Slow holiday week as prices remain steady

Slaughter cow markets saw a typical holiday week with smaller runs at the auctions, but receipts had been higher recently in many areas.

The feeder cattle market saw typical holiday week numbers, with a light test of 11,900 head at the test auctions and prices were mostly steady to $3 higher when there was a good test, especially the heavier yearlings that had full or part loads being sold. Very few calves moving so not really tested and also bawling fleshy new crop calves usually bring less than the weaned calves.

Turning to slaughter cows, there were smaller runs at the auctions, which is typical for a holiday week, but receipts were higher recently in many areas. Prices continue to decline which is normal every fall as the culling of cows increases every year.

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