Billings Livestock Commission Cattle Auction

Archived Report


Total Run: 1,605

Market Notes

Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers were all too lightly tested either this week or last week to develop an accurate market trend, however steady to higher undertones were noticed on all offerings. Quality was mostly average this week. Several sets of fall calves were seen this week and most of these cattle were weaned, however fall calves sold with a discount to yearling cattle. This led to wide price spreads at times. Demand for grass cattle remains good. Many locations are in very good condition following recent rains. CME positions continue to inch higher and this has helped improve demand for all feeder cattle. Market activity today was mostly active. Weigh up cows sold on moderate to good demand for moderate to heavy offerings. Packers showed stronger demand for slaughter cows today pushing all offerings higher. Slaughter cows sold steady to 2.00 higher on breaking and boning cows, lean cows sold mostly 2.00-4.00 higher. Feeding cows sold steady to 2.00 higher. Quality today was mostly attractive with many sets of high quality offerings selling off reputation ranches. Slaughter bulls sold generally steady to firm. Bull quality was mostly attractive this week. Weigh up conditions mostly average to above average today, with many empty high yielding cows and bulls on offer. Young age cows suitable to feed or rebreed sold mostly 8.00-12.00 higher. Demand for these offerings was very good and quality was mostly attractive. Several sets of Cow calf pairs sold today and these offerings were met with moderate to good demand. Several ranchers were on hand to bid on these offerings this week.

Supply included: 47% Feeder Cattle (31% Steers, 66% Heifers, 3% Bulls); 26% Slaughter Cattle (82% Cows, 18% Bulls); 27% Replacement Cattle (53% Stock Cows, 8% Bred Cows, 30% Cow-Calf Pairs, 9% Heifer Pairs). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 59%. AUCTION This Week Last Reported 6/2/2022 Last Year Total Receipts: 1,605 1,440 3,430 Feeder Cattle: 753(46.9%) 638(44.3%) 1,415(41.3%) Slaughter Cattle: 425(26.5%) 516(35.8%) 1,117(32.6%) Replacement Cattle: 427(26.6%) 286(19.9%) 898(26.2%)

Feeder Steers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 185 187 190 $840
500-600 $--
600-700 $--
700-800 159 161 166 $1,210

Feeder Heifers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 175 176 177 $793
500-600 166.5 169 177 $927
600-700 156 165 172.5 $1,075
700-800 151 154 159 $1,153

*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 $92 $99 $104

Total Run