Billings Livestock Commission Cattle Auction

Archived Report


Total Run: 1,327

Market Notes

Compared to last week: Steers and heifers were too lightly tested today to develop an accurate market trend, however steady to higher undertones were noticed. Quality this sale was mostly plain. Most lots were offered in small packages or as singles. Demand remains good to very good. With only one feeder sale in billings this week several buyers were looking for cattle to finish filling loads and were aggressive as they did so. The best demand continues to be for cattle suitable to run on grass. Market activity was active to very active, despite light offerings. Weigh up cows sold on mostly good demand for moderate offerings. Packers and order buyers both showed the best demand for feeding quality cows this week. Slaughter cows sold generally steady. Feeding cows sold steady to firm. Slaughter bulls sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher. Feeding bull buyers continue to push packer buyers as they try to purchase bulls, however packers purchased most of the bulls away from feeding buyers this week despite having to pay higher prices for bulls. Weigh up conditions were average to below average today with many full offerings noted. Young age cows suitable to feed or rebreed sold 2.00-4.00 higher. Quality this week was mostly average to attractive.

Supply included: 36% Feeder Cattle (23% Steers, 63% Heifers, 13% Bulls); 39% Slaughter Cattle (89% Cows, 11% Bulls); 24% Replacement Cattle (93% Stock Cows, 2% Bred Cows, 2% Bred Heifers, 3% Cow-Calf Pairs). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 52%. AUCTION This Week Last Reported 5/4/2023 Last Year Total Receipts: 1,327 1,298 1,725 Feeder Cattle: 482(36.3%) 303(23.3%) 907(52.6%) Slaughter Cattle: 523(39.4%) 593(45.7%) 421(24.4%) Replacement Cattle: 322(24.3%) 402(31.0%) 397(23.0%)

Feeder Steers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 $--
500-600 271 281 0.0000 $1,544
600-700 255 259 0.0000 $1,682
700-800 230 235 239 $1,760

Feeder Heifers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 242.5 263 250 $1,184
500-600 227 235 250 $1,294
600-700 215 231 243 $1,502
700-800 192 197 207 $1,479

*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 $111 $116 $124

Total Run

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