Forage conditions remain extremely dry. Bred female prices last month posted across-the-board gains while other female markets saw prices mixed. Bred heifers found bids $52 per head higher during October while bred, middle-aged cows gained $33 per head. Aged, bred cows were up $50 per head.
Prices paid for cow-calf pairs were mixed. Cows with small calves and cows with large calves were $29 and $4 per pair lower, respectively, for the month. Small or aged cows with calves brought $119 more per pair than the previous month.
Average prices for young and middle-aged, open females declined $3 per hundredweight during October with aged cows showing a $5-per-hundredweight loss. Open heiferettes, however, gained $3.50 per hundredweight on average.
Slaughter cows were mixed at $3 lower to $1 higher. Utility and commercial cows averaged $71.69 per undredweight.
Canner and cutter cows sold for an average of $64.78 per hundredweight during October. Despite recent declines, slaughter cows remain $8 to $12 per hundredweight higher than last year.