National Wool Review
April 19
Domestic wool trading on a clean basis was inactive this week.  There were no
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               None            None            None 
23        60-62s            None            None            None 
24        60s               None            None            None 
25        58s               None            None            None 
26        56-58s            None            None            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 inactive this week. There were no 
confirmed trades reported.  All trades reported on a weighted average.

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 

  In Australia this week, the Eastern Market Indicator was up 7 at 1943 cents 
per Kg clean from the sale a week ago.  A total of 40,774 bales were offered 
with sales of 89.7 percent.  The Australian exchange rate was weaker by .0030 
at .7193 percent of the U.S. dollar.  Australian wool prices are quoted 
delivered Charleston, South Carolina.  The current freight rate is .15 cents per 
pound clean. Schlumberger Dry formula is used for yield determination.    
  The 75-85 percent of Australia price range can be used as an estimated value 
of clean domestic prices FOB the warehouse and gross producer.  These are 
estimated domestic values and may vary depending on current market conditions, 
yield, strength, length, colored fiber content, poly contamination, and other 
quality factors.

                      Clean Del Price    Change from    75-85 Percent
Micron    US Grade    in U.S. Dollars   Previous Sale    of Australia 
  18      80s               7.91            + .05         5.94-6.73
  19      70-80s            7.63            + .07         5.72-6.48 
  20      64-70s            7.52            + .04         5.64-6.39
  21      64s               7.45            - .01         5.59-6.33
  22      62s               7.39            + .01         5.54-6.28  
  23      60-62s            ----            -----         ---------
  24      60s               ----            -----         ---------
  25      58s               5.59            + .06         4.19-4.75 
  26      56-58s            4.95            + .06         3.71-4.21
  28      54s               4.25            + .08         3.18-3.61
  30      50s               3.33            - .06         2.50-2.83
  32      46-48s            2.30            + .01         1.73-1.96
  Merino Clippings          3.67            - .05         2.75-3.12

Eastern Market Indicator was up 7 at 1943 cents per kg clean. Australian 
exchange rate was weaker by .0030 at .7193 percent of the U.S. dollar.

*** Australia will be on their annual recess for Easter break next week.  The 
next available data will be May 3, 2019. ***
National Sheep Summary
April 19
Compared to last week slaughter lambs were firm to as
much as 35.00 higher.  Slaughter ewes were mostly steady to 12.00 higher,
except at San Angelo weak to 5.00 lower.  No good comparison on feeder
lambs.  At San Angelo, TX 6003 head sold.  Equity Electronic Auction sold
725 slaughter lambs in California and North Dakota and 1200 feeder lambs
in Texas.  In direct trading no comparison on slaughter ewes and feeder
lambs were not tested.  9400 head of negotiated sales of slaughter lambs
were steady.  4,343 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 110-165 lbs 120.00-136.00.
  VA:             wooled 130-160 lbs 125.00-165.00.
  PA:             shorn and wooled 90-110 lbs 220.00-250.00; 110-130 lbs
                  205.00-235.00; 130-150 lbs 180.00-210.00.
  Ft.Collins, CO: wooled 140-175 lbs 140.00-155.00.
  South Dakota:   shorn and wooled 120-130 lbs 165.00-166.00; 130-140 lbs
                  155.00-164.00.
  Kalona, IA:     no test.
  Billings, MT:   no test.
  Missouri:       no test.
  Equity Elec:    128 lbs 163.25; 142 lbs 160.75.
Slaughter Lambs:  Choice and Prime 1-2:
  San Angelo:     40-60 lbs 166.00-188.00, few 194.00-200.00; 60-70 lbs
                  140.00-158.00, few 162.00-170.00; 70-80 lbs 128.00-
                  144.00; 80-90 lbs 127.00-142.00; 90-110 lbs 130.00-
                  148.00, few 154.00.
  Pennsylvania:   20-30 lbs 220.00-235.00, few 295.00-300.00; 30-40 lbs
                  225.00-255.00, few 280.00-300.00; 40-50 lbs 195.00-
                  245.00, few 245.00-270.00; 50-60 lbs 195.00-240.00, few
                  240.00-340.00; 60-70 lbs 180.00-220.00, few 220.00-
                  240.00; 70-80 lbs 190.00-215.00, few 217.00-255.00; 80-
                  90 lbs 170.00-215.00, few 215.00-245.00; 90-110 lbs
                  200.00-235.00.
  Kalona, IA:     30-50 lbs 185.00-230.00; 50-60 lbs 180.00-240.00; 60-70
                  lbs 178.00-225.00; 70-80 lbs 180.00-189.00; 80-90 lbs
                  172.50-186.00; 90-100 lbs 182.00-189.00.
  Ft. Collins:    40 lbs 200.00; 91 lbs 215.00.
  Missouri:       no test.
  Virginia:       30-60 lbs 178.00-185.00; 60-90 lbs 190.00-210.00; 90-
                  110 lbs 148.00-190.00.
  South Dakota:   91 lbs 174.00.
  Billings, MT:   no test.
Direct Trading:   (lambs fob with 3-4 percent shrink or equivalent)
            9400: Slaughter Lambs shorn and wooled 134-195 lbs 135.00-
                  164.00 (wtd avg 152.78).
  UT:        600: Slaughter Ewes Utility and Good 1-3 55.00; Utility 1-2
                  35.00.
Slaughter Ewes:
  San Angelo:   Good 3-4 (very fleshy) no test; Good 2-3 (fleshy) 62.00-
                70.00; Utility and Good 1-3 (medium flesh) 70.00-82.00;
                Utility 1-2 (thin) 55.00-72.00; Cull and Utility 1-2 (very
                thin) 50.00-60.00; Cull 1 (extremely thin) 20.00-50.00.
  Pennsylvania: Good 3-4 (very fleshy) no test; Good 2-3 (fleshy)
                50.00-90.00; Utility 1-2 (thin) 35.00-75.00; Cull 1
                10.00-37.00.
  Ft. Collins:  Good 3-5 (very fleshy) 73.00-85.00; Good 2-3 (fleshy)
                70.00-85.00; Utility 1-2 (thin) no test; Cull 1
                (extremely thin) no test.
  Billings, MT: Good 3-4 (very fleshy) 31.00-41.00; Good 2-3 (fleshy)
                40.00-51.50; Utility 1-2 (thin) 42.00-53.00; Cull 1
                31.00-42.00.
  So Dakota:    Good 3-4 (very fleshy) 42.50-54.00; Good 2-3 (fleshy)
                41.00-54.00; Utility 1-2 (thin) 35.00-47.00; Cull 1
                22.00-30.00.
  Missouri:     Utility and Good 1-3 (medium flesh) no test.
  Virginia:     Good 2-4 82.00-100.00.
  Kalona:       Good 3-4 (very fleshy) 42.00-44.00; Good 2-3 (fleshy)
                50.00-80.00; Utility and Good 1-3 (medium flesh) 50.00-
                62.50; Utility 1-2 (thin) 33.00-54.00; Cull and Utility
                1-2 (very thin) no test; Cull 1 no test.
Feeder Lambs:   Medium and Large 1-2:
  San Angelo:   no test.
  Virginia:     no test.
  Ft. Collins:  50-60 lbs 200.00-202.50; 60-70 lbs 155.00-167.50.
  Billings:     80-90 lbs 165.00-169.00; 90-100 lbs 150.00-155.00; 103
                lbs 144.00; 125 lbs 141.00. new crop 44 lbs 210.00; 65
                lbs 197.50; 71 lbs 172.50; 87 lbs 175.00.
  Kalona:       no test.
  So Dakota:    30 lbs 265.00; 40-50 lbs 235.00-265.00; 50-60 lbs 217.50-
                265.00; 60-70 lbs 210.00-225.00; 87 lbs 193.00.
  Missouri:     no test.
  Equity Elec:  65-85 lbs 190.00.
Replacement Ewes:  Medium and Large 1-2:
  San Angelo:   hair ewe lambs 80 lbs 140.00-143.00 cwt; mixed age hair
                ewes 80-130 lbs 85.00-110.00 cwt.
  Ft. Collins:  no test.
  Billings:     yearlings 120-135 lbs 73.00-109.00 cwt; baby tooth to
                solid mouth 145-170 lbs 56.00-64.00 cwt, blackface 175
                lbs 70.00 cwt; solid mouth 155-165 lbs 45.00-48.00 cwt.
  So Dakota:    bred solid mouth to aged 145.00-155.00 per head.
  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 41,000 compared with 44,000 last week and 37,000 last year.

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