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National cattle report

Cattle prices in dollars per hundredweight (cwt.) except some replacement animals per pair or head as indicated.

NATIONAL SLAUGHTER CATTLE

(Federal-State Market News)

Oklahoma City-Des Moines

Jan. 10

Compared to Jan. 3: Cattle traded in the South Plains $2 higher but trades in Nebraska were yet to be established at time of report. Boxed beef prices Jan. 10 averaged $213.05, up $13.15. The Choice/Select spread is at $3.13. Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Jan. 10 totaled about 21,250 head. Last week’s total head count was 105,338 head.

Midwest Direct Markets: Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-80 Percent Choice, 1200-1400 lbs. $139.

Slaughter Cows and Bulls (Average Yielding Prices): Slaughter cows and bulls sold higher in all post-Holiday sales.

USDA’s Cutter cow carcass cut-out value Friday morning was $172.29, up $1.46 from Jan. 3.

NATIONAL FEEDER AND STOCKER CATTLE

(Federal-State Market News)

St. Joseph, Mo.

Jan. 10

This week Last week Last year

306,400 101,800 400,100

Compared to the last good test of feeder cattle, which was the week ending Dec. 20, feeder cattle and calves sold fully $3-10 higher with routine instances as much as $20 higher. There are simply no superlatives left to describe buyer demand and never-before-seen price levels. All classes of beef cattle (feeders and fats) plus boxed beef cut-out values were equally entrenched into new record-high territory. In an effort to chase down dressed steers and heifers, both Select and Choice cut-outs blew by record levels most recently reached in late May 2013, which included much more desirable grilling weather than mid-January.

Jan. 10 Choice closed at $214.98 while Select ended the week’s trading at $211.58. Finished cattle were higher once again this week with the Southern Plains feedyards selling mostly $2 higher at $139, while Nebraska feedlots reached $140 on live sales and $222 in the beef, which was $4 higher than last week.

Feeder cattle markets were even more active on fairly light receipts this past week as dangerously cold temperatures kept many producers from getting their cattle to the salebarn. Limited direct sales were also higher but country bids have a hard time keeping up with such sharply higher prices that can only be reached in an auction setting.

At the Bassett, Neb., Livestock Auction on Jan. 8, a houseful of farmer-feeders pushed price levels to new all-time world record highs with over 350 head of top quality 6 weight steers averaging 638 lbs. at $211.34. A pot load of fancy red-hided 655 lb. steers brought $211 and over 150 head of fancy 581 lb. steers averaged $229.41.

The nearly 400 head of Sandhill reputation 600-700 lb. heifers actually sold higher than the steers, but some rationale could be realized as most of these were purchased for replacements.

Corn prices fell to their lowest level in over three years this week, adding jet fuel to the fire, but Friday’s USDA Crop Production Annual Summary reduced the 2013 corn yield by 1.6 bushels per acre to an average of 158.8 bushels. Feed and ethanol demand were also adjusted upward to reduce year-ending corn stocks to 1.63 billion bushels, which was still 30 percent more than the same time a year ago. Yet, support-starved CBOT corn contracts still surged more than 20 cents/bu Jan. 10, which could temper feeder demand should it continue.

Heavy receipts of feeder cattle are expected next week in response to the New Year market and to a forecasted break in the weather. Depending on how the market reacts to heavier supplies, we may be talking about the first full week of 2014 for a long time. This week’s reported auction volume included 62 percent over 600 lbs. and 40 percent heifers.

AUCTIONS

This week Last week Last year

235,900 45,300 345,100

WASHINGTON 2,000. 72 pct over 600 lbs. 36 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1-2 500-550 lbs. $194.03; 600-650 lbs. $171.15; 700-750 lbs. $164.99. Heifers: Medium and Large 1-2 500-550 lbs. $161.10; 600-650 lbs. $150.69.

DIRECT

This week Last week Last year

53,000 42,600 48,500

SOUTHWEST (Arizona-California-Nevada) 3,700. No cattle over 600 lbs. No heifers. Holsteins: Large 3 May 275 lbs. $181-183 Del; January-March 300 lbs. $171 Del.

NORTHWEST (Washington-Oregon-Idaho) 4,500. 100 pct over 600 lbs. 44 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1-2 Current Delivery FOB Price 750 lbs. $162-163 ID; 850-900 lbs. $155 WA; Future Delivery FOB Price 850-900 lbs. $151-154 for May-July OR. Heifers: Medium and Large 1-2 Current Delivery FOB Price 800-850 lbs. $150-151 WA; Future Delivery FOB Price 800-850 lbs. $147-149 for May-July OR.

NORTHWEST DIRECT CATTLE

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

Jan. 10

This week Last week Last year

4,500 Holiday 7,850

No trends due to the holidays the last two weeks and market not reported. Trade moderate this week as producers respond to higher markets. Demand remains good. Market experts say grain prices will be lower in 2014 due to high global production and ending stocks. The feeder supply included 56 percent steers and 44 percent heifers. Near 100 percent of the supply weighed over 600 lbs. Prices are FOB weighing point with a 1-4 percent shrink or equivalent and with a 5-10 cent slide on calves and a 3-6 cent slide on yearlings.

Steers: Medium and Large 1-2: Current Delivery FOB Price: 750 lbs. $162-163 ID; 850-900 lbs. $155 WA. Future Delivery FOB Price: 850-900 lbs. $151-154 for May-July OR.

Heifers: Medium and Large 1-2: Current Delivery FOB Price: 800-850 lbs. $150-151 WA. Future Delivery FOB Price: 800-850 lbs. $147-149 for May-July OR.



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