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Slaughter Cattle Review - Morning


St. Joseph, MO    Fri, October 24, 2014    USDA Market News Service

Morning National Slaughter Cattle Review for Thursday, 10/23/2014

   Trading was active in the Texas Panhandle and Kansas Thursday for the limited

number of available supplies with good demand. Compared to last week, a light test

of live sales traded 6.00 higher at mostly 170.00. In Nebraska, trading was moderate

on good demand. Compared to last week, live sales traded mostly 6.00 higher with the

bulk of the trade at 170.00. A few dressed sales traded at mostly 265.00 but not

enough to establish a market. Trading was limited in Colorado with a few live sales

5.00 to 5.50 higher than last week at 170.00. Trading was moderate in Iowa-Minnesota

on good demand. Compared to last week, early live sales ranged from 166.00-170.00,

with the bulk trending 4.00 higher at 167.00-168.00. The dressed trade was not well

established but early sales traded at mostly 264.00-265.00. The 170.00 price point

broke records again in all regions.

Negotiated sales:

Confirmed:    48,356    Week ago:           13,068    Year ago:           11,270

Wk to Date:   52,069    Week ago to Date:   96,254    Year ago to Date:  119,371

Negotiated, Formula and contract purchases delivered to packers today:

Today:        68,400    Week Ago:           68,200    Year Ago:           72,000

Wk to Date:  315,200    Week Ago to Date:  316,100    Year Ago to Date:  328,300

Negotiated, Formula and contract commitments today: (generally for slaughter

within 7 days)

Today:        94,400    Week Ago:           49,200    Year Ago:           50,300

Wk to Date:  296,500    Week Ago to Date:  319,400    Year Ago to Date:  359,500

Negotiated: prices paid for Domestic Slaughter steers and heifers:

(Information derived from the 5 area weighted average LM_CT100)

Live basis                 Steers                     Heifers

Over 80% Choice      165.00-170.00 avg 168.00   166.00-170.00 avg 168.42

65 - 80% Choice      163.00-170.00 avg 168.81   167.00-170.00 avg 169.27

35 - 65% Choice      166.00-170.00 avg 169.95   170.00-170.00 avg 170.00

0 - 35% Choice             -       avg                -       avg

Total all grades     163.00-170.00 avg 168.70   166.00-170.00 avg 169.14

Dressed basis              Steers                     Heifers

Over 80% Choice      260.00-268.00 avg 264.02   260.00-265.00 avg 264.29

65 - 80% Choice      262.00-265.00 avg 264.09   264.00-265.00 avg 264.50

35 - 65% Choice      264.00-265.00 avg 264.57   264.00-264.00 avg 264.00

0 - 35% Choice             -       avg                -       avg

Total all grades     260.00-268.00 avg 264.09   260.00-265.00 avg 264.40

Formula purchases: prices established on previous reporting day for 

slaughtered cattle.

Beef Type:                   Domestic:

Head count priced today:        33,000

Weighted avg weight:               890

Weighted avg net price:         260.68

Covers transactions reported at 2:00 pm today.  Comments and market conditions

may include information gathered from voluntary sources, all prices, weights

and head counts are only those gathered through the mandatory reporting system.

Source:  USDA Market News Service, St Joseph, MO

         (816)-676-7000 e-mail:

1100c  staff


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