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Daily Market Summary for Friday, December 15th:

TCR's Weekly Current & Projected Feedyard Closeout

Slaughter Cattle: Friday in the Southern Plains, Nebraska and the Western Cornbelt trading has been limited on moderate demand. In the Southern Plains and Nebraska a few early live cash trades were from 118.00-119.00 and early dressed trades were at 188.00 in Nebraska. In the Western Cornbelt a few early cash dressed trades were at 188.00. Not enough trades in these feeding regions for a full market trend. Thus far for Friday in Colorado trading has been at a standstill. The last full reported market was for the prior week. In the Southern Plains and Western Cornbelt live cash trades were at 117.00 with dressed trade in the Western Cornbelt from 186.00-188.00. For the prior week in Nebraska, live trades ranged from 117.00-118.00 with dressed trades at 187.00. For the previous week in Colorado live trades were from 118.00-118.50.  ***Trade developed late Friday afternoon at $120.50 per cwt.

Negotiated Sales: Confirmed: 15,692    Week Ago: 4,234   Year Ago: 3,693

Formula Purchases: Net - Dressed
Head count priced today: 8,800
Weighted avg weight:     880.00
Weighted avg net price:  187.65

Alberta Beef Producers Daily Report:  Alberta direct cattle sales Thursday saw light trade develop with live sales steady to $1.00 lower than Wednesday, but still $2.00 higher than last week's weighted average price. Dressed sales so far this week have been reported from $257.00-263.00 delivered. Initial sales are $7.00-9.00 higher than the previous week. Buyers were indicating cattle bought this week could be lifted in one to two weeks. Stronger basis levels did encourage producers to market cattle.

Livestock Slaughter under Federal Inspection:
                               Cattle       Calves    Hogs        Sheep
Friday  (est)             118,000      2,000       464,000     7,000
Week ago (est)       114,000      2,000       459,000      7,000
Year ago (act)         108,000      2,000       427,000      7,000
Week to date (est)  593,000    10,000    2,330,000    41,000
Last Week (est)      591,000     10,000   2,313,000    41,000
Last Year (act)        568,000    10,000    2,191,000    43,000

Saturday  (est)          37,000         0            248,000      2,000
Week ago (est)         45,000         0            224,000      2,000
Year ago (act)          39,000         0            310,000         0
Week to date (est)  630,000    10,000     2,578,000     43,000
Last Week (est)      636,000     10,000     2,537,000     43,000
Last Year* (act)      606,000     11,000     2,502,000     43,000
2017 YTD         30,590,000   481,000 115,926,000 1,858,000
2016 *YTD        29,025,000   458,000 113,133,000 1,930,000
Percent change       5.4%          5.1%          2.5%        -3.7%

Boxed Beef: Boxed beef cutout values higher on Choice and weak on Select on light to moderate demand and moderate offerings. Select and Choice rib, chuck, round, and loin cuts steady to weak. Beef trimmings firm to higher on moderate demand and light offerings.

Cutout Values...            Choice        Select
Current Cutout Values:    201.87        183.25
Change from prior day:      +0.83        -0.44
Choice/Select spread:       18.62

Cattle Futures Summary: Live cattle futures finished the Friday session $1.075 to $2.625 higher in the front months on higher cash cattle trade. Feeder cattle futures were up 80 cents to $1.50 in most contracts. The CME feeder cattle index on December 14 was up 9 cents to $154.40. Wholesale boxed beef values were mixed on Friday afternoon. Choice was up 83 cents at $201.87, with select 44 cents lower at $183.25. Estimated weekly FI cattle slaughter is at 630,000 head through Saturday, 6,000 head fewer than the previous week but 24,000 head larger than the same week last year. Cash trade picked up late Friday afternoon with sales of $119-120.50, up $2 from the previous week. Spec traders were shown as reducing their CFTC net long cattle position by 17,262 contracts during the week ending Tuesday. That net position was at 99,748 contracts as of 12/12.

December Live Cattle Futures: 118.90...+2.63

February Live Cattle Futures: 121.02...+1.87

April Live Cattle Futures: 122.15...+1.85

January Feeder Cattle Futures: 147.75...+1.50

March Feeder Cattle Futures: 145.55...+1.20

April Feeder Cattle Futures: 145.92...+1.22

CME Feeder Cattle Index: 154.40...+0.09

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February Lean Hog Futures: 68.52...+0.90

National Grain Market Summary: Compared to last week, cash bids for corn, and wheat were mixed, sorghum and soybeans were lower.  More favorable weather conditions in Argentina put pressure onthe soy complex this week.  The next round of WASDE reports were released on Tuesday, putting pressure on all grain markets from changes in US and world ending stocks. World ending stocks of corn were increased from 203.86 mmt to 204.08 mmt, US ending stocks of soybeans were raised from 425 mb to 445 mb, and US ending stocks of wheat were raised from 935 mb to 960 mb. USDAs export estimates for corn remained steady at 1.925 bb, with soybean export estimates lowered by 25 mb.  Last week export sales of corn totaled 34.1 million bushels, soybeans totaled 53.4 million bushels, and wheat totaled 21.6 million bushels.  All export sales figures could be viewed as bearish for last week.  Wheat was mixed from 2 1/2 cents lower to 21 cents higher. Corn was mixed from 21 cents lower to 9 cents higher.  Sorghum was 5 to 6 cents lower.  Soybeans were 23 1/4 to 24 1/4 cents lower.

Kansas City Corn: 3.32...-0.01

Kansas City Soybeans: 9.29...-0.01

Kansas City Wheat: 4.00...-0.01

March Corn Futures: 3.4750...-0.0100

January Soybean Futures: 9.6725...-0.0050

March Wheat Futures: 4.1825...Unchanged

Nearby Crude Oil Futures Contract: 57.30...+0.26

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 24,648.47...+139.81

NASDAQ: 6,936.58...+80.05

U.S. Dollar Index: 93.93...+0.24

National Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary
RECEIPTS:    Auctions     Direct    Video/Internet    Total
This Week     243,800     23,400        16,900         284,100
Last Week     334,300     18,200         1,900          354,400
Last Year       299,900     59,300         2,500         361,700

Compared to last week, steers and heifers traded mixed this week nationwide; from 4.00 lower to 5.00 higher and everything in between with the most common term in all market report trends is: "steady to" fill in the blank. Demand was good to very good at auctions this week as there were many more weaned calves this week with an overwhelmingly amount of those having a total preconditioning program. Most calves were sold in moderate flesh, however some light and some a little heavier at times. The mild weather has allowed these calves to easily maintain, and gain, body condition. With plenty of low cost feed, there were many buyers noted being in the seats geared up to buy cattle.

Fed cattle recovered some of last week's losses by trading 2.00 to 3.00 higher at 119.00 to 120.00 in the Southern Plains. Higher bids have been offered in the feedlots of the Northern Plains, however trade has not been established as of this writing. Steers are not the only items to talk about in this report as replacement heifers were in high demand at the Sheridan Livestock Auction in Rushville, NE on Wednesday. A half load of 617 lb heifers sold at 170.00; a load of 687 lb heifers sold at 192.00, with the weighted average of 187.50 on the replacement type heavy 6-weight heifers. Also a part load of 717 lb heifers sold at 180.50 or near $1300 per head.

Hay trading has picked up in the Plains states in recent weeks as demand has been good in areas where hay supplies are not as plentiful. The mild, open weather is helping to stretch hay supplies as cows are out grazing the corn stalk fields and Ole Man Winter has not reared his ugly head yet. The weather forecast continues to show above normal temps until next week when colder temps are expected to move in along with a couple chances of moisture. On Thursday, the US Drought Monitor was released and continues to show too many colors that producers don't need at this juncture in the year. The South, Midwest and High Plains have areas of short and long term extreme drought in their regions. The top 15 states in number of beef cows all have some type of intensity and impact of a drought this week.

When the cattle inventory report comes out in late January 2018, the number of beef cows in the main cattle states will be watched by analysts to see if producers are continuing to increase cow herds when facing these drought conditions in such a widespread area. Auction volume this week included 50 percent weighing over 600 lbs and 39 percent heifers.

Thursday Auction Reports...
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*Denotes Auction not reported by the USDA & linked to Auction's website

Siloam Spring Livestock Auction - Siloam Spring AR...
Receipts:  1466          Last week:  2340             Last year:  2195
Compared to last week: Feeders 300-350lbs steady to 4.00 higher 350-600lbs mostly 5.00-12.00 higher over 600lbs mostly steady to 4.00 higher with some bulls 10.00 higher. Slaughter cows 1.00-3.00 higher. Slaughter bulls steady to firm.

Ava Livestock Auction - Ava MO...
Receipts:  1090    Last Week:  1708    Year Ago:  1405
Compared to last week, steers and heifers steady.  Slaughter cows and bulls steady.  Demand and supply moderate.  Near 15 percent of the receipts were replacement cows, slaughter cows and bulls.  The feeder supply included 42 percent steers,

Ozark Livestock Auction - Ozark AR...
Receipts:  771          Last week: 742                  Last year: NR
Compared to last week: Feeder steers and bulls sold 6.00-14.00 higher. Feeder heifers sold steady to 6.00 higher. Several Value Added calves sold with an additional 2.00-5.00 premium. Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady to 2.00 higher.

Tulia Livestock Auction - Tulia TX...
Receipts:  2104    Last Week:  1411    Year Ago:  3066
Compared to last week:  Feeder steers and heifers sold mostly 1.00 to 3.00 higher.  Trade was fairly active on good demand as the feeder cattle CME board tried to regain some lost footing.  Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady.

Columbia Livestock Auction - Columbia TN...
Receipts: 299     Last week: 419     Last year: 569
Compared to the same sale last week, Slaughter cows 4.00 lower. Bulls not well established. Steers steady to 5.00 lower. Heifers under 600 lbs 3.00 to 8.00 lower, over 600 lbs steady. Bulls steady to 7.00 lower.

Pratt Livestock Auction - Pratt KS...
Receipts:  1529              Last Week:  2141             Year Ago:  2850
Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers not enough Medium and Large 1 for a true market test. However a firm to higher under tone noted. Steer and heifer calves not enough for a test. Slaughter cows steady to weak and slaughter bulls 3.00 lower.

Farmers & Ranchers Livestock - Salina KS...
Receipts:  2998    Last Week:  2972    Year Ago:  3530
Compared to last week: Steers in a limited supply 400-1000 lbs 1.00-6.00 lower.  Heifers 700-1000 lbs 1.00-2.00 lower; 700 lbs and under higher undertone noted. Trade and Demand moderate.

Apache Livestock Auction - Apache OK...
Receipts:  1670    Last Week:  1481    Year Ago:  2365
Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers 1.00-5.00 lower. Steer calves steady to 1.00 lower. Heifer calves weighing 400 to 500 lbs 7.00-10.00 higher, 500 to 600 lbs 2.00 lower.  Quality was good to attractive with moderate demand.

Woodward Wtd Avg Cattle - Woodward OK...
Receipts:  3818    Last Week:  4447
Compared to last week: Feeder steers steady to 2.00 higher, over 850lbs 2.00 lower. Feeder heifers steady. Steer calves steady to 3.00 higher. Heifer calves 2.00 higher. Demand good for all classes. Fill average. Supply includes 62% over 600 lbs. 47% heifers.

San Angelo Cattle And Calf Auction - San Angelo TX...
Receipts:  1709    Last Week:   682    Year Ago:  1562
Compared to last week steer and heifer calves under 600 lbs 1.00-3.00 higher, heavier weight calves and yearlings firm.  Slaughter cows 1.00- 2.00 higher; slaughter bulls firm to 1.00 higher.  Stock cows and pairs steady in light test.

Cattleman's Livestock Auction - Dalhart, TX...
Cattle and Calves:  2292      Week ago:  3420      Year Ago:  3528
Compared to a week ago:  Feeder steers and heifers and steers and heifer calves firm to 2.00 higher.  Slaughter cows and bulls firm to 1.00 higher.  Trade active. Demand good.  No sale for the next two weeks due to holiday break.  Bulk of supply Medium and Large 1-2 350-900 lb feeder steers and heifers.

Smithfield Livestock Auction - Smithfield NC...
Receipts:  507             Last Week: 718        Last Year: 581
Compared to last week, slaughter cattle were mostly steady. Feeder cattle were mostly steady.  Moderate demand, buyer activity and offerings.  Quality of cattle average.

Cullman Stockyard - Cullman AL...
Receipts:  798    Last Week:  1024    Year Ago:  1237
Compared to last week: Slaughter cows sold 2.00 to 3.00 lower, slaughter bulls sold 1.00 to 3.00 lower. Feeder bulls and steers sold 2.00 to 3.00 higher. Feeder heifers sold 1.00 to 2.00 higher. Replacement cows and pairs sold mostly steady.

Toppenish, WA Livestock Auction - Toppenish WA...
Receipts:  1960    Last Week:  2000    Year Ago:  1100
Compared to last Thursday at the same sale, stocker and feeder cattle steady to 4.00 higher. Trade active with very good demand for all classes. Slaughter cows and bulls 5.00-8.00 higher as processors need supplies. Trade very with very good demand.

Greensboro Livestock Auction - Greensboro GA...
Receipts:  340    Last Week:  369    Year Ago:  511
Compared to one week earlier, slaughter cows 2.00 to 6.00 higher, slaughter bulls steady, feeder bulls, heifers, feeder steers lightly tested, bull calves 2.00 to 5.00 higher, heifer calves, steer calves lightly tested, replacement cows 6.00 to 8.00 lower.

Smithfield Livestock Auction - Smithfield UT...
Receipts: 658. Last Week: 1,110. Feeder Steers:  Feeder Heifers: mostly steady to lower. Holstein Steers: lower. Slaughter Cows: mostly steady. Slaughter Bulls: steady. Feeder  Steers:  300500  lbs 175.00-195.00; 500-700 lbs 156.00-170.00; 700-900 lbs 141.00-145.00; 900-1100 lbs 104.00-130.00.

Senatobia Livestock Auction - Senatobia MS...
Receipts     This week    405       Last Week    258
Compared to last week slaughter cows trended 1.00 to 2.00 Higher. Slaughter bulls no trend. Feeder steers trended mixed. Feeder heifers trended mixed. Feeder consisted of 61 percent steers and 39 percent heifers. Receipts weighing
under 600 lbs 70 percent over 600 lbs 13 percent.

Decatur Stockyard - Decatur AL...
Receipts:  542    Last Week:  521    Year Ago:  381
Compared to a week ago: Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady. All feeder classes sold sharply higher. Demand on feeders good. Replacement cows and pairs sold steady. Slaughter cows 4 percent, bulls 4 percent, replacement cows and pairs 9 percent, and feeders 83 percent.

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