Regional Cattle Auction Reports for Thursday, January 17th

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North Central:

Valentine Livestock Auction - Valentine NE
Receipts:  1665 Last week:  Last year: 1510
Todays Bred cow and heifer auction consisted mostly of black and BWF offering bred to LBW black bulls. Several offerings of bred heifers to calve Feb and Mar AI'd for 2 to 3 days and bull breds calving 25 to 45 day. A full crowd on hand and several buyers today, light covering of snow in the Sandhills with colder weather.
Mitchell Livestock Auction – Mitchell SD
Receipts:  7064    Last Week Ago:  6351    Year Ago:  8075 
Compared to last week:  Feeder steers and heifers steady to 2.00 lower.  Demand mostly moderate.  A large offering of high quality steers and heifers, flesh condition light to moderate plus.  Many full loads allowing buyers to make full feedyard pens of uniform cattle, while also offering many small packages to put together and make loads. Cattle feeders were defensive in their approach to buying cattle today as Live and Feeder Cattle futures contracts were much lower.  The market was not near as active as last week as buyers tried to buy cattle lower.  Another winter storm forecast to arrive tomorrow added more concern for cattle feeders.  56 percent were steers; 44 percent heifers.  86 percent weighing over 600 lbs.
 

South Central:

Woodward Wtd Avg Cattle - Woodward OK
Receipts:  4220    Last Week:  7291    Year Ago:  3316
Compared to last week: Feeder steers 600-700 lbs. 1.00 lower, heavier eights 5.00-7.00 lower. Feeder heifers 3.00-6.00 lower. Steer calves 3.00 lower. Heifer calves 4.00 lower. Demand moderate for all classes. Fill average. Supply includes 72% over 600 lbs. 38% heifers.
Pratt Livestock Auction - Pratt KS
Receipts:  2086   Last Week:  3538    Year Ago:  2312
***Close*** Compared to last week: Feeder steers 750-850 lbs sold 7.00 to 8.00 lower, 850-900 lbs sold 2.00-5.00 lower. With limited offerings, feeder heifers 600-650 sold 4.00 lower. Steer calves not enough comparable weights for market test. Heifer calves 500-550 sold 4.00 lower using a limited test. Overall, demand moderate to good, quality mostly average to attractive. Recent and upcoming weather conditions has had an effect on the market trade. Slaughter cows sold mostly steady. Not enough bulls for a market test. Feeder supply was 76 percent steers, 24 percent heifers, with 86 percent over 600 lbs.
 

Midwest:

Ava Livestock Auction - Ava MO
Receipts:  842    Last Week:  1980    Year Ago:  166
Compared to last week, steers and heifers unevenly steady to 5.00 lower on a limited test.  Slaughter cows steady to 2.00 higher, Slaughter bulls not well tested.  Demand moderate to good, supply light.  Several consignments of reputation calves in the offering.  Muddy conditions curtailed the receipts.  Near 10 percent of the receipts were Replacement cows, Slaughter cows and bulls.  The feeder supply included 53 percent steers, 42 percent heifers, 06 percent bulls, with 55 percent over 600 lbs.
 

Southeast:

None Available
 

Western:

Toppenish, WA Livestock Auction - Toppenish WA
Receipts:  2730    Last Week:  1285    Year Ago:  1675
Compared to last Thursday at the same market, this was the first test of stocker and feeder cattle for this year. Quality was attractive as buyers were able to purchase load lots this week with good buyer attendance. Slaughter cows and bulls steady. Most slaughter cows’ buyers looking for have orders for leaner type cows. Value added cows are guaranteed grass fed. Trade active with good demand for all classes. Slaughter cows 33 percent, slaughter bulls 5 percent, and feeders 62 percent of the supply. The feeder supply included 56 percent steers and 44 percent heifers. Near 69 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.
 

Northeast:

Bluegrass Stockyards South - Stanford KY
Receipts:  1765    Last Week:  2852    Year Ago:  349
Compared  to last Thursday: Feeder steers 3.00-6.00 lower, Feeder heifers 2.00-4.00 lower, Moderate demand for feeder classes. In the majority of instances weaned and vaccinated offerings bringing a premium are noted below as VALUE ADDED, while exceptional quality offerings are noted as FANCY. Slaughter cows and bulls 2.00-4.00 lower, moderate demand for slaughter classes.
Paris Stockyards - Pairs KY
Receipts:  2204    Last week:  2386    Last year:  952 
Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold 1.00-4.00 lower, heifers 1.00-2.00 lower, 600-700 lbs 3.00-4.00 lower with some selling steady. Slaughter cows and bulls 2.00 lower. Feeders: 2021  Slaughter: 66  Replacements: 117