Public Auction Yards Sheep Wtd Avg
BL_LS350
Billings, MT    Mon Feb 11, 2019    USDA Market News
 
Public Auction Yards Sheep & Goat Report
Weighted Average Report for 02/11/2019
 
Receipts:  3,881    Last Week:  3,661    Year Ago:  3,736

Compared to last sale (Jan 14th): Feeder lambs 60-89 lbs sold mostly
9.00-12.00 higher; 90-99 lbs lambs sold unevenly steady; lambs over
100 lbs were too lightly tested to develop an accurate market trend,
however lower undertones were noticed. Quality this sale was average
to attractive. Demand from ethnic buyers forced lightweight lambs higher
again this sale. The majority of lightweight lambs that sold today
are destined for non-traditional harvest outlets. Market activity this
sale was very active. Slaughter ewes sold on uneven demand. Demand started
out moderate, however as the day progressed many buyers showed need for 
slaughter ewes for immediate harvest. This created wide price spreads in
all ewe classes destined for harvest. Demand for ewes by the end of the
sale was very good as several buyers were trying to fill loads. Utility
ewes sold 5.00-10.00 higher, all other classes of ewes were too lightly 
tested to develop an accurate market trend, however lower undertones
were noticed on good ewes and higher to sharply higher undertones were
noticed on cull ewes. Demand for blackface ewes continues to be very 
good, and they continue to offer a strong 10.00-15.00 premium to whiteface 
ewes. Slaughter kids sold sharply higher as ethnic buyers pushed to own the 
majority of kids in the sale. Quality this week was mostly attractive on
light offerings. A heavy offering of bred sheep were seen this sale and
demand was mostly good. The stands were filled after lunch for the annual
sale. All sheep were all ultra-sounded, mouthed and bagged. Sheep receipts 
were 8 percent slaughter ewes and bucks, 4 percent slaughter lambs, 29 percent 
feeder lambs, balance ewes returning to the country and breeding stock. Goat 
receipts were 42 percent slaughter kids, 24 percent nannies, balance billies, 
weathers and replacement goats. Sheep comprised 98 percent of all receipts 
while goat comprised 2 percent. All sheep and goats sold on a per cwt 
basis, all breeding stock sold on a per head basis unless otherwise noted.

 


           Slaughter Lambs Shorn Good and Choice 1-3
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   17       65        65       223.00         223.00

            Slaughter Lambs Wooled Good and Choice 1-3
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4       48        48       232.00         232.00
   49     50-58       52    231.00-240.00     237.70
   87     60-65       63    222.00-232.00     228.45
   13       70        70       207.00         207.00 
   
                Feeder Lambs Medium and Large 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
  162     64-69       66    221.00-234.00     226.99
   77     72-79       77    201.00-212.00     205.07
  255     80-87       84    182.50-198.50     191.68
  299     90-98       94    161.00-183.50     172.07
   35    107-108     108    153.00-160.00     157.92
   38    112-118     114    132.00-147.00     136.33
   79      122       122       134.00         134.00
    8      120       120       140.00         140.00   Ewe Lambs
    5      138       138       120.00         120.00   Buck Lambs

                 Feeder Lambs Medium and Large 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    8       54        54       205.00         205.00

                     Slaughter Ewes Good 2-3
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   15    150-158     157     49.00-58.00       49.57
    2      158       158        93.00          93.00   Black Face
   43    165-192     171     47.00-56.00       50.64
    3      193       193        69.00          69.00   Black Face
    2      108       108        67.00          67.00   Hair Sheep
   11    200-219     210     75.00-86.00       79.75   Black Face

                    Slaughter Ewes Utility 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   83    127-159     145     59.00-78.00       64.22
    2      155       155        68.00          68.00   Black Face
    7    160-165     164     56.00-63.00       59.13
    8    167-185     169     60.00-74.00       61.91   Black Face

                      Slaughter Ewes Cull 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   31    100-155     137     51.00-72.50       58.95

Ewes returning to the country: 128-215 lbs young age 74.00-89.00, Middle age
-Aged 57.00-59.00

Slaughter bucks: 170-330 lbs Average dress 53.00-61.00, High dress 67.00-70.00,
low dress 41.00. Hair sheep 105-110 lbs 65.00-82.00

Bred Lambs:  Medium and large 1-2 lambing Late March-May 116-125 lbs 225.00, short 
docks 160.00-185.00, lambing Feb-Early March 175.00-185.00.

Bred Yearlings: Medium and large 1-2 lambing Late March-May 115-150 lbs 225.00
-335.00, shorn 175.00-225.00, Lambing Feb-Mid March 200.00. Large 1-2 Lambing
Late March-May 135 lbs 140.00. 

Bred ewes: 2-3 yrs old Medium and large 1-2 lambing Late March-May 200.00-250.00,
Fancy pkgs 335.00, Lambing Feb-early March 175.00. Large 1-2 lambing Late March
-May 155.00-165.00.

Bred ewes: 4-5 yrs old (Solid Mouth) Medium and large 1-2 lambing Late March-May 
150.00-225.00, fancy pkgs 250.00, Lambing Feb-early March 135.00-170.00. Large 1-2 
lambing Late March-May 135.00-170.00.

Bred ewes: Mixed age (Broken Mouth) Medium and large 1-2 lambing Late March-May 
125.00-170.00, Fancy pkgs 185.00, Lambing Feb-early March 100.00-110.00.

                    Slaughter Kids Selection 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   13     41-48       43    255.00-265.00     262.50
    1       65        65       265.00         265.00
    1       70        70       265.00         265.00

                    Slaughter Kids Selection 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2       40        40       250.00         250.00
    2       48        48       240.00         240.00   Pygmies
    4     50-52       52    237.50-265.00     244.17

                  Slaughter Kids Selection 2-3
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    6       48        48       200.00         200.00

                 Slaughter Yearlings Selection 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4       71        71       152.50         152.50

                Slaughter Nannies/Does Selection 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    6      129       129       127.50         127.50
    4    133-148     140    115.00-123.50     119.02

                Slaughter Nannies/Does Selection 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1       55        55       155.00         155.00   Young

              Slaughter Nannies/Does Selection 2-3
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4       66        66       135.00         135.00

                Slaughter Nannies/Does Selection 3
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3       40        40       135.00         135.00

               Slaughter Bucks/Billies Selection 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1      170       170       155.00         155.00

               Slaughter Bucks/Billies Selection 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2       95        95       155.00         155.00
    1       85        85       195.00         195.00   Young
    2    175-180     178    125.00-137.50     131.34

              Slaughter Bucks/Billies Selection 2-3
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3      123       123       110.00         110.00

               Slaughter Bucks/Billies Selection 3
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3     80-90       83       145.00         145.00

              Replacement Nannies/Does Selection 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2       75        75       205.00         205.00
    1      130       130       165.00         165.00

              Replacement Nannies/Does Selection 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4       86        86       182.50         182.50   Young


Source:  USDA Market News Service, Billings, MT
         John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge
         406-210-4792
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/BL_LS350.txt
 
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