Billings, MT Wed Dec 10, 2014 USDA Market News
Public Auction Yards, Billings, MT
Blue Ribbon Bred Heifer and Cow Sale
Summary of 2 day sale
Receipts: 7066 (two day total) Last week: 1024 Last year: 6,251 (two day total)
Today was the second day of this annual bred heifer and cow sale. Demand today
continued to very good for all ages of bred stock. Many long strings of reputation
high quality bred heifers along with several dispersions of bred cows,
either a complete dispersion or one based on age. The house was packed with
buyers as the quality of cows and heifers is outstanding year after year.
Many of the heifers were AI bred and set to calve in a short time frame,
and even the natural serviced heifers were generally set for less than
a 30 day calving period, a few consignments had longer calving periods and
were met with less demand. Flesh condition of the heifers was mostly
moderate, the condition that cowmen like them to be in, just a few sets
of heifers carrying a heavier amount. Most of the cows were in an attractive
flesh condition as well, a few on the thinner side but overall looking
range ready and attractive. All prices are per head.
Bred Heifers: Medium and Large 1-2 for Jan-Feb calving 1044-1137 lbs
2775.00-2850.00, 1253-1355 lbs 2800.00-3100.00, longer calving period Jan-Apr
1052-1100 lbs in moderate plus to heavy flesh 2210.00-2400.00. Black baldy
package Feb-March calving 2400.00-2585.00. For Feb-Apr 1007-1253 lbs 2600.00-
2950.00, few 2500.00-2600.00; 864-995 lbs for Feb-Apr 2350.00-2700.00, few to
2850.00. For Apr 1-8 calving 1090-1134 lbs 2700.00-2775.00, for Apr-May calving
2400.00-2550.00. May-Jun calving 864-1063 lbs 2300.00-2575.00
Bred Heifers: Medium 1-2 859-1031 lbs for Feb-Mar calving 2075.00-2350.00.
Bred Cows: Medium and Large 1-2 Young (3-4 year olds) 1042-1380 lbs for
Feb-May calving 2700.00-3125.00, few 2550.00-2675.00, very high quality 3550.00-
3875.00. Hereford cows for Mar-Apr calving 1220-1331 lbs 2500.00-2585.00. For
May-Jun calving 1077-1250 lbs 2575.00-2600.00, 1131 lbs thin fleshed 2100.00.
Non-legible tattoos for Mar-May calving 2375.00-2650.00.
Bred Cows: Medium and Large 1-2 5-6 year olds for Mar 1-Apr 30 calving
1274-1522 lbs 2400.00-2875.00, package Hereford cows 1343 lbs 2350.00. May-
Jun calving 1163-1448 lbs 2500.00-2575.00
Bred Cows: Medium and Large 1-2 Middle Aged (solid mouth) for Feb-May
calving 1184-1484 lbs 1975.00-2250.00, very high quality 2325.00-2525.00.
Non-legible tattoos 1925.00-2100.00.
Bred Cows: Medium and Large 1-2 Aged (broken mouth) for Feb-May calving
1243-1609 lbs 1750.00-2100.00, mostly 1850.00-2100.00, thin fleshed 1133-1230
lbs 1600.00-1750.00. Red baldy package 1302-1330 lbs 1725.00-1825.00
Non-legible tattoos for Mar-May calving 1230-1368 lbs 1750.00-1810.00.
Cow/calf Pairs: Medium and Large 1-2 1183 lbs cows with 294 lbs calves
at side 5 years old to Middle Aged (solid mouth) 3250.00.
Source: USDA Market News Service, Billings, MT
Justin Lumpkin/John Kimbrell