Memorial Day weekend slows auction barn traffic

It was a typical Memorial Day weekend as very small runs of cattle came to town.

Ed Czerwien, Market Reporter

June 3, 2019

Auction barns saw a very small run of feeder cattle which is normal during the Memorial Day time period as early week auctions were closed down. Prices were mostly steady to $3 higher when there was enough cattle for a good test, but lighter weights had very small numbers and did not test well at all. Steers over 800 lbs. and heifers over 700 lbs. had the highest numbers for a good tests, along with the biggest price increases.

Slaughter cows saw a typical Memorial Day holiday week with many auctions as well as the packing plants shut down on the holiday, so cow numbers were quite a bit lower. Prices were steady to mostly $1 lower but the prices were really close to last year.

About the Author(s)

Ed Czerwien

Market Reporter

Ed Czerwien is a market analyst in Amarillo, Texas. From the heart of Cattle Feeding Country, Ed follows the cattle and wholesale markets to keep beef producers up-to-date on the market moves that affect them. He previously worked with USDA as a Market News reporter. Ed is now semi-retired and continues to work with cattle trade analysis.

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