Market Reports for March 16, 2013

3/16/2013 7:00 AM

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
March 15, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 120.90; Last week 122.00; Last year 123.90.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 93.25; Last week 106.60; Last year 105.25.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 118.40; Last week 118.40; Last year 122.70.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 76.90; Last week 75.70; Last year 82.90.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 76.25; Last week 75.40; Last year 82.10.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 92.90; Last week 91.60; Last year 94.25.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, Monday: This week 67.50; Last week 63.00; Last year 68.00.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 lb: This week 186.00; Last week 184.25; Last year 202.50.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 132.75; Last week 136.40.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 153.50; Last week 219.25.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
March 8, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3522; Last week 3627; Last year 4780. CALVES: This week 2587; Last week 2605; Last year 2930. HOGS: This week 999; Last week 976; Last year 1187. FEEDER PIGS: This week 277; Last week n/a; Last year 310. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 1905; Last week 1871; Last year 1293. GOATS: This week 1067; Last week 1407; Last year 2281.

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

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week, feeder steers sold mostly 8.00 to 10.00 lower. Feeder heifers sold mostly 7.00 to 10.00 lower and feeder bulls sold mostly 8.00 to 10.00 higher.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week, holstein bull calves sold mostly 2.00 to 4.00 higher and holstein heifers sold mostly steady.

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

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs sold mostly 20.00 to 30.00 higher. Slaughter ewes sold mostly steady to firm.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher. Nanny goats sold 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Slaughter billies sold firm.

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

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
March 15, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 3123; Last week 2655; Last year 3133. CALVES: 1653; Last week 1588; Last year 1375.

This week in Lancaster County, slaughter steers sold steady to 2.00 lower with light demand. Supplies have been seasonably moderate for this time of year with average quality. Buyer interest has been minimal as beef packers have been taking heavy losses since the start of the year. In addition the market is currently focusing on lamb and pork for the approaching Easter holiday.

Box beef values made a seasonal high late last week into early this week indicating positive packer margins, but the truth is behind the numbers and very light load counts threw caution that this might be a short lived rally. By Thursday afternoon, box beef reversed its trend pulling 1.17/cwt off the Choice to close at 196.32/cwt.

The run up in beef prices reflected a sharply reduced slaughter, but wholesale buyers responded with bare-needs purchases. A weak undertone has settled back into beef and cattle market following the excitement of snow storms disrupting trade a couple weeks ago and an expired February board price that allowed Midwest feeders to attain a trade advantage into the first week of March.

Its back to the fundamentals of trade and seasonal demand for grilling season will not surface for a couple of weeks. Cattle futures reflected the current market struggles as April Live Cattle pulled back 0.50/cwt on Thursday to close at 128.05/cwt, and April feeder cattle dropped 1.17/cwt to close at 141.55/cwt (feeders also effected by persistently high corn prices).

Direct trades in the Midwest have been inactive as feeders lost their advantage to deliver against the board and its back to even ground negotiations. Beef processors have been offering 125.00/cwt live, but cattle feeders are seeking 130.00/cwt Live or 205.00- 207.00 Dressed.

Despite the tough margins in the steer and heifer arena, the cow beef trade has been much more attractive. Cow beef prices rose again on Thursday advancing 0.27/cwt to settle at 171.85/cwt, with 90% lean boneless at 220.74/cwt.

Cull Cow prices advanced 1.00-2.00 higher this week in the Lancaster region. Demand from buyers has been very good and although supplies have been on the heavier side, order buyers still act as if they are in dire need of more. Needless to say it’s the one area of profit for beef packers and cattle/dairy men have no complaints with their cull cow checks.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

Early Week Trade

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1330-1590 lbs 121.00-124.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1130-1650 lbs 117.00-121.00; SELECT 2-3: 1285-1410 lbs 112.50- 116.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1410-1675 lbs 105.00-110.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1360-1670 lbs 97.00-102.50; SELECT 2-3: 1275-1545 lbs 92.50-98.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1305-1570 lbs 118.50-121.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1090-1495 lbs 115.00-118.00; SELECT 2-3: 1115-1495 lbs 108.50-111.50.

Late Week Trade

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 125.00-127.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 121.00-124.50; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1650 lbs 117.00-120.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1500-1650 lbs 109.00-114.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 105.50-108.00; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 98.00-103.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1450 lbs 120.00-122.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 114.50-117.50; SELECT 1-3: 1100-1350 lbs 111.50-114.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-82.00, High dress 82.00-87.00, Low dress 71.00-75.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-80.00, High dress 80.00-86.00, Low dress 70.00-75.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 74.50-79.50, High dress 80.00-84.00, Low dress 67.00-74.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 71.00-77.00, High dress 77.00-80.50, Low dress 63.00-71.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 930-2115 lbs 93.00-97.50, high dress 100.00-110.50, low dress 84.00-91.50.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold steady to firm with good demand. Supplies continue to be light and a strong driver for the market as both veal feeders and dairy beef producers struggle to fill orders. Heifers traded mostly steady with moderate demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 326.00-350.00/cwt this week, with a weighted average value of 333.86/cwt (Hide-off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 80-120 lbs 135.00-150.000; #2: 80-130 lbs 115.00-130.00; #3: 70-120 lbs 75.00-100.00; UTILITY: 70-115 lbs 30.00-60.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-105 lbs 110.00-135.00; #2: 80-135 lbs 60.00-80.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 50-125 lbs 50.00-65.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 75-95 lbs 55.00-65.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-122 lbs 116.00-128.00, 104-110 lbs 134.00-135.00, 95-103 lbs 146.00-147.00, 85-90 lbs 85.00-117.00; #2: 113 lbs 131.00-132.00, 95-103 lbs 139.00-148.00, 84-90 lbs 90.00-122.00; #3: 94-111 lbs 95.00-99.00, 83 lbs 85.00, 73 lbs 45.00; UTILITY: 72-107 lbs 30.00-40.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 84-110 lbs 90.00-102.00; #2: 92-103 lbs 90.00-101.00, 83 lbs 82.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 83 lbs 52.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 132.00, 94-118 lbs 146.00-156.00, 90-92 lbs 140.00, 86-88 lbs 107.00; #2: 120-128 lbs 130.00, 94-118 lbs 132.00-146.00, 80-92 lbs 110.00-119.00; #3: 80-130 lbs 115.00-127.00, 72-88 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 80-110 lbs 35.00-40.00, 60-78 lbs 20.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-105 lbs 110.00-140.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 70.00-105.00; JERSY/CROSSBREDS: 65-90 lbs 70.00-120.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-90 lbs 45.00-50.00.

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

Vintage Special Feeder Cattle Sale
Paradise, Pa.
March 8, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 751; Last Sale: 226.

A heavy run of feeder cattle were on offer for Vintage’s Friday night feeder special. Friday’s sale offered several attractive lots of cattle with good health program behind them, as well as some lots without as much management. A solid market trend was not applicable considering limited comparable receipts and a much larger supply compared to last month. A steady undertone was noted for calves weighing less than 600 lbs, while heavier cattle showed some weakness. Demand was moderate with a good buyer turnout. All prices per cwt.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 400-500 lbs 150.00-165.00, 500-600 lbs 147.00-155.00, 600-700 lbs 126.00-137.00, 700-800 lbs 127.00-128.00, 800-900 lbs 122.00-131.00, 900-1000 lbs 124.00-125.00, 1000-1100 lbs 112.00-117.00, 1000-1100 lbs 122.00-125.00 Value Added; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 127.00-140.00, 400-500 lbs 120.00-132.00, 500-600 lbs 116.00-130.00, 600-700 lbs 120.00-126.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 3: 100-300 lbs 146.00-150.00 Value Added, 300-400 lbs pkg 139.00 Value Added, 400-600 lbs 78.00-87.00, 600-800 lbs 75.00-86.00, 800-1000 lbs 78.00-87.00, 1000-1200 lbs 92.00-95.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 136.00-143.00, 400-500 lbs 124.00-137.00, 500-600 lbs 122.00-132.00, 600-700 lbs 125.00-127.00, 700-800 lbs 122.00-124.00, 800-900 lbs pkg 117.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 112.00-125.00, 400-500 lbs 114.00-125.00, 500-600 lbs 105.00-117.00, 600-700 lbs 105.00-115.00; SM 2: 300-400 lbs 97.00-102.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 400-500 lbs 145.00-145.00, 600-800 lbs 120.00-122.00; MED/LGE 2: 400-600 lbs 125.00-137.00; SM 2: 300-450 lbs 94.00-97.00.

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

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale April 12 at 6 p.m.

New Holland Monday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 11, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 671; Last week 792; Last year 700. CALVES: 415; Last week 373; Last year 290.

When compared to last week's sale, slaughter cows and bulls sold 1.00-2.00 higher with very good demand. Cattle supply included 120 slaughter steers, 95 heifers, 309 cows, 107 bulls, and 40 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 78.00-82.00, High dress 83.00-87.00, Low dress 73.00-75.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-80.00, High dress 81.00-86.00, Low dress 71.00-74.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 74.50-79.00, High dress 80.00-83.50, Low dress 67.00-73.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 71.50-75.00, High dress 76.00-79.00, Low dress 64.00-70.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 930-2115 lbs 94.00-97.50, high dress 100.00-110.50, low dress 84.00-90.00.

CALVES: When compared to last Monday`s sale, Holstein bull calves returning to veal barns sold mostly steady, while calves destine for dairy beef programs sold 15.00-20.00 higher. Demand was good for bull calves in general. Heifer calves traded steady with light demand. All calves are Holstein unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 80-120 lbs 135.00-150.000; #2: 80-130 lbs 115.00-130.00; #3: 70-120 lbs 75.00-100.00; UTILITY: 70-115 lbs 30.00-60.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-105 lbs 110.00-135.00; #2: 80-135 lbs 60.00-80.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 50-125 lbs 50.00-65.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 75-95 lbs 55.00-65.00.

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

Vintage Sales Stables Monday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
March 11, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 300; Last week 250. CALVES: 106; Last week 114.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter steers sold 2.00 lower with light demand. Cows traded mostly steady with some firmness noted for lean cows. Slaughter cow demand was very good. Slaughter supply consisted of 174 steers, 26 heifers, 86 cows, 8 bull, and 6 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1330-1590 lbs 121.00-124.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1130-1650 lbs 117.00-121.00; SELECT 2-3: 1285-1410 lbs 112.50- 116.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1410-1675 lbs 105.00-110.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1360-1670 lbs 97.00-102.50; SELECT 2-3: 1275-1545 lbs 92.50-98.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1305-1570 lbs 118.50-121.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1090-1495 lbs 115.00-118.00; SELECT 2-3: 1115-1495 lbs 108.50- 111.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.00, Low dress 68.00-72.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 71.50-76.00, Low dress 70.00-71.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 70.50-75.50, High dress 77.00-81.50, Low dress 63.00-69.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1-2: 1000-2150 lbs 87.00-90.00, high dress 96.50, low dress 86.00-86.50.

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

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 90-115 lbs 135.00-147.00; #2: 80-130 lbs 110.00-130.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 70.00-100.00; UTILITY: 70-100 lbs 40.00-60.00.

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

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale April 12.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
March 12, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 414, Last week 367, Last year 375. CALVES: 585, Last week 569; Last year 512.

Compared to last week: Slaughter Holsteins 2.00-3.00 higher compared to a very light test last week. Demand moderate. Slaughter cows steady to 1.00 higher compared to last week on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 82 steers and heifers, 318 cows, 6 bulls, and 8 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1500-1650 lbs 111.00-115.50; CHOICE 2-3: Few 1500-1650 lbs 107.00-110.00; SELECT 2-3: 1450-1700 lbs 102.00-106.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 74.50-76.00, Low dress 72.00-73.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-84.00, Low dress 70.00-74.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-84.00, Low dress 69.50-74.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 71.00-76.50, High dress 77.50-80.00, Low dress 63.00-70.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1300-1950 lbs average dress 89.50-94.50.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold steady to 10.00 higher on good demand. Heifers sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower on light demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 453 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 112-122 lbs 116.00-128.00, 104-110 lbs 134.00-135.00, 95-103 lbs 146.00-147.00, 85-90 lbs 85.00-117.00; #2: 113 lbs 131.00-132.00, 95-103 lbs 139.00-148.00, 84-90 lbs 90.00-122.00; #3: 94-111 lbs 95.00-99.00, 83 lbs 85.00, 73 lbs 45.00; UTILITY: 72-107 lbs 30.00-40.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 84-110 lbs 90.00-102.00; #2: 92-103 lbs 90.00-101.00, 83 lbs 82.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 83 lbs 52.00.

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

NOTE: Next Feeder Sale April 12.

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
March 13, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 771; Last Sale: 381; Last Year: 865.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold steady to 200.00 lower on moderate demand. Bred heifers sold firm with good demand. Wednesday’s supply included 159 fresh milking cows, 56 short-bred cows, 15 springing cows, 166 short-bred heifers, 214 springing heifers, 108 open heifers, and 19 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1700.00-2000.00; Approved: 1500.00-1600.00; Medium: 1300.00-1450.00; Common: 1000.00-1250.00.

CULL COWS: 775.00-1475.00.

SPRINGING COWS: (7-9 months bred) Approved: 1275.00-1300.00; Medium: 1075.00-1175.00.

BRED COWS: (4-6 months bred) Approved: 1150.00-1250.00.

SHORT BRED COWS: (1-3 months) Medium: 1050.00-1150.00; Common: 950.00-1025.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS: (1-3 months): Supreme: 1125.00-1275.00; Approved: 1000.00-1050.00; Medium: 800.00-925.00; Common: 700.00-775.00.

BRED HEIFERS: (4-6 months): Supreme: 1250.00-1400.00; Approved: 1100.00-1200.00; Medium: 975.00-1075.00; Common: 775.00-950.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1400.00-1575.00; Approved: 1200.00-1375.00; Medium: 1000.00-1175.00; Common: 800.00-975.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Approved: 400.00-485.00; Medium: 300.00-350.00; Common: 200.00-275.00. 600-900 LBS: Supreme: 700.00-735.00; Approved: 600.00-685.00; Medium: 500.00-585.00; Common: 300.00-475.00. 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 860.00-950.00; Medium: 750.00-835.00; Common: 575.00-725.00. 1200-1500 LBS: Approved: 875.00-900.00.

BULLS: 600-900 lbs 675.00-775.00, 900-1200 lbs 800.00-1050.00, 1200-1500 lbs 1125.00-1300.00.

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.
March 14, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 967; Last week 865; Last year 877. CALVES: 547; Last week 532; Last year 510.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly firm. Demand was good. Slaughter Holsteins mostly 1.00-2.00 higher compared to a very light test last week. Demand was good. Slaughter heifers firm compared to a very light test last week. Slaughter cows mostly steady. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 272 slaughter steers; 87 heifers; 546 cows; 39 bulls; and 23 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 125.00-127.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 121.00-124.50; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1650 lbs 117.00-120.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1500-1650 lbs 109.00-114.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 105.50-108.00; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 98.00-103.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1450 lbs 120.00-122.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 114.50-117.50; SELECT 1-3: 1100-1350 lbs 111.50-114.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.00, High dress 80.00-84.00, Low dress 71.00-75.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-83.00, Low dress 70.00-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-83.00, Low dress 69.00-74.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.00, High dress 78.00-80.50, Low dress 65.00-72.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1100-2250 lbs avg dress 93.00-97.50, 1200-2000 lbs high dress 100.00-109.00, 900-2350 lbs low dress 86.00-91.50.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull calves sold mostly steady compared to last week on moderate demand. Heifers sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand compared to last week. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 371 head for this Thursday’s graded sale. One hundred percent supply Holstein calves unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 132.00, 94-118 lbs 146.00-156.00, 90-92 lbs 140.00, 86-88 lbs 107.00; #2: 120-128 lbs 130.00, 94-118 lbs 132.00-146.00, 80-92 lbs 110.00-119.00; #3: 80-130 lbs 115.00-127.00, 72-88 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 80-110 lbs 35.00-40.00, 60-78 lbs 20.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-105 lbs 110.00-140.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 70.00-105.00; JERSY/CROSSBREDS: 65-90 lbs 70.00-120.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-90 lbs 45.00-50.00.

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

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
March 7, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Virginia Feeder Cattle Summary Sales at Blackstone, Culpeper, Front Royal, Lynchburg, Radiant. Springlake and Wythe County. State Graded Weighted Average for Feb 28-Mar 06, 2013.

Feeder Cattle: 2675 (Steers 1025; Heifers 978; Bulls 672).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 18 head, 300-400 lbs 194.00-204.50; 69 head, 400-500 lbs 148.00-188.00; 107 head, 500-600 lbs 135.00-161.00; 202 head, 600-700 lbs 131.75-146.00; 119 head, 700-800 lbs 123.00-137.00; 30 head, 800-900 lbs 118.00-127.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 8 head, 400-500 lbs 185.50; 26 head, 900-1000 lbs 112.00-114.00. LGE 1-2: 5 head, 700-800 lbs 128.25. MED/LGE 2: 11 head, 300-400 lbs 161.00-199.50; 83 head, 400-500 lbs 146.00-177.50; 90 head, 500-600 lbs 144.50-159.75; 64 head, 600-700 lbs 129.00-142.00; 34 head, 700-800 lbs 126.75-131.00; 10 head, 800-900 lbs 125.00. MED/LGE 3: 28 head, 400-500 lbs 111.00-169.00; 22 head, 500-600 lbs 110.00-149.00; 21 head, 600-700 lbs 81.00-134.50.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 9 head, 300-400 lbs 197.00; 72 head, 400-500 lbs 143.00-179.00; 92 head, 500-600 lbs 121.00-156.00; 33 head, 600-700 lbs 126.00-136.75. MED/LGE 1-2: 15 head, 500-600 lbs 141.00; 16 head, 600-700 lbs 126.00. MED/LGE 2: 36 head, 300-400 lbs 148.00-200.00; 110 head, 400-500 lbs 133.00-178.00; 51 head, 500-600 lbs 119.00-152.50; 19 head, 600-700 lbs 129.50-136.25. MED/LGE 3: 13 head, 400-500 lbs 71.00-144.50; 4 head, 500-600 lbs 80.00-127.00; 7 head, 600-700 lbs 61.00-123.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 14 head, 300-400 lbs 131.00-168.00; 84 head, 400-500 lbs 124.00-154.50; 115 head, 500-600 lbs 125.00-137.50; 96 head, 600-700 lbs 119.50-130.50; 58 head, 700-800 lbs 115.00-123.00; 28 head, 800-900 lbs 107.50-114.00. MED/LGE 2: 58 head, 300-400 lbs 130.00-163.00; 151 head, 400-500 lbs 121.00-154.50; 160 head, 500-600 lbs 114.00-139.00; 65 head, 600-700 lbs 117.00-127.50; 17 head, 700-800 lbs 101.00-120.25. MED/LGE 3: 33 head, 300-400 lbs 151.00-161.00; 58 head, 400-500 lbs 120.00-147.25; 51 head, 500-600 lbs 81.00-138.00; 21 head, 600-700 lbs 110.00-120.50.

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

Lynchburg, VA Graded Feeder Cattle
Richmond, Va.
March 12, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

All prices per cwt.

Feeder Cattle: 1203 (Steers 389; Heifers 524; Bulls 290).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 31 head, 400-500 lbs 168.50-169.75; 76 head, 500-600 lbs 146.00-149.25; 60 head, 600-700 lbs 131.50-135.25; 17 head, 700-800 lbs 124.25. MED/LGE 2: 6 head, 300-400 lbs 185.00; 45 head, 400-500 lbs 168.25-169.25; 75 head, 500-600 lbs 135.50-154.00; 8 head, 700-800 lbs 120.50-124.25. MED/LGE 3: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 177.50; 12 head, 400-500 lbs 167.00; 21 head, 500-600 lbs 136.00-148.25; 8 head, 600-700 lbs 125.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 39 head, 400-500 lbs 138.50-139.25; 76 head, 500-600 lbs 128.25-128.50; 31 head, 600-700 lbs 121.75; 9 head, 700-800 lbs 114.00-115.25. MED/LGE 2: 23 head, 300-400 lbs 152.50-156.00; 81 head, 400-500 lbs 140.50-140.75; 64 head, 500-600 lbs 129.75-130.75; 38 head, 600-700 lbs 119.00-123.25; 16 head, 700-800 lbs 100.00-116.75. MED/LGE 3: 17 head, 300-400 lbs 147.00-155.00; 28 head, 400-500 lbs 135.00-144.25; 21 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-128.00; 10 head, 600-700 lbs 116.00-119.75; 6 head, 700-800 lbs 105.50-107.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 180.00; 49 head, 400-500 lbs 151.00-164.00; 26 head, 500-600 lbs 132.50-145.50; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 128.75. MED/LGE 2: 17 head, 300-400 lbs 175.00-180.00; 80 head, 400-500 lbs 151.50-168.25; 37 head, 500-600 lbs 131.00-136.75; 11 head, 600-700 lbs 130.25.

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

Buckhannon, W. VA Feeder Cattle Sale
Charleston, W. Va.
March 13, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

All prices per cwt.

Cattle Receipts: 628.

Feeders made up 100 percent of the offering. The feeder supply included 47 percent steers, and 53 percent heifers. Near 86 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 39 head, 620-620 lbs 162.00 Value Added; 61 head, 660-660 lbs 148.00; 75 head, 675-675 lbs 144.50 Value Added; 65 head, 775-775 lbs 125.00; 58 head, 825-825 lbs 125.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 85 head, 585-585 lbs 141.25; 85 head, 625-625 lbs 140.50; 53 head, 640-640 lbs 135.50 Value Added; 52 head, 685-685 lbs 139.75; 55 head, 675-675 lbs 139.00 Value Added.

Source: WV Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service, Charleston, WV. Steve Casto, 304.542.6127.

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 11, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 1068; Last Week: 760; Year Ago: 1031.

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

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 68.00-61.00, 300-400 lbs 64.00-66.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 53.00-56.00, 300-400 lbs 55.00-60.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 49.00-53.00, 500-700 lbs 60.00-63.50.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 19.50-21.50.

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.
March 11, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

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

Work: 100.00-875.00.

Driving: 250.00-850.00.

Riding: 300.00-400.00.

Better Riding: 500.00-2500.00.

Registered Riding: 310.00-1500.00.

Ponies: 185.00-350.00.

Large Ponies: 150.00-300.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 11, 2013
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 2731; Last Monday: 1823; Year Ago: 1594.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 2265; Last Monday: 983; Year Ago: 1969.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter ewes traded firm on good demand. Slaughter supply consisted of 78 percent lambs, 13 percent slaughter ewes, and 9 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: 53 lbs hair sheep 222.00, 58 lbs 232.00, 60-80 lbs 200.00-210.00, hair sheep 185.00-207.00, 80-90 lbs hair sheep 175.00-190.00, 80-100 lbs 175.00-197.00, 131 lbs 160.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 50-55 lbs 255.00-275.00, hair sheep 225.00-250.00, 60-80 lbs 214.00-245.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 60-80 lbs hair sheep 160.00-180.00, 70-80 lbs 172.00-198.00, 80-110 lbs 150.00-176.00, hair sheep 154.00-176.00, 110-150 lbs 132.00-154.00, 150-170 lbs 156.00-158.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 66 lbs 170.00, 70-80 lbs 158.00-162.00, 88 lbs 146.00, 80-90 lbs hair sheep 150.00-154.00, 90-110 lbs 120.00-137.00, 110-130 lbs 116.00-138.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 90-120 lbs hair sheep 72.00-74.00, 120-160 lbs 77.00-92.00, 160-200 lbs 78.00-92.00, 200-250 lbs 75.00-84.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 110-120 lbs 60.00-70.00, 120-160 lbs 56.00-76.00, 160-200 lbs 50.00-72.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 150 lbs 76.00, 170-190 lbs 68.00-72.00, 220 lbs 72.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower compared last week. Nanny goats sold mostly steady to 10.00 lower compared to last week. Slaughter billies weak compared to last week. Demand was moderate for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 58 percent Slaughter Kids, 26 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 16 percent bucks/billies and wethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 40-50 lbs 115.00-125.00, 50-60 lbs 128.00-132.00, 60-70 lbs 130.00-150.00, 70-80 lbs 140.00-174.00, 80-90 lbs 148.00-180.00, 90-100 lbs 165.00-192.00, 100-110 lbs 158.00-187.00, 120 lbs 167.00; SEL 2: 40-50 lbs 72.00-82.00, 50-60 lbs 98.00-125.00, 60-70 lbs 102.00-118.00, 70-80 lbs 112.00-132.00, 80-90 lbs 110.00-138.00, 90-100 lbs 135.00-156.00; SEL 3: 40-50 lbs 54.00-68.00, 50-60 lbs 52.00-75.00, 60-80 lbs 82.00-110.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 100-125 lbs 156.00-172.00, 130-160 lbs 145.00-187.00; SEL 2: 80-125 lbs 104.00-150.00, 130-150 lbs 128.00-140.00; SEL 3: 80-125 lbs 82.00-104.00, 130-150 lbs 104.00-126.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 125-150 lbs 167.00-208.00, 150-200 lbs 230.00-290.00; SEL 2: 125-150 lbs 120.00-165.00, 150-160 lbs 160.00-200.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS: SEL 1: 90-125 lbs 256.00-277.00, 125-150 lbs 232.00-300.00; SEL 2: 90-125 lbs 177.00-198.00, 125-150 lbs 180.00-212.00; SEL 3: 90-125 lbs 120.00-150.00.

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

Tenn. Graded Goat & Sheep Sales
Nashville, Tenn.
March 11, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

3/11/13 Tennessee Livestock Producers Graded Goat and Sheep Sale, Columbia, TN.

Receipts: 1203 (729 Goats; 474 Sheep) Last Sale 744.

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

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 25-35 lbs 220.00-250.00, 36-50 lbs 221.00-230.00, 51-65 lbs 205.00-240.00; SEL 2: 25-35 lbs 170.00-183.00, 36-50 lbs 212.00-219.00, 51-65 lbs 216.00-218.00, 66-80 lbs 158.00-181.00; SEL 3: 25-35 lbs 165.00-170.00, 36-50 lbs 155.00-194.50, 51-65 lbs 161.00-163.00, 66-80 lbs 169.00.

SLAUGHTER YEARLINGS: SEL 2-3: 55-90 lbs 148.00-180.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: All Wgts 82.00-143.00, mostly 85.00-112.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: All wgts 76.50-97.00.

KIDS FEEDERS: SEL 3: 26-40 lbs 120.00-167.00.

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

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: CHOICE/PRIME: 20-40 lbs 172.00-220.00, 40-60 lbs 140.00-185.00 mostly 153.00-180.00, 61-80 lbs 125.00-170.00 mostly 140.00-157.00, 81-100 lbs 141.50-170.50, 100-120 lbs 147.50-159.00, 120-170 lbs 108.50; GOOD: 20-40 lbs 130.00-172.00, 40-60 lbs 130.00-146.00, 61-80 lbs 122.00-141.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: UTILITY/GOOD: All wgts 60.00-112.50.

SLAUGHTER RAMS: All Wgts 50.00-124.00.

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

NOTE: Next Sale March 25, 2013.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
March 13, 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 1.8486-1.9612.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices 1.56-1.61. Northeast - Class III - spot prices 1.54-1.59.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 63; LAST WK: In 0, Out 70; LAST YR: In 0, Out 190. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: 0.

Milk production continues to expand along the seasonal trend, adding to the already ample manufacturing milk supplies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Class I demand has leveled off and in some areas declined where schools are beginning their spring breaks.

Various milk shipments continue to be rerouted to other plants in the Mid-Atlantic region, due to the discontinuation of some milk distribution arrangements. Some milk shipments have also been rerouted away from bottling to manufacturing plants, due to inspection issues.

Florida’s milk production has shown only incremental increases during this year’s flush as compared to the significant upswings of previous years. High grain prices, causing a change in feed rations, and continuing drought are the major factors contributing to the limited flush this year. The increase of wildfires and sinkholes in the state are further evidence of the worsening drought. Class I demand increased this week, limiting milk exports to 63 spot loads.

Milk production in the Southeast is increasing along the seasonal trend. Milk supplies are nearly in balance with Class I demand with only limited loads being shipped to manufacturing plants.

Demand for cream has increased significantly ahead of the Easter/Passover holidays, so much so, that for the first time in several weeks no loads of cream are being shipped out of region. Multiples have moved higher as demand has increased and range 1.15-1.22.

Cream cheese and butter production are primarily responsible for the increase in cream demand with a few additional loads going to increased soft serve ice cream production.

Demand for condensed skim remains flat with most dairy product manufacturers covering their needs with contract supplies. Spot sales are light with a majority of the condensed skim volume going to Class IV production.

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Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
March 13, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

BUTTER prices received for 25 kilogram and 68 pound boxes meeting United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grade AA standards averaged $1.58 per pound for the week ending March 9, 2013. The United States (US) price per pound decreased 1.7 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.64 per pound for the week ending March 9, 2013. The price per pound decreased 1.6 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.62 per pound, down 2.6 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 60.8 cents per pound for the week ending March 9, 2013. The US price per pound decreased 2.7 cents from the previous week.

NONFAT DRY MILK prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade or United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Grade A standards averaged $1.53 per pound for the week ending March 9, 2013. The US price per pound decreased 2.1 cents from the previous week.

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
March 11, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

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

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

CORN, No. 2: 7.10 bu, 12.71 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 7.17 bu, 11.98 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 4.83 bu, 10.34 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 4.28 bu, 13.35 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 14.38 bu, 24.02 cwt.

EAR CORN: 205.00 ton, 10.25 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 209.38 ton, 10.47 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 210.00 ton, 10.50 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 200.50 ton, 10.03 cwt.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
March 4, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.20-7.62, avg 7.42, contracts Dec 5.51-5.67. WHEAT #2: 6.97-7.92, avg 7.54, contracts Dec 6.59-6.88. BARLEY #3: 4.80-5.50, avg 5.15, contracts Jul 4.50. OATS #2: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.45. SOYBEANS #2: 14.51-14.80, avg 14.65, contracts Dec 12.17-12.33. EAR CORN: 205.00, avg 205.00.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.00-7.40, avg 7.13. BARLEY #3: 4.50-5.15, avg 4.82. OATS #2: 4.50, avg 4.50. SOYBEANS #2: 14.00-14.91, avg 14.26. EAR CORN: 215.00, avg 215.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.80-7.50, avg 7.13. WHEAT #2: 6.40-7.40, avg 7.25. BARLEY #3: 4.15-5.00, avg 4.53. OATS #2: 3.65-5.25, avg 4.13. SOYBEANS #2: 13.90-14.50, avg 14.15. EAR CORN: 195.00, avg 195.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 7.30-7.75, avg 7.44. WHEAT #2: 7.50, avg 7.50. BARLEY #3: 5.75, avg 5.75. OATS #2: 4.40-4.50, avg 4.45. SOYBEANS #2: 14.20-14.41, avg 14.11. GR. SORGHUM: 7.90, avg 7.90.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 6.90-7.41, avg 7.30, month ago 7.32, year ago 7.02. WHEAT #2: 7.15-8.50, avg 7.34, month ago 7.89, year ago 6.56. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.75, avg 4.87, month ago 4.95, year ago 5.29. OATS #2: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.31, month ago 4.32, year ago 4.36. SOYBEANS #2: 13.80-14.61, avg 14.29, month ago 14.12, year ago 11.67. EAR CORN: 190.00-215.00, avg 205.00, month ago 210.00, year ago 205.71.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.70-7.09, avg 6.97. WHEAT #2: 6.67-7.23, avg 6.95. OATS #2: 3.58-5.25, avg 4.20. SOYBEANS #2: 14.41, avg 14.41.

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

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
March 11, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Dealer Hay & Straw Market for Eastern, Pa.: All hay prices paid by dealers at the farm and per ton. Compared to last week, hay and straw sold steady. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 130.00-340.00. MIXED: 90.00-325.00. TIMOTHY: 90.00-225.00. STRAW: 90.00-160.00. MULCH: 75.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 152 loads. Straw: 29 loads. ALFALFA: 120.00-310.00. MIXED: 50.00-375.00. TIMOTHY: 162.00-310.00. GRASS: 55.00-330.00. STRAW: 100.00-187.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 176 loads; Straw: 49 loads. ALFALFA: 67.50-280.00. MIXED: 145.00-275.00. TIMOTHY: 95.00-240.00. GRASS: 65.00-275.00. STRAW: 50.00-215.00.

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

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
March 7, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 2/9: 1269; Week Ending 2/16: 709; Week ending 2/23: 884; Week ending 3/2: 626; 2012 to date: 43452; 2011 to date: 50550; Final 2011: 62,576.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 2/9: 6079; Week Ending 2/16: 5415; Week ending 2/23: 5410; Week ending 3/2: 3190; 2012 to date: 132247; 2011 to date: 146789; Final 2011: 209,853.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 2/9: 7348; Week Ending 2/16: 6124; Week ending 2/23: 6294; Week ending 3/2: 3816; 2012 to date: 175699; 2011 to date: 197339; Final 2011: 272,429.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): Trading slow and at contract pricing. Canners U.S. One F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt 2 1/2 inch minimum and up various varieties mostly Golden Delicious, Rome, and Fuji contract sales $21.00-26.00 occas 28.00, Straight loads of juice stock per hundredweight (cwt) U.S. Cider grade all varieties contract sales 20.00-21.00 mostly 21.00, occasional higher. A few shippers have finished for the season.

NEW YORK: Trading is moderate for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices for Canners/Peelers and Juice Stock steady. Supplies are moderate. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt. 2012 crop: Canners/Peelers - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $17.00-20.00, mostly $20.00. Includes previous commitments. Juice Stock - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $15.00-20.00, mostly $15.00-$18.00. Includes previous commitments.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 55-45-47 — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh mostly 27.00-29.00, Red Delicious mostly 24.00-24.50, Empire mostly 25.00-28.00, Rome mostly 22.00- 23.00, Golden Delicious mostly 25.00-28.00, Fuji mostly 28.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack Red Delicious 80s-88s mostly 28.00, 100s mostly 26.00; McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 38.00, 100s mostly 36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 32.00; Rome 80s-100s mostly 24.00-25.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy cell pack McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 38.00, 100s mostly 36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 32.00.

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV): Shipments 19-21-15 Export 0-0-0 — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons traypack U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious 72s-100s 25.00- 27.00; Golden Delicious 72s-100s 25.00-27.00; Cartons 12 3-lb film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious 22.00-25.00; Golden Delicious 22.00-25.00; Fuji mostly 24.00-25.00; Red Rome mostly 20.00- 23.00. An occasional shipper finished for the season.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 6-5-5 — Movement expected to remain about the same. Unofficial prices for Monday, March 4, 2013 Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh mostly 28.00-32.00, Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack McIntosh and 35.00-42.00.

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

Monthly Bison Carcass Report
Des Moines, Iowa
March 11, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

ACTUAL SLAUGHTER NUMBERS IN FEDERALLY INSPECTED PLANTS (not necessarily inspected) BISON: Week Ending 2/02/13: 768; Week Ending 2/09/13: 810; Week Ending 2/16/13: 852; Week Ending 2/23/13: 701; Total: 3,131.

CANADIAN LIVE BISON IMPORTS INTO U.S. FOR FEBRUARY: Slaughter Male: 337; Slaughter Female: 707; Feeder Male: 340; Feeder Female: 131; Total: 1515.

BISON CARCASSES: Compared to January’s report: Prices were steady for prime bulls and heifers. However prices edged higher for aged cows and were slightly lower for aged bulls. Overall the prices indicate a continued demand for ground bison as prices for bison whole muscle cuts were stable.

BISON MEAT: Compared to January’s report: Fresh end meat prices were steady while frozen end meat prices were higher. In contrast both fresh and frozen end meat prices pushed higher. Slighly more pounds of ground bison was marketed in February vs January at comparable prices.

Source: USDA Market News Service, Des Moines, IA. Nina Biensen, 515-284-4460.

U.S. Crop Production
Washington, D.C.
March 8, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Orange Production Down 1% from February

The United States all orange forecast for the 2012-2013 season is 8.68 million tons, down 1 percent from the previous forecast and down 4 percent from the 2011-2012 final utilization. The Florida all orange forecast, at 139 million boxes (6.26 million tons), is down 1 percent from the February forecast and down 5 percent from last season’s final utilization. Early, midseason, and Navel varieties in Florida are forecast at 67.0 million boxes (3.02 million tons), up 2 percent from the February forecast but down 10 percent from last season. This increase was based on utilization data as of March 1. The Florida Valencia orange forecast, at 72.0 million boxes (3.24 million tons), is down 4 percent from the February forecast due to a sharp increase in droppage.

The California Valencia orange forecast is 12.5 million boxes (500,000 tons), down 4 percent from the previous forecast. This brings California’s all orange forecast to 59.0 million boxes (2.36 million tons), down 1 percent from the January forecast. Objective survey measurements taken during January and February indicated that fruit set per tree was higher than the previous year, but measured average fruit size was smaller than the previous year. The forecast for Texas is carried forward from January.

Florida frozen concentrated orange juice (FCOJ) yield forecast for the 2012-2013 season is 1.61 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, down 1 percent from the January forecast and down 1 percent from last season’s final yield of 1.63 gallons per box. The early-midseason portion is projected at 1.51 gallons per box, down 1 percent from last season’s yield of 1.53 gallons per box. The Valencia portion is projected at 1.71 gallons per box, 2 percent lower than last year’s final yield of 1.75 gallons per box. All projections of yield assume the processing relationships this season will be similar to those of the past several seasons.

Released March 8, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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