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Hay Market Reports
Potato Market Reports
Compiled by USDA Market News Service • St. Joseph, Mo.-Portland
Hay prices are dollars per ton or dollars per bale when sold to
retail outlets. Basis is current delivery FOB barn or stack, or delivered
customer as indicated. Grade guidelines used in this report have the
following relationship to Relative Feed Value (RFV), Acid Detergent
Fiber (ADF), TDN (Total Digestible Nutrients), or Crude Protein (CP)
(USDA Market News)
This week FOB
Compared to April 6: Export Alfalfa firm in a light test. No new
sales of domestic hay reported this week. Trade slow this week for
old crop as most interests are awaiting new crop. Retail/Feedstore
OREGON AREA HAY
(USDA Market News)
Compared to April 6: Prices trended generally steady in an
extremely limited test. Retail/Stable type hay remains the most
demanded hay. Most hay producers are sold out for the growing
This week FOB
CROOK, DESCHUTES, JEFFERSON, WASCO COUNTIES
KLAMATH BASIN: NO NEW SALES CONFIRMED.
(USDA Market News)
This week FOB
Compared to April 6: Alfalfa steady in a light test. No new con-
tracts for new crop reported this week. Trade slow with good de-
mand. Most interests are waiting for new crop. Old crop feeder hay
is still available in the trade area.
(USDA Market News)
Compared to April 6: All classes traded steady with very good
demand. Winter forage crops were maturing well. Alfalfa cutting
was stalled by wet weather. Cotton field preparation and plant-
ing was ongoing. Corn fields were prepared and planted in the
San Joaquin Valley. Wheat development benefited from March
This week FOB
REGION 1: NORTHERN INTERMOUNTAIN
Includes the counties of Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta, Lassen and
No New Sales Confirmed
REGION 2: SACRAMENTO VALLEY
Includes the counties of Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter,
Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Solano and Sacra-
REGION 3: NORTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY
Includes the counties of San Joaquin, Calaveras, Stanislaus,
Tuolumne, Mono, Merced and Mariposa.
Forage Mix-Three Way
REGION 4: CENTRAL SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY
Includes the counties of Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and
No New Sales Confirmed.
REGION 5: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Includes the counties of Kern, Northeast Los Angeles and Western
REGION 6: SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA
Includes the counties of Eastern San Bernardino, Riverside and
Grain Market Reports
Compiled by USDA Market News Service • Portland
Grains are stated in dollars per bushel or hundredweight (cwt.) except
feed grains traded in dollars per ton. National grain report bids are for rail
delivery unless truck indicated.
(USDA Market News)
Pacific Northwest Market Summary: Cash wheat bids for April
delivery ended the reporting week on Thursday, April 12, were
higher, compared to week ago noon bids for April delivery.
May wheat futures ended the reporting week on Thursday, April
12, higher as follows compared to week ago closes: Chicago
wheat futures were 16.25 cents higher at 4.81, Kansas City wheat
futures were nine cents higher at 5.0750 and Minneapolis wheat
futures trended 33.25 cents higher at 6.23. Chicago May corn fu-
tures trended 0.75 of a cents lower at 3.8875 and May soybean
futures closed 29.50 cents higher at 10.6075.
Bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit
trains or barges during April for ordinary protein trended nine to
42.00 cents per bushel higher compared to week ago prices for
the same delivery period from 5.82-5.91. Some exporters were
not issuing bids for nearby delivery.
White club wheat premiums were zero cents per bushel over
soft white wheat bids this week compared to zero to five cents per
bushel over soft white wheat bids last week.
One year ago bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat any protein for
April delivery by unit trains and barges to Portland were 4.5325-
4.80 and bids for White Club Wheat were 4.5325-4.92.
Forward month bids for soft white wheat ordinary protein were
as follows: May 5.85-5.91, June 5.85-5.9325, July 5.75-5.91 and
August New Crop 5.50-5.78.
One year ago, forward month bids for soft white wheat for any
protein were as follows: May 4.5325-4.80, June and July 4.5625-
4.8125 and August New Crop 4.5975-4.7975.
Bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat guaranteed maximum 10.5 per-
cent protein during April trended 8.25 to 42.00 cents per bushel
higher than week ago prices for the same delivery period from
5.82-5.90. Some exporters were not issuing bids for nearby de-
White club wheat premiums for guaranteed maximum 10.5 per-
cent protein soft white wheat this week were zero cents per bushel
over soft white wheat bids this week compared to zero to five cents
per bushel over soft white wheat bids last week.
One year ago bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat guaranteed
maximum 10.5 percent protein for April delivery by unit trains and
barges to Portland were 4.5325-4.8325 and bids for White Club
Wheat were 4.5325-4.9325.
Forward month bids for soft white wheat guaranteed 10.5 per-
cent proteins were as follows: May 5.85-5.90, June 5.85-5.9325,
July 5.75-5.8225 and August New Crop 5.50-5.8675.
One year ago, forward month bids for soft white wheat for
any protein were as follows: May 4.5325-4.8325, June and July
4.5625-4.8625 and August New Crop 4.5975-4.7975.
Bids for 11.5 percent protein US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat for
April delivery trended nine to 19 cents per bushel higher than week
ago bids for the same delivery period. Some exporters were not
issuing bids for nearby delivery. This week, bids were as follows:
April and May 6.5250-6.6750, June 6.56-6.71, July 6.49-6.66 and
August New Crop 6.4575.
Bids for non-guaranteed 14.0 percent protein US 1 Dark North-
ern Spring Wheat for Portland delivery during April trended 48.25
to 53.25 cents per bushel higher than week ago bids for the same
delivery period. Some exporters were not issuing bids for nearby
This week, bids for non-guaranteed 14 percent protein were as
follows: April 7.58-7.83, May 7.53-7.68, June and July 7.5250-
7.7250 and August New Crop 7.62-7.67.
Coarse feeding grains: Bids for US 2 Yellow Corn delivered full
coast Pacific Northwest - BN shuttle trains for April delivery trend-
ed 10.25 to 17.25 cents per bushel higher than week ago bids
for the same delivery period at 5.0150. Some exporters were not
issuing bids for nearby delivery.
Forward month corn bids were as follows: May 5.1175-5.1875,
June 5.0475-5.0875, July 5.0725-5.0925, July 5.0525-5.0725 and
Bids for US 1 Yellow Soybeans delivered full coast Pacific North-
west - BN shuttle trains for April delivery trended 24.50 cents per
bushel higher than week ago bids for the same delivery period
from 11.5075. Some exporters were not issuing bids for nearby
delivery. Forward month soybean bids were as follows: May
11.5075, June and July 11.6175 and October 11.4550. Bids for US
2 Heavy White Oats for April delivery trended 14.75 cents higher
at 3.63 per bushel.
Outstanding Export Sales: Outstanding U.S. white wheat export
sales can be found at the following link: https://apps.fas.usda.gov/
Outstanding U.S. barley export sales can be found at the follow-
ing link: https://apps.fas.usda.gov/export-sales/barley.htm
Pacific Northwest Export News: There were 28 grain vessels in
Columbia River ports on Thursday, April 12, with seven docked
compared to 23 last week with six docked. There were no new
confirmed export sales this week from the Commodity Credit Cor-
poration (CCC) of the USDA.
Paid by feed manufacturers and other users, delivered plant or
receiving station. All prices are offers for prompt shipment unless
Dollars Per Cwt. -Bulk-
BARLEY US No 2 (46-lbs. per bushel)
CORN US No 2 Yellow
Rail: Single Car Units via BNSF
SORGHUM US No 2 Yellow (Milo)
WHEAT Any Class for Feed
Compiled by USDA Market News Service • Madison, Wis.
FLUID MILK AND CREAM
REVIEW – WEST
(USDA Market News)
California milk production has started its
downfall in that many manufacturers have
reached their peak production levels in the
past weeks. Nonetheless, milk supplies are
still more than enough to meet all processing
In the quest for additional processing capaci-
ties, some milk continues to move out-of-state.
Milk intakes from bottlers have not changed
much from the previous week.
Arizona milk output is in line with normal sea-
sonal output levels for this time of the year. With
the state being in the peak of the spring flush,
milk loads available for processing are abun-
dant. Manufacturers are working at full sched-
ules and managing well the milk supplies. Some
loads of milk continue to move to other regions
for processing. Milk intakes from the retail sec-
tor, as well as restaurants, are steady.
In Arizona, alfalfa conditions are 81 percent
good to excellent this week compared to 79
percent last week.
New Mexico milk market undertone seems
steady. Although production is slightly down,
loads of milk are readily available to fulfill all
processing obligations. Most plants are working
at or near to full capacities. Class I sales are
steady to slightly lower, but Class II demand is
slightly up. Milk going into cheese production is
up. Alfalfa hay conditions are currently 39 per-
cent good to excellent compared to 38 percent
New Mexico is defined as 99 percent abnor-
mally dry or worse.
Pacific Northwest milk volumes are hitting
expected levels. Milk production is following
seasonal patterns with a steady climb into
However, cool weather has dampened heavy
milk usage for ice cream manufacturing and de-
layed the grilling season. Some milk is pushing
into the region from surrounding states. Dairy
manufacturers report plenty of milk for most
In the mountain states of Idaho, Utah and
Colorado, industry contacts say milk production
is coming on strong. In the southern reaches
of the region, the flush is at hand. And in the
north, some contacts feel there may be an ear-
ly flush in areas that normally do not see peak
production until early July. Although milk is in
oversupply, and some milk is spilling over into
surrounding regions, milk handlers say the loads
are finding homes with manufacturers.
Area dairy contacts say water reservoirs have
been adequately recharged and, barring any
unforeseen weather events, they expect forage
and hay costs will stay relatively low.
Western condensed skim processing is active
as milk loads that need to be cleared remain
plentiful. Cream supplies in the West are ade-
quate to meet all manufacturing obligations.
Ice cream producers are taking more loads
of cream. Butter churning is still strong as well.
Cream multiples for all Classes range from 1.00
According to the DMN National Retail Re-
port-Dairy for the week of April 6-12, the national
weighted average advertised price for one gal-
lon of milk is $2.67, down $0.82 from last week,
but up $0.22 from a year ago. The weighted
average regional price in the Southwest is $2.42
with a price range of $1.99-$2.79. The weighted
average regional price in the Northwest is $1.99
with no price range.
According to California Department of Food
and Agriculture, May 2018 Class 1 prices in
California are $16.09 in the North and $16.36 in
the South. The statewide average Class 1 price
based on production is $16.10. This price is up
$0.11 from the previous month, but $.57 lower
than a year ago.
1100-1300 lbs. $1185.00-1235.00 with 100-150
(Klamath Falls Livestock Auction)
Choice Steers: 300-400 lbs 172.00-217.00;
400-500 lbs 140.00-166.00; 500-600 lbs 155.00-
160.00; 600-700 lbs 131.00-141.00; 700-800 lbs
111.00-127.00; 800-900 lbs 118.00-141.00
Choice Heifers: 300-400 lbs 129.00-140.00;
400-500 lbs 120.00-137.00; 500-600 lbs 115.00-
132.00; 600-700 lbs 106.00-121.00; 700-800 lbs
106.00-121.00; 800-900 lbs 112.00-130.00
Top Cow: 65.50
Top Bull: 98.50
Slaughter Bulls: High Yield 89.00-98.50
Slaughter Cows: High Yield 59.00-65.50; Med
Yield 52.00-59.00; Low Yield 39.00-50.00
Feeder Heiferettes: NT
Cow Calf Pairs: NT
Bred Cows: NT
(Central Oregon Livestock Auction)
Head Count: 442
Steers: 300-400 lbs 175.00-190.00; 400-500
lbs 175.00-185.00; 500-600 lbs 150.00-174.00;
600-700 lbs 145.00-155.00; 700-800 lbs 130.00-
144.00; 800-900 lbs 130.00-142.00
Heifers: 300-400 lbs 150.00-170.00; 400-500
lbs 147.00-166.00; 500-600 lbs 140.00-152.00;
600-700 lbs 129.00-139.00; 700-800 lbs 118.00-
128.00; 800-900 lbs 115.00-122.00 Pairs:
Full Mouth Vacc: 1500-1650
Broken Mouth Vacc: 1150-1400
Butcher Cows: Fleshy Cow 68.00-75.00; Lean
Cow 70.00-75.00; Low Yield 65.00-70.00; Feeder
Cows 70.00-80.00; Heiferettes 95.00-110.00
Bulls: High Yield 90.00-95.00; Med Yield 85.00-
90.00; Feeder 85.00-90.00
(Eugene Livestock Auction)
Head Count: 405
Market conditions compared to last week: Butch-
er cows and bulls off $2-3. Feeder cattle $5-10
stronger. Light lambs strong.
High Dressers: 70.00-79.00
Top 10 Cows: 75.10
Low Dressers: 60.00-70.00
Bulls: Top Bulls High Dressers: 78.50-90.00
Feeder Bulls: 300-500 lbs 92.50-175.00; 500-
700 lbs 58.00-149.00; 700-900 lbs 74.00-106.00
Choice Steers Medium To Large Frame No. 1&2:
Feeder Steers: 300 to 400 lbs 153.00-185.00;
400 to 500 lbs 130.00-166.00; 500 to 600 lbs
140.00-164.00; 600 to 700 lbs 131.00-148.00; 700
to 800 lbs 125.00-150.00; 800 to 900 lbs 110.00-
Choice Heifers Medium To Large Frame No.
Feeder Heifers: 300 to 400 lbs 136.00-147.00;
400 to 500 lbs 135.00-163.00; 500 to 600 lbs
125.00-145.00; 600 to 700 lbs 125.00-151.00; 700
to 800 lbs 110.00-130.00; 800 and up 105.00
Bred Cows: 710-1085 HD; Pairs: 1050-1660 PR
Head Calves (up to 250 lbs) BEEF: 100-300 HD;
Feeder Lambs: 50-90 lbs 180.00-247.00; 130 lbs
(Woodburn Livestock Exchange)
Receipts: 718, 352 Cattle
Top 10 Slaughter Cows A/P: 73.56 cwt
Top 50 Slaughter Cows A/P: 69.92 cwt
Top 100 Slaughter Cows A/P: 65.73 cwt
Top Certified Organic Cattle: 74.00-84.00 cwt
All Slaughter Bulls: 76.50-87.50 cwt
Top Beef Steers: 200-300 lbs 145.00-165.00
cwt; 300-400 lbs 150.00-195.00 cwt; 400-500 lbs
150.00-195.00 cwt; 500-600 lbs 160.00-185.00
cwt; 600-700 lbs 150.00-177.50 cwt; 700-800 lbs
131.00-150.00 cwt; 800-900 lbs 127.50-147.00 cwt
Top Beef Heifers: 200-300 lbs NT; 300-400 lbs
140.00-170.00 cwt; 400-500 lbs 140.00-165.00
cwt; 500-600 lbs 140.00-169.00 cwt; 600-700 lbs
110.00-133.00 cwt; 700-800 lbs NT
Cow/Calf Pairs: 1360.00-1500.00 Hd
Bred Cows: 525.00-1250.00 Hd
Day Old Beef Cross Calves: 120.00-220.00 Hd
Day Old Dairy Calves: 2.00-40.00 Hd
Block Hogs: 41.00-74.00 cwt
Feeder Pigs: 50.00-115.00 Hd
Sows: 10.00-54.00 cwt
Weaner Pigs: NT
Lambs 40-70 lbs: 150.00-192.50 cwt; Lambs 75-
150 lbs 140.00-185.00 cwt
Thin Ewes: 52.00-97.50 cwt
Fleshy Ewes: 69.00-78.00 cwt
Ewe/Lamb Pairs: 50.00-112.50 Hd
Goats: 10-39 lbs 17.50-55.00 Hd; 40-69 lbs
52.50-157.50 Hd; 70-79 lbs 142.50-180.00 Hd; 80-
89 lbs 165.00-190.00 Hd; 90-99 lbs 170.00-202.50
Hd; 100-199 lbs 115.00-222.50 Hd; 200-300 lbs NT
(Lebanon Auction Yard)
Total Receipts: 207
Comment: No market test on feeders.
Conventional: Top Cow, $84.00; Top 10 Cows,
$76.63; Top 50 Cows, $73.61; Top 100 Cows,
Organic: Top Cow, $91.00; Top 10 Organic,
$79.59; Avg. All Organic, $68.15.
Bulls: Conventional: Top Bull, $97.00; Avg. All
(Toppenish Livestock Auction)
Compared to April 5: Stocker and feeder cattle
weak in a light test, due in part to small bunch-
es and singles being offered. Trade active with
good demand for all classes. Slaughter cows
2.00-3.00 lower, most pressure on Holstein
cows. Slaughter bulls 4.00-5.00 higher. Trade
active with good demand. Slaughter cows 55
percent, slaughter bulls 10 percent, and feed-
ers 35 percent of the supply. The feeder sup-
ply included 51 percent steers and 49 percent
heifers. Near 73 percent of the run weighed
over 600 lbs. Replacement cows pre-tested
for pregnancy, bangs and age. Feeder Steers:
Medium and Large 1-2: 300-400 lbs 170.00;
500-600 lbs 159.00-164.50; 500-600 lbs 181.00,
Thin Fleshed; 600-700 lbs 147.00; 700-800 lbs
140.00-146.00; 700-800 lbs 152.50, Value Add-
ed. Medium and Large 3-4: 700-800 lbs 70.00.
Small and Medium 1-2: 600-700 lbs 129.50.
Feeder Holstein Steers: Medium and Large
2-3: 600-700 lbs 115.00; 700-800 lbs 121.00.
Medium and Large 3-4: 300-400 lbs 85.00; 400-
500 lbs 80.00; 900-1000 lbs 70.00. Large 2-3:
300-400 lbs 95.00; 400-500 lbs 94.00; 600-700
lbs 87.00; 700-800 lbs 81.00; 800-900 lbs 72.00.
Feeder Heifers: Medium and Large 1-2: 100-
200 lbs 330.00, Per Head; 400-500 lbs 146.00;
500-600 lbs 141.00-144.00; 600-700 lbs 130.00-
139.00; 700-800 lbs 125.00. Medium and Large
2-3: 600-700 lbs 117.00; 700-800 lbs 110.50,
Full. Medium and Large 3-4: 800-900 lbs 70.00;
900-1000 lbs 68.50; 1000-1100 lbs 74.00. Large
1-2: 900-1000 lbs 85.00, Heiferettes; 1200-1300
lbs 85.00, Heiferettes. Large 2-3: 400-500 lbs
72.50; 600-700 lbs 88.00; 700-800 lbs 103.00;
1000-1100 lbs 78.00; 1400-1500 lbs 79.50.
Boners: 80-85 Pct. Lean; 1400-2000 lbs; Avg
Dressing 71.00-76.00; High Dressing 83.50;
Low Dressing 66.00-71.00
Lean: 85-90 Pct. Lean; 1200-1900 lbs; Avg
Dressing 65.00-72.00; High Dressing 73.75-
77.00; Low Dressing 60.00-65.00
Lean: 90 Pct. Lean; 900-1400 lbs; Avg Dress-
ing 57.00-60.00; Low Dressing 50.00-57.00
Yield Grade 1-2: 1400-2300 lbs; Avg Dress-
ing 99.00-104.50; High Dressing 108.50; Low
Cow/Calf Pairs (Per Pair): Medium and
Large 1-2: Young to Mid-Aged 1100-1200 lbs.
$1400.00-1500.00 with 100-150 lbs. calves;
Mid-Aged to Aged 1200-1300 lbs. $1285.00-
1325.00 with 100-150 lbs. calves; Broken Mouth
(Shasta Livestock Auction Yard)
Compared to last sale: Weigh cows and bulls just
a tick lower. Good pen lots $5-10 higher. Late week
bounce in futures and fat market and great WVM
sale on Wednesday contributed to a better market.
Slaughter Cowws: High Yielding 65.00-72.00;
Med Yielding 56.00-64.00; Low Yielding 40.00-
Feeder Steers: 450-500 lbs 170.00-196.00; 500-
550 lbs 169.00-191.00; 550-600 lbs 160.00-170.00
(few); 600-650 lbs 150.00-166.00; 650-700 lbs
145.00-159.00; 700-750 lbs 135.00-140.50 (few)
Feeder Heifers: 400-450 lbs 175.00-187.50;
450-500 lbs 171.00-179.00 (few); 500-550 lbs
159.00-173.50; 550-600 lbs 145.00-154.00; 600-
650 lbs 130.00-143.50; 650-700 lbs 136.00-139.50
Pairs: 1200-1700 (few); Calvy Cows: Few short
breds butcher price to $1150
(Turlock Livestock Auction Yard)
Comment: Stockers were active and feeders
softer due to a lower fat market and futures market.
Weigh cows and bulls active.
No. 1 Med and Large Frame Steers: 300-399
lbs 170.00-200.00; 400-499 lbs 170.00-200.00;
500-599 lbs 160.00-185.00; 600-699 lbs 150.00-
167.00; 700-799 lbs 120.00-131.50; 800-899 lbs
No. 2 Med and Large Frame Steers: 300-399
lbs 140.00-169.00; 400-499 lbs 137.00-168.00;
500-599 lbs 125.00-159.00; 600-699 lbs 120.00-
149.00; 700-799 lbs 100.00-119.00; 800-899 lbs
No. 1 Med and Large Frame Heifers: 300-399
lbs 155.00-175.00; 400-499 lbs 145.00-169.00;
500-599 lbs 135.00-154.00; 600-699 lbs 125.00-
141.00; 700-799 lbs 114.00-120.00; 800-899 lbs
No. 2 Med and Large Frame Heifers: 300-399
lbs 120.00-154.00; 400-499 lbs 115.00-144.00;
500-599 lbs 110.00-134.00; 600-699 lbs 100.00-
124.00; 700-799 lbs 100.00-113.00; 800-899 lbs
No. 1 Holstein Steers: 300-399 lbs NT; 400-499
lbs 75.00-95.00; 500-599 lbs 74.00-95.00; 600-699
lbs 73.00-94.00; 700-799 lbs 70.00-86.00; 800-899
Compiled by North American Potato Market News and USDA
Agricultural Market Service
Prices are weekly averages of daily prices. All prices are in dollars per hundredweight (cwt.). FWA
is a weighted average of shipping point prices or common packs in each area. Weights differ by area.
GRI is the Grower Returns Index for each individual area.
FRESH RUSSET POTATO MARKET REPORT
(North American Potato Market News)
(USDA Market News)
SAN LUIS VALLEY
Sheep/Wool Market Reports
Compiled by USDA Market News Service • Greeley, Colo.-San Angelo, Texas
Sheep prices in dollars per hundredweight (cwt.)
except some replacement animals on per head basis
NATIONAL WOOL REVIEW
(USDA Market News
Domestic wool trading on a clean or greasy ba-
sis was at a standstill this week. There were no
confirmed trades reported.
NATIONAL SHEEP SUMMARY
(USDA Market News)
San Angelo, Texas
Compared to April 6: Slaughter lambs under 70
lbs were steady to 10.00 lower, heavier weights
were firm to 20.00 higher. Slaughter ewes were
steady. No comparison on feeder lambs. At San
Angelo, Texas, 5709 head sold. No sales in Eq-
uity Electronic Auction. In direct trading slaughter
ewes not tested; no comparison on feeder lambs.
3700 head of negotiated sales of slaughter lambs
were steady to 1.00 higher. 1,985 lamb carcasses
sold with all weights no trend due to confidentiality.
All sheep sold per hundred weight (CWT) unless
Slaughter Lambs: Choice and Prime 2-3 90-
San Angelo: shorn and wooled 110-155 lbs
VA: no test.
PA: shorn and wooled 90-110 lbs 310.00-
320.00; 110-130 lbs 280.00-300.00; 130-150 lbs
240.00-260.00; 150-200 lbs 215.00-245.00.
Ft. Collins, CO: wooled 135-140 lbs 177.50-
South Dakota: shorn and wooled 120-125 lbs
152.00-158.00; 135-175 lbs 148.00-156.00, few
Kalona, IA: wooled 110-130 lbs 153.00-217.00;
130-135 lbs 145.00-155.00.
Billings, MT: no test.
Missouri: 100-135 lbs 190.00-200.00.
Equity Elec: no sales.
Slaughter Lambs: Choice and Prime 1-2:
San Angelo: 40-60 lbs 217.00-236.00; 60-70
lbs 215.00-230.00; 70-80 lbs 210.00-226.00; 80-
90 lbs 210.00-230.00; 90-110 lbs 194.00-214.00,
Pennsylvania: 40-50 lbs 285.00-330.00; 50-60
lbs 285.00-335.00; 60-70 lbs 290.00-325.00; 70-
80 lbs 285.00-325.00, few 330.00-340.00; 80-90
lbs 290.00-310.00, few 315.00-325.00; 90-110 lbs
Kalona, IA: 30-40 lbs 229.00-285.00; 40-50 lbs
240.00-255.00; 50-60 lbs 230.00-257.50; 60-70
lbs 239.00-254.00; 70-80 lbs 241.00-251.00; 80-
90 lbs 231.00-247.50; 90-110 lbs 231.00-245.00.
Ft. Collins: 37 lbs 240.00; 40-60 lbs 210.00-
220.00, few 235.00; 60-70 lbs 205.00-226.00; 70-
80 lbs 200.00-215.00; 80-90 lbs 210.00-217.50;
90-110 lbs 205.00-225.00.
Missouri: 50-70 lbs 225.00-270.00; 70-100 lbs
Virginia: 60-90 lbs 287.50.
South Dakota: 59 lbs 230.00; 64 lbs 205.00;
80 lbs 215.00.
Billings, MT: no test.
Direct Trading: (lambs fob with 3-4 percent
shrink or equivalent)
3700: Slaughter Lambs shorn and wooled 145-
186 lbs 136.00-164.00 (wtd avg 149.52).
ND: 300: Slaughter Lambs 150-160 lbs 156.00.
MN: 300: Slaughter Lambs 155-165 lbs 145.00.
CA: 2200: Feeder Lambs 105-115 lbs new crop
San Angelo: Good 3-4 (very fleshy) no test;
Good 2-3 (fleshy) 68.00-81.00; Utility and Good
1-3 (medium flesh) 81.00-88.00; Utility 1-2
(thin) 70.00-80.00; Cull and Utility 1-2 (very
thin) 60.00-66.00; Cull 1 (extremely thin) 30.00-
Pennsylvania: Good 3-4 (very fleshy) 75.00-
125.00; Good 2-3 (fleshy) 95.00-155.00; Utility
1-2 (thin) 80.00-125.00; Cull 1 no test.
Ft. Collins: Good 3-5 (very fleshy) 80.00-
92.50; Good 2-3 (fleshy) 80.00-92.50; Utility 1-2
(thin) 58.00-62.50; 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 and Utility 1-2 (very thin) no test; Cull
1 no test.
So Dakota: Good 3-4 (very fleshy) 45.00-
55.00; Good 2-3 (fleshy) 50.00-58.00; Utility 1-2
(thin) 45.00-56.00; Cull 1 32.50-39.00.
Missouri: Utility and Good 1-3 (medium flesh)
Virginia: Good 2-4 102.50-105.00; Utility 1-2
Kalona: Good 3-4 (very fleshy) no test; Good
2-3 (fleshy) 63.00-75.00; Utility and Good 1-2
(medium flesh) 71.00-87.50; Utility 1-2 (thin)
27.50-30.00; Cull 1 12.00.
Feeder Lambs: Medium and Large 1-2:
San Angelo: 50-60 lbs 230.00; 60-95 lbs
Virginia: no test.
Ft. Collins: no test.
Billings: no test.
Kalona: no test.
California Egg Reports
Compiled by USDA Market News Service • Des Moines
Shell egg marketer’s benchmark price for negotiated egg sales of USDA Grade A and Grade AA in
cartons, cents per dozen. This price does not reflect discounts or other contract terms.
DAILY CALIFORNIA SHELL EGGS
(USDA Market News)
Benchmark prices are unchanged. Asking prices for next week are 71 cents lower for Jumbo, 75
cents lower for Extra Large, 79 cents lower for Large and 37 cents lower for Medium and Small. The
undertone is steady to about steady. Demand is moderate. Offerings are moderate to heavy. Supplies
are light to moderate. Market activity is moderate. Small benchmark price $1.64.
Prices to retailers, sales to volume buyers, USDA Grade AA and Grade AA, white eggs in cartons,
delivered to store door.
Cattle Market Reports
Compiled by USDA Market News Service • Oklahoma City-Des
Moines-St. Joseph, Mo.-Moses Lake, Wash.
AND STOCKER CATTLE
(Federal-State Market News)
St. Joseph, Mo.
Compared to April 6: Feeder steers and heifers
sold mostly steady to 5.00 higher. Some auctions
that were called sharply lower last week recovered
and were called sharply higher this week due to sta-
bility in the market place.
The CME Cattle complex has been a driving
force in the roller coaster ride of the last couple of
weeks. Whenever a news item comes out that the
market takes as a bullish factor; another tidbit of
news comes about and a bearish tone overtakes
the positive news.
Since last Friday’s close, the Live Cattle contracts
were mostly 1.78 to 2.30 higher, with nearby April
being 4.85 higher as convergence with the negoti-
ated trade in the feedlots is coming closer to fruition.
On Wednesday, fed cattle traded in the Southern
Plains steady to 1.00 lower at 117.00 to 118.00.
This afternoon in Nebraska, some early live
sales there traded at 122.00. Analysts have been
watching very closely the amount of cattle being
purchased by packers the past few weeks. Many
producers are very diligent and staying current with
their marketings as cattle in the Southern Plains
have been gaining very well this winter.
The season has been very easy on the Kansas
and TX/OK/NM feedlots, however in the Northern
Plains, wet pens increase the cost of gains and
decrease the yield on cattle that have had to slog
through mud to get to the feedbunks.
The excessive winter moisture has brought about
the question of how long will it take all the calf-feds
to get through the pipeline this year.
Producers have been eager to fill empty pens this
week. Late last Friday at Fort Pierre Livestock in Fort
Pierre, S.D., five loads of steers weighing 809 lbs
sold at 147.25.
On Wednesday at Hub City Livestock in Aber-
deen, S.D., a load of steers weighing 794 lbs sold
Also on Wednesday at Bassett Livestock Auction
in Bassett, NE a load of steers weighing 754 lbs sold
On Thursday at Mitchell Livestock Auction in
Mitchell, S.D., three loads of 901 lbs steers sold at
On Thursday at Ogallala Livestock Auction in
Ogallala, Neb., a load of 611 lb steers sold at 196.50
while two loads of 669 lb steers sold at 185.25.
A part load of replacement heifers in Bassett,
Neb., weighing 778 lbs sold at 157.00. Only the
steer mates to these heifers within that same 50 lb
weight group could even match the price received
for the females.
Packers have been accepting a generous margin
for this time of year and the extra incentive to har-
vest 600K-plus per week has bolstered bottom lines
for the companies.
Boxed beef has lost around 13.00 since the most
recent high 3-4 weeks ago and in the face of ad-
versity since the Easter holiday. Grills need to be
fired up in the Midwest and the Northeast to get the
cutout to move up.
With Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day
and Independence Day on the horizon, retailers are
getting ready to start their spring and early summer
Winter Storm Xanto this weekend is expected
to bring heavy snow and blizzard conditions from
the Northern Plains to the Great Lakes and farm-
ers are wondering if spring will ever get here this
year. Named winter storms have now included an
“X” name and many across the Northern Plains
and New England are not wanting to have a Winter
Storm Yvonne; they are tired of being cold and wet.
Preliminary first quarter slaughter data has indi-
cated heifer slaughter to be over 4 percent above a
year ago and over 10 percent higher than the previ-
ous 3-year average.
Beef cow slaughter is over 10 percent higher than
2017 and around 19 percent above the previous
3-year average. With all the drought locations in the
United States currently, one could question just how
much producers can hold on to the breeding herd
with forage prices increasing exponentially this win-
ter and spring. Auction volume this week included
58 percent weighing over 600 lbs and 44 percent
Slaughter cattle traded mostly 4.00-6.00 higher
for live in Kansas and Nebraska and 2.00-6.00
higher on dressed sales. Few live trades in Texas
were mostly steady. Boxed Beef prices as of Friday
at afternoon averaged 206.26 down 3.70 from last
Friday. The Choice/Select spread is 12.70.
Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated
cash trades through Friday afternoon totaled 55,023
head. Last week’s total head count was 77,582.
Midwest Direct Markets:
Live Basis: Steers and Heifers: 120.00-122.00.
Dressed Basis: Steers and Heifers: 190.00.
South Plains Direct Markets:
Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 117.00-118.00.
Slaughter Cows and Bulls (Average Yielding
Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady to 2.00
higher, with exception of Colorado trading 1.00-2.00
lower. Packer demand moderate to good.
Cutter Cow Carcass Cut-Out Value on Friday
DIRECT FEEDER CATTLE
Compared to April 6: Feeder steers and heifers
had no FOB current trades to compare. The feed-
er supply included 100 percent over 600 lbs and
23 percent heifers. Unless otherwise stated prices
are FOB weighting points with 2-3 percent shrink
or equivalent and a 5-10 cent slide on calves and
a 4-12 cent slide on yearlings from base weights.
Current sales are up to 14 days delivery.
Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1:
380 Head: 685 lbs; Avg Price 158.00; Current Del
75 Head: 775 lbs; Avg Price 134.00; Current Del
204 Head: 825 lbs; Avg Price 130.82; Current Del
80 Head: 850 lbs; Avg Price 128.00; Current Del
300 Head: 910 lbs; Avg Price 126.00; Current Del
Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1:
173 Head: 750 lbs; Avg Price 129.00; Current Del
140 Head: 825 lbs; Avg Price 125.21; Current Del