Montana Weekly Livestock Auction Summary

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Total Run: 3,892

Market Notes

Compared to last week: All feeder cattle were too lightly tested to develop an accurate market trend, however steady to firm undertones were noticed on all offerings. Demand was mostly good to very good for light offerings. Quality was mostly plain to average. Packages were small with many singles on offer. CME positions traded mostly sideways this week. Corn traded with some volatility as both sharply higher and sharply lower days were seen before ending the week higher than it started. Market activity was mostly active this week. Weigh up cows sold on mostly good to very good demand for light to moderate offerings. Packers pushed to own as much of the cow offering as possible this past week as they pushed all offerings higher trying to secure offerings for immediate harvest. Packers purchased very few cows to feed this week and no cows were purchased to feed by packers late in the week. Slaughter cows sold steady to 3.00 higher on breaking and boning cows, lean cows sold 1.00-3.00 higher. High quality cows suitable to feed, sold steady to 3.00 higher. Cow quality was mostly average to very attractive this week, and overall much more attractive than last week. Slaughter bulls were too lightly tested last week to develop a full market trend, however unevenly steady undertones were noticed. Bull quality was mostly average to attractive. Weigh up conditions were mostly attractive to buyers early in the sale, however hot days have most weigh ups packing on fill as the sale progresses. Young age cows suitable to feed or rebreed sold generally steady. Buyers were looking for rebreed or recip type cows this sale helped keep this class of cows near steady as they bid against feeding buyers looking for cows that are young enough to still grade choice.

Supply included: 6% Feeder Cattle (54% Steers, 35% Heifers, 11% Bulls); 24% Slaughter Cattle (77% Cows, 23% Bulls); 5% Replacement Cattle (97% Stock Cows, 3% Bred Cows); 38% Feeder Sheep/Lambs (97% Lambs, 3% Hair Lambs); 16% Slaughter Sheep/Lambs (10% Wooled & Shorn, 3% Hair Breeds, 80% Ewes, 2% Hair Ewes, 5% Bucks, 0% Hair Bucks); 0% Replacement Sheep/Lambs (100% Ewes); 1% Feeder Goats (100% Kids); 11% Slaughter Goats (60% Kids, 31% Nannies/Does, 5% Bucks/Billies, 4% Wethers); 0% Replacement Goats (100% Nannies/Does). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 86%.

LIVESTOCK SUMMARY Current Week Last Reported 7/3/2023 Last Year Total Receipts: 3,892 741 4,655 Feeder Cattle: 220(5.7%) 165(22.3%) 256(5.5%) Slaughter Cattle: 925(23.8%) 140(18.9%) 1,033(22.2%) Replacement Cattle: 186(4.8%) 436(58.8%) 441(9.5%) Feeder Sheep/Lambs: 1,461(37.5%) 0(0.0%) 1,005(21.6%) Slaughter Sheep/Lambs: 606(15.6%) 0(0.0%) 1,468(31.5%) Replacement Sheep/Lambs: 5(0.1%) 0(0.0%) 15(0.3%) Feeder Goats: 43(1.1%) 0(0.0%) 60(1.3%) Slaughter Goats: 441(11.3%) 0(0.0%) 329(7.1%) Replacement Goats: 5(0.1%) 0(0.0%) 48(1.0%)

Feeder Steers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 $--
500-600 286 286 0.0000 $1,573
600-700 247 251 257 $1,629
700-800 235 243 248 $1,822

Feeder Heifers

Weight Min Avg Max Approx*
200-300 $--
300-400 $--
400-500 $--
500-600 $--
600-700 264 264 0.0000 $1,716
700-800 219 225 227 $1,690

*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 $113 $123 $140

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