Billings Livestock Commission Cattle Auction

Archived Report


Total Run: 1,314

Market Notes

Compared to last week: Feeder steers all sold steady to 5.00 lower on all weights in a narrow comparison. Heifers sold generally steady on all weights. Quality this week was mixed from plain to attractive. Outside of the consigned groups of cattle quality was mostly plain this week. Demand for feeder cattle was mostly moderate to good today despite light offerings. Grass cattle buyers continue to show good demand for cattle suitable to run as yearlings. Recent snowfall has moisture totals on par with historical averages which has created some optimism for yearlings. Bigger feedlot ready cattle sold with the lightest demand this week as grain prices have seen huge price increases in the last 3 weeks. Market activity was mostly moderate to active this week with a strong pool of buyers actively bidding on offerings. Weigh up cows sold on mostly good to very good demand. Packer buyers showed very good demand for cows for immediate harvest. Lean cows sold with the strongest demand as packers are searching for lean product to blend down all the fed cows currently hitting the market. Slaughter cows sold mostly 2.00-3.00 higher on all classes of cows. Feeding cows sold mostly 3.00-4.00 higher in a narrow comparison. Packers purchased mostly very high quality cows to feed this week. Slaughter bulls sold mostly 2.00 higher in a narrow comparison. Young age cows sold on good to very good demand. These offerings were purchased for both feeding and rebreeding purposes. Steady undertones were noticed on all offerings.

Supply included: 76% Feeder Cattle (48% Steers, 51% Heifers, 1% Bulls); 11% Slaughter Cattle (91% Cows, 9% Bulls); 13% Replacement Cattle (63% Stock Cows, 37% Bred Cows). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 42%. AUCTION This Week Last Reported 3/3/2022 Last Year Total Receipts: 1,314 3,033 4,354 Feeder Cattle: 1,005(76.5%) 1,698(56.0%) 2,505(57.5%) Slaughter Cattle: 141(10.7%) 736(24.3%) 345(7.9%) Replacement Cattle: 168(12.8%) 599(19.7%) 1,504(34.5%)

Feeder Steers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 215 217 221 $761
400-500 211 213 221 $959
500-600 184 206 207.5 $1,131
600-700 165 178 180.5 $1,159
700-800 149 155 163 $1,162

Feeder Heifers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 186 195 196.5 $876
500-600 167 183 186 $1,006
600-700 152 161 165.5 $1,044
700-800 154.5 155 165.5 $1,159

*Approx is the middle weight of the weight group multiplied by the mid point of the high and low for the group. It's meant as a quick method to see what cattle of that weight class are bringing per head.

Cows & Bulls

Type Min Avg Max
Slaughter Bulls $94 $100 $102

Total Run