Sheep prices in dollars per hundredweight (cwt.) except some replacement animals on per head basis as indicated.

NATIONAL WOOL REVIEW

(USDA Market News

Dec. 14

Domestic wool trading on a clean basis was slow this week. There were 67,300 pounds of confirmed trades reported. Prices reflect trades FOB warehouse in original bag or square pack, bellies out, some graded, and 76 mm or longer. No allowance made for coring, freight or handling fees at the warehouse level to reflect net grower prices (*) indicates new prices this week. (NA) represents microns not normally available in this region. Wools shorter than 75 mm typically discounted .10-.20 clean. Classed and skirted wools usually trade at a .10-.20 premium to original bag prices.

            US             Fleece         Territory      Texas and
Micron    Grades           States          States        New Mexico
18        80s               None            None            None
19        70-80s            None            None            None 
20        64-70s            None            None            None 
21        64s               None            None            None 
22        62s               5.82*           5.91*           None 
23        60-62s            None            5.25*           None 
24        60s               None            3.90*           None 
25        58s               None            None            None 
26        56-58s            None            3.30*           None 
27        54-56s            None            None            None 
28        54s               None            None             NA
29        50-54s            None            None             NA
30-34     44-50s            None            None             NA

Domestic wool trading on a greasy basis was active this week. There were 230,527 
pounds of confirmed trades reported.  All trades reported on a weighted average.
  
   Fleece States Ewe Wool: 60-65mm 22 micron 2.42.  
   Lamb Wool: 35-50mm 22 micron 1.79.
   
   Territory States Ewe Wool: 50-60mm 21 micron 2.21; 55-65mm 22 micron 2.23; 
55-65mm 23 micron 1.98; 60-70mm 25 micron 1.57.   
   Bellies:  65-70mm 23 micron 1.41.  
   Pieces: 45-50mm 25 micron 0.78; 30-40mm 26 micron 0.55.  
   Black Wool: 65-75mm 26 micron 0.46.

Domestic wool tags are delivered to buyer and reported on a greasy basis:
      Number 1 tags        Number 2 tags        Number 3 tags
         .60-.70              .50-.60              .40-.50 

NATIONAL SHEEP SUMMARY

(USDA Market News)

San Angelo, Texas

Dec. 14

Compared to last week slaughter lambs were 3.00 to sharply higher, except at New Holland, PA 5.00-10.00 lower. Slaughter ewes were firm to sharply higher. Feeder lambs were mostly steady to 5.00 higher. At San Angelo, TX 4702 head sold. No sales in Equity Electronic Auction. In direct trading slaughter ewes and feeder lambs were not tested. 4,000 head of negotiated sales of slaughter lambs were 2.00 lower. 2,499 lamb carcasses sold with all weights no trend due to confidentiality. All sheep sold per hundred weight (CWT) unless otherwise specified.

Slaughter Lambs:   Choice and Prime 2-3 90-160 lbs:
  San Angelo:     shorn and wooled 105-150 lbs 128.00-150.00.
  VA:             wooled 110-125 lbs 152.50-158.00; 130-160 lbs 135.00.
  PA:             shorn and wooled 90-110 lbs 179.00-205.00; 110-130 lbs
                  165.00-186.00; 130-150 lbs 150.00-162.00.
  Ft.Collins, CO: wooled 110-125 lbs 147.00-157.00; 130-145 lbs 141.00-
                  147.50; 150-185 lbs 127.50-135.00.
  South Dakota:   shorn and wooled 120-130 lbs 132.50-138.50; 130-145 lbs
                  128.50-134.50.
  Kalona, IA:     wooled 115-130 lbs 126.00-135.00; 130-140 lbs 121.00-
                  125.00; 150-185 lbs 116.00-121.00.
  Billings, MT:   no test.
  Missouri:       100-145 lbs 110.00-125.00.
  Equity Elec:    no sales.
Slaughter Lambs:  Choice and Prime 1-2:
  San Angelo:     40-60 lbs 254.00-273.00, few 282.00; 60-70 lbs 234.00-
                  254.00, few 260.00-280.00; 70-80 lbs 220.00-248.00; 80-
                  90 lbs 188.00-208.00; 90-110 lbs 158.00-190.00, few
                  200.00.
  Pennsylvania:   40-50 lbs 240.00-285.00, few 290.00-312.00; 50-60 lbs
                  220.00-245.00, few 295.00; 60-70 lbs 200.00-235.00; 70-
                  80 lbs 175.00-212.00; 80-90 lbs 140.00-185.00, few
                  190.00-205.00; 90-110 lbs 182.00.
  Kalona, IA:     45 lbs 250.00; 50-60 lbs 240.00-245.00; 60-70 lbs
                  220.00-235.00; 80-90 lbs 145.00-150.00; 90-110 lbs
                  128.00-136.00.
  Ft. Collins:    50-60 lbs 230.00-237.50; 60-70 lbs 220.00-230.00; 70-80
                  lbs 192.50-200.00; 91 lbs 172.50; 108 lbs 160.00.
  Missouri:       50-60 lbs 225.00-257.50; 60-70 lbs 200.00-237.50; 70-80
                  lbs 147.50-185.00, few 190.00-205.00; 80-90 lbs 140.00-
                  160.00; 90-100 lbs 120.00-145.00.
  Virginia:       60-80 lbs 160.00-190.00; 80-110 lbs 145.00-190.00.
  South Dakota:   40-50 lbs 190.00-237.50; 50-60 lbs 200.00-230.00; 60-70
                  lbs 192.50-222.50; 70-80 lbs 162.00-180.00; 80-85 lbs
                  165.00-172.50; 90-100 lbs 148.00-157.00.
  Billings, MT:   no test.
Direct Trading:   (lambs fob with 3-4 percent shrink or equivalent)
            4000: Slaughter Lambs shorn and wooled 137-170 lbs 119.92-
                  146.15 (wtd avg 130.07).
Slaughter Ewes:
  San Angelo:   Good 3-4 (very fleshy) no test; Good 2-3 (fleshy) no
                test; Utility and Good 1-3 (medium flesh) 65.00-76.00,
                high-yielding 84.00; Utility 1-2 (thin) 60.00-65.00;
                Cull and Utility 1-2 (very thin) 42.00-50.00; Cull 1
                (extremely thin) 20.00-40.00.
  Pennsylvania: Good 3-4 (very fleshy) no test; Good 2-3 (fleshy)
                70.00-100.00; Utility 1-2 (thin) 50.00-100.00; Cull 1
                30.00-50.00.
  Ft. Collins:  Good 3-5 (very fleshy) 92.50-97.50; Good 2-3 (fleshy)
                71.00-80.00; Utility 1-2 (thin) 46.00-51.00; Cull 1
                (extremely thin) no test.
  Billings, MT: Good 3-4 (very fleshy) no test; Good 2-3 (fleshy)
                no test; Utility 1-2 (thin) no test; Cull 1
                no test.
  So Dakota:    Good 3-4 (very fleshy) 64.00-69.00; Good 2-3 (fleshy)
                45.00-61.00; Utility 1-2 (thin) 41.00-55.00; Cull 1
                31.00-47.00.
  Missouri:     Good 2-4 65.00-80.00; Utility and Good 1-3 50.00-67.50;
                Utility 1-2 40.00-45.00.
  Virginia:     Good 2-4 60.00-87.50; Utility 1-2 50.00-60.00; Cull 1
                40.00.
  Kalona:       Good 3-4 (very fleshy) no test; Good 2-3 (fleshy)
                65.00-77.50; Utility and Good 1-3 (medium flesh) 57.50-
                67.50; Utility 1-2 (thin) 42.50; Cull 1 no test.
Feeder Lambs:   Medium and Large 1-2:
  San Angelo:   75-80 lbs 166.00; 80-90 lbs 155.00-160.00; 95 lbs 165.75;
                100-105 lbs 140.00-159.50; 117 lbs 139.50.
  Virginia:     no test.
  Ft. Collins:  70-82 lbs 170.00-172.50; 117 lbs 129.00.
  Billings:     no test.
  Kalona:       no test.
  So Dakota:    63 lbs 219.00; 70-80 lbs 167.00-175.00; 80-90 lbs 159.00-
                171.50; 90-100 lbs 148.00-151.00; 105-115 lbs 132.00;
                120-125 lbs 119.00-121.00, thin 145.50; 135 lbs 117.00.
  Missouri:     no test.
Replacement Ewes:  Medium and Large 1-2:
  San Angelo:   wool ewe lambs 94 lbs 174.00 cwt, 109 lbs 160.00 cwt;
                hair ewe lambs 103 lbs 218.00 cwt; mixed age hair ewes
                80-130 lbs 80.00-132.00 cwt.
  Ft. Collins:  no test.
  Billings:     no test.
  So Dakota:    bred solid mouth 130.00-155.00 per head; open 140-175
                lbs 55.00-66.00 cwt.
  Kalona, IA:   no test.
  Missouri:     no test.
  Virginia:     no test.
National Weekly Lamb Carcass
                        Choice and Prime 1-4:
   Weight         Head           Wt Avg
   45 lbs down    Price not reported due to confidentiality
   45-55 lbs      Price not reported due to confidentiality
   55-65 lbs      Price not reported due to confidentiality
   65-75 lbs      Price not reported due to confidentiality
   75-85 lbs      Price not reported due to confidentiality
   85 lbs up      Price not reported due to confidentiality
  
Sheep and lamb slaughter under federal inspection for the week to date
totaled 43,000 compared with 41,000 last week and 43,000 last year.

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