Stocker/Feeder Markets: Calves higher, yearlings lower

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click image to zoom Demand for calves during November was steady to stronger across most regions, while yearling prices were softer despite a smaller supply. According to Drovers/CattleNetwork’s 50-market auction summary, steer calves weighing 400 to 500 pounds saw average bids in November of $166.63 per hundredweight, $1.72 higher than October. Yearling steers weighing 600 to 700 pounds averaged $139.48 per hundredweight during November, down a modest 88 cents. Heifer calves sold for an average of $144.43, a loss of 74 cents last month. Yearling heifers weighing more than 600 pounds saw average bids last month of $125.95, a decline of 42 cents. Prices for all classes of cattle are 4 to 8 percent higher than last year.

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