Female prices mixed on forage supplies

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click image to zoom Early September rains across a wide swath of the central United States improved the prospects for fall grazing, but most female markets remained under pressure.

Bred-female prices last month reveal just how picky ranchers have become. Bred heifers saw bids $70 per head lower than August and bred, aged cows were $33 lower. But demand for prime, young and middle-aged cows remained strong with bids $70 per head higher.

Prices paid for pairs showed a similar trend. Cows with small calves and cows with large calves increased $15 to $22 per pair, but the average for aged or small cows with calves was off $150 per pair.

Average prices for young and middle-aged open females gained $4 per hundredweight during September, with aged cows showing a $2.50-per-hundredweight gain. Open heiferettes, however, lost $6 per hundredweight on average.

Slaughter cows were mixed at $2 higher to $3 lower. Utility and commercial cows averaged $74.94 per hundredweight. Canner and cutter cows sold for an average of $63.10 per hundredweight during September.

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Mn  |  October, 22, 2012 at 07:20 AM

How can they put high for bred heifers at $1,270 in my area, when on 10/1/12 more than 30 unregistered angus bred heifers sold for $1,600 at my local sales barn and on the same day another dozen bred heifers sold for $1,375? I saw with my own eyes bred heifers selling for $875 hd up to $1,600 hd here in Minnesota on October 1st.

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