Market Reports for March 8, 2014

3/8/2014 7:00 AM

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
Lewisburg, Pa.
Feb. 28, 2014
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3518; Last week 3465; Last year 3727. CALVES: This week 2665; Last week 2517; Last year 2605. HOGS: This week 831; Last week 557; Last year 976. FEEDER PIGS: This week 324; Last week 324; Last year n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 1643; Last week 1951; Last year 1871. GOATS: This week 1234; Last week 949; Last year 1407.

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

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

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week, holstein bull calves sold mostly 20.00 to 30.00 higher. Holstein heifers sold mostly 10.00 to 25.00 higher.

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

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

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter kid goats sold mostly steady to 20.00 higher. Slaughter nanny goats sold mostly 20.00 to 30.00 higher. Slaughter billies sold mostly 30.00 to 40.00 higher.

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

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa. 
March 7, 2014 
Report Supplied By USDA


CATTLE: 2116; Last week 2838; Last year 2655. CALVES: 1742; Last week 1706; Last year 1588. 

This week in Lancaster County cash cattle stayed on track with last weeks highs with steers again topping the $150.00/cwt mark. The markets continue to push for record highs and have many producers nervous wondering where it will all end. 

The Choice cutouts climbed to 235.30/cwt Thursday morning with Select rising to 233.07/cwt only $2.73 lower. 

Slaughter cows started the week firm and got better as the week progressed trading with very good demand. Thursday had Slaughter cows trading mostly over $90.00/cwt peaking over $100.00/cwt. 

On a world market the threat of war drives commodity traders crazy. A conflict that twenty years ago would have barely made our nightly news now drives corn futures up 10 1/2 cents overnight. That same twenty years ago corn jumping that much would have drove cattle futures down but now because of the Asian demand for beef the corn prices have very little effect on beef futures. All good for the American farmer! 

All cattle markets are priced per cwt. 

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-1600 lbs 149.00-153.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1250-1700 lbs 145.00-148.50; SELECT 2-3: 1150-1600 lbs 139.00-144.50. 

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-1650 lbs 132.00-136.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1650 lbs 128.00-131.00; SELECT 2-3; 125.00-127.50. 

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1200-1500 lbs 140.00-145.50; CHOICE 2-3; 1100-1450 lbs 139.00-144.00; SELECT 2-3: 1050-1400 lbs 129.00-132.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 88.00-99.00, High dress 99.00-108.00, Low dress 82.00-88.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 87.00-96.50, High dress 97.00-105.00, 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: 1095-2185 lbs avg dress 108.00-113.00, high dress 114.00-122.50, very high dress 123.00-126.50, low dress 95.00. 

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly firm with very good demand. Heifers sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher getting over the 300.00/cwt mark. 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 353.76/cwt (Hide-off). All prices per cwt. 

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-125 lbs 230.00-255.00, 80-90 lbs 240.00-265.00; #2: 95-125 lbs 200.00-235.00, 75-90 lbs 220.00-245.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 150.00-190.00; UTILITY: 70-115 lbs 100.00-135.00, 60-70 lbs 20.00-40.00. 

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 121 lbs 157.00, 95-112 lbs 180.00-183.00, 90 lbs 170.00; #2: 111-114 lbs 155.00-165.00, 90-103 lbs 180.00-192.00, 84 lbs 170.00; #3: 94-111 lbs 35.00-145.00, 73-83 lbs 105.00-122.00; UTILITY: 84-104 lbs 40.00-55.00, 65 lbs 20.00. 

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 110 lbs 285.00, 93-102 lbs 307.00-310.00, 83 lbs 170.00; #2: 92-105 lbs 220.00-255.00, 83 lbs 145.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 63-73 lbs 20.00-42.00. 

THURSDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 110-128 lbs 187.00-198.00, 90-108 lbs 210.00-223.00; #2; 105-128 lbs 180.00-187.00, 98-104 lbs 207.00-219.00, 80-95 lbs 245.00-272.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 175.00, 80-98 lbs 221.00-237.00, 72-78 lbs 185.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 72.00-75.00, 60-88 lbs 32.00-50.00. 

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-115 lbs 200.00-280.00, 80-85 lbs 180.00-200.00; #2: 80-110 lbs 100.00-170.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 80-100 lbs 45.00-70.00, 55 lbs 11.00. 

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

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
March 7, 2014
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler


STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 146.25; Last week 143.50; Last year 122.00.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 127.00; Last week 126.15; Last year 106.60.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 142.25; Last week 142.15; Last year 118.40.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 93.35; Last week 90.55; Last year 75.70.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 90.50; Last week 88.20; Last year 75.40.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 107.70; Last week 107.75; Last year 91.60.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 81.00; Last week 76.00; Last year 63.00.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 215.00; Last week 209.50; Last year 184.25.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 205.35; Last week 207.75; Last year 136.40.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 201.00; Last week 226.75; Last yeat 219.25.

New Holland Monday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 3, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 504; Last week 801; Last year 792. CALVES: 366; Last week 405; Last year 373.

When compared to last Monday’s sale, slaughter cows and bulls sold mostly steady on a light test. Demand was very good on an active trade. Cattle supply included 66 slaughter steers, 47 heifers, 270 cows, 85 bulls, and 36 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 94.00-96.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 90.00-93.00, High dress 93.00-96.00, Low dress 83.00-86.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 86.00-92.00, High dress 93.00-95.00, Low dress 76.00-85.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 81.50-85.00, High dress 90.00-92.00, Low dress 70.00-77.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1025-2090 lbs 109.00-113.00, high dress 116.00-128.00, very high dress 129.00-143.00, low dress 95.00-104.00.

CALVES: When compared to last week’s sale, bull calves sold 10.00-20.00 higher with very good demand. Heifers sold 25.00-30.00 higher with good demand. All calves are Holstein unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-125 lbs 230.00-255.00, 80-90 lbs 240.00-265.00; #2: 95-125 lbs 200.00-235.00, 75-90 lbs 220.00-245.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 150.00-190.00; UTILITY: 70-115 lbs 100.00-135.00, 60-70 lbs 20.00-40.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: #1: 85-110 lbs 210.00-260.00; #2: 70-100 lbs 130.00-180.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 65-80 lbs 80.00-110.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 80-100 lbs 60.00.

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.
Feb. 28, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 712; Last Sale: 324.

A very good offering of cattle for Friday`s special feeder sale. Buyer interest was good. Buyer turnout was good. Trade was active. Feeder Steers traded mostly steady to 20.00 lower. Feeder Heifers traded mostly steady to 20.00 higher compared to the sale two weeks ago. Demand was good overall. All prices per cwt.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 165.00-172.00 Fancy 365 lbs 200.00, 400-500 lbs 167.00-192.00, 500-600 lbs 157.00-172.00 Fancy 550 lbs 200.00, 600-700 lbs 155.00-165.00 Fancy 605 lbs 175.00, 700-1100 lbs 135.00-150.00 Fancy 720 lbs 175.00; MED/LGE 2: 400-500 lbs 152.00-162.00, 500-700 lbs 137.00-152.00, 700-1100 lbs 112.00-130.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEINS: LGE 3: 200-400 lbs 125.00-140.00, 400-500 lbs 119.00-130.00, 500-900 lbs 102.00-115.00, 900-1100 lbs 108.00-125.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 200-300 lbs 130.00-140.00 Fancy 175.00, 300-400 lbs 160.00-177.00, 400-500 lbs 155.00-172.00, 500-600 lbs 140.00-162.00, 600-700 lbs 135.00-150.00, 700-800 lbs 127.00-140.00, 800-1100 lbs 117.00-127.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 147.00-157.00, 400-500 lbs 135.00-150.00, 500-600 lbs 125.00-135.00, 600-700 lbs 117.00-132.00, 700-800 lbs 110.00-120.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 200-400 lbs 157.00-172.00 Fancy 207.00, 400-500 lbs 170.00-185.00, 500-600 lbs 145.00-160.00, 600-700 lbs 125.00-137.00, 700-900 lbs 130.00-150.00.

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

NOTE: Next Feeder Sale March 14.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
March 4, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 541; Last week 393; Last year 367. CALVES: 736; Last week 629; Last year 569.

Compared to last week: A large supply of Slaughter Steers today due to winter storm closing market yesterday. No Slaughter Steers last Tuesday for a comparison but compared to last Monday sold mostly 2.00-3.00 higher. 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 122 steers, 35 heifers, 373 cows, 6 bulls, and 5 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-1650 lbs 148.00-153.50, mostly 148.00-151.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1250-1600 lbs 144.00-147.50; SELECT 2-3: 1200-1650 lbs 139.00-143.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 88.00-92.00, High dress 95.00-96.00, Low dress 82.00-87.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 93.00-97.50, High dress 99.00-103.00, Low dress 86.00-92.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 87.00-93.00, High dress 94.00-95.50, Low dress 80.00-86.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 82.00-87.50, High dress 88.00-91.00, Low dress 72.00-81.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1300-2255 lbs avg dress 101.50, high dress 111.00-112.0, low dress 93.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower. Heifer calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher. Demand was good. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 585 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 121 lbs 157.00, 95-112 lbs 180.00-183.00, 90 lbs 170.00; #2: 111-114 lbs 155.00-165.00, 90-103 lbs 180.00-192.00, 84 lbs 170.00; #3: 94-111 lbs 35.00- 145.00, 73-83 lbs 105.00-122.00; UTILITY: 84-104 lbs 40.00-55.00, 65 lbs 20.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 110 lbs 285.00, 93-102 lbs 307.00-310.00, 83 lbs 170.00; #2: 92-105 lbs 220.00-255.00, 83 lbs 145.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 63-73 lbs 20.00-42.00.

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

NOTE: Next Feeder Sale March 14.

New Holland Thursday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa . 
March 6, 2014 
Report Supplied by USDA


CATTLE: 1071; Last week 1013; Last year 865. CALVES: 640; Last week 565; Last year 532. 

Compared to last Thursday's sale, Slaughter steers sold mostly firm compared to last week. Demand was very good. Holstein steers sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher compared to last week. Heifers sold mostly firm compared to a very light test last week. Slaughter cows sold mostly 3.00-4.00 higher. Demand was very good. Cattle supplies included 396 slaughter steers; 127 heifers; 486 cows; 47 bulls; and 15 feeder calves. All prices per cwt. 

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-1600 lbs 149.00-153.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1250-1700 lbs 145.00-148.50; SELECT 2-3; 1150-1600 lbs 139.00-144.50. 

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-1650 lbs 132.00-136.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1650 lbs 128.00-131.00; SELECT 2-3: 125.00-127.50. 

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1200-1500 lbs 140.00-145.50; CHOICE 2-3; 1100-1450 lbs 139.00-144.00; SELECT 2-3: 1050-1400 lbs 129.00-132.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 90.00-95.00, Very high dress 108.00, High dress 96.50-97.00, Low dress 86.00-89.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 91.00-95.50, Very high dress 102.50-105.00, High dress 96.00-101.00, Low dress 85.00-90.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 90.00-95.00, High dress 96.00-98.00, Low dress 85.00-89.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 86.00-91.00, High dress 94.50-95.00, Low dress 78.50-85.00. 

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1095-2185 lbs avg dress 108.00-113.00, high dress 114.00-122.50, very high dress 123.00-126.50, low dress 95.00. 

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher. Holstein Heifer calves sold 30.00-40.00 higher. Demand was very good. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 426 head for Thursday's sale. All calves are sold by the cwt. 

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 110-128 lbs 187.00-198.00, 90-108 lbs 210.00-223.00; #2: 105-128 lbs 180.00-187.00, 98-104 lbs 207.00-219.00, 80-95 lbs 245.00-272.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 175.00, 80-98 lbs 221.00-237.00, 72-78 lbs 185.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 72.00-75.00, 60-88 lbs 32.00-50.00. 

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-115 lbs 200.00-280.00, 80-85 lbs 180.00-200.00; #2; 80-110 lbs 100.00-170.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 80-100 lbs 45.00-70.00, 55 lbs 11.00. 

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. 27, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

State Graded Weighted Average for Feb 20-26, 2014 Sales at Blackstone, Lynchburg, Radiant, Rockingham and Springlake.

Feeder Cattle: 2098 (Steers 868; Heifers 743; Bulls 487); Last Week 2,014; Last Year 1,914.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 13 head, 300-400 lbs 222.00-224.00; 62 head, 400-500 lbs 195.00-215.00; 101 head, 500-600 lbs 140.00-194.50; 62 head, 700-800 lbs 150.00-169.25; 11 head, 800-900 lbs 133.00-148.25; 7 head, 900-1000 lbs 138.00; 6 head, 1000-1100 lbs 130.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 4 head, 500-600 lbs 167.00. MED/LGE 2: 13 head, 300-400 lbs 215.00-229.00; 44 head, 400-500 lbs 188.00-217.00; 64 head, 500-600 lbs 171.00-198.00; 17 head, 600-700 lbs 164.00-178.00; 9 head, 700-800 lbs 137.00-167.25; 4 head, 800-900 lbs 143.50. MED/LGE 3: 17 head, 400-500 lbs 125.00-192.00; 18 head, 500-600 lbs 131.00-183.00; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 165.50; 4 head, 700-800 lbs 133.00-156.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 2: 8 head, 400-500 lbs 128.00; 15 head, 500-600 lbs 105.00-126.75; 24 head, 600-700 lbs 118.00-126.50; 39 head, 700-800 lbs 124.25; 30 head, 800-900 lbs 121.00; 9 head, 900-1000 lbs 120.00. LGE 3: 9 head, 300-400 lbs 134.50; 14 head, 400-500 lbs 116.00-134.25; 20 head, 500-600 lbs 127.00; 12 head, 600-700 lbs 127.00; 9 head, 700-800 lbs 123.50; 10 head, 800-900 lbs 123.00; 6 head, 900-1000 lbs 122.00. LGE 4: 4 head, 400-500 lbs 99.00-110.00; 20 head, 500-600 lbs 85.00-118.75; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 111.00-120.75.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 13 head, 300-400 lbs 210.00-223.50; 84 head, 400-500 lbs 182.00-214.00; 57 head, 500-600 lbs 160.00-180.00; 18 head, 600-700 lbs 130.00-155.50. MED/LGE 2: 58 head, 300-400 lbs 150.00-229.25; 145 head, 400-500 lbs 162.00-220.00; 33 head, 500-600 lbs 168.00-173.75; 7 head, 600-700 lbs 144.00-157.00. MED/LGE 3: 10 head, 400-500 lbs 138.00-181.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 14 head, 300-400 lbs 188.00-192.00; 57 head, 400-500 lbs 166.00-182.50; 57 head, 500-600 lbs 159.00-169.50; 42 head, 600-700 lbs 143.00-158.00; 40 head, 700-800 lbs 129.00-151.00; 4 head, 800-900 lbs 128.50. MED/LGE 2: 59 head, 300-400 lbs 184.00-195.00; 118 head, 400-500 lbs 167.00-185.50; 65 head, 500-600 lbs 152.50-171.75; 21 head, 600-700 lbs 140.00-158.00; 4 head, 700-800 lbs 125.00-127.50. MED/LGE 2-3: 7 head, 400-500 lbs 179.00; 52 head, 500-600 lbs 170.75-171.75. MED/LGE 3: 39 head, 300-400 lbs 120.00-193.75; 61 head, 400-500 lbs 158.00-180.50; 39 head, 500-600 lbs 159.50-165.25; 8 head, 600-700 lbs 129.00-154.50.

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.

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 3, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 579; Last Week: 684; Year Ago: 760.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 2.00-3.00 higher compared to last week. Demand was good. Sows traded mostly 3.00-4.00 higher. All prices per cwt.

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 77.00-81.00, 300-400 lbs 78.00-85.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 72.00-76.00, 300-400 lbs 74.00-76.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 68.00-73.00, 500-700 lbs 73.00-77.00.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 15.00-25.00.

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 5, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 75; Last sale: 324.

When compared to the most recent sale two weeks ago a very light supply of pigs sold mostly steady with good demand. All feeder pigs are sold per cwt.

US 1: 12 head, 20-30 lbs 290.00-300.00; 53 head, 30-40 lbs 240.00-280.00.

US 2: 5 head, 15-30 lbs 110.00-130.00; 3 head, 21 lbs 200.00.

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 3, 2014
Report Supplied by Auction

33 total head. Overall market 250.00-300.00 higher. Prices per head.

Work: 575.00-1775.00.

Driving: 325.00-625.00.

Riding: 250.00-800.00.

Better Riding: 500.00-850.00.

Registered Riding: 175.00-385.00.

Large Ponies: 185.00-250.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
March 3, 2014
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 1565; Last Monday: 1577; Year Ago: 1823.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 946; Last Monday: 1123; Year Ago: 983.

SHEEP/LAMBS: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs traded mostly 10.00-20.00 higher. Slaughter ewes traded mostly steady to 10.00 higher. Slaughter supply consisted of 69 percent lambs, 25 percent slaughter ewes, and 6 percent miscellaneous stock. All sheep and lambs are destined for non-traditional markets. All sheep and lambs are sold by the hundred weight, on actual weights. Non-Traditional Markets:

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 40-60 lbs hair sheep 245.00-270.00, 60- 80 lbs hair sheep 235.00-270.00, 70-80 lbs 227.00-230.00, 80-110 lbs 200.00-230.00, hair sheep 224.00-240.00, 120-130 lbs 190.00-194.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 40-60 lbs 298.00-300.00, hair sheep 270.00-300.00, 60-80 lbs 252.00-264.00, 80-100 lbs 240.00-256.00, hair sheep 242.00- 277.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 40-60 lbs hair sheep 227.00-242.00, 60-80 hair sheep 230.00-234.00, 90-110 lbs 198.00-202.00, 100-110 lbs hair sheep 170.00-174.00, 110-130 lbs 166.00-196.00, 130-150 lbs 172.00-179.00, 150- 170 lbs 168.00-180.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 60-80 lbs hair sheep 200.00-225.00, 80-110 lbs hair sheep 145.00-168.00, 120-130 lbs 140.00-157.00, 150-160 lbs 158.00-162.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 80-110 lbs 120.00- 148.00, hair sheep 110.00-120.00, 110-160 lbs hair sheep 102.00-110.00, 120-160 lbs 106.00-126.00, 160-200 lbs 100.00-120.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 80-110 lbs hair sheep 94.00-114.00, 90-110 lbs 84.00-104.00, 110-120 lbs hair sheep 98.00-100.00, 120-160 lbs 66.00-84.00, 160-200 lbs 74.00-84.00, 200-240 lbs 78.00-88.00; CULL 1-2: 130-140 lbs 56.00-78.00, 180-200 lbs 68.00-72.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 130-160 lbs hair sheep 112.00-145.00, 160-200 lbs 76.00-97.00, hair sheep 90.00-98.00, 200-250 lbs 78.00-106.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher. Slaughter Nanny goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher. Slaughter Billies sold mostly 20.00-30.00 higher. Demand was good for all classes. Overall quality was better than previous week. Slaughter supply consisted of 56 percent Slaughter Kids, 32 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 160.00-180.00, 60-80 lbs 200.00-235.00, 80-100 lbs 200.00-242.00; SEL 2: 40-60 lbs 110.00-160.00, 60-80 lbs 150.00-200.00, 80-100 lbs 165.00- 200.00, 110-120 lbs 197.00-200.00; SEL 3: 40-60 lbs 80.00- 95.00, 90-110 lbs 165.00-170.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES (hd): SEL 1: 90-125 lbs 185.00-222.00, 130-165 lbs 197.00-227.00; SEL 2: 80-125 lbs 140.00-185.00, 130-140 lbs 185.00-197.00; SEL 3: 75-90 lbs 122.00-155.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES (hd): SEL 1: 120-150 lbs 275.00-310.00, 150-180 lbs 350.00-395.00; SEL 2: 100-135 lbs 180.00-295.00, 150-160 lbs 200.00-245.00.

SLAUGHTER WHETHERS (hd): SEL 1: 80-100 lbs 220.00-285.00, 100-130 lbs 285.00-325.00, 130-160 lbs 290.00-345.00; SEL 2: 80-110 lbs 180.00-250.00.

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

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
March 5, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 177; Last Sale: 360; Last Year: 381.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold mostly 100.00-200.00 higher. Demand was good. Heifers traded mostly 100.00-200.00 higher compared to last week. Demand was good. Wednesday’s supply included 68 fresh milking cows, 6 short-bred cows, 9 springing cows, 12 short-bred heifers, 40 springing heifers, 28 open heifers, and 14 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 2200.00-2850.00; Approved: 1850.00-2150.00; Medium: 1500.00-1800.00; Common: 1150.00-1400.00.

SHORT BRED COWS: (1-3 months): Approved: 1625.00-1800.00; Medium: 1225.00-1475.00.

CULL COWS: 875.00-1125.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS: (7-9 months): Supreme: 1950.00-2100.00; Approved: 1675.00-1850.00; Medium: 1400.00-1650.00; Common: 1300.00-1400.00.

BRED HEIFERS: (4-6 months): Supreme: 1625.00-1775.00; Approved: 1450.00-1600.00; Medium: 1200.00-1400.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: Not reported due to reporter absence.

BULLS: 600-900 lbs 775.00-950.00, 900-1200 lbs 1000.00-1275.00, 1200-1500 lbs 1275.00-1425.00.

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.
March 5, 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 2.0780-2.3491.

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

Milk production continues to increase in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. As bottling sales decline, loads are increasingly going to manufacturers in the region. Some manufactures have increased Class III and Class IV production while expanding inventories as a result of the increased milk supplies.

Manufacturing milk supplies in the Southeast are heavy resulting from increased production and sluggish Class I demand. Florida milk production is higher as warm weather and mild rain induces good cow comfort levels. Some producers are adding cows to their herds. This week the Class I sales were stronger. Strong surplus milk supplies saw 140 loads exported from Florida this week.

Cream supplies are reported as tightening. Demand for cream has increased as numerous manufacturers increase production of Class II and Class III ahead of Easter and Passover.

The unusual winter weather has hampered anticipated ice cream and ice cream sales.

Spot sales seen increases in the upper end of the multiples range. The CME Group butter price closed Wednesday at $1.8800, unchanged from the previous session. Cream multiples for all classes ranged 1.15-1.30.

Condensed skim supplies are steady. Yogurt production is active along with some increases in ice cream manufacturing. Condensed spot sales are limited with most activity resulting from contract transaction.

DAIRY PRODUCT: According to NASS, hard ice cream production in the Atlantic region for January 2014 totaled 10.3 million gallons, 16.1% less than January 2013. U.S. Yogurt production (plain and flavored) for January totaled 395.3 million pounds, up 0.1% from January 2013.

SOURCE: USDA/AMS/Dairy Market News, Madison, Wis. Daniel Johnson, 608.278.4156.

Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
March 5, 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 $1.81 per pound for the week ending March 1, 2014. The United States (US) price per pound decreased 1.4 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $2.23 per pound for the week ending March 1, 2014. The price per pound decreased 2.5 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $2.21 per pound, down 4.4 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 64.3 cents per pound for the week ending March 1, 2014. The US price per pound increased 0.8 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 $2.09 per pound for the week ending March 1, 2014. The US price per pound increased 0.4 cents from the previous week.

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
March 3, 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: 4.68 bu, 8.38 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 6.26 bu, 10.45 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 3.62 bu, 7.75 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 3.86 bu, 12.03 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 13.88 bu, 23.19 cwt.

EAR CORN: 130.00 ton, 6.50 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 192.50 ton; 9.63 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 218.75 ton, 10.94 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 218.75 ton, 10.94 cwt.

GRASS HAY: 195.50 ton, 9.78 cwt.

PA Grain Report
New Holland, Pa.
March 3, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

When compared to last week’s opening cash bids: Corn and bean markets were higher across Pennsylvania following a firm movement in the Chicago board. Grain commodities moved higher late last week into this week fuel over concerns of the Ukraine crisis. The tension between Ukraine and Russia may potentially disrupt exports in the Black Sea Region and has given motive for speculators to move into long positions across all grain and bean commodities. Fundamentals remain unchanged at the moment, and volatility in the market has been influenced more by the “what ifs” than the “what is.” 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: 4.6800-5.0300, up 20-up 15, 10h to 45h, up 15-up 10. CENTRAL: 4.7700-5.0300, up 24-up 16, 19h to 45h, up 19-up 11. WESTERN: 4.1500-4.3400, up 6-up 11, -43h to -24h, up 1-up 6.

Us No 2 Soft Red Winter Wheat: EASTERN: 6.3000-7.1900, no comp, -47h to 42h, no comp. WESTERN: 5.4900-6.0000, no comp, -128h to -77h, no comp.

Us No 3 Feed Barley: CENTRAL: 3.3000-4.0000, dn 20-up 20.

Us No 2 White Oats: CENTRAL: 3.2000-4.0000, dn 70-dn 51, -191h to -111h, dn 115.5-dn 96.5. WESTERN: 4.0000-4.5000, unch, -111h to -61h, dn 45.5.

Us No 2 Soybeans: EASTERN: 13.9500-14.1000, up 55-up 47, -19h to -4h, up 12-up 4. CENTRAL: 13.5000-13.9600, up 43-up 45, -64h to -18h, unch-up 2. WESTERN: 13.7200-13.8900, up 45-up 21, -42h to -25h, up 2-dn 22.

Average Bid Price: EASTERN: Corn 4.85; Wheat 6.75; Soybeans 14.04. CENTRAL: Corn 4.95; Barley 3.62; Oats 3.38; Soybeans 13.79. WESTERN: Corn 4.24; Wheat 5.76; Oats 4.33; Soybeans 13.82.

Eastern - Contracts: CORN: 4.5200-5.0100, up 8-up 24, -20z to 29z, unch-up 16. WHEAT: 5.8200-6.5900, up 23-up 72, -107z to -30z, dn 35.5-up 13.5. SOYBEANS: 11.0900-11.3700, no comp, -60x to -32x, no comp.

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.

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
March 3, 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: 187 loads. Straw: 42 loads. ALFALFA: 110.00-290.00. MIXED: 100.00-380.00. TIMOTHY: 105.00-350.00. GRASS: 77.00-320.00. STRAW: 95.00-240.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 148 loads; Straw: 42 loads. ALFALFA: 60.00-310.00. MIXED: 55.00-340.00. TIMOTHY: 110.00-310.00. GRASS: 80.00-305.00. STRAW: 90.00-190.00.

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

National Organic Grain & Feedstuffs
Des Moines, Iowa
March 5, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Bi-Weekly Weighted Average Report for the Week 2/21/14 to 3/1/14.

Prices for reported commodites have remained mostly steady when compared to previously reported prices. Market activity is still fairly slow with limited spot market trading being reported. Demand for feed grade organic corn and soybeans is moderate while food grade demand for both organic corn and soybeans is good. The supply of organic hay remains light. Another major storm early this week continued to cause trucking issues but as more Spring like weather moves in over the next few days those issues are expecteed to dissapear.

Prices negotiated spot market, FOB the farm. Prices quoted $/bushel, except soybean meal ($/ton and FOB the mill) and roasted soybeans, $/ton. Hay reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted. Soybean oil, sunflowers, spelt, cents/lb.

ORGANIC CORN: FOOD YELLOW: last report 11.93. FEED YELLOW: 10.00-12.98, last report 11.15, last year 14.49.

ORGANIC SOYBEANS: FOOD GRADE: 28.00-30.00, last year 29.33. FEED GRADE: 24.00-26.20, last report 24.09, last year 26.72. MEAL: 1075.00-1080.00, last year 1135.00.

ORGANIC OATS: FEED GRADE: last year 5.75.

ORGANIC BARLEY: FEED GRADE: last year 11.25.

ORGANIC WHEAT: FOOD GRADE HRW: last year 14.50. FEED GRADE HRW: last year 14.24.

ALFALFA: Premium/Supreme: 280.00.

Source: USDA Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News. Jason Karwal, 515-284-4460.

NOTE: For a complete listing, visit www.ams.usda.gov/LPSMarketNewsPage.

U.S. & Canadian Cattle & Sheep Inventory
Washington, D. C.
March 5, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Cattle Inventory Down 2%

All cattle and calves in the United States and Canada combined totaled 99.9 million head on January 1, 2014, down 2 percent from the 101.6 million on January 1, 2013. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 43.1 million head, were down 1 percent from a year ago.

All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2014, totaled 87.7 million head, 2 percent below the 89.3 million on January 1, 2013. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 38.3 million head, were down 1 percent from a year ago.

All cattle and calves in Canada as of January 1, 2014, totaled 12.2 million head, down 1 percent from the 12.3 million on January 1, 2013. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 4.86 million, were down 1 percent from a year ago.

Sheep Inventory Down 2%

All sheep and lambs in the United States and Canada combined totaled 6.10 million head on January 1, 2014, down 2 percent from the 6.24 million on January 1, 2013. Breeding sheep, at 4.55 million head, were down 2 percent from a year ago and market sheep and lambs, at 1.55 million head, down from last year’s 1.58 million head.

All sheep and lambs in the United States as of January 1, 2014, totaled 5.21 million head, 2 percent below the 5.34 million head on January 1, 2013. Breeding sheep, at 3.88 million head, were down 2 percent from a year ago, while market sheep and lambs, at 1.33 million head, and were down 2 percent from last year.

All sheep and lambs in Canada as of January 1, 2014, totaled 893 thousand head, down 1 percent from last year’s number of 902 thousand. Breeding sheep, at 673 thousand head, were down 1 percent from last year. Market sheep and lambs, at 220 thousand head, were down 1 percent from a year ago.

Released March 5, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Chicken & Egg Update
Washington, D. C.
Feb. 28, 2014
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

January Egg Production Up 2%

United States egg production totaled 8.21 billion during January 2014, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 7.13 billion table eggs, and 1.08 billion hatching eggs, of which 997 million were broiler-type and 78 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2014 averaged 351 million, up 2 percent from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,336 eggs, up slightly from January 2013.

All layers in the United States on February 1, 2014 totaled 351 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 351 million layers consisted of 294 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.1 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.23 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on February 1, 2014, averaged 74.9 eggs per 100 layers, up slightly from February 1, 2013.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 5%

Egg-type chicks hatched during January 2014 totaled 43.9 million, up 5 percent from January 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 39.7 million on February 1, 2014, up 3 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 270 thousand during January 2014, down 23 percent from January 2013.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1%

Broiler-type chicks hatched during January 2014 totaled 767 million, up 1 percent from January 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 624 million on February 1, 2014, up 2 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.47 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during January 2014, up 3 percent from January 2013.

Released February 28, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

2013 Annual Summary Highlights

United States Average Number of Layers Up 2%: Layer numbers during 2013 averaged 346 million, up 2 percent from the year earlier. The annual average production per layer on hand in 2013 was 275 eggs, up slightly from 2012.

United States Egg Production Up 2%: Egg production during the year ending November 30, 2013 totaled 95.2 billion eggs, up 2 percent from 2012. Table egg production, at 82.5 billion eggs, was up 2 percent from the previous year. Hatching egg production, at 12.7 billion eggs, was up 3 percent from 2012.

United States Dec. 1 Inventory Numbers: The total number of chickens on hand on December 1, 2013 (excluding commercial broilers) was 464 million birds, up 1 percent from last year.

United States Total Value: The total value of all chickens on December 1, 2013 was $1.98 billion, up 7 percent from December 1, 2012. The average value increased from $4.06 per bird on December 1, 2012, to $4.27 per bird on December 1, 2013.

U.S. Dairy Products Update
Washington, D.C.
March 4, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total CHEESE output (excluding cottage cheese) was 951 million pounds, 1.6 percent above January 2013 but 1.9 percent below December 2013.

ITALIAN TYPE cheese production totaled 418 million pounds, 4.6 percent above January 2013 but 1.2 percent below December 2013.

AMERICAN TYPE cheese production totaled 380 million pounds, 1.1 percent above January 2013 and 0.7 percent above December 2013.

BUTTER production was 182 million pounds, 3.0 percent below January 2013 but 12.9 percent above December 2013.

DRY MILK POWDERS (comparisons with January 2013) Nonfat dry milk, human - 140 million pounds, down 2.3 percent. Skim milk powders - 58.8 million pounds, up 22.6 percent.

WHEY products (comparisons with January 2013) Dry whey, total - 70.0 million pounds, down 22.8 percent. Lactose, human and animal - 95.2 million pounds, up 7.4 percent. Whey protein concentrate, total - 45.3 million pounds, up 23.1 percent.

FROZEN PRODUCTS (comparisons with January 2013) Ice cream, regular (hard) - 55.7 million gallons, down 0.7 percent. Ice cream, lowfat (total) - 27.7 million gallons, down 2.9 percent. Sherbet (hard) - 2.92 million gallons, down 2.7 percent. Frozen yogurt (total) - 4.82 million gallons, up 32.0 percent.

Released March 4, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Egg Products
Washington, D. C.
Feb. 28, 2014
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

Shell Eggs Broken Up 2%

Shell eggs broken totaled 176 million dozen during January 2014, up 2 percent from January a year ago, and 2 percent above the 172 million broken last month.

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

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

Released February 28, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Monthly Grass Fed Beef Report
Des Moines, Iowa
Feb. 25, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Report includes prices on a dressed carcass, wholesale, and direct marketed basis for grass fed beef. Dressed prices are quoted per hundred pounds, with wholesale and direct meat prices quoted per pound.

Negotiated Prices Paid for Domestic Slaughter Steers and Heifers ($/cwt)

Dressed Basis Steers/Heifers: 200.00-256.00.

Grass Fed Beef-Wholesale ($/lb)

Chuck Roll: 3.18-5.79.

Shoulder Clod: 3.18-4.99.

Ribeye, Boneless, Whole: 9.82-11.99.

Short Loin: 8.98-13.99.

Tenderloin, Whole: 15.99-24.99.

Striploin, Whole: 8.30-12.99.

Top Sirloin Butt, Whole: 5.58-8.99.

Knuckle, Peeled, Whole: 4.99-5.27.

Round Cut: 4.11-4.89.

Top Round, Inside: 3.03-4.99.

Bottom Round: 4.59-4.99.

Eye of Round: 3.82-6.99.

Brisket, Whole: 4.45-5.99.

Short Ribs: 4.99-8.39.

Flank Steak: 6.95-8.49.

Skirt Steak: 6.83-8.47.

Hanger Steak: 5.49-9.99.

85/15 Bulk Trim, 20 lb Vac Pack: 4.11-4.49.

70/30 Ground Beef, 5 lb Vac Pack: 2.25-3.99.

85/15 Ground Beef, 5 lb Vac Pack: 4.11-4.59.

90/10 Ground Beef, 1 lb Vac Pack, 40/case: 3.74-4.99.

90/10 Ground Beef, 4/1 lb Patties: 4.99-6.99.

Beef Liver, 5 lb Vac Pac: 1.67-2.99.

Beef Heart, 5 lb Vac Pac: 1.49-2.99.

Beef Tongue, 5 lb Vac Pac: 2.99-6.31.

Grass Fed Beef-Direct ($/lb)

Ribeye Steak: 9.99-28.55, avg 19.32.

Filet Mignon: 16.99-45.00, avg 33.40.

Striploin Steak: 22.54-29.98, avg 26.26.

Sirloin Steak: 6.33-7.98, avg 7.16.

Flat Iron Steak: 9.95-11.99, avg 10.97.

Tri Tip Steak: 12.00-21.54, avg 15.53.

Skirt Steak: 8.99-10.00, avg 9.59.

Flank Steak: 8.79-13.50, avg 11.16.

Tenderloin: 33.52-57.48, avg 45.50.

Rib Roast: 12.95-32.85, avg 23.89.

Sirloin Roast: 6.33-7.98, avg 7.15.

Chuck Roast: 6.49-8.83, avg 7.34.

Round Roast: 5.41-7.90, avg 6.92.

Brisket: 6.49-7.50, avg 7.00.

Rump Roast: 6.33-7.99, avg 7.16.

Short Ribs: 6.65-8.50, avg 7.72.

Back Ribs: 4.85-8.50, avg 8.20.

Stew Meat: 8.68-15.99, avg 12.32.

Ground Beef, 90/10, Bulk: 7.99-8.99, avg 8.42.

Ground Beef, 90/10, Patties: 7.89-10.00, avg 9.00.

Ground Beef, 85/15, Bulk: 7.29-9.99, avg 8.72.

Ground Beef, 85/15, Patties: 7.50-9.26, avg 8.33.

Ground Beef, 75/25, Bulk: 6.75-6.77, avg 6.76.

Ground Beef, 75/25, Patties: 6.98-7.25, avg 5.30.

Frankfurters: 7.75-10.25, avg 8.95.

Beef Shanks: 5.69-12.00, avg 8.15.

Oxtails: 4.09-7.90, avg 4.71.

Beef Liver: 3.50-5.95, avg 4.95.

Beef Heart: 4.25-5.39, avg 4.71.

Beef Tongues: 5.39-7.10, avg 6.16.

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

U.S. & Canadian Hog Inventory
March 5, 2014
Washington, D.C.
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Inventory Down Slightly

United States and Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs for December 2013 was 78.7 million head. This was down slightly from December 2012, and down slightly from December 2011. The breeding inventory, at 6.97 million head, was down 1 percent from a year ago and down 1 percent from 2011. Market hog inventory, at 71.7 million head, was down slightly from last year and down slightly from 2011. The semi-annual pig crop, at 73.1 million head, was down slightly from 2012 but up slightly from 2011. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 7.08 million head, down 1 percent from last year and down 2 percent from 2011.

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2013 was 65.9 million head. This was down 1 percent from December 1, 2012 and down 2 percent from September 1, 2013. The breeding inventory, at 5.76 million head, was down 1 percent from last year and down 1 percent from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.2 million head, was down 1 percent from last year, and down 2 percent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 29.3 million head, was down slightly from 2012 and down slightly from 2011. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.88 million head, down slightly from 2012 and down 2 percent from 2011.

Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs on January 1, 2014 was 12.7 million head. This was up 1 percent from January 1, 2013 and up 1 percent from January 1, 2012. The breeding inventory, at 1.22 million head, was up slightly from last year but down slightly from 2012. Market hog inventory, at 11.5 million head, was up 1 percent from last year and up 1 percent from 2012. The semi-annual pig crop, at 13.6 million head, was down 4 percent from 2013 and down 5 percent from 2012. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 1.27 million head, down 4 percent from last year and down 6 percent from 2012.

Released March 5, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

US Peanut Stocks & Processing
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 28, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Shelled Edible Grade Utilization Up 3%

Peanut Stocks in Commercial Storage Totaled 4.30 Billion Pounds

Peanut stocks reported in commercial storage on January 31, 2014 totaled 4.30 billion pounds of equivalent farmer stock, compared with 5.18 billion pounds a year ago. This total includes 3.47 billion pounds of actual farmer stock.

Shelled peanuts on hand totaled 766 million pounds of farmer stock equivalent. Roasting stock totaled 64.5 million pounds. Shelled peanut stocks totaled 576 million pounds of which 545 million pounds were edible grades and 31.4 million pounds were oil stocks. Edible grade stocks by type included 57.8 million pounds of Virginias and Valencias, 461 million pounds of Runners, and 26.1 million pounds of Spanish.

Millings in January totaled 407 million pounds. Millings by type were 72.0 million pounds of Virginias and Valencias, 333 million pounds of Runners, and 2.51 million pounds of Spanish.

Commercial processors utilized 158 million pounds of shelled edible grade peanuts during January. Utilization by type was 91.0 million pounds for all peanut butter products and 32.5 million pounds for peanut snacks. Crushing for oil and cake and meal totaled 36.3 million pounds during the month.

Deliveries under the Government Domestic Feeding and Child Nutrition Programs amounted to 3.61 million pounds of peanut butter and 25,920 pounds of roasted peanuts during January.

Stocks of treated seed on hand January 31, 2014 totaled 2,180,000 pounds, compared with 1,577,000 pounds on December 31, 2013. Of the January total, 425,000 pounds were Spanish. December stocks of treated seed included 229,000 pounds of Virginias and Valencias.

Stocks estimates refer to January 31, 2014. All other data are for the month of January.

Released February 28, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
Feb. 27, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 2/1: 1541; Week ending 2/8: 1558; Week ending 2/15: 880; Week ending 2/22: 968; 2013 to date: 35227; 2012 to date: 42826; Final 2012: 56428.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 2/1: 4263; Week ending 2/8: 4569; Week ending 2/15: 3485; Week ending 2/22: 5197; 2013 to date: 139243; 2012 to date: 129057; Final 2012: 207550.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 2/1: 5804; Week ending 2/8: 6127; Week ending 2/15: 4365; Week ending 2/22: 6165; 2013 to date: 174470; 2012 to date: 171883; Final 2012: 263978.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): Trading light. Prices 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. After a brief warm spell over the weekend with daytime temperatures in the fifties, temperatures returned to below normal levels current week.

NEW YORK: Movement of apples for juice stock and canners/peelers is expected to remain about the same. Trading is light for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices steady. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Wednesday, February 26, 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 $8.00-8.40 mostly $8.00-8.25.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 93-93-84 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 Empire and Red Delicious mostly 16.00-18.00, Cortland and Golden Delicious mostly 16.00-18.00, Macoun and McIntosh mostly 16.00-18.00, Rome mostly 15.00-16.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack Fuji 80s-88s mostly 27.00-28.00, 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 37-26-33, Export 3-1-5 Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices slightly higher. Cartons traypack U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious 72s-88s mostly 22.00-23.00 100s mostly 20.00; Golden Delicious 80s-88s mostly 22.00-23.00, 100s mostly 20.00-21.00; Fuji 72s-88s 28.00-29.00, 100s mostly 26.00; McIntosh 72s-88s 25.00; cartons 12 3-pound film bags U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2 inch minimum Red Delicious mostly 19.00-20.00, Golden Delicious mostly 19.00-20.00, Granny Smith 20.00-22.00, Red Rome 18.00, and McIntosh 18.00-19.00. Export to Costa Rica, El Salvador, India, Israel and Panama.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 7-6-6 Movement expected to remain about the same. Unofficial prices for Monday, February 24, 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.

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