SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 1400. Last Friday: 404. Year ago Friday: 1335. Thursday actual: 669.
Compared to Thursday, not enough slaughter steers, heifers, Holsteins or slaughter bulls for an adequate market test. Slaughter cows mostly steady.
Steers: Not tested.
Holsteins: Not tested.
Heifers: Not tested.
Cows: Premium White 70-80 percent lean; Breaking 70-80 percent lean 40.00-42.50; Boning 80-85 percent lean 37.00-40.00; Lean 85-90 percent lean 34.00-37.00.
Bulls: Not tested.
For the week: Compared to last week slaughter steers sold 1.00 to 1.50 higher. Slaughter heifers sold mostly steady to 2.00 higher. Holsteins sold 1.00 to 2.00 higher. Slaughter cows sold 1.00 to 3.00 higher; bulls mostly steady. Slaughter steers and Holsteins continue to be in good supply, with heifers remaining limited. The majority of the cattle this week were in good mixed quality and in mostly average condition. Trade active with very good demand for the week, as packers continue to be competitive with direct feedlot sales. Direct feedlot trade active in the western cornbelt with moderate to good demand, while trade activity in the south plains remains light. Direct sales in the Iowa/Minnesota area at mostly 65.00 live, 65.00 to 66.00 in the western cornbelt and 102.00 to 103.00 in the beef. Boxed beef ending the week up .38 for light choice at 110.73 and down .21 for heavy choice at 109.92.
Hog estimate: 600. Last Friday: 532. Year ago Friday: 439. Thursday actual: 331.
Barrows and Gilts: Compared to Thursday, sold 1.00 lower. 47-50 percent lean 220-270 lbs. 28.50-29.00; 44-48 percent lean 270-290 lbs. 27.00-28.00; 43-46 290-300 lbs. 25.00-26.00.
U.S. 1-2: 300-500 lbs. 20.00.
U.S. 1-3: 500-550 lbs. 22.00; over 600 lbs. 23.00.
Boars: Steady. 270-300 lbs. 18.00; 300-700 lbs. 6.00.
For the week: Compared to last week, barrows and gilts trading mostly steady through mid-week and selling 3.00 lower late. Sows sold mostly steady. Boars sold fully steady. Pork Carlot cutout for Wednesday at 54.77 down .16 and an estimated hog slaughter of 1,166,000 through Thursday.
Sheep estimate: 250. Last Friday: 315. Year ago Friday: 128. Thursday actual: 283.
Compared to Thursday, all classes steady. Supply near 20 percent slaughter lambs, 10 percent slaughter ewes and 70 percent feeder lambs.
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