Female markets soar during August

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Demand for bred females has been strong so far during August, with prices in most categories improving over already-high July prices. Across the markets included in Drovers/CattleNetwork’s exclusive six-region survey, bred heifers through the first three weeks of August averaged $1,800 per head, up from $1,690 in July and $1,380 in August 2013. Young and middle-aged cows also sold higher, averaging $1,796 compared with $1,612 in July and $1,126 a year earlier.  Aged cows, at $1,433, were up only slightly from July but well above the August 2013 average of $1,081. 

Cows with young calves at their sides averaged $2,117 during August, up from $1,981 in July and $1,318 a year earlier. Cows with large calves averaged $2,190 per pair, up from $1,993 in July and $1,506 last August.

The value of open females moved higher in all age classes. Heiferettes averaged $138 per hundredweight, up $9 per hundredweight from July’s average and $47 higher than last August. Young and middle-aged females, at $143 per hundredweight were up by $23 per hundredweight over the July average. Older cows averaged $122 per hundredweight, up about $12 from July.

Demand for short supplies of slaughter cows also remains strong, with utility and commercial cows averaging $118 per hundredweight and canner and cutter cows averaging $97 in August, up from $107 and $95 respectively in July and $79 and $72 a year ago. 

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Texas  |  August, 27, 2014 at 08:48 PM

Where in the world did these people get these numbers to make this report. Today I saw $2,800.00 bred cows and $3,000.00 pairs and weigh cows up to $135.00. You can't hardly believe anything you read anymore.

John Maday    
Colorado  |  August, 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Ronnie: You realize these are averages, right? They come from multiple markets across six regions of the U.S. over the first three weeks of August. The averages come from USDA-reported prices from each of those markets, and include low prices along with high prices.

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