Billings Livestock Commission Cattle Auction

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Total Run: 4,438

Market Notes

Compared to last week: All feeder cattle were too lighly tested last week to develop an accurate market trend, however steady undertones were noted on all steer calves under 750 lbs and higher undertones were noticed on steers over 750 lbs. Heifer calves sold with steady to higher undertones on all offerings. Today was the first feeder special in three weeks, while prices were generally higher today compared to last week, compared to the last feeder special on Jan. 5th, prices were mostly steady to lower. Quality today was mixed from plain to attractive, with lots of variation in quality noted. Demand was mostly moderate for moderate offerings. Package sizes varied greatly this week. Several load lots were on offer this sale, however many small packaged and singles were see as well. Most calves were long weaned from 60-90 days. A large buyer pool was on hand this sale. Orderbuyers, buying for packers, showed very good demand for high quality heavy weight offerings. Market activity was mostly moderate to active today. Weigh up cows sold on mostly moderate to good demand for moderate to heavy offerings. Slaughter cows sold mostly 3.00-5.00 higher on boning and lean cows. Breaking cows were too lightly tested to trend, higher undertones were noticed. Slaughter bulls sold 3.00-4.00 higher in a narrow compairson. Demand for bulls was mostly good as slaughter and feeding buyers competed over offerings. Young age cows suitable to feed or rebreed sold mostly higher to sharply higher in a narrow compairson. Several sets of one iron, homeraised, ranch tested open, young cows sold today. Demand for these offerings was mostly good to very good as quality was mostly attractive.

Supply included: 81% Feeder Cattle (51% Steers, 1% Dairy Steers, 43% Heifers, 4% Bulls, 1% Dairy Heifers); 11% Slaughter Cattle (95% Cows, 5% Bulls); 8% Replacement Cattle (100% Stock Cows). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 46%. AUCTION This Week Last Reported 1/19/2023 Last Year Total Receipts: 4,438 906 1,407 Feeder Cattle: 3,586(80.8%) 498(55.0%) 737(52.4%) Slaughter Cattle: 507(11.4%) 307(33.9%) 509(36.2%) Replacement Cattle: 345(7.8%) 101(11.1%) 161(11.4%)

Feeder Steers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 227 244 250 $1,097
500-600 205 217 230 $1,192
600-700 178.5 192 199 $1,248
700-800 177 181 188 $1,359

Feeder Heifers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 212.5 222 227.5 $778
400-500 196 205 217.5 $921
500-600 180 195 206 $1,071
600-700 166 178 183.5 $1,158
700-800 156 165 174 $1,237

*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 $97 $102 $107

Total Run

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