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Published on February 7, 2014 1:14PM

Wool prices in cents per pound and foreign currency per kilogram, sheep prices in dollars per hundredweight (cwt.) except some replacement animals on per head basis as indicated.


(USDA Market News)

Greeley, Colo.

Jan. 31

Domestic wool trading on a clean basis was at a standstill this week. There were no confirmed trades and demand was moderate. Some warehouses are beginning to get some wool into the warehouse. The vast majority of producers that shear this time of year are just getting things prepared for shearing. Domestic wool trading on a greasy basis was at a standstill this week. There were no confirmed trades.

Domestic Wool Tags — delivered to buyer, greasy basis:

#1 $.45-.50

#2 $.30-.40

#3 $.15-.25


(USDA Market News)

San Angelo, Texas

Jan. 31

Compared to last week slaughter lambs were mostly steady. Slaughter ewes were steady in light test. Feeder lambs were steady to $10 higher. Severe winter weather throughout much of the U.S. has hampered marketing. At San Angelo, Texas, 2,398 head sold in a one-day sale. No sales in Equity Electronic Auction. In direct trading slaughter ewes were not tested; feeder lambs steady. 8,400 head of negotiated sales of slaughter lambs under 170 lbs. were $5-6 higher while over 170 lbs. were $3-4 lower and 7,400 head of formula sales of carcasses under 65 lbs. were not well tested; 65-75 lbs. were $12 higher; 75-85 lbs. were $1-2 higher and over 85 lbs. were $4-5 higher. 5,261 lamb carcasses sold with 45 lbs. and down $52.02 higher; 45-55 lbs. $10.35 higher and 55 lbs. and up $2.14 higher.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS Choice and Prime 2-3:

San Angelo: shorn and wooled 100-160 lbs. $162-182, few 186.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS Choice and Prime 1:

San Angelo: 40-60 lbs. $220-234, few $240; 60-70 lbs. $200-224; 70-80 lbs. $190-210; 90-110 lbs. $178-180.

DIRECT TRADING (Lambs with 3-4 percent shrink or equivalent):

8,400 Slaughter Lambs shorn and wooled 130-170 lbs. $130-177 (wtd. avg. $159.69); 170-180 lbs. $150-167 (wtd. avg. $161.30); no dressed sales reported.

California: 4,000 Feeder Lambs 70-80 lbs. new crop $200.

Oregon: 400 Feeder Lambs 100-110 lbs. $200.

Idaho: 1,200 Feeder Lambs 130-140 lbs. $155.


San Angelo: Good 2-3 (fleshy) no test; Utility and Good 1-3 (medium flesh) $70-80, few $84; Utility 1-2 (thin) $65-70; Cull and Utility 1-2 (very thin) $58.

FEEDER LAMBS Medium and Large 1-2:

San Angelo: 110-130 lbs. shorn $188-192.

REPLACEMENT EWES Medium and Large 1-2:

San Angelo: bred baby tooth to solid mouth wooled $125 per head; hair ewe lambs 68 lbs. $160 cwt, 94 lbs. $150 cwt.


Weight Wtd. avg.

45 lbs. down $471.60

45-55 lbs. $370.31

55-65 lbs. $333.12

65-75 lbs. $311.86

75-85 lbs. $298.56

85 lbs. and up $288.72

Sheep and lamb slaughter under federal inspection for the week to date totaled 38,000 compared with 42,000 last week and 37,000 last year.


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