Weekly cow slaughter slips to lowest level of year

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Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection

Week ending May 3: 48,600 head, the lowest weekly total of the year.

Year-to-date (YTD) 2014: 1,143,800 head

YTD compared to same period 2013: -116,700 head

Highlights: For the week, 33% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 25% came from USDA Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).

Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report

 

Cheese holds again

Daily CME Cash Trading on Thursday, May 15, 2014

 

 

 

Daily

 

Close

Change

 

($/lb.)

(¢/lb.)

Cheddar barrels

1.9600

n.c.

Cheddar blocks

1.9975

n.c.

NFDM Grade A

1.7825

0.25

Butter Grade AA

2.1600

n.c.

 

Weekly California NFDM price

California NFDM average price

 

Week ending

Avg. price ($/ lb.)

7-day sales (lb.)

May 9

1.8386

15,424,063

May 2

1.9277

16,012,491

April 25

2.0124

11,292,368

April 18

1.9751

12,972,450

April 11

1.9798

16,664,692

Source: CDFA

 

 

 

New Holland Sales Stables

Dairy replacement sales results from New Holland, Pa. on May 14:

 Compared to last week, fresh cows sold weak on poorer quality offerings.  Demand was moderate for cows. Springing heifers sold steady, while short-bred  heifers and open heifers sold firm. Demand was good on an active trade.  Wednesday's supply included 103 fresh milking cows, 51 short-bred cows, 31  springing cows, 292 short-bred heifers, 185 springing heifers, 208 open  heifers, and 26 bulls. Prices are for Holsteins on a per-head basis unless otherwise noted.

 

Fresh Cows

Supreme: 2200-2400 

Approved: 1950-2100 

Medium: 1425-1700 

Common: 1175-1400 

 

Springing cows (bred 7-9 months)

Supreme: 1950-2200

Approved: 1900-2000

Medium: 1450-1650

Common: 1200-1375

 

Bred cows (bred 4-6 months)      

Approved: 1600-1775

Medium: 1350-1650

 

Bred cows (bred 1-3 months)      

Medium: 1175-1300

 

Springing heifers (Holsteins 7-9 months)

Supreme: 2025-2300 

Approved: 1750-2000

Medium: 1400-1700

Common: 1150-1350

 

Springing heifers (Jersey/Crossbred 7-9 months)

Approved: 1400-1550

Medium: 1150-1300

Common: 950-1100

 

Bred heifers (Holsteins 4-6 months)

Supreme: 1850-2200

Approved: 1700-1850

Medium: 1350-1650

Common: 1000-1075

 

Bred heifers (Jersey/Crossbred 4-6 months)      

Supreme: 1750-2000 

Approved: 1500-1700

Medium: 1100-1400

Common: 950-1050

 

Short bred heifers (Holsteins 1-3 months)

Supreme: 1625-1725

Approved: 1400-1600

Medium: 1250-1375

Common: 900-1050

 

Short bred heifers (Jersey/Crossbred 1-3 months)

Supreme: 1650-1800

Approved: 1100-1350

Medium: 950-1050

Common: 800-900

 

Open Heifers

(300-600 lbs.)

Approved: 650-950; Jersey/Crossbred 775-1025

Medium: 625-685; Jersey/Crossbred 485-700 

 

(600-900 lbs.)

Approved: 1035-1160; Jersey/Crossbred 1050-1160

Medium: 850-1050; Jersey/Crossbred 725-975

 

(900-1200 lbs.)

Approved: 1100-1310

Medium: 1050-1275



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