SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 350. Last Friday: 704. Year Ago Friday: 299. Thursday actual: 410.
Compared to Thursday, not enough of all slaughter classes for an adequate market test, with the exception of slaughter cows which sold steady.
Steers: Not tested.
Holsteins: Not tested.
Heifers: Not tested.
Cows: Premium White 70-80 percent lean 53.70-54.25, high dressing, low dressing; Breaking 70-80 percent lean 51.00-53.00, high dressing, low dressing; Boning 80-85 percent lean 50.00-52.90 high dressing, low dressing; Lean 85-90 percent lean 47.25-49.50, high dressing, low dressing.
Bulls: Not tested.
Compared to last week, slaughter steers sold 3.00 lower. Slaughter heifers sold 4.00 lower. Slaughter Holsteins sold mostly 3.00 lower. Slaughter cows premium white and breaking cows sold steady to 1.00 to 2.00 higher. Slaughter boning and lean cows sold generally steady with firmer
undertones. Slaughter bulls sold steady. Trade moderate with moderate demand on available offerings, however the best demand noted on lean and boning cows again this week. Slaughter offerings this week, light to moderate as improved weather conditions provided producers an opportunity to deliver live cattle to market. Direct feedlot trading 2.00 to 3.00 higher at 77.00 to 78.00 live and steady to 2.00 higher from 122.00 to 125.50 dressed. The estimated Federally Inspected slaughter through the first four days at 484,000, compared with 479,000 last week, and 492,000 last year.
Hog estimate: 450. Last Friday: 364. Year Ago Friday: 553. Thursday actual: 443.
Barrows and Gilts: Compared to Thursday, 1.50 lower. 47-50 percent lean 220-270 lbs. 41.00-41.50; 44-48 percent lean 270-290 lbs. 39.00-40.00. 43-46 percent lean 290-300 lbs. 37.00-38.00.
U.S. 1-2: 300-500 lbs. 34.00-36.00.
U.S. 1-3: 500-600 lbs. 37.00-40.00; over 600 lbs. 40.00.
Boars: Steady. 270-300 lbs. 30.00; 300-700 lbs. 8.00.
Compared to last week, barrows and gilts sold 2.00 higher. Sows sold steady to 1.00 higher. Boars sold 3.00 to 5.00 higher, while heavy boars remained steady.
Sheep estimate: 100. Last Friday: 85. Year Ago Friday: 400. Thursday actual: 160.
Compared to Thursday, all classes sold steady. Supply near 45 percent slaughter lambs, 10 percent slaughter ewes and 45 percent feeder lambs.
Shorn Slaughter Lambs: Choice end Prime 120-140 lbs. 95.00-100.00.
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