Market Reports for March 23, 2013

3/23/2013 7:00 AM

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
March 22, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 121.25, Last week 120.90, Last year 124.75.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 105.60, Last week 93.25, Last year 109.60.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 120.00, Last week 118.40, Last year 122.00.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 77.00, Last week 76.90, Last year 84.25.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 76.20, Last week 76.25, Last year 81.25.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 94.30, Last week 92.90, Last year 97.25.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, Monday: This week 65.50, Last week 67.50, Last year 60.00.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 lb: This week 176.25, Last week 186.00, Last year 193.00.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 151.60, Last week 132.75.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 190.00, Last week 153.50.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
March 15, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3704; Last week 3522; Last year 5030. CALVES: This week 2686; Last week 2587; Last year 2743. HOGS: This week 1251; Last week 999; Last year 1271. FEEDER PIGS: This week n/a; Last week 277; Last year n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 2866; Last week 1905; Last year 1736. GOATS: This week 2351; Last week 1067; Last year 2132.

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

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week, feeder steers sold mostly steady. Feeder heifers sold mostly 3.00 to 5.00 lower and feeder bulls sold mostly steady.

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

HOGS: Compared to last week’s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 1.00 to 2.00 lower. Sows sold mostly 1.00 to 2.00 higher.

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

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

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

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
March 22, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2491, Last week 3123, Last year 2710. CALVES: 1642, Last week 1653, Last year 1692.

This week in Lancaster County, slaughter steers traded steady on light supplies. Demand was light to moderate. Trade activity was slow, as buyers found themselves with only light orders to fill.

Direct trades in the Midwest pulled lower again this week as most feeding regions accepted bids of 124.00- 125.00/cwt for their show-list cattle in a light early week trade. A few dressed sales were reported from 197.00-198.00/cwt.

Cattle slaughter continues to run well behind last year’s pace. As of Thursday, estimated week to date cattle slaughter was 11,000 head lower than last year’s figures and about 3,000 head behind last weeks estimated slaughter. Beef packers continue to run on a reduced slaughter schedule in hopes of keeping wholesale beef prices at suitable levels to maintain profit margins.

Cattle feeders in a sense are doing the same thing, buying fewer feeders at lower prices as they struggle with high feed cost and lower slaughter steer prices. The March 1st cattle on feed report, due out this Friday, will be suspended indefinably due to budget reductions. Industry analysts expect that there was a sizable reduction of cattle placed on feed in February due to high feed cost. It’s quite apparent that the cattle market got a little ahead of its self in the 1st quarter of the year and is now re-calibrating on the fundamentals of the trade.

Box Beef values have eased off some more this week extending their losses from late last week.

Choice cutout values were quoted at 192.98/cwt this Thursday with Select carcasses holding a 0.26/cwt premium as the Choice/Select spread inverted on Thursday. Typically this indicates that demand for middle meats and primals are struggling as more and more chucks and rounds make their way through the grinders. Hamburger is still the best selling beef commodity, and when prices are high and disposable incomes are low, consumers tend to go for the cheapest most versatile beef product, “ground beef.”

Needless to say, cull cow demand has been very good locally and across the nation. The National cutter cow cutout value advanced 1.14/cwt to close at 171.69/cwt on Thursday. 90% lean boneless beef followed suite and was quoted at 220.09/cwt Thursday. Variety meats, hides, and other by- products have also made some sizable advancements in the first quarter of the year and are currently quoted at a combined drop-value price 14.34/cwt.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1630 lbs 120.00-126.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 118.00-124.00; SELECT 2-3: 1250-1535 lbs 114.50- 120.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1500-1650 lbs 110.00-112.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1680 lbs 100.00-108.00; SELECT 2-3: 1325-1600 lbs 94.00-104.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1450 lbs 120.00-124.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 116.00-119.00; SELECT 1-3: 1100-1350 lbs 114.50-115.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 74.00-80.00, High dress 80.00-82.50, Low dress 71.00-74.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-80.50, High dress 80.50-86.00, Low dress 69.00-75.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-79.50, High dress 79.50-84.50, Low dress 68.00-73.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 71.00-77.50, High dress 77.50-81.50, Low dress 62.00-71.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 900-1870 lbs 95.00-100.00, high dress 103.50-114.00, low dress 86.00-93.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher, and up to 40.00 higher by the end of the week. Demand has been very good. Heifers 10.00-20.00 higher with moderate demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 328.00-355.00/cwt this week, with a weighted average value of 335.11/cwt (Hide-off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 85-120 lbs 145.00-165.00; #2: 75-115 lbs 135.00-150.00; #3: 75-115 lbs 100.00-120.00; UTILITY: 75-120 lbs 55.00-75.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-115 lbs 120.00-140.00; #2: 75-115 lbs 70.00-110.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 60-85 lbs 40.00-60.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 121 lbs 137.00, 112-113 lbs 150.00-155.00, 95-103 lbs 164.00-165.00, 90 lbs 130.00; #2: 114 lbs 140.00-141.00, 95-104 lbs 145.00-150.00, 90 lbs 127.00, 84 lbs 80.00; #3: 94-108 lbs 120.00-128.00, 75-83 lbs 55.00-70.00; UTILITY: 83-115 lbs 35.00-45.00, 73 lbs 20.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 93-115 lbs 105.00-117.00; #2: 9-102 lbs 100.00-102.00, 84 lbs 72.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70 lbs 30.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 149.00, 90-118 lbs 162.00-176.00; #2: 88-128 lbs 160.00-176.00, 80-88 lbs 80.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 137.00-140.00, 90-98 lbs 150.00-155.00, 72-88 lbs 50.00-70.00; UTILITY: 60-110 lbs 20.00-40.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-100 lbs 90.00-125.00; #2: 80-95 lbs 65.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-90 lbs 40.00-60.00.

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.
March 18, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 769, Last week 671, Last year 771. CALVES: 347, Last week 415, Last year 377.

When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter cows sold 1.00-2.00 lower with exception for a steady to firm trend on lean cows. Demand was very good. Bulls traded 1.00-2.00 higher with good demand. Cattle supply included 95 slaughter steers, 118 heifers, 313 cows, 156 bulls, and 87 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.50-80.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-78.00, High dress 79.00-81.50, Low dress 69.00-74.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.50, High dress 79.00-83.00, Low dress 68.00-72.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.50, High dress 77.00-81.50, Low dress 62.00-71.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 900-1870 lbs 95.00-100.00, high dress 104.00-114.00, low dress 86.00-93.00.

CALVES: When compared to last Monday`s sale, Holstein bull calves sold 10.00-20.00 higher with very good demand. Heifers traded 10.00 higher with moderate demand. All calves are Holstein unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 85-120 lbs 145.00-165.00; #2: 75-115 lbs 135.00-150.00; #3: 75-115 lbs 100.00-120.00; UTILITY: 75-120 lbs 55.00-75.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-115 lbs 120.00-140.00; #2: 75-115 lbs 70.00-110.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 60-85 lbs 40.00-60.00.

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.
March 18, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 221, Last week 300. CALVES: 110, Last week 106.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly steady with light to moderate demand. Cows traded steady as well but with good demand. Slaughter supply consisted of 145 steers, 03 heifers, 68 cows, 3 bull, and 1 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1305-1630 lbs 120.00-123.00, few up to 124.75; CHOICE 2-3: 1315-1590 lbs 118.00-122.00, high dress 122.50-124.00; SELECT 2-3: 1320-1535 lbs 114.50-117.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: CHOICE 2-3: few 1585-1680 lbs 100.00-105.50; SELECT 2-3: 1325-1515 lbs 94.00-99.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 74.00-77.50, High dress 79.50-82.00, Low dress 67.00-72.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.50-76.50, High dress 77.00-79.00, Low dress 66.50-67.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 70.00-75.00, High dress 75.00-79.00, Low dress 63.50-69.50.

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

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 90-120 lbs 130.00-150.00; #2: 80-125 lbs 110.00-125.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 80.00-100.00; UTILITY: 70-100 lbs 45.00-65.00.

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 19, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 352, Last week 414, Last year 392. CALVES: 544, Last week 585, Last year 582.

Compared to last week: Slaughter Steers not tested this week. Slaughter cows steady to 1.00 higher compared to last week on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 28 steers and heifers, 300 cows, 9 bulls, and 15 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 74.00-78.00, High dress 79.50-82.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-80.00, High dress 81.00-86.00, Low dress 73.00-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.00, High dress 80.50-83.50, Low dress 70.50-74.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 71.00-75.50, High dress 76.00-78.50, Low dress 63.00-70.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1025-2350 lbs avg dress 86.50-89.50, 1300-1875 lbs high dress 94.50, 1330-1750 lbs low dress 78.50-82.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Heifers sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 428 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 121 lbs 137.00, 112-113 lbs 150.00-155.00, 95-103 lbs 164.00-165.00, 90 lbs 130.00; #2: 114 lbs 140.00-141.00, 95-104 lbs 145.00-150.00, 90 lbs 127.00, 84 lbs 80.00; #3: 94-108 lbs 120.00-128.00, 75-83 lbs 55.00-70.00; UTILITY: 83-115 lbs 35.00-45.00, 73 lbs 20.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 93-115 lbs 105.00-117.00; #2: 90-102 lbs 100.00-102.00, 84 lbs 72.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70 lbs 30.00.

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 20, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 321; Last Sale: 771; Last Year: 314.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold 100.00-200.00 lower on moderate demand. Bred heifers sold firm with good demand. Wednesday’s supply included 106 fresh milking cows, 33 short-bred cows, 14 springing cows, 51 short-bred heifers, 48 springing heifers, 39 open heifers, and 8 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1650.00-1750.00; Approved: 1400.00-1500.00; Medium: 1175.00-1375.00; Common: 900.00-1100.00.

CULL COWS: 550.00-1050.00.

SPRINGING COWS: (7-9 months bred) Approved: 1200.00-1250.00; Medium: 1025.00-1150.00.

BRED COWS: (4-6 months bred) Approved: 1225.00-1250.00.

SHORT BRED COWS: (1-3 months) Medium: 1100.00-1200.00; Common: 1050.00-1075.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS: (1-3 months) Supreme: 1100.00-1225.00; Approved: 900.00-1025.00; Medium: 700.00-875.00; Common: 500.00-675.00.

BRED HEIFERS: (4-6 months) Supreme: 1300.00-1400.00; Approved: 1025.00-1175.00; Medium: 825.00-900.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS: (7-9 months) Supreme: 1500.00-1575.00; Approved: 1300.00-1450.00; Medium: 1050.00-1275.00; Common: 800.00-1025.00 .

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Approved: 400.00-500.00; Medium: 300.00-375.00; Common: 200.00-300.00. 600-900 LBS: Supreme: 725.00-785.00; Approved: 650.00-700.00; Medium: 575.00-625.00; Common: 325.00-550.00. 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 825.00-875.00; Medium: 750.00-800.00. 1200-1500 LBS: Approved: 900.00-900.00.

BULLS: 600-900 lbs 700.00-750.00, 900-1200 lbs 975.00-1075.00, 1200-1500 lbs 1225.00-1575.00.

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 21, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 828, Last week 967, Last year 999. CALVES: 641, Last week 547, Last year 627.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly steady. Demand was good. Slaughter Holsteins mostly steady on a light test. Demand was good. Slaughter heifers 1.00-2.00 higher on a light test. Slaughter cows mostly steady to a 1.00 higher. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 177 slaughter steers; 68 heifers; 527 cows; 33 bulls; and 23 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 125.00-126.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 121.00-124.00; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1650 lbs 117.00-120.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1500-1650 lbs 110.00-112.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 105.00-108.00; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 100.00-104.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1450 lbs 120.00-124.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 116.00-119.00; SELECT 1-3: 1100-1350 lbs 114.50-115.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.00, Low dress 71.00-75.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-80.50, High dress 81.50-84.00, Low dress 70.00-74.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 76.50-79.50, High dress 80.00-84.50, Low dress 68.50-75.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 74.00-77.50, Low dress 62.00-73.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1100-2250 lbs avg dress 95.00-100.00, 1200-2000 lbs high dress 103.50-110.00, 900-2350 lbs low dress 86.00-93.00.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull calves sold mostly 20.00-40.00 higher compared to last week on good demand. Heifers sold mostly steady to 10.00 lower on moderate demand compared to last week. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 435 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 149.00, 90-118 lbs 162.00-176.00; #2: 88-128 lbs 160.00-176.00, 80-88 lbs 80.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 137.00-140.00, 90-98 lbs 150.00-155.00, 72-88 lbs 50.00-70.00; UTILITY: 60-110 lbs 20.00-40.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-100 lbs 90.00-125.00; #2: 80-95 lbs 65.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-90 lbs 40.00-60.00.

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 14, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Virginia Feeder Cattle Summary Sales at Blackstone, Dublin, Lynchburg, Marshall, Radiant, Springlake and Winchester. State Graded Weighted Average for Mar 7-13, 2013.

Feeder Cattle: 4063 (Steers 1842; Heifers 1684; Bulls 537).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 161.00-187.00; 94 head, 400-500 lbs 140.00-184.00; 224 head, 500-600 lbs 133.00-176.00; 233 head, 600-700 lbs 116.00-153.50; 288 head, 700-800 lbs 91.00-141.00; 171 head, 800-900 lbs 96.50-125.00; 112 head, 900-1000 lbs 100.00-124.25. MED/LGE 1-2: 18 head, 500-600 lbs 134.00-170.50; 17 head, 600-700 lbs 133.25-146.00; 34 head, 800-900 lbs 121.00; 15 head, 1000-1100 lbs 104.00-111.00. MED/LGE 2: 12 head, 300-400 lbs 156.00-186.50; 97 head, 400-500 lbs 110.00-179.00; 145 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-161.00; 80 head, 600-700 lbs 121.00-142.50; 78 head, 700-800 lbs 100.00-139.00; 15 head, 800-900 lbs 90.00-120.50. MED/LGE 3: 8 head, 300-400 lbs 126.00-177.50; 22 head, 400-500 lbs 105.00-167.00; 34 head, 500-600 lbs 100.00-148.25; 24 head, 600-700 lbs 110.00-131.50; 10 head, 700-800 lbs 106.50-120.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 2: 15 head, 800-900 lbs 76.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 11 head, 300-400 lbs 159.50-180.00; 102 head, 400-500 lbs 131.00-182.50; 56 head, 500-600 lbs 125.00-146.75; 21 head, 600-700 lbs 111.00-129.00; 6 head, 700-800 lbs 106.00-121.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 6 head, 600-700 lbs 126.00. MED/LGE 2: 22 head, 300-400 lbs 90.00-180.00; 131 head, 400-500 lbs 135.50-186.50; 61 head, 500-600 lbs 118.00-141.00; 18 head, 600-700 lbs 116.50-130.25. MED/LGE 3: 8 head, 400-500 lbs 148.00; 6 head, 500-600 lbs 81.00-137.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 7 head, 300-400 lbs 150.00-153.50; 91 head, 400-500 lbs 120.00-150.50; 208 head, 500-600 lbs 124.00-148.50; 232 head, 600-700 lbs 110.00-128.50; 105 head, 700-800 lbs 98.00-119.00; 32 head, 800-900 lbs 91.00-121.50; 12 head, 900-1000 lbs 96.00-105.00. MED/LGE 2: 54 head, 300-400 lbs 120.00-165.00; 173 head, 400-500 lbs 120.00-150.00; 198 head, 500-600 lbs 105.00-137.50; 154 head, 600-700 lbs 99.00-126.50; 60 head, 700-800 lbs 76.00-119.50; 12 head, 800-900 lbs 107.50-111.00. MED/LGE 3: 32 head, 300-400 lbs 125.00-155.00; 68 head, 400-500 lbs 61.00-144.25; 48 head, 500-600 lbs 115.00-135.75; 25 head, 600-700 lbs 82.00-122.00; 8 head, 700-800 lbs 52.00-107.00.

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

Middleburg Feeder Sale
Middleburg, Pa.
March 15, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

All prices per cwt.
Receipts: 324; Last Sale: 206.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 250-350 lbs 152.00-157.00, 350-450 lbs 155.00-160.00, 500-600 lbs 155.00-170.00, 600-700 lbs 145.00-160.00, 700-800 lbs 125.00-140.00, 800-900 lbs 122.00-122.00; MED/LGE 2; 250-350 lbs 120.00-137.00, 400-500 lbs 115.00-135.00, 500-600 lbs 115.00-130.00 Herfords 132.00-135.00, 600-700 lbs 120.00-132.00, 700-800 lbs 95.00-120.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 3: 200-300 lbs 80.00-110.00, 300-400 lbs 81.00-105.00, 450-500 lbs 70.00-90.00, 500-550 lbs 62.00-81.00, 550-650 lbs 62.00-81.00, 700-750 lbs 62.00-85.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 350-450 lbs 135.00-142.00, 450-550 lbs 130.00-137.00, 550-650 lbs 127.00-135.00, 650-700 lbs 122.00-135.00; MED/LGE 2: 250-350 lbs 115.00-122.00, 350-450 lbs 120.00-127.00, 450-550 lbs 115.00-122.00 Herfords 127.00-130.00, 600-650 lbs 100.00-117.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 250-400 lbs 145.00-152.00, 400-500 lbs 125.00-142.00, 500-550 lbs 142.00-157.00, 550-650 lbs 120.00-132.00, 650-700 lbs 130.00-135.00; MED/LGE 2: 350-450 lbs 110.00-117.00, 600-700 lbs 110.00-115.00, 700-800 lbs 97.00-117.00.

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

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Special Sale
Canandaigua, N.Y.
March 15, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

All prices per cwt unless otherwise stated. The prices listed are the top of the market; Prices range down from this according to quality, condition, fill and vaccination.

BEEF STEERS: 301-500 lbs 62.50-161.00, 501-700 lbs 78.00-159.00, 701+ lbs 87.00-142.00.

BEEF HEIFERS: 301-500 lbs 73.00-158.00, 501-700 lbs 69.00-140.00, 701+ lbs 70.00-134.00.

BEEF BULLS: 301-500 lbs 62.50-163.00, 501-700 lbs 82.50-146.00, 701+ lbs 85.00-110.00.

HOLSTEINS: 301-500 lbs 70.00-110.00, 501-700 lbs 73.00-103.00, 701+ lbs 75.00-96.00.

BRED REPLACEMENTS (ea): 430.00-1400.00.

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 18, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 886; Last Week: 1068; Year Ago: 1145.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher 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 60.00-62.00, 300-400 lbs 68.00-71.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 55.00-58.00, 300-400 lbs 55.00-59.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 54.00-58.00, 500-700 lbs 57.00-59.50.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 18.00.

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

New Holland Feeder Pig Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 20, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 371; Last sale: 277.

When compared to the most recent sale 2 weeks ago, feeder pigs sold mostly 25.00-35.00 higher with good demand. All feeder pigs are sold per cwt.

US 1-2: 22 head, 24 lbs 230.00 pkg; 17 head, 30-35 lbs 160.00-200.00; 27 head, 40-50 lbs 120.00-130.00; 22 head, 50-55 lbs 105.00-130.00.

US 2: 19 head, 20-25 lbs 250.00-260.00; 123 head, 25-30 lbs 150.00-200.00; 12 head, 37 lbs 140.00 pkg; 21 head, 40-50 lbs 130.00-140.00.

NOTE: Next feeder pig sale April 3.

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

New Holland Weekly Horse Sale
New Holland, Pa.
March 18, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

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

Work: 150.00-300.00.

Driving: 200.00-3300.00.

Riding: 200.00-350.00.

Better Riding: 600.00-800.00.

Registered Riding: 400.00-1550.00.

Ponies: 150.00-350.00.

Large Ponies: 400.00-425.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 18, 2013
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 3008; Last Monday: 2731; Year Ago: 1861.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 2442; Last Monday: 2265; Year Ago: 2132.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower on moderate demand. Slaughter ewes traded 5.00-10.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter supply consisted of 80 percent lambs, 15 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: 40-50 lbs hair sheep 195.00-225.00, 50-70 lbs 185.00-210.00, hair sheep 175.00-230.00, 70-80 lbs 178.00-202.00, hair sheep 162.00- 177.00, 80-90 lbs 168.00-170.00, 80-90 lbs hair sheep 160.00-180.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 40-50 lbs 215.00-272.00, hair sheep 232.00-240.00, 50-60 lbs 240.00-255.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 50-70 lbs hair sheep 150.00-170.00, 70-80 lbs 160.00-174.00, hair sheep 140.00-165.00, 80-90 lbs 144.00-156.00, hair sheep 145.00- 160.00, 90-110 lbs 142.00-163.00, hair sheep 127.00-156.00, 110-125 lbs hair sheep 105.00-127.00, 130-150 lbs 106.00-118.00, 160-180 lbs 106.00-107.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 70-80 lbs 125.00- 147.00, hair sheep 118.00-140.00, 80-90 lbs 140.00-144.00, hair sheep 130.00-144.00, 90-110 lbs 102.00-122.00, hair sheep 107.00-117.00, 110-130 lbs 102.00-130.00, 130-150 lbs 108.00-110.00, 160-180 lbs 102.00-122.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 90-120 lbs 77.00-98.00, hair sheep 88.00-100.00, 120-160 lbs 86.00-98.00, hair sheep 75.00-98.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 90-120 lbs 55.00-75.00, hair sheep 50.00-75.00, 120-160 lbs 62.00-84.00, hair sheep 50.00-68.00, 200-220 lbs 50.00- 68.00; CULL 1-2: Thin Flesh 90-120 lbs 48.00-54.00, 120-160 lbs 34.00- 55.00, 160-200 lbs 44.00-48.00, 200-250 lbs 38.00-47.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 170-190 lbs 48.00-70.00, 200-250 lbs 48.00-68.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower compared last week. Nanny goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower compared to last week. Slaughter billies sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher compared to last week. Demand was moderate for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 43 percent Slaughter Kids, 35 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 22 percent bucks/billies and wethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS (hd): SEL 1: 40-50 lbs 90.00-112.00, 50-60 lbs 96.00-130.00, 60-70 lbs 130.00-148.00, 70-90 lbs 135.00-170.00, 90-130 lbs 160.00-180.00; SEL 2: 40-60 lbs 70.00-92.00, 60-80 lbs 100.00-120.00, 80-90 lbs 130.00-148.00, 90-130 lbs 125.00-147.00; SEL 3: 40-60 lbs 57.00-68.00, 60-80 lbs 70.00-92.00, 80-110 lbs 102.00-127.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES (hd): SEL 1: 100-125 lbs 122.00-147.00, 130-150 lbs 130.00-177.00; SEL 2: 80-125 lbs 90.00-120.00, 130-135 lbs 108.00-122.00; SEL 3: 70-80 lbs 60.00-85.00, 80-125 lbs 80.00-100.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES (hd): SEL 1 130-150 lbs 205.00-230.00, 150-180 lbs 212.00-260.00; SEL 2 120-150 lbs 180.00-205.00, 150-170 lbs 135.00-200.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS (hd): SEL 1: 80-100 lbs 186.00-200.00, 110-150 lbs 242.00-292.00, 150-180 lbs 262.00-310.00; SEL 2: 80-100 lbs 150.00-182.00, 100-150 lbs 155.00-197.00; SEL 3: 00-100 lbs 132.00-145.00.

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.
March 15, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

SHEEP: 704; Last sale 363. GOATS: 278; Last sale 150.

When compared to the most recent sale from two weeks ago, slaughter lambs sold 5.00-15.00 higher with good demand. Ewes traded steady to firm. Slaughter kid goats sold mostly 15.00-25.00 lower, while nannies traded 5.00- 10.00 lower. Demand was good despite the lower market. All goats are USDA graded and are co-mingled according to age, weight, sex, and selection grade. All sheep and goats are sold per cwt in their in-weights.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 27 head, 40-50 lbs 247.00-275.00; 28 head, 50-60 lbs 230.00-260.00; 24 head, 60-70 lbs 250.00-257.00; 29 head, 80-90 lbs 180.00-185.00; 25 head, 90-110 lbs 180.00. CHOICE 2-3: 14 head, 40-50 lbs 174.00; 40 head, 50-60 lbs 172.00-185.00; 50 head, 60-70 lbs 155.00-160.00; 80 head, 70-80 lbs 150.00-165.00; 43 head, 80-90 lbs 155.00; 5 head, 90-110 lbs 150.00; 13 head, 110-130 lbs 130.00-145.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: 10 head, 120-160 lbs 60.00-70.00; 48 head, 160-200 lbs 60.00-80.00; 7 head, 200-300 lbs 50.00-65.00. UTILITY 1-2: 7 head, 120-160 lbs 50.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 3 head, 120-160 lbs 66.00-82.00; 2 head, 160-200 lbs 70.00-72.00; 4 head, 200-300 lbs 60.00-70.00.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 11 head, 30-40 lbs 285.00; 4 head, 40-50 lbs 275.00; 42 head, 50-60 lbs 250.00; 3 head, 70-80 lbs 216.00; 3 head, 80-90 lbs 205.00. SEL 2: 10 head, 20-30 lbs 232.00-255.00; 7 head, 40-50 lbs 247.00-258.00; 23 head, 50-60 lbs 250.00; 3 head, 90-100 lbs 256.00. SEL 3: 2 head, 30-40 lbs 250.00; 4 head, 40-50 lbs 225.00; 20 head, 60-70 lbs 200.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 2: 8 head, 80-130 lbs 110.00-122.00; 13 head, 130-180 lbs 95.00. SEL 3: 22 head, 50-80 lbs 126.00; 60 head, 80-130 lbs 110.00-120.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 2: 2 head, 100-150 lbs 125.00-134.00; 2 head, 150-250 lbs 112.00-125.00. SEL 3: 3 head, 80-100 lbs 120.00; 3 head, 100-150 lbs 80.00-110.00; 2 head, 150-250 lbs 108.00.

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

NOTE: The next graded goat sale will be an Easter Special on Saturday, March 23.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
March 20, 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 1.9153-2.0954.

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 1.42-1.47.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 54; LAST WK: In 0, Out 63; LAST YR: In 0, Out 210. 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.

A spring storm in the Northeast, that dumped heavy wet snow over most of New England, caused manufacturing milk supplies to increase as school closures lowered Class I demand. Most producers’ feed stocks are more than adequate to get through to spring. The Mid-Atlantic region has had a fairly mild winter, which has extended feed supplies and allowed producers to increase rations.

Milk production in some areas of the region is above year ago levels. Florida’s milk production has leveled off as day time temperatures have moved well into the 80’s, lowering cow comfort levels. Reductions in Class I demand, due to schools on Spring Break, have been limited as tourists and seasonal residents are more plentiful and staying longer, compared to recent years. Spot milk loads exported this week totaled 54 loads. Milk production in the Southeast continues to increase along the seasonal trend.

Class I demand increased this week, limiting the need to utilize auxiliary manufacturing facilities. Recent storms across the region caused minimal transportation delays. Demand for cream remains strong this week with good pulls from cream cheese, sour cream, cream based dips and some ice cream manufacturers. Numerous manufacturers have eyed this week’s increase in the butter market and are trying to secure additional loads prior to the expected increase in the weekly average CME butter price.

Some buyers looking for additional loads have had problems locating available supplies. The increased demand has moved multiples higher with the range for all classes ranging 1.17-1.28. Condensed skim demand remains limited to contract volumes with very light spot market activity. A majority of the condensed skim volume is going to Class IV production.

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Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
March 20, 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 $1.60 per pound for the week ending March 16, 2013. The United States (US) price per pound increased 2.7 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.63 per pound for the week ending March 16, 2013. The price per pound decreased 1.8 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.60 per pound, down 2.1 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 61.1 cents per pound for the week ending March 16, 2013. The US price per pound increased 0.3 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 $1.52 per pound for the week ending March 16, 2013. The US price per pound decreased 1.3 cents from the previous week.

U.S. Milk Production Update
Washington, D.C.
March 19, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Production Down 3.4%

Milk production in the 23 major States during February totaled 14.6 billion pounds, down 3.4 percent from February 2012. However, production was 0.1 percent above last year after adjusting for the leap year. January revised production at 15.9 billion pounds, was up 0.6 percent from January 2012. The January revision represented an increase of 6 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,722 pounds for February, 58 pounds below February 2012.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.50 million head, 13,000 head less than February 2012, but 2,000 head more than January 2013.

Special Note

Due to sequestration, all releases of this report have been suspended through the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30, 2013. Please check the NASS website at www.nass.usda.gov for any future updates on NASS programs.

Released March 19, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
March 18, 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: 7.22 bu, 12.92 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 7.34 bu, 12.26 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 4.98 bu, 10.66 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 4.32 bu, 13.48 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 13.97 bu, 23.33 cwt.

EAR CORN: 178.00 ton, 8.90 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 193.13 ton, 9.66 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 162.50 ton, 8.13 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 192.50 ton, 9.63 cwt.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
March 18, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Compared to last week, corn sold mostly .05 to .15 higher, wheat sold mostly .15 to .25 higher, barley sold mostly .15 to .20 higher, oats sold mostly steady and soybeans sold mostly .15 to .35 lower. Ear corn sold steady. All prices per bushel except ear corn is per ton.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.34-7.72, avg 7.50, contracts Dec 5.59-5.81; WHEAT #2: 7.23-8.98, avg 7.79, contracts Dec 6.70-7.11; BARLEY #3: 4.80-5.50, avg 5.30, contracts Jul 4.50; OATS #2: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.45; SOYBEANS #2: 14.00-14.31, avg 14.18, contracts Dec 11.80-12.26; EAR CORN: 204.00, avg 204.00.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.00-7.62, avg 7.33; BARLEY #3: 4.50-5.15, avg 4.82; OATS #2: 4.50, avg 4.50; SOYBEANS #2: 13.60-14.40, avg 14.01; EAR CORN: 215.00, avg 215.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.90-7.37, avg 7.21; WHEAT #2: 7.25-7.60, avg 7.42; BARLEY #3: 4.75-4.90, avg 4.82; OATS #2: 4.00-4.35, avg 4.17; SOYBEANS #2: 13.70-13.81, avg 13.75; EAR CORN: 115.00, avg 115.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 7.25-7.70, avg 7.48; WHEAT #2; 7.75, avg 7.75; BARLEY #3: 5.75, avg 5.75; OATS #2: 4.40-4.50, avg 4.45; SOYBEAN #2: 14.75-14.25, avg 13.99; GR. SORGHUM: 7.60, avg 7.60.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 6.90-7.72, avg 7.40, month ago 7.32, year ago 7.07; WHEAT #2: 7.23-8.98, avg 7.69, month ago 8.14, year ago 8.15; BARLEY #3: 4.50-5.75, avg 5.11, month ago 4.90, year ago 4.28; OATS #2: 4.00-5.15, avg 4.37, month ago 4.43, year ago 2.84; SOYBEANS #2: 13.60-14.40, avg 14.04, month ago 13.67, year ago 13.59; EAR CORN: 115.00-215.00, avg 178.00, month ago 202.00, year ago 156.25.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.95-7.32, avg 7.09; WHEAT #2: 6.93-7.23, avg 7.08; OATS #2: 3.85-5.25, avg 4.27; SOYBEANS #2: 13.96, avg 13.96.

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

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
March 18, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Dealer Hay & Straw Market for Eastern, Pa.: All hay prices paid by dealers at the farm and per ton. Compared to last week, hay sold steady to 5.00 lower. Straw sold steady. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 130.00-340.00. MIXED: 80.00-275.00. TIMOTHY: 80.00-225.00. STRAW: 100.00-160.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 162 loads. Straw: 29 loads. ALFALFA: 75.00-290.00. MIXED: 55.00-240.00. TIMOTHY: 150.00-300.00. GRASS: 80.00-330.00. STRAW: 100.00-225.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 176 loads; Straw: 49 loads. ALFALFA: 67.50-280.00. MIXED: 97.50-275.00. 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 14, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week Ending 2/16: 709; Week ending 2/23: 884; Week ending 3/2: 626; Week ending 3/9: 1300; 2012 to date: 44752; 2011 to date: 51787; Final 2011: 62,576.

CANNER APPLES: Week Ending 2/16: 5415; Week ending 2/23: 5410; Week ending 3/2: 3190; Week ending 3/9: 3982; 2012 to date: 136229; 2011 to date: 151648; Final 2011: 209853.

TOTAL APPLES: Week Ending 2/16: 6124; Week ending 2/23: 6294; Week ending 3/2: 3816; Week ending 3/9: 5282; 2012 to date: 180981; 2011 to date: 203435; Final 2011: 272,429.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): Trading slow. 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 higher, Straight loads of juice stock per hundredweight (cwt) U.S. Cider grade all varieties contract sales 20.00-22.00 mostly 21.00, occasional higher.

NEW YORK: Trading is moderate for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices for Canners/Peelers steady and Juice Stock slightly higher. Supplies are fairly light. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Wednesday, March 13, 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): $16.00-20.00, mostly $18.00. Includes previous commitments.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 45-47-48 Movement expected to decrease seasonally. 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. 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. Shipments for February 2013 were 515 (400 cwt). This represents a 355 (400 cwt) decrease from February 2012.

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV): Shipments 21-15-18 Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate as a few shippers expect to wind down for the season at the end of the month. Prices 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; and Red Rome mostly 20.00-23.00.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 5-5-4 Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Unofficial prices for Monday, March 11, 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. Shipments for February 2013 were 51 (400 cwt). This represents a 4 (400 cwt) decrease from February 2012.

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

Honey Monthly Update
Washington, D.C.
March 18, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Production Down 1%

Honey production in 2012 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 147 million pounds, down 1 percent from 2011. There were 2.62 million colonies producing honey in 2012, up 5 percent from 2011. Yield per colony averaged 56.1 pounds, down 6 percent from the 59.6 pounds in 2011. Colonies which produced honey in more than one State were counted in each State where the honey was produced. Therefore, at the United States level yield per colony may be understated, but total production would not be impacted. Colonies were not included if honey was not harvested. Producer honey stocks were 32.9 million pounds on December 15, 2012, down 10 percent from a year earlier. Stocks held by producers exclude those held under the commodity loan program.

Record High Honey Prices

Honey prices increased to a record high during 2012 to 195.1 cents per pound, up 11 percent from 176.5 cents per pound in 2011. United States and State level prices reflect the portions of honey sold through cooperatives, private, and retail channels. Prices for each color class are derived by weighting the quantities sold for each marketing channel. Prices for the 2011 crop reflect honey sold in 2011 and 2012. Some 2011 crop honey was sold in 2012, which caused some revisions to the 2011 crop prices.

Released March 18, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Livestock, Dairy & Poultry Outlook
Washington, D. C.
March 14, 2013
Reports supplied by USDA/ERS

Export Markets Evolve, but Dynamic Year for Total Red Meat, Poultry <\n>Exports Not Expected

BEEF/CATTLE: Snow in Plains States brings some drought relief but adversely impacts cattle feeding and meat processing, boosting fed cattle and beef prices. The snow also resulted in increased demand for feeder cattle for summer grazing, improving prices for lighter weight feeders. Alternatively, cattle feeding losses and negative near-term profit prospects exert downward pressure on prices for heaviest feeder cattle.

PORK/HOGS: Pork exports in January were year-over-year lower due to lower shipments to China, Mexico, South Korea, and Japan. U.S. exports to Japan in particular — by far the largest foreign buyer of U.S. pork products — face strong headwinds, as the Japanese yen has lost significant value relative to the U.S. dollar since last year. Lower wholesale pork prices are being reflected in somewhat lower retail pork prices.

POULTRY: Broiler meat production for 2013 is estimated at 37.9 billion pounds, up 600 million from the previous estimate. Production rose by 5.6 percent in January due a higher number of birds slaughtered and higher average weights. Turkey meat production for 2013 was increased to 6.2 billion, an increase of 150 million pounds from the earlier estimate. Turkey cold storage holdings as of January 31 were 362 million pounds, 22 percent higher than the previous year. Table egg production was higher in January on a year-over-year basis for the 16th consecutive month.

POULTRY TRADE: Broiler and turkey shipments in January 2013 rose from a year ago, while egg shipments declined over the same period. Broiler exports totaled 519.6 million pounds in January 2013, an increase of 2.7 percent from a year earlier. Turkey shipments increased 3.6 percent from a year earlier, totaling 56.3 million pounds, while egg exports totaled 24.1 million dozen in January 2013, a decline of 4.2 percent from last January.

DAIRY: Higher cow numbers will make the year-over-year decline in the U.S. herd size even more gradual than earlier expected. Higher exports are expected to support milk prices.

U.S. Turkeys
Washington, D.C.
March 14, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Eggs in Incubators Down 7%: Turkey eggs in incubators on March 1, 2013, in the United States totaled 27.1 million, down 7 percent from March 1, 2012. Eggs in incubators were down 3 percent from the February 1, 2013 total of 27.9 million eggs.

Poults Hatched Down 2%: Turkey poults hatched during February 2013, in the United States totaled 22.6 million, down 2 percent from February 2012. Poults hatched were down 6 percent from the January 2013 total of 24.1 million poults.

Net Poults Placed Down 4%: The 22.0 million net poults placed during February 2013 in the United States were down 4 percent from the number placed during the same month a year earlier. Net placements were down 7 percent from the January 2013 total of 23.5 million.

Released March 14, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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