Montana Weekly Livestock Auction Summary

Archived Report


Total Run: 4,298

Market Notes

Compared to last week: All weights of steers and heifers were too lightly tested either this week or last week to develop an accurate market trend, however lower undertones were noticed. Quality this week was mostly plain to average. Many sets of cutback cattle off video sales were seen this week and quality was the biggest factor that limited demand. Demand for feeder cattle was mostly light. A few sets of replacement quality heifers were seen this week. These offerings continue to be met with good demand as spring rains have helped green range and pasture conditions. Market activity this week was mostly slow to moderate. Weigh up cows sold on mixed demand this week. Slaughter cows sold mostly steady to 3.00 lower on breaking cows, while boning and lean cows sold steady to 2.00 higher. Boning and lean cows saw increased demand from feeding buyers this week which helped push these offerings higher. Feeing cows sold on mixed demand this week as fleshy breaking cows sold mostly steady to 3.00 lower, and boning and lean fleshed cows sold fully steady. Slaughter bulls sold steady to weak. Weigh conditions were mixed this week. Green grass has started to help cows slick off winter hair and has many emptied out, however, with rain seen on Thursday, late week cows were pushing more fill. Young age cows suitable to feed or rebreed sold steady to firm. Quality this week was average to attractive. Demand for rebreed type cattle remains good as ranchers and order buyers both competed over offerings.

Supply included: 37% Feeder Cattle (36% Steers, 54% Heifers, 10% Bulls); 32% Slaughter Cattle (88% Cows, 12% Bulls); 32% Replacement Cattle (66% Stock Cows, 9% Bred Cows, 16% Cow-Calf Pairs, 10% Heifer Pairs). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 54%.

LIVESTOCK SUMMARY Current Week Last Reported 5/2/2022 Last Year Total Receipts: 4,298 3,530 6,325 Feeder Cattle: 1,571(36.6%) 1,480(41.9%) 3,576(56.5%) Slaughter Cattle: 1,368(31.8%) 992(28.1%) 1,507(23.8%) Replacement Cattle: 1,359(31.6%) 1,058(30.0%) 1,242(19.6%)

Feeder Steers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 207 211 211 $948
500-600 187 193 211 $1,064
600-700 175 179 195 $1,164
700-800 155 161 169 $1,205

Feeder Heifers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 189 189 0.0000 $662
400-500 $--
500-600 163.5 169 176 $927
600-700 150 159 163.5 $1,031
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 $92 $98 $103

Total Run