Billings Livestock Commission Cattle Auction

Archived Report


Total Run: 998

Market Notes

Compared to last week: All feeder cattle were too lighly tested today to develop an accurate market trend, however steady to firm undertones were noted on steers under 750 lbs and higher undertones were noticed on steers over 750 lbs. Heifer calves sold with higher undertones on all offerings. Quality today was mostly average to attractive. Demand was mostly good for light to moderate offerings. Most calves sold in small to moderate size packages. Most calves were long weaned from 60-90 days. Orderbuyers, buying for packers, continue to show very good demand for high quality heavy weight offerings. Market activity was mostly active today, dispite a lighter offering. Weigh up cows sold on mostly good to very good demand for mostly light offerings. Packers showed mostly very good demand for cows for immidiate harvest as they pushed to own as many offerings as possible. Slaughter cows sold mostly 7.00-10.00 higher on boning and breaking cows, however the largest advance was seen on lean cows which sold sharply higher, with mostly sales 12.00-17.00 higher. Extremely cold weather has limited the availibily of cows as cold weather has kept cows from coming to auction. Slaughter bulls sold 2.00-5.00 higher in a narrow compairson. Young age cows suitable to feed or rebreed were too lightly tested to develop any market trend. Compairsons are difficult as last week had several consignments of fancy one iron, homeraised, ranch tested open, young cows, while quality this week was not as attractive.

Supply included: 70% Feeder Cattle (55% Steers, 43% Heifers, 2% Bulls); 21% Slaughter Cattle (90% Cows, 10% Bulls); 9% Replacement Cattle (76% Stock Cows, 24% Bred Cows). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 47%. AUCTION This Week Last Reported 1/26/2023 Last Year Total Receipts: 998 4,438 2,761 Feeder Cattle: 696(69.7%) 3,586(80.8%) 2,236(81.0%) Slaughter Cattle: 214(21.4%) 507(11.4%) 390(14.1%) Replacement Cattle: 88(8.8%) 345(7.8%) 135(4.9%)

Feeder Steers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 230.5 233 234 $1,048
500-600 208 223 233 $1,227
600-700 189.25 193 196.5 $1,255
700-800 187 187 191 $1,403

Feeder Heifers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 210.5 211 0.0000 $947
500-600 185 197 207.5 $1,082
600-700 166 178 192 $1,155
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 $101 $104 $105

Total Run

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