AND STOCKER CATTLE
(Federal-State Market News)
St. Joseph, Mo.
RECEIPTS: Auctions Direct Video/Internet Total Last Week 223,800 78,200 3,600 305,600 This Week 259,700 56,100 22,300 338,100 Last Year 238,000 62,900 2,200 303,100 *** NOTICE TO TRADE: Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News (LPGMN) is considering transitioning the publication date of this report from Friday to Monday and is seeking feedback from stakeholders. Currently, LPGMN utilizes sales data from Friday through Thursday to compile this report. By changing the publication to Monday, LPGMN is able to capture additional sales that occur on Friday afternoons and Saturdays, utilizing sales data from Sunday to Saturday, and provide a true weekly average price for the week. If you have any feedback on this proposal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by February 22, 2019. *** Compared to last week, steers and heifers sold 2.00 lower to 2.00 higher in the North and South Central areas while the Southeast steers and heifers were 2.00 to 5.00 higher. Grazing calves in all areas were in demand this week as procurement was essential to ranchers this week. Ranchers are gearing up for grazing season as many areas have ample moisture for this time of year. When looking at the drought monitor this week, most of the severely drought stricken areas from last year have all but vanished in the breadbasket of the country. Areas in TX, NM, and CO are still showing drought effects. Order buyers were out in full force this week as fewer receipts were at sales across the country and feedyards were willing to take on replacement cattle in spite of muddy pens in the major feeding regions. Winter Storm Nadia is tracking eastward late this week after dumping feet of snow to the West. It seems like Mother Nature wants winter to hang on as long as possible and cow-calf producers are sure wanting Punxsutawney Phil is correct and spring will be here very shortly. Fed cattle prices were higher last week after six weeks of ho-hum steady markets. Feedyards just couldn't get over the proverbial hump to get to 125.00 until last week. This weeks trading has not yet been established as of this writing. Packers are very aware that cattle weights are not as large as they were last year this time, thus bringing less volume of meat to the market on similar head counts. This week's Valentine's Day holiday is one of the top 3 holidays for public eating out in restaurants with many of those customers choosing beef or a surf and turf for their entrees. Moving out of February and into March, a beef rally is expected to happen and with that should come increased fed cattle prices if the trickle down effect comes to fruition. When we get to warmer weather in the second quarter, middle meats will be front and center on retail ads with Mother's Day and Father's Day followed closely by Independence Day buying. For the week, the Choice cutout closed 1.50 higher at 216.85, while Select was 0.18 lower at 210.99. Cattle Slaughter under federal inspection estimated at 596K for the week, 24K less than last week and 6K less than a year ago. Auction volume this week included 58 percent weighing over 600 lbs and 43 percent heifers. Auctions Receipts: 223,800 Last Week 259,700 Last Year 238,000
Northwest Weighted Average Direct Feeder Cattle
Weekly Summary WA-OR-ID-UT Feb. 15
Receipts: 3,700 Last Week: 1,025 Year Ago: 390 Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers mostly steady to 3.00 lower. Direct trade starting to really pick up last two weeks. Producers wanting to get cattle out before more winter weather comes and feedlots somewhat optimistic about future negotiated cash prices with the big inventories that packers have harvested. Feedlots supply included 100 percent over 600 lbs and 22 percent heifers. Unless otherwise stated prices are FOB weighting points with 2-3 percent shrink or equivalent and a 5-10 cent slide on calves and a 4-12 cent slide on yearlings from base weights. Current sales are up to 14 days delivery. Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price Delivery 155 675 675 148.00-150.00 149.03 Current Del 200 700-725 712 148.00-149.00 148.49 Current Del 75 740 740 146.00 146.00 Current Del Split Loads 135 800 800 142.00 142.00 Current Del 455 850-875 859 137.50-139.50 138.78 Current Del 60 900 900 138.00 138.00 Current Del 1900 775 775 149.00 149.00 Mar-Apr Del Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price Delivery 90 650 650 145.00 145.00 Current Del 65 700 700 141.00 141.00 Current Del 50 720 720 140.00 140.00 Current Del Split Loads 90 775 775 140.00 140.00 Current Del 425 825-840 834 131.50-134.00 132.98 Current Del