The Oklahoma National Stockyard weekly cattle summary totaled 10,400 head of cattle March 15, compared to 12,456 head last week and 5,609 head last year, according to the USDA Market News Service, Oklahoma City, OK.

Compared to last week, feeder steers were steady to $1 lower, except 9 weights were $2 lower. Feeder heifers were steady. Demand was only moderate for feeders despite last week's $2 upward move in fat cattle, along with continued strength in cut-out values. Weakness in feeder cattle is a function of discounted summer CME slaughter cattle values.

Stocker cattle and calves were $1 to $2 higher. Demand was extremely good for grazing cattle, with most in medium to mostly thin conditions. Quality was mostly average. Feeder cattle conditions were highly varied in flesh and weighups. Flesh conditions were slightly thin to fleshy. Weighups were gaunt to average, some full.

Slaughter cows were $2 to $2.50 higher. Slaughter bulls were $3 higher. Packer demand was good. Demand continues to be very good for cows, including aged cows returning to the country, leaving packers to struggle for numbers. Cows and bulls totaled 545 head, with 40% going to packers.

The supply consisted of 80% yearlings over 600 pounds, 15% calves and light yearlings under 600 pounds and 5% cows and bulls. Heifers comprised 35% of feeder and calf supply.

Feeder steers: Medium and large frame 1, 400 to 450 lbs., 115.00 to 125.00 (122.40); 450 to 500 lbs., 111.50 to 117.00 (113.33); 500 to 550 lbs., 106.75 to 115.25 (111.38); 550 to 600 lbs., 96.25 to 107.00, thin, 110.00 to 112.00 (99.47); 600 to 650 lbs., 93.00 to 105.25 (98.58), few, fleshy, 86.50 to 94.00; 650 to 700 lbs., 91.25 to 98.75 (94.75), few, fleshy, 83.00 to 88.00 (86.48); 700 to 750 lbs., 83.00 to 89.50 (85.90), few, stockers, 92.00 to 92.75; 750 to 800 lbs., 79.75 to 86.00 (82.42); 800 to 850 lbs., 77.25 to 83.25 (79.57); 850 to 900 lbs., 75.75 to 79.00 (77.05); 900 to 1000 lbs., 72.00 to 76.50 (74.24); 1000 to 1025 lbs., 70.25 to 73.75 (73.04). Holsteins, large frame 2, 600 lbs., 73.50; 735 lbs., 70.00; 800 to 900 lbs., 63.00 to 66.50.

Feeder heifers: Medium and large frame 1, 300 to 350 lbs., 110.00 to 118.00 (114.06); 350 to 400 lbs., 105.50 to 110.00 (107.80); 400 to 500 lbs., 95.00 to 105.50 (102.17); 500 to 550 lbs., 94.00 to 101.00 (98.25); 550 to 600 lbs., 90.00 to 99.75 (93.66), fleshy, 86.00 to 88.50; 600 to 650 lbs., 84.00 to 89.25 (85.38), thin, 88.00 to 96.00; 650 to 700 lbs., 80.00 to 86.25 (83.17); 700 to 800 lbs., 75.50 to 81.25 (78.66); 800 to 850 lbs., 75.00 to 77.50 (76.49); 900 to 950 lbs., 71.00 to 74.00 (72.45).

Slaughter cows: Breakers, 75 to 80% lean, 1050 to 1600 lbs., 39.00 to 42.50; high dressing, 43.00 to 44.50; low dressing, 37.50. Boners, 80 to 85% lean, 1000 to 1750 lbs., 39.00 to 42.50; high dressing, 43.25 to 46.50; low dressing, 37.00 to 39.50. Lean, 85 to 90%, 825 to 1500 lbs., 38.00 to 41.00; high dressing, 41.50 to 45.50; low dressing, 34.50 to 38.50. Light, 85 to 90% lean, 675 to 800 lbs., 36.00; low dressing, 32.75 to 36.00.

Slaughter bulls: Yield grade 1 and 2, 1300 to 2300 lbs., 50.00 to 53.50; high dressing, 54.00 to 59.50; low dressing, 47.00 to 50.00.

Replacement cows: Pre-tested for Bangs, pregnancy and age, medium and large frame 1, heifers, 800 to 1000 lbs., 7 to 8 months bred, high quality, blacks, 650.00 to 710.00; 3 to 7 years old, 900 to 1300 lbs., 5 to 8 months bred, average quality, 620.00 to 700.00, few, high quality, blacks, 730.00 to 760.00; 3 to 7 years old, 850 to 1250 lbs., 2 to 4 months bred, average quality, 525.00 to 590.00, few, high quality, blacks, 625.00 to 650.00; 10+ years old, 900 to 1350 lbs., 7 to 8 months bred, average quality, 525.00 to 615.00.

Pairs: Medium and large frame 1, 4 to 7 years old, 900 to 1250 lbs., with 100- to 200-lb. calf, average quality, 775.00 to 820.00; 6 to 7 years old, 1100 to 1250 lbs., with 200- to 300-lb. calf, average quality, blacks, 825.00 to 900.00; 7 to 8 years old, 875 to 1000 lbs., with 100- to 300-lb. calf, average quality, 680.00 to 730.00; 9 to 10+ years old, 800 to 1000 lbs., with 100- to 250-lb. calf, average quality, 610.00 to 655.00.

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