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Grass Fever Pushes Cattle Prices Higher in Oklahoma City

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:52:04 CST

Grass Fever Pushes Cattle Prices Higher in Oklahoma City The Oklahoma cattle market seems to be showing symptoms of "grass fever" based on the Monday action at the Oklahoma National Stockyards.

Joplin had a benign Monday sale with lighter weight cattle steady to a couple of dollars higher. But the Oklahoma City market shot up eight to twelve dollars for steer and heifer calves-with some prices up $15 per hundredweight. Four to five hundred pound calves topped out at $198 per hundred- and some thin fleshed 325 pounders were above $2 a pound- $202 to $207 per hundred.

Market reporters Tina Colby and her team witnessed the Grass Fever outbreak- noting that recent rains have allowed wheat pasture prospects to improve here late in the fall season- and that seemed to be the key to the excitement inside the auction barn on Monday. We have the USDA market report for the Monday run at the Oklahoma National Stockyards-see for yourself.

Oklahoma City, OK   Mon Nov 28, 2011   USDA-OK Dept of Ag Market News

Oklahoma National Stockyards, Oklahoma City, OK. Add-Mid Session
Feeder Cattle Auction Narrative Report for Mon 11/28/2011

Estimated Receipts: 6000    Last Monday: 4871    Yr Ago Monday: 8213

   Compared to last week: Feeder steers steady to 2.00 higher.
Feeder heifers 2.00-4.00 higher in a light test. Steer and heifer calves
8.00-12.00 higher, few sales up to 15.00 higher. Demand good for limited
supplies of feeder cattle.   Demand extremely good for calves. Wheat
pasture in many areas has improved greatly following recent rains
thus improving winter grazing conditions. Quality average to attractive.
Several bulls included in supply.

   Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1: Calves: few 325 lbs thin fleshed
202.00-207.00; 350-400 lbs 189.00-199.00, thin fleshed 199.50-204.00;
400-450 lbs 193.00-198.00; 450-500 lbs 176.00-188.00, lot 455 lbs fancy
196.00; 500-550 lbs 165.50-174.00, thin fleshed 174.00-179.00; 550-600 lbs
154.00-165.50; 600-675 lbs 140.00-150.50; Yearlings: 625-700 lbs 145.75-
155.75; few 700-800 lbs 144.00-153.00; 800-850 lbs 142.00-145.25.
   Medium and Large 1-2: 450-500 lbs 164.00-169.00; 500-575 lbs 155.00-
165.00; 600-700 lbs 148.00-151.00; 700-725 lbs 138.00-145.00.

   Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1: Calves: 200-300 lbs 172.00-184.00,
lot 275 lbs fancy 183.50; 300-400 lbs 155.00-170.00, pkg 310 lbs thin 174.00;
400-450 lbs 150.00-161.00, 400 lbs fancy 177.50; 450-500 lbs 144.00-154.50,
460 lbs fancy 155.50; 500-550 lbs 143.50-153.00, 510 lbs fancy 156.00; 550-
600 lbs 142.50-148.00; lot 600 lbs 130.00; Yearlings: 600-650 lbs 136.00-
146.00; 650-700 lbs 132.50-138.50; few 700-750 lbs 133.00-134.50; lot 915 lbs
   Medium and Large 1-2: 350-400 lbs 148.00-158.00; 400-500 lbs 137.00-
149.00; 500-600 lbs 134.25-146.00; 650-700 lbs 129.00-134.25.

Source: USDA-Oklahoma Dept of Ag Market News Oklahoma City, OK
         Tina Colby/Alex Tolbert/John Stacy
         Telephone (405) 232-5425   Market news recording (405) 636-2691



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