The national slaughter cattle summary for the week ending Sept. 22 totaled 298,600 head, compared with 385,600 head last week and 480,200 head last year, according to the USDA Market News Service, Oklahoma City, OK.

Sales were confirmed in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa and southern Minnesota.

Slaughter cattle were steady to 50 cents higher in north. Demand was fairly good from packers; however, High Plains feedlots were reluctant traders given the strong October board prices. Texas and Kansas sellers were holding cattle in strong hands and doing virtually no cash business to mid-morning Friday, Sept. 22.

A few cattle traded in the High Plains a week ago Friday, Sept. 15, at $65 to $65.50 per cwt., but were holding for higher money this week. Packers were using captive cattle and Northern cash trades to satisfy minimum kill requirements. USDA's boxed beef cut to out value Thursday, Sept. 21, averaged $105.30 per cwt., down 6 cents from last Friday, Sept. 15.

Midwest direct markets: Steers, Select and Choice, 2 to 3, 1100 to 1350 lbs., 64.00 to 65.50. Heifers, Select and Choice, 2 to 3, 1050 to 1300 lbs., 63.50 to 65.50. Dressed basis, steers and heifers, Select and Choice, 2 to 3, 1100 to 1350 lbs., 101.00 to 103.00.

High Plains direct markets: Steers, Select and Choice, 2 to 3, 1100 to 1350 lbs., not tested. Heifers, Select and Choice, 2 to 3, 1000 to 1250 lbs., not tested.

Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana: Steers and heifers, dressed basis, Select and Choice, 2 to 3, 102.00. Live, Select and Choice, 2 to 3, 64.00 to 65.00.

Slaughter cows and bulls were steady. Demand was moderate for the increased supplies. USDA's Cutter cow carcass cut out value Thursday, Sept. 21, was $79.13 per cwt., down 14 cents from last week.

Slaughter cows: Breakers, 75 to 80 lean, 1000 to 1600 lbs., 36.25 to 39.50 Colorado; 37.00 to 40.00 Oklahoma; 37.00 to 39.00 Alabama. Boners, 80 to 85% lean, 900 to 1500 lbs., 36.25 to 39.50 Colorado; 36.00 to 39.00 Oklahoma; 37.00 to 40.00 Alabama. Lean, 85 to 90%, 850 to 1300 lbs., 33.00 to 36.00 Colorado; 35.00 to 38.00 Oklahoma; 35.00 to 38.00 Alabama.

Slaughter bulls: 88 to 92% lean, 1500 to 2200 lbs., 45.00 to 48.50 Colorado; 46.50 to 49.50 Oklahoma; 47.00 to 53.00 Alabama.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.