Billings Livestock Commission Cattle Auction

Archived Report


Total Run: 1,420

Market Notes

Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers were all too lightly tested today to develop any market trend. Quality was mostly plain to average. Demand for feeders was mostly moderate for todays very light offering. Several ranchers were in the stands bidding on grass cattle. Rain continues to be in the forecast and temperatures remain unseasonably cool. However grass has greened and many ranchers are in need of feeders to fill summer pastures. A good crowd was on hand for todays sale. Market activity was mostly moderate. Weigh up cows comprised most of the offering this week. Packers showed slightly stronger demand for cows this week. Slaughter cows sold steady to 2.00 higher on boning and lean cows. Breaking cows were mostly purchased to return to feed this week. Feeding cows sold fully steady this week on boning and lean cows. Breaking cows returning to feed sold 2.00-3.00 higher. Cow quality was average to attractive this week with many sets of high quality cows on offer. Slaughter bulls sold steady to firm. Weigh up conditions were mostly below average this sale with many full cows on offer. Weigh up conditions were poorer this week than last. Young age cows sold on mostly good to very good demand today. Young replacement type cows sold mostly steady to 5.00 lower. Quality this week was average to attractive.

Supply included: 12% Feeder Cattle (33% Steers, 6% Dairy Steers, 27% Heifers, 19% Bulls, 14% Dairy Heifers); 56% Slaughter Cattle (87% Cows, 13% Bulls); 32% Replacement Cattle (90% Stock Cows, 6% Bred Cows, 3% Cow-Calf Pairs, 2% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 72%. AUCTION This Week Last Reported 5/12/2022 Last Year Total Receipts: 1,420 1,725 1,378 Feeder Cattle: 167(11.8%) 907(52.6%) 314(22.8%) Slaughter Cattle: 799(56.3%) 421(24.4%) 559(40.6%) Replacement Cattle: 454(32.0%) 397(23.0%) 505(36.6%)

Feeder Steers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 $--
500-600 $--
600-700 189 189 0.0000 $1,229
700-800 154 158 162 $1,187

Feeder Heifers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 $--
500-600 150 151 154 $829
600-700 152.5 153 154 $992
700-800 $--

*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 $98 $105

Total Run