marketing and disseminated by Virginia Market News Service. While market reports reflect the majority of cattle at each sale, there are instances where animals do not fit reporting categories and are not included.

Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. USDA-VA Market News, Richmond, VA. 804.786.3947.

Lynchburg, VA Graded Feeder Cattle
Richmond, Va.
Feb. 24, 2014
Report Supplied By USDA

Prices per hundredweight unless otherwise stated. Feeder Cattle: 1113 (Steers 310; Heifers 455; Bulls 348).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 6 head, 300-400 lbs 222.00; 27 head, 400-500 lbs 195.00-210.00; 62 head, 500-600 lbs 185.00-194.50; 41 head, 600-700 lbs 177.00-178.50; 11 head, 700-800 lbs 153.00-169.25. MED/LGE 2: 12 head, 300-400 lbs 215.00-229.00; 32 head, 400-500 lbs 212.00-217.00; 39 head, 500-600 lbs 187.00-198.00; 13 head, 600-700 lbs 178.00; 5 head, 700-800 lbs 167.25. MED/LGE 3: 9 head, 400-500 lbs 192.00; 13 head, 500-600 lbs 179.50-183.00; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 165.50.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 12 head, 300-400 lbs 188.00-192.00; 37 head, 400-500 lbs 166.00-182.50; 30 head, 500-600 lbs 168.00-169.50; 20 head, 600-700 lbs 151.00-158.00. MED/LGE 2: 43 head, 300-400 lbs 188.00-193.25; 91 head, 400-500 lbs 181.00-185.50; 52 head, 500-600 lbs 164.50-171.75; 13 head, 600-700 lbs 155.00-158.00. MED/LGE 3: 32 head, 300-400 lbs 180.00-193.75; 50 head, 400-500 lbs 172.00-180.50; 27 head, 500-600 lbs 161.00-165.25; 5 head, 600-700 lbs 144.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 8 head, 300-400 lbs 222.50-223.50; 63 head, 400-500 lbs 184.00-212.75; 34 head, 500-600 lbs 160.00-172.25; 6 head, 600-700 lbs 155.50. MED/LGE 2: 53 head, 300-400 lbs 224.00-229.25; 117 head, 400-500 lbs 184.50-220.00; 27 head, 500-600 lbs 170.00-173.75; 5 head, 600-700 lbs 157.00.

Price and grade information is reported by VDACS Livestock Marketing and disseminated by Virginia Market News Service. While market reports reflect the majority of cattle at each sale, there are instances where animals do not fit reporting categories and are not included.

Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. USDA-VA Market News, Richmond, VA. 804.786.3947.

Staunton, VA Feeder Cattle
Richmond, Va.
Feb. 21, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

All prices per hundredweight unless otherwise stated.

Feeder Cattle: 900 head (Steers 500, Heifers 300, Bulls 100).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 210.00-240.00, 400-500 lbs 210.00-231.00, 500-600 lbs 180.00-225.00, 600-700 lbs 148.00-178.00, 700-800 lbs 131.00-167.00, 800-900 lbs 141.00-165.00, 900-1000 lbs 135.00-148.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 192.00-225.00, 400-500 lbs 187.00-200.00, 500-600 lbs 170.00-201.00, 600-700 lbs 140.00-141.00; MED/LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 135.00, 400-500 lbs 170.00, 500-600 lbs 123.00-149.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 190.00-201.50, 400-500 lbs 163.00-180.00, 500-600 lbs 160.00-178.50, 600-700 lbs 140.00-157.00, 700-800 lbs 122.00-148.00, 800-900 lbs 117.00-135.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 160.00-190.00, 400-500 lbs 150.00-177.50, 500-600 lbs 141.00-165.00, 600-700 lbs 131.00-138.00, 700-800 lbs 127.00-135.00, 800-900 lbs 104.00; MED/LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 120.00-151.00, 400-500 lbs 100.00-140.00, 500-600 lbs 91.00-121.00, 600-700 lbs 80.00-116.00, 700-800 lbs 104.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 231.00-250.00, 400-500 lbs 209.00-223.50, 500-600 lbs 163.00-188.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 170.00-205.00, 400-500 lbs 187.00-199.00, 500-600 lbs 154.00-164.00, 700-800 lbs 124.00; MED/LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 150.00, 400-500 lbs 155.00-165.00, 500-600 lbs 110.00-115.00, 600-700 lbs 91.00-133.00.

Price and grade information is reported by VDACS Livestock Marketing and disseminated by Virginia Market News Service. While market reports reflect the majority of cattle at each sale, there are instances where animals do not fit reporting categories and are not included.

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

Carlisle Graded Feeder Pig Sale
Carlisle, Pa.
Feb. 21, 2014
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Receipts: 350; Last Sale: 861.

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

US 1-2: 16 head, 32-35 lbs 147.00-152.00; 66 head, 42-48 lbs 130.00-139.00; 27 head, 51-55 lbs 129.00-140.00; 15 head, 62-65 lbs 98.00-101.00; 78 head, 70-78 lbs 91.00-110.00; 29 head, 82 lbs 93.00; 29 head, 99 lbs 113.00; 65 head, 100-120 lbs 105.00-118.00.

US 2: 13 head, 35-46 lbs 110.00-135.00.

AS IS: 9 head, 35-68 lbs 49.00-70.00.

NOTE: Next graded feeder pig sale will be Friday, March 21.

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

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 24, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 684; Last Week: 454; Year Ago: 822.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 2.00-3.00 higher compared to a light test last week. Demand was good. Sows traded mostly 2.00-3.00 higher. All prices per cwt.

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 73.00-78.00, 300-400 lbs 74.00-79.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 70.50-73.00, 300-400 lbs 67.00-73.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 67.00-69.00, 500-700 lbs 70.00-73.00.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 15.00-16.00.

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.
Feb. 24, 2014
Report Supplied by Auction

81 total head. Overall market active. Prices per head.

Work: 300.00-750.00.

Driving: 310.00-600.00.

Riding: 300.00-550.00.

Better Riding: 475.00-1275.00.

Registered Riding: 475.00-850.00.

Ponies: 260.00-425.00.

Large Ponies: 200.00-925.00.

Colts: 75.00-160.00.


New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 24, 2014
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 1577; Last Monday: 1897; Year Ago: 1810.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 1123; Last Monday: 884; Year Ago: 1336.

SHEEP/LAMBS: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs traded mostly 10.00-20.00 higher. Slaughter ewes traded mostly steady to 20.00 higher. Slaughter supply consisted of 82 percent lambs, 13 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: 40-60 lbs hair sheep 217.00-224.00, 60- 80 lbs hair sheep 217.00-248.00, 70-80 lbs 220.00-230.00, 80-90 lbs hair sheep 204.00-218.00, 80-110 lbs 204.00-220.00, 110-140 lbs 182.00-210.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 40-60 lbs 255.00-315.00, 50-60 lbs hair sheep 232.00- 270.00, 60-80 lbs 237.00-290.00, 80-90 lbs hair sheep 235.00- 240.00, 80-100 lbs 220.00-247.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 40-60 lbs hair sheep 194.00-195.00, 80-110 lbs hair sheep 168.00-190.00, 90-110 lbs 190.00-192.00, 110-130 lbs 172.00-174.00, hair sheep 150.00-162.00, 130-140 lbs 170.00-184.00, 170-190 lbs 154.00-188.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 70-80 lbs hair sheep 145.00-150.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 90-120 lbs hair sheep 94.00-128.00, 130-160 lbs 92.00-140.00, 170-200 lbs 100.00-145.00, 200-250 lbs 80.00-113.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 130-160 lbs 76.00-97.00, 160-200 lbs 84.00-92.00, 200-225 lbs 78.00-86.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 130-160 lbs hair sheep 100.00-140.00, 170-200 lbs 80.00-122.00, 230-250 lbs 78.00-132.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly steady to 20.00 higher. Slaughter Nanny goats sold mostly 20.00-30.00 higher. Slaughter Billies sold mostly 30.00-40.00 higher. Demand was good for all classes. Overall quality poor. Slaughter supply consisted of 62 percent Slaughter Kids, 26 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 12 percent bucks/billies and whethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS (hd): SEL 1: 40-60 lbs 140.00-175.00, 60-80 lbs 190.00-227.00, 80-110 lbs 192.00-226.00; SEL 2: 40-60 lbs 114.00-140.00, 60-80 lbs 140.00-190.00, 80-110 lbs 158.00-200.00; SEL 3: 40-60 lbs 90.00-116.00, 60-80 lbs 106.00- 138.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES (hd): SEL 1: 90-130 lbs 162.00- 200.00, 130-150 lbs 178.00-212.00; SEL 2: 80-130 lbs 150.00-180.00; SEL 3: 70-80 lbs 92.00-125.00, 80-110 lbs 120.00-175.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES (hd): SEL 1: 125-150 lbs 240.00- 305.00, 150-175 lbs 175.00-350.00; SEL 2: 100-150 lbs 180.00-250.00; SEL 3: 140-150 lbs 144.00-146.00.

SLAUGHTER WHETHERS (hd): SEL 1: 80-100 lbs 224.00-250.00, 100-120 lbs 224.00-255.00, 120-150 lbs 300.00-310.00, 150-200 lbs 300.00-340.00; SEL 2: 80-110 lbs 150.00-220.00.

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.
Feb. 24, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

SHEEP: 184; Last sale 86. GOATS: 19; Last sale 47.

Due to limited comparable receipts from the most recent sale two weeks ago, a trend cannot be established for Friday’s sale. A firm undertone was noted for sheep and lambs, while goats held a weaker undertone on a very light test. Demand was moderate. All goats are USDA graded and are co-mingled according to age, weight, sex, and selection grade. All sheep and goats are sold per cwt in their in-weights.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE 2-3: 18 head, 60-70 lbs 240.00; 39 head, 70-80 lbs 220.00-228.00; 4 head, 80-90 lbs 214.00; 24 head, 90-110 lbs 200.00-205.00; 10 head, 110-130 lbs 200.00; 5 head, 130-150 lbs 172.00; 9 head, 150-200 lbs 152.00-155.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: 20 head, 120-160 lbs 72.00-86.00; 15 head, 160-200 lbs 74.00-90.00; 17 head, 200-300 lbs 60.00-90.00. UTILITY 1-2: 1 head, 120-160 lbs 60.00; 6 head, 160-200 lbs 56.00-60.00; 3 head, 200-300 lbs 50.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 2 head, 120-160 lbs 67.00; 3 head, 160-200 lbs 88.00; 1 head, 200-300 lbs 76.00.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 3 head, 60-70 lbs 270.00. SEL 2: 3 head, 20-30 lbs 255.00; 2 head, 100-110 lbs 158.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 4 head, 130-180 lbs 112.00-130.00. SEL 2: 1 head, 130-180 lbs 122.00. SEL 3: 2 head, 80-130 lbs 114.00-120.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 1 head, 100-150 lbs 136.00. SEL 2: 1 head, 150-250 lbs 117.00. SEL 3: 1 head, 100-150 lbs 126.00.

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

NOTE: The next graded goat sale will be Friday March 7.

Tenn. Graded Goat & Sheep Sales
Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 26, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

02/24/14 Tennessee Livestock Producers Graded Goat and Sheep Sale, Columbia, TN.

Receipts: 743 (507 Goats; 236 Sheep) Last Sale 443.

Goats sold per hundred weight (cwt) unless otherwise noted, weights, actual or estimated.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 25-35 lbs 155.00-227.50, 36-50 lbs 227.50-235.00, 51-65 lbs 222.50-250.00, 66-80 lbs 185.00-190.00; SEL 2: 25-35 lbs 159.00-232.50, 36-50 lbs 186.00-207.50, 51-65 lbs 190.00-222.00, 66-80 lbs 157.50-185.00; SEL 3: 25-35 lbs 176.00-231.00, 36-50 lbs 170.00-181.00, 51-65 lbs 150.00-172.50, 66-80 lbs 142.00.

YEARLINGS: SEL 2-3: 50-100 lbs 125.00-149.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: 80.00-121.50

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: 71.00-127.00

FEEDER KIDS: SEL 3: 24-50 lbs 124.00-169.00.

SHEEP: Includes all breeds, sold per hundred weight (cwt).

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: CHOICE/PRIME: 40-60 lbs 150.00-182.50, 61-80 lbs 188.00-192.00, 81-100 lbs 125.00-160.00, 100-120 lbs 147.00; GOOD: 40-60 lbs 123.00-166.00, 61-80 lbs 125.00-160.00, 81-100 lbs 143.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: UTILITY/GOOD: All wgts 82.00-109.00.

Source: Tennessee Dept of Ag-USDA Market News, Nashville, TN. Alex Tolbert, 502-564-0290x238.

NOTE: Next Sale March 10.

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 26, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 360; Last Sale: 171; Last Year: 246.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold mostly 100.00-200.00 higher compared to a light test last week. Demand was good. Heifers traded mostly steady compared to a very light test last week. Demand was good. Wednesday’s supply included 141 fresh milking cows, 27 short-bred cows, 20 springing cows, 32 short-bred heifers, 90 springing heifers, 35 open heifers, and 10 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 2050.00-2500.00; Approved: 1800.00-2025.00; Medium: 1500.00-1750.00; Common: 1200.00-1450.00.

SHORT BRED COWS (1-3 months): Supreme: 1750.00 Individual; Approved: 1500.00-1600.00; Medium: 1100.00-1275.00.

SPRINGING COWS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1700.00-1825.00; Approved: 1575.00-1675.00; Medium: 1300.00-1550.00; Common: 1125.00-1275.00.

CULL COWS: 525.00-1400.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1650.00-1800.00; Approved: 1400.00-1625.00; Medium: 1250.00-1375.00; Common: 1000.00-1175.00.

BRED HEIFERS (4-6 months): Supreme: 1600.00-1650.00; Approved: 1400.00-1475.00; Medium: 1100.00-1275.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS (1-3 months): Supreme: 1450.00-1525.00; Approved: 1225.00-1375.00; Medium: 1100.00-1175.00; Common: 775.00-875.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Approved: 500.00-525.00; Medium: 300.00-325.00. 600-900 LBS: Supreme: 850.00-950.00; Approved: 700.00-725.00. 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 1185.00-1250.00; Medium: 825.00-850.00. 1200-1500 LBS: Supreme: 1675.00 Individual; Approved: 1250.00 Individual.

BULLS: 600-900 lbs 725.00-1100.00; Jersey/Crossbred 875.00. 900-1200 lbs 1050.00-1200.00. 1200-1500 lbs 1250.00.

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

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
Feb. 26, 2014
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 2.0427-2.2203

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices 2.12-2.15. Northeast - Class III - spot prices 1.86-1.89.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 70 LAST WK: In 0, Out 39; LAST YR: In 0, Out 78. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: In 0, Out 0.

Milk production is reported higher in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Manufacturers are seeing an uptick in milk supplies. Some manufacturers report heavier volumes coming into their plants. The improved weather conditions, have led to sluggish Class I demand. Florida’s farm milk production is higher but not at the expected rate.

Class I demand fell off as extended consumer dairy purchases from last week, a result of weather expectations, flattened dairy retail purchases this week. Weather conditions are good for production, as Florida is experiencing record setting rain levels during typically dry periods. The decrease in Class I demand saw 70 loads exported. Class I demand has eased in the Southeast, as bottling plants limit their orders. Manufacturing milk supplies are strong.

Cream supplies are heavy with expanded volumes going into butter production. Cream demand is steady, as manufacturers fulfill Class II and Class III customer contract sales. Some balancing plants are unloading excess cream supplies through transactions with buyers from other regions. Cream multiples for all classes ranged 1.15-1.25. Condensed skim supplies are increasing with milder weather conditions into the region. Manufacturers are filling contracts and sending volumes to Class IV production.

SOURCE: USDA/AMS/Dairy Market News, Madison, Wis. www.ams.usda.gov/dairymarketnews. Daniel Johnson, 608.278.4156.

Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
Feb. 26, 2014
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 $1.84 per pound for the week ending February 22, 2014. The United States (US) price per pound decreased 2.2 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $2.26 per pound for the week ending February 22, 2014. The price per pound decreased 6.7 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $2.25 per pound, down 7.4 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 63.5 cents per pound for the week ending February 22, 2014. The US price per pound increased 0.6 cents from the previous week.

NONFAT DRY MILK prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade or United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Grade A standards averaged $2.08 per pound for the week ending February 22, 2014. The US price per pound increased 0.6 cents from the previous week.

U.S. Milk Production Update
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 20, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

January Milk Production up 1.0%

Milk production in the 23 major States during January totaled 16.1 billion pounds, up 1.0 percent from January 2013. December revised production at 15.7 billion pounds, was down 0.3 percent from December 2012. The December revision represented a decrease of 19 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,891 pounds for January, 17 pounds above January 2013.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.51 million head, 7,000 head more than January 2013, and 6,000 head more than December 2013.

2013 Annual Milk Production up 0.3%

The annual production of milk for the United States during 2013 was 201 billion pounds, 0.3 percent above 2012. Revisions to 2012 production increased the annual total 213 million pounds. Revised 2013 production was up 32 million pounds from last month’s publication.

Production per cow in the United States averaged 21,822 pounds for 2013, 102 pounds above 2012. The average annual rate of milk production per cow has increased 15.1 percent from 2004.

The average number of milk cows on farms in the United States during 2013 was 9.22 million head, down 0.1 percent from 2012. The average number of milk cows was revised down 5,000 head for 2013.

Released February 20, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


Organic Dairy Market News
Madison, Wis.
Feb. 21, 2014
Report Supplied By USDA-AMS

Organic Dairy Fluid Overview

ORGANIC NEWS: Organic producers in Maine are faring better than organic producers in some other areas as to feed availability and prices. A Maine based organic dairy cooperative reports that producer members continue to benefit from the state’s extended 2013 fall season, which yielded an extra hay cutting that continues to help keep organic milk production at good levels.

Organic corn to feed cattle is still in the $10 to $12 per bushel range in the Midwest. Expectations of lower average bushel weight are forming. Longer range apprehension hinges on projection for conventional corn prices falling in 2015, which will commensurately reduce prices of organic feed corn. Some producers worry that organic feed corn prices will fall below the point that will keep a number of growers financially able to continue to grow organic feed corn.

The situation in California’s drought stricken Marin and Sonoma Counties continues to cause concern. Some organic dairy producers say that last week’s rains were a relief, but the drought conditions continue. There are reports of 30 or more days of pasture growing season already lost due to the lack of rain. Silage crops already planted have grown more slowly than normal and will likely have a lower yield than normal. Purchased organic feed supplies are tight. Some California organic dairy producers are bringing in feed and hay from as far away as Arizona and Montana. Montana hay delivered to Northern California can now cost $350 a ton compared with $200 to $250 last year.

There are mixed reports as to organic dairy cattle. Some of the longer established organic dairy producers in the counties have no current plans to sell off animals as a result of the adverse conditions and resulting financial impact. But other organic producers in California have already sold cows because of the higher cost of feeding them, especially with distressed pastures.

Organic cattle are required to receive at least 30% of their dry matter intake, such as grasses, from a pasture at least 120 days a year. California North Bay producers report little pasture growth has developed yet, two months into the normal growing season there.

On February 12, USDA granted a temporary variance from the organic dairy grazing season requirement to organic dairy producers in the 53 of California’s 58 counties that have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to drought.

Producers in the 53 counties with grazing plans that include grazing during February and March 2014, will not be required to graze or provide dry matter intake from pastures during those two months. Organic producers will be allowed to reduce their 2014 grazing season by the number of days that correspond to February and March in their grazing plan.

Organic Dairy Retail Overview: Nationally Advertised Price Comparison

ORGANIC DAIRY OVERVIEW: Organic newspaper ad numbers this period declined by 26% from two weeks ago, to the lowest level since late November. This decline reverses the pattern from 2010 through 2013, of ad numbers increasing during the fourth reporting period of the year. Conventional dairy ad numbers also declined but to a lesser percentage, -18%.

A significant factor was the decline in organic milk ad numbers to the lowest level since the first week of May last year. Organic milk is generally the most advertised organic dairy product and hence, significantly influences cumulative organic dairy advertising for all products. The current relatively low number of organic milk ads is illustrated by observing that one year ago there were more organic milk ads than there are ads for all organic dairy products this period.

This period organic milk accounts for 55% of organic dairy ads, with organic yogurt 45%.

Advertising information presented is compiled from nearly 14,000 surveyed newspaper supermarket ads for the period February 10 to February 21, 2014, identifying weekly “specials” and containing organic dairy content. Surveyed ads reflect advertised “specials” and not the range of non-advertised supermarket cooler prices.

Complete results of this bi-weekly survey providing additional graphs, tables, and regional delineation, follow at the end of Dairy Market News, or can be accessed at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/ AMSv1.0/DairyRetailReport

REGIONAL ORGANIC DAIRY AD TRENDS. Organic dairy ads appeared in all 6 regions. Regional ad numbers as a percentage of all organic dairy ads declined in the Midwest (-48%), Northeast (-31%), Southwest (-54%), Northwest (-27%) and South Central (-43%) regions, but doubled in the Southeast.

ORGANIC MILK HALF GALLONS. Organic milk half gallon ad volume is down 68% from two weeks ago. Organic half gallon milk ad volume is lower than any period since the end of May, 2012.

The U.S. weighted average advertised price of organic milk half gallons is $3.80, up 21 cents from the last reported period. One year ago the national average price was $3.49.

The price range decreased $1.00 at the top to $3.99, and increased 40 cents at the bottom to $2.99. The highest advertised price, $3.99, is in the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and South Central regions. The lowest advertised price, $2.99, is in the Northwest.

ORGANIC - CONVENTIONAL MILK HALF GALLON PRICE SPREAD. The national weighted average price for organic milk half gallons is $3.80 and for conventional half-gallon milk, $1.98. The organicconventional half-gallon price spread is $1.82, down 8 cents from the last period. One year ago the price spread was $2.07.

ORGANIC MILK GALLONS. The national weighted average advertised price for organic gallons is $5.30, up 21 cents from the last reporting period. One year ago there were no ads for organic milk gallons. Prices range from $5.00 in the Northwest, to $5.69 in the Northeast.

ORGANIC MILK 8 OUNCE. 8 ounce organic milk has a national weighted average advertised price of $1.00, up 3 cents from two weeks ago. One year ago the average price was 93 cents. All ads in all regions had a $1.00 price.

Ad numbers for 8 ounce organic milk are at the highest level of 2014 and higher than any period since late September 2013.

ORGANIC YOGURT. More than twice as many ads appear for organic Greek 4-6 ounce yogurt as for 4-6 ounce organic yogurt. Ad numbers for each are up from two weeks ago.

The national weighted average advertised price of 4-6 ounce organic Greek yogurt is $1.00, down 3 cents from two weeks ago. One year ago the weighted average advertised price was 93 cents.

4-6 ounce organic yogurt has an average price of $.58, down 3 cents from two weeks ago and down 37 cents from one year ago. Prices range from $.44 to $.89, with the lowest price in the Northeast and the highest in the Southwest.

SUPERMARKET PRICE COMPARISON: Madison, Wisconsin Prices. Non-advertised organic milk, yogurt, butter and cheese prices in a range of food stores in Madison, Wisconsin are compared for this two week period. Stores included a big-box sized local supermarket; 2 regional chain supermarkets; a smaller but full product line food market; and 2 natural food stores; a national discount big box chain store also selling food; and a large local cooperative grocery store. Organic milk available included 2 national brands, 4 private label store brands, and 3 small local or nearby creamery brands, one featuring non-homogenized milk. Cheese available included 2 national brands, 2 store brands, and cheese from 5 other cheese makers.

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

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
Feb. 24, 2014
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: 4.49 bu, 8.04 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 6.52 bu, 10.89 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 3.60 bu, 7.70 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 4.21 bu, 13.12 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 13.45 bu, 22.46 cwt.

EAR CORN: 118.50 ton, 5.93 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 235.00 ton; 11.75 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 218.75 ton, 10.94 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 227.50 ton, 11.38 cwt.

GRASS HAY: 213.13 ton, 10.66 cwt.


PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
Feb. 24, 2014
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

All hay prices paid by dealers at the farm and per ton.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 139 loads. Straw: 21 loads. ALFALFA: 130.00-420.00. MIXED: 90.00-400.00. TIMOTHY: 165.00-300.00. GRASS: 90.00-350.00. STRAW: 90.00-200.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 104 loads; Straw: 15 loads. ALFALFA: 130.00-260.00. MIXED: 80.00-305.00. TIMOTHY: 140.00-305.00. GRASS: 92.50-320.00. STRAW: 75.00-260.00.

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

PA Grain Report
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 24, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

When compared to last week’s opening cash bids: Corn and bean prices were up slightly from last week. Markets have been relatively quite as is typical in the winter months. Basis for beans dropped a fair amount. The influx of South American beans has eased the demand for exports out of the US destine for Asian markets. The wheat trade has been light in volume with no major excitement in the market. All grain and soybean prices are quoted per bushel delivered to the mill or elevator. Bases reflect last Friday’s CME close against Monday morning’s spot cash bids.

Us No 2 Yellow Corn: EASTERN: 4.4800-4.8800, up 8, -5h to 35h, unch. CENTRAL; 4.5300-4.8700, up 23-up 7, opth to 34h, up 15-dn 1. WESTERN: 4.0900-4.2300, up 4-dn 9, -44h to -30h, dn 4-dn 17.

Us No 2 Soft Red Winter Wheat: CENTRAL: 6.0500-6.9800, dn 93-dn 11, -5h to 88h, dn 104.5-dn 22.5.

Us No 3 Feed Barley: CENTRAL: 3.5000-3.8000, unch-up 20.

Us No 2 White Oats: CENTRAL: 3.9000-4.5100, dn 10-up 41, -75.5h to -14.5h, dn 53.5-dn 2.5. WESTERN: 4.0000-4.5000, unch, -65.5h to -15.5h, dn 43.5.

Us No 2 Soybeans: EASTERN: 13.4000-13.6300, up 32-up 31, -31h to -8h, dn 1.5-dn 2.5. CENTRAL: 13.0700-13.5100, unch-up 13, -64h to -20h, dn 33.5-dn 20.5. WESTERN: 13.2700-13.6800, up 9-up 40, -44h to -3h, dn 24.5-up 6.5.

Average Bid Price: EASTERN: Corn 4.64; Soybeans 13.54. CENTRAL: Corn 4.69; Wheat 6.52; Barley 3.60; Oats 4.16; Soybeans 13.31. WESTERN: Corn 4.15; Oats 4.25; Soybeans 13.49.

Eastern - Contracts: CORN: 4.4400-4.7700, up 4-dn 2, -20z to 13z, unch-dn 6. WHEAT: 5.5900-5.8700, dn 10-dn 33, -71.5z to -43.5z, dn 19.5-dn 42.5.

Chicago Board of Trade month symbols: F January, G February, H March, J April, K May, M June, N July, Q August, U September, V October, X November, Z December.

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

KEY: Region: Bid price, change in price compared to last week, basis, change in basis.

2012 Census of Pennsylvania Agriculture
Harrisburg, Pa.
Feb. 20, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA-NASS

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2012 Census of Agriculture preliminary results providing a first look at state and national data.

The 2012 Census reported little change in land in farms, a more diverse principal operator population and several historic changes in value of sales for U.S. agriculture producers from 2007 to 2012. The report included information on farm numbers, land in farms and farmer demographics. At the national level:

Between 2007 and 2012, the amount of land in farms in the United States declined by less than one percent, from 922 million acres to 915 million. While continuing a downward trend, this is the third smallest decline between censuses since 1950 and is within the margin of error.

According to the 2012 Census, principal farm operators are becoming older and more diverse. The average age of a principal farm operator was 58.3 years, up 1.2 years since 2007, and continuing a 30-year trend of steady increase. And, more minority-operated farms were also accounted for in 2012 than in 2007.

The United States had 2.1 million farms, down 4.3 percent in 2012. In terms of farm size by acres, the decline continued a downward trend in mid-sized farms, while the smallest- and largest-size farms held steady.

In 2012, the value of agriculture products sold totaled $394.6 billion, up 33 percent ($97.4 billion) from 2007. For only the second time in Census history crop sales ($212.4 billion) exceeded livestock sales ($182.2 billion).

“One of the most important takeaways to remember about the Census of Agriculture is that the information is used for decision-making by producers as well as all those who serve farmers, ranchers and rural communities federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations and many others,” said King Whetstone, Regional Director, NASS. “When we look at the data for our state, we can all use it as a snapshot in time to see how Pennsylvania agriculture is changing over time and how it compared to the rest of the country.”

As an example, the preliminary 2012 Census data show the following key trends for Pennsylvania:

The land in farms in Pennsylvania showed a reduction from the 2007 census, declining from 7.8 million acres to 7.7 million acres.

The number of farms was also down from 63,163 in 2007 to 59,302 in 2012.

The average age of a Pennsylvania farmer was 56.1 years in 2012, an increase from 55.2 years in 2007.

The market value of agricultural products raised and sold from Pennsylvania was 7.4 billion dollars in 2012, a 27 percent increase from 2007.

In 2012 there were 8,460 operations in Pennsylvania that reported having a woman as the principle operator, with 4,252 of them listing farming as their primary occupation.

“The release of the preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture results is only a first look at the data and NASS is eager to publish the final report this May,” said NASS Administrator Cynthia Clark. “The 2012 Census was not conducted in a typical crop year, and drought had a major impact on U.S. agriculture, affecting crop yields, production and prices. NASS is still reviewing all 2012 Census items to the county level and therefore data are preliminary until published in the final report.”

Conducted since 1840, the Census of Agriculture accounts for all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. When available in May, the final report will provide even more detailed information for Pennsylvania providing data on all farm operators with data down to the county level. The publication will also provide new insights into the agriculture industry reporting new or expanded data on Internet access, regional food systems, biomass production, agro-forestry and equine.

For more information about the Census, including access to the 2012 Census of Agriculture preliminary report and the full report when it is released in May, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

U.S. Ag Trade
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 20, 2014
Report supplied by USDA/ERS

FY 2014 Export Forecast Rises $5.6 Billion to Record-High $142.6 Billion

The fiscal 2014 forecast for agricultural exports is revised up from the December estimate by $5.6 billion to a record $142.6 billion. The forecast for grain and feed exports is boosted $3.2 billion from December to $31.3 billion on greater volumes of wheat, corn, and feeds and fodders. Corn jumps by $1.2 billion to $8.6 billion as strong import demand from Mexico, South Korea, and Europe more than offsets lower sales to China. Oilseed and product exports are forecast at $31.4 billion, up $2.6 billion, driven by record soybean and near-record soybean meal exports. The soybean export forecast is raised $1.8 billion to $21.7 billion as strong demand from China and limited competition to date from South America add to both volume and unit value. Higher unit values have increased the cotton export forecast by $100 million to $4.4 billion. The export forecast for livestock, poultry, and dairy is lowered by $200 million to $31.6 billion, with reductions to poultry, pork, and other livestock products outweighing gains to dairy and beef. The horticultural product exports remain unchanged from the record December forecast of $34.5 billion.

U.S. agricultural imports for fiscal year 2014 are forecast at $110 billion, which is up slightly from the December estimate. This forecast is 5.9 percent greater than the fiscal 2013 import total. The estimate is consistent with a moderate recovery of import demand. The forecast trade balance in fiscal 2014 is up $5.1 billion from December to $32.6 billion, but still trails the fiscal 2013 surplus of $37.1 billion.

Source: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1196

US Catfish Production
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 20, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Catfish Value of Sales Up 1%

Catfish growers in the United States had sales of 342 million dollars during 2013, up 1 percent from 341 million dollars the previous year. The top four States (Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas) accounted for 94 percent of the United States total sales. The United States total foodsize sales of 321 million dollars increased by 1 percent from the previous year. Sales of stockers totaled 10.3 million dollars in 2013, compared to 10.8 million dollars in 2012. Fingerling and fry sales totaled 10.6 million dollars, down 3 percent from 2012.

By point of first sale, direct sales to processors accounted for 95.1 percent of total foodsize fish sales, down 1 percent from the previous year. Direct sales to other producers accounted for 85 percent of stocker sales compared with 93 percent in 2012.

Water Surface Acres Down 9%

The water surface acres being used for catfish production as of January 1, 2014, totaled 75.6 thousand acres, down 9 percent from the 83.3 thousand acres used a year earlier. Of the total acres, 2.94 thousand are to be renovated during the period of January 1 to June 30, 2014. An additional 395 acres are under construction or expected to be constructed and in use by July 1, 2014. During the period of July 1 through December 31, 2013, the area taken out of production totaled 6.36 thousand acres. As of January 1, 2014, foodsize fish were produced on 58.9 thousand acres, fingerling-producing acres totaled 11.0 thousand, and 1.81 thousand acres were being used for broodfish production.

Inventory Numbers

Catfish producers had 560 thousand broodfish on hand January 1, 2014, up 4 percent from January 1, 2013. Large foodsize fish on hand totaled 4.2 million on January 1, 2014, a 19 percent decrease from a year ago. The number of medium foodsize fish decreased 14 percent to 50.0 million, while small foodsize fish numbers decreased 5 percent to 98.8 million. Large stockers on hand January 1, 2014, at 110 million fish, were down 13 percent from the previous year. Small stocker numbers decreased 16 percent to 178 million. There were 313 million fingerlings on hand January 1, 2014, down 21 percent from January 1, 2013.

Released February 20, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Cattle on Feed Update
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 21, 2014
Report supplied by USDA/NASS

Cattle on Feed Down 3%

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.8 million head on February 1, 2014. The inventory was 3 percent below February 1, 2013.

Placements in feedlots during January totaled 2.03 million, 9 percent above 2013. Net placements were 1.96 million head. During January, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 470,000, 600-699 pounds were 440,000, 700-799 pounds were 560,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 559,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.79 million, 5 percent below 2013.

Other disappearance totaled 71,000 during January, 10 percent below 2013.

2013 Cattle on Feed and Annual Size Group Estimates

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head represented 83.4 percent of all cattle and calves on feed in the United States on January 1, 2014, down from 83.8 on January 1, 2013.

Marketings of fed cattle for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head during 2013 represented 87.8 percent of all cattle marketed from feedlots in the United States, down from 88.5 percent during 2012.

Released February 21, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Cold Storage Highlights
Washington D.C.
Feb. 21, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total NATURAL CHEESE stocks in refrigerated warehouses on January 31, 2014 were up 1 percent from the previous month but down 2 percent from January 31, 2013.

BUTTER stocks were up 23 percent from last month but down 33 percent from a year ago.

Total FROZEN POULTRY supplies on January 31, 2014 were up 3 percent from the previous month but down 6 percent from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken were down 1 percent from the previous month but up 3 percent from last year. Total pounds of turkey in freezers were up 16 percent from last month but down 24 percent from January 31, 2013.

Total FROZEN FRUIT stocks were down 10 percent from last month but up 13 percent from a year ago.

Total FROZEN VEGETABLE stocks were down 9 percent from last month and down 3 percent from a year ago.

Total RED MEAT supplies in freezers were up 6 percent from the previous month but down 3 percent from last year. Total pounds of beef in freezers were down 2 percent from the previous month and down 11 percent from last year. Frozen pork supplies were up 13 percent from the previous month and up 3 percent from last year. Stocks of pork bellies were up 8 percent from last month and up 137 percent from last year.

Released February 21, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Livestock Slaughter
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 20, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Commercial Red Meat Production Down

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.25 billion pounds in January, down 2 percent from the 4.35 billion pounds produced in January 2013.

Beef production, at 2.14 billion pounds, was 5 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.68 million head, down 5 percent from January 2013. The average live weight was up 7 pounds from the previous year, at 1,334 pounds.

Veal production totaled 9.3 million pounds, 11 percent below January a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 62,800 head, 11 percent below January 2013. The average live weight was unchanged from last year, at 253 pounds.

Pork production totaled 2.09 billion pounds, 1 percent above the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.79 million head, 2 percent below January 2013. The average live weight was up 7 pounds from the previous year, at 284 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.4 million pounds, was slightly above January 2013. Sheep slaughter totaled 180,700 head, 2 percent above last year. The average live weight was 137 pounds, down 3 pounds from January a year ago.

January 2013 contained 23 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays. January 2014 contained 23 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

Released February 20, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Poultry Slaughter
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 25, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 4%

Poultry certified wholesome during January 2014 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.68 billion pounds, down 4 percent from the amount certified in January 2013. The December 2013 revised certified total at 3.57 billion pounds, was up 7 percent from December 2012. The December revision represented an increase of 11 million pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during January 2014 was 4.88 billion pounds, down 4 percent from 5.09 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.23 billion pounds, down 3 percent from January 2013. Mature chickens, at 69.4 million pounds, were down 7 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 567 million pounds, down 13 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 14.8 million pounds, up 2 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during January 2014 averaged 6.00 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from January 2013. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.46 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during January 2014 averaged 31.1 pounds per bird, down 2 percent from January 2013.

Ante-mortem condemnations during January 2014 totaled 11.6 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.24 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.22 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 37.6 million pounds, were 1.01 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.98 percent a year earlier.

January 2013 contained 23 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays. January 2014 contained 23 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

Released Feb. 25, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
Feb. 20, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 1/25: 1251; Week ending 2/1: 1541; Week ending 2/8: 1558; Weeke nding 2/15: 880; 2013 to date: 34259; 2012 to date: 41942; Final 2012: 56428.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 1/25: 3298; Week ending 2/1: 4263; Week ending 2/8: 4569; Week ending 2/15: 3485; 2013 to date: 134046; 2012 to date: 123647; Final 2012: 207550.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 1/25: 4549; Week ending 2/1: 5804; Week ending 2/8: 6127; Week ending 2/15: 4365; 2013 to date: 168305; 2012 to date: 165589; Final 2012: 263978.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): Trading very light. Prices about steady. Canners U.S. One f.o.b. packing house or receiving station per cwt Golden Delicious, York, McIntosh 2 3/4 inch minimum $9.00-11.00 few lower, 2 1/2 inch minimum $7.50-10.00, Other Varieties 2 3/4 inch minimum $7.50-9.00, 2 1/2 inch minimum $7.50-8.50 mostly 7.50; Straight loads of juice stock per hundredweight (cwt) U.S. Cider grade various varieties $6.00-8.00 mostly 7.00-7.50. A winter storm dropped 12-18 inches of snow on the Appalachian District at the end of last week. Daytime temperatures current week will be in the forties and fifties with more precipitation predicted.

NEW YORK: Movement of apples for juice stock and canners/peelers is expected to remain about the same. Trading is fairly light for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices steady. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt. 2013 crop: Juice Stock -(Utilizing All Available Varieties): $5.00-8.00, mostly $6.00-$7.00, occasional higher. Includes previous commitments. Canners/Peelers-(Utilizing All Available Varieties): $7.50 Includes previous commitments.

APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE IMPORTS PORTS OF ENTRY EAST COAST: Prices for apple juice concentrate for the period February 13-19, 2014. Acidity 1.0-2.2 percent weight/weight as malic acid, color 40-70 percent, brix minimum of 70.0, various containers (drums, bins, or bulk liquid packaging). Sales Ex Doc, excludes freight charges, all duties paid, containers included unless otherwise stated. Prices offered to importers per gallon basis in U.S. Dollars China $8.05-8.35.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 83-93-93 Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices Gala and Golden Delicious and Cortland 12 3-pound film bags slightly higher, others generally unchanged. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum Empire and Red Delicious mostly 16.00-18.00, Cortland and Golden Delicious mostly 16.00-18.00, Gala mostly 22.00-24.00, Macoun and McIntosh mostly 16.00-18.00, Rome mostly 15.00-16.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 23.00-25.00, 100s mostly 22.00-25.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 22.00-23.00, 100s mostly 20.00-22.00; Cortland 80s-88s mostly 23.00, 100s mostly 22.00-23.00; Macoun 80s-88s mostly 26.00-27.00, 100s mostly 24.00-25.00; Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy cell pack McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 23.00-25.00, 100s mostly 22.00-25.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 22.00-23.00, 100s mostly 20.00-22.00.

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV): Shipments 35-37-26, Export 3-3-1 Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. Cartons traypack U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious 72s-100s mostly 20.00; Golden Delicious 72s-88s 20.00-22.00, 100s mostly 20.00; McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 25.00; cartons 12 3-pound film bags U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2 inch minimum Red Delicious mostly 17.00-18.00, Golden Delicious mostly 17.00-18.00, Granny Smith 20.00-21.00, Red Rome mostly 17.00-18.00, and McIntosh mostly 18.00. A winter storm at the end of last week disrupted movement. Export to El Salvador, India, and Israel.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 7-7-6 Movement expected to remain about the same. Unofficial prices for Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh 18.50-22.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack McIntosh 80s-100s 27.50-29.50.

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


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