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Slaughter Meat Goat Prices
Lower In Recent Market Tests

Slaughter meat goat prices were lower across the board in recent sales. San Angelo quoted the trend weak to $5 lower, Junction $1-3 lower, Fredericksburg $2-3 lower, Hamilton $5 lower, and Goldthwaite $10-15 lower; New Holland, Pennsylvania, was $2-3 lower per head.

Plains Cattle Feeders Looking
Strongly At Dollar-Plus Market

After a $3 rally to $98 last week, Plains cattle feeders were eyeing the dollar mark as early as Monday. By midweek, a bullish futures board made that figure look a bit modest. Packers, for their part, were bidding $96.

Lamb Prices Mixed,
Ewe Market Off

The slaughter lamb market was mixed again this week with the rest of market mostly lower. At San Angelo light slaughter lambs were making $10 more than last week but at Goldthwaite light lambs were $10 off. Feeders were off $2 at San Angelo and Billings. Slaughter ewes were off $1-7 at most terminals.

RANGE SALES

Farmer-Feeder Seeking Answers
To Ever-Increasing Input Costs

Given the challenges facing those trying to eke out a living in agriculture, farmer-feeder Rich Porter is a man of many questions and “what-ifs.” Over the last year or so, he’s found that the questions keep coming but the answers are few if not evasive.

High Corn Prices Symptomatic
Of Nonexistent Energy Policy

AgResource Consulting Group representative Dan Basse, speaking to the policy division forum at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's summer conference here recently, said ethanol production is a very emotional topic.

U.S. Ag Secretary Says Congress
Is “Nuts” Where Energy Concerned

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer had a simple explanation last week for why the country is so reliant on foreign oil: Congress is nuts.

Yearling Business Has Been Good
For Former Champion Calf Roper

These days Glen Franklin is known as a big-time yearling operator, but in his younger days it was calf roping that came to mind when his name was mentioned. He roped for a living for a good many years, winning the world three times, and was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979.

Mid-Year Cattle Inventory Down;
High Costs Keeping The Lid On

USDA’s mid-year cattle inventory report, released on July 25, indicated that the U.S. cattle herd totaled 104.3 million head, down 500,000 head from the 104.8 million head herd on July 1, 2007, and down about 900,000 head from an inventory of 105.2 million two years ago.

U.S. Bone-In Beef Is Days Away
From Consumers In
South Korea
Bone-in U.S. beef is likely to hit the South Korean market within the week for the first time in nearly five years.

Top Angora Billy Brings $1600
At Annual Performance Test Sale

Bids rose as rain fell during the sale of this year’s top-indexing buck of the annual Sonora Angora Goat Performance Test July 24.

Amarillo Feeder Cattle Prices Increase $2-4
Feeder steers and heifers were $2-4 higher, slaughter cows and bulls steady on a limited test. Receipts totaled 1103 head.

Angelo Packer Lamb Prices $5-10 Higher
Light slaughter lambs were $5-10 higher Tuesday, slaughter ewes firm to $2 higher, feeder lambs weak to $2 lower, nannies weak, kid goats weak to $5 lower. Sheep and goat receipts totaled 6736 head.

Athens Feeder Steer, Heifers Prices Firm
Feeder steers and heifers were firm, slaughter cows steady, slaughter bulls $2-3 lower. Receipts totaled 1380 head.

Beeville Sale Offers 647 Head Of Cattle
No market comparison was available due to the canceled sale the previous week because of rains in the area. Receipts totaled 647 head.

Billings Sheep Market Trend Mixed To Weaker
Feeder lambs were steady to $2 lower except 80-90 pounds as much as $2 higher, ewes $6-7 lower. Receipts totaled 1641 head.

Clifton Feeder Cattle Termed Steady To Firm
Feeder steers and heifers were steady to firm, slaughter cows and bulls mostly steady, with lean cows $1 lower. Receipts totaled 1047 head.

Coleman Feeder Steer, Heifer Prices Mixed
Feeder steers under 500 pounds were $1-2 higher, instances $7 higher on 400-450 pounds, over 500 pounds $1-2 lower, heifers under 500 pounds $1-3 higher, over 500 pounds steady to $1 higher, slaughter cows and bulls $1-3 higher, replacement cows and cow-calf pairs steady. Receipts totaled 1627 head.

Dalhart Feeder Cattle Prices Reported Firm
Feeder steers and heifers were firm, slaughter cows $2 lower, slaughter bulls steady. Receipts totaled 1731 head.

Fredericksburg Feeder Cattle Prices Higher
Steers and heifers sold strong, cows and bulls $1-2 higher. Receipts totaled 1272 head.

Fredericksburg Lambs, Stocker Goats Steady
Stock and feeder lambs were steady, light slaughter lambs steady, stock and feeder goats steady, slaughter goats $2-3 lower. Receipts totaled 1985 head.

Goldthwaite Lower On Slaughter Goats
Light slaughter lambs were $10-15 lower, heavyweights steady on a light test, stock and feeder goats steady, slaughter goats $10-15 lower. Receipts totaled 1801 head.

Hamilton Lambs Steady, Stocker Cattle Steady
Lambs sold steady on Monday, kid goats $5 lower, nannies steady. Sheep and goat receipts totaled 2815 head.

Industry Feeder Cattle Prices Termed Steady
Feeder steers and heifers were steady, instances $1-2 higher, slaughter cows and bulls $1-2 lower. Receipts totaled 750 head.

Most Mason, San Saba Feeder Cattle Higher
Feeder steers sold $2 higher in San Saba and Mason, stocker steers $1 higher, feeder heifers $2 higher, stocker heifers $2-3 higher, slaughter cows $2 higher, slaughter bulls steady. Receipts totaled 1619 head.

Mason Special Sells 1823 Cows and Heifers
Bred cows sold $1000-1380 per head, choice long bred heifers $1125-1180, short bred and younger bred heifers $850-1000, open heifers $750-975; better pairs $1050-1360, some mixed-colored or thinner pairs $875-1050. Receipts totaled 1823 head. Next replacement female sale is scheduled on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 10:00AM in San Saba.

Most Junction Sheep, Kid Goats Sell Steady
Kid goats sold $1-3 lower, all other sheep and goat classes steady. Receipts totaled 1738 head.

Lampasas Feeder Cattle Prices Increase $2-3
Feeder steers and heifers were $2-3 higher, slaughter cows $3-5 higher, slaughter bulls $3 higher. Receipts totaled 936 head.

Wool And Mohair LDPs Unchanged
WASHINGTON — As of Wednesday the LDP for mohair remained at $1.10. The ungraded wool LDP also remained unchanged at 17 cents.

Lockhart Feeder Cattle Sell Steady To Higher
Feeder steers and heifers were steady to $1 higher, slaughter cows $1 higher, slaughter bulls steady. Receipts totaled 718 head.

Milano Steer, Heifer Prices $1-2 Higher
Feeder steers and heifers were $1-2 higher, instances $3 higher, slaughter cows and bulls steady. Receipts totaled 651 head.

Nation’s Yearling Feeder Cattle
Prices Mostly Steady To Firm

Yearling feeder cattle sold mostly steady to firm across the country last week.

Most Pleasanton Steer, Heifer Prices Higher
Feeder steers were $3-6 higher, instances $10 higher, heifers $2-4 higher, slaughter cows steady, slaughter bulls $3 higher. Receipts totaled 628 head.

Trevor Brazile Widens Lead In
PRCA’s All-Around Competition

Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, increased his lead in the PRCA all-around competition. Total earnings to date are $148,908. He is followed by Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., $112,717; Cash Myers, Athens, Tex., $90,949; Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., $88,026 and Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, $87,420.

Superior Video Auction Prices
Mixed On 238,000 Head Of Cattle

Superior Livestock Auction’s Video Royale had feeder steers and heifers generally steady to weak on yearlings over 700 pounds, and under 700 pounds mostly $2-4 lower early in the week and steady to $3 higher late in the week. Receipts totaled 238,000 head.

Three Rivers Feeder Steers $2-5 Higher
Feeder steers were $2-5 higher, heifers steady to $3 higher. Receipts totaled 638 head.

Tulia Feeder Cattle Prices $2-4 Higher
Feeder steers and heifers were $2-4 higher, slaughter cows and bulls steady to $1 higher. Receipts totaled 2051 head.

Loose Ends

Letter to the Editor

Hindsights

Coming Up...

August 11 — Special Stocker and Feeder Sale, Jordan Cattle Auction, Mason, Texas.

August 11 — Stocker and Feeder Calf Sale, Producers Livestock Auction, San Angelo, Texas.

August 15-17 — Tito’s 2nd Annual Ranch Cutting Horse Association Sale, Wichita Falls, Texas.

August 15-17 — The Texas Ranch Roundup, Wichita Falls, Texas.

August 23 — Special Replacement Female Sale, Jordan Cattle Auction, San Saba, Texas.

August 30 — South Texas Cattle Marketing’s Annual Fall Gathering Replacement Female Sale, Nixon Livestock Commission Company, Nixon, Texas.



 

 

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