SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 500. Last Friday: 514. Year ago Friday: 424. Thursday actual: 535.
Compared to Thursday, not enough slaughter steers, heifers and Holstein steers for a market test. Not enough slaughter cows and bulls on hand for a market test. However, a weaker undertone was definitely noted as demand remains light due to current packer inventory. Near 450 feeders are expected for the auction.
Slaughter Steers: No test.
Holstein Steers: Choice 2-3 couple packages 1,485-1,795 lbs. 56.50-56.85. Select and Choice 2-3 couple packages 1,400-1,650 lbs. 54.85-55.00. Standard 1-2 couple packages 1,285-1,515 lbs. 52.00-52.90.
Slaughter Heifers: No test.
Slaughter Cows: Premium White 70-75 percent lean low dressing to 40.00-41.25; Breaking 70-80 percent lean low dressing to indiv 38.00; Boning 80-85 percent lean 38.00-41.00, low dressing to 34.50-36.25; Lean 85-90 percent lean 33.50-37.00, low dressing to 30.00-34.75.
Slaughter Bulls: Yield Grade 1-2 1,550-2,775 lbs. individual 48.25, low dressing 44.00-47.00.
For the week: Compared to late last week, slaughter steers and heifers sold mostly steady to 1.00 lower. Holstein steers sold 1.00 to mostly 2.00 lower. Slaughter cows sold 3.00 to mostly 4.00 lower, instances 5.00 lower. Slaughter bulls sold 1.00 to 2.00 lower. Increased receipts were seen this week, especially on colored fats and slaughter cows, along with a continuance of seasonal, mixed quality. Heavy rain fell most of the day Tuesday, which brought on the mudslide to follow. After trading steady to instances .50 higher on lean cows combined with abnormally large run of slaughter cows the first part of the week, buyer activity and demand fell sharply south Wednesday trading 1.00-2.00 lower, as packer inventory was backed up. This carried over to Thursday as cows fell another 2.00. The USDA Central US Cutter cow carcass cutout value on Wednesday afternoon was 87.04, down 4.26 from Friday's value. Holstein steers felt the blow Thursday, losing 1.00 to mostly 2.00 dollars after a hint of weakness was noted the previous day. Slaughter steers and heifers pretty quiet with a few fancy sets of reputation quality, mostly black hided cattle in the mix to test the top. A package on Tuesday brought 67.00, with a couple of loads in full condition on Thursday that brought 64.60-64.70.
Hog estimated: 400. Last Friday: 408. Year ago Friday: 170. Thursday actual: 570.
Compared to Thursday, sold .50 higher. 47-50 percent lean 220-260 lbs. 34.00-34.50; 47-50 percent lean 260-270 lbs. 33.00-34.00; 46-48 percent lean 270-280 lbs. 32.00-33.00.
Sows: Under 500 lbs. steady to 1.00 higher; over 500 lbs. steady.
U.S. 1-3: under 500 lbs. 21.00; 500-550 lbs. 22.00; 550-600 lbs. 23.00; over 600 lbs. 24.00.
Boars: Under 300 lbs. 2.00 higher; over 300 lbs. steady. Under 300 lbs. 22.00; 300-700 lbs. 13.00.
For the week: Compared to last week, barrows and gilts sold 5.50-6.00 higher. Sows under 500 lbs. sold steady to 1.00 higher. Boars under 300 lbs. sold 4.00 higher and over 300 lbs. sold steady.
Sheep estimate: 125. Last Friday: 174. Year ago Friday: 132. Thursday actual: 250.
Compared to Thursday, all classes sold steady. Supply near 40 percent slaughter lambs, 20 percent slaughter ewes and 40 percent feeder lambs.
Slaughter Lambs: Shorn: Old Crop: Choice, few Prime 2-3 120-140 lbs. with 1-2 pelts 70.00-72.00. Wooled: New Crop: Choice, end Prime 2-3 110-130 lbs. 72.00-74.00.
Slaughter Ewes: Utility and Good 15.00-20.00. Cull 10.00-13.00.
Feeder Lambs: Medium and Large 1-2 new crop: 60-75 lbs. 70.00-75.00; 75-90 lbs. 60.00-70.00.
For the week: Compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold 4.00-8.00 higher. Slaughter ewes sold steady and feeder lambs sold steady to 5.00 lower. Supply near 34 percent slaughter lambs, 23 percent slaughter ewes, and 43 percent feeder lambs.
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