Miles City Livestock Commission Auction

Most Recent Report


Total Run: 5,727

Market Notes

Compared to last week: Yearling steers and heifers were scarcely tested this week thus no trend is available. Limited yearlings sold on moderate to good demand. Steer calves sold unevenly steady from 5.00 lower to 5.00 higher. Heifer calves under 450 lbs sold mostly 5.0010.00 lower, heifers over 450 sold steady to 5.00 higher. Quality this week was mixed from plain to attractive. Weather conditions were poor to very poor today as wet, heavy snow was seen all across the region. Calves looked stressed at times as temperatures hovered in the low 30's and all calves were soaking wet. Despite poor weather, feeder cattle sold on mostly moderate demand. High quality claves with two rounds of vaccinations sold with the best demand, while average quality calves sold on light to moderate demand. Transportation continues to be very tight as trucks and drivers are limited. Buyers focused on buying front end calves, especially ones with two rounds of vaccinations and passed or discounted average quality calves or calves with only spring shots. Market activity was moderate overall. Weigh up cows sold on mostly light demand for very heavy offerings. Cows continue to be mostly very thin. Packers showed mostly light demand for slaughter cows as very heavy offerings are being seen across the region. Slaughter cows sold mostly 6.00-10.00 lower on lean cows, breaking and boning cows were not well tested. Feeding cows sold mostly 3.00-7.00 lower. Feeding cow demand improved as the sale progressed. Eight cow buyers were actively bidding on cows to feed this sale. Many thin cows purchased to turn out on corn stalks or feed a holding ration until the market improves. Others were purchased as exposed and will return to the country to preg test and keep until spring. Slaughter bulls sold 2.00-3.00 lower on a lower quality offering. Young age cows suitable to feed or rebreed sold mostly 3.00-5.00 higher. Quality this week was average to attractive and similar to last week.

Supply included: 55% Feeder Cattle (52% Steers, 46% Heifers, 2% Bulls); 33% Slaughter Cattle (92% Cows, 8% Bulls); 12% Replacement Cattle (70% Stock Cows, 30% Bred Cows). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 4%. AUCTION This Week Last Reported 10/5/2021 Last Year Total Receipts: 5,727 4,986 3,485 Feeder Cattle: 3,172(55.4%) 2,290(45.9%) 2,546(73.1%) Slaughter Cattle: 1,865(32.6%) 1,895(38.0%) 542(15.6%) Replacement Cattle: 690(12.0%) 801(16.1%) 397(11.4%)

Feeder Steers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 217 231 234 $577
300-400 204.5 219 234 $765
400-500 210 210 221 $945
500-600 $--
600-700 $--
700-800 $--

Feeder Heifers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 166.5 171 177.5 $598
400-500 155 163 162 $731
500-600 $--
600-700 $--
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 $75 $79 $84

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