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NATIONAL and Local FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY

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RECEIPTS:    Auctions     Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week     140,700     54,400        16,200        211,300 
Last Week     139,000     30,700       202,400        372,100 
Last Year     113,200     33,600         4,100        150,900

Compared to last week, yearlings traded mostly steady to 3.00 higher (mostly early to midweek) with calves selling steady to 5.00 higher.

In the Southeast calves traded unevenly steady to 3.00 lower.

Several auctions late in the week mostly in the Northern Plains were 5.00-10.00 lower when compared to two weeks ago.

After last week’s emotional and very draining week of trading with big moves to the downside in the commodity and equity markets feeder cattle and fed cattle prices were some of the biggest victims of the purge.

Calf and yearling prices definitely had room to correct higher; which at most auctions showed some stability and strength this week.

The best demand for yearlings remains in theNorthern Plains and the availability of yearling cattle is very tight which has created a good competition from cattle buyers needing to procure yearling cattle.

In the major grazing areas, yearling supplies are dwindling as there are very few green yearlings left to sell.

In McCook, NE on Monday at the Tri-State Livestock Auction sold a string of 306 head top quality yearling steers weighing 891 lbs. and the gavel dropped at 214.10.

The calf market took the full brunt force of last week’s losses as most steer calves weighing between 500-600 lbs. are trading between 240.00-260.00; a far cry from the 3.00/lb. seen not that long ago.

The fall run will soon be underway and usually calf prices feel the pressure as they are pulled off grass as receipts increase with many unweaned and fleshy calves coming to market.

For the most part, feeder cattle prices are still feeling pressure from the losses of current fed cattle prices.

We have previously seen huge premiums carried by the feeder cattle to the fat cattle and are starting to see a reality check as feeders are seeing prices dropping faster than the fats.

Packers are seeing some decent margins, but want to keep those as long as possible, while feedyards are trying to get some of it back; fighting lower bids.

Lower fed cattle prices prevailed on Friday morning in Kansas with live sales 3.00 lower at 143.00.

As the tendency for beef prices to soften after Labor Day, it also gives packers some leverage.

Cattle feeders have been trying to purchase feedlot replacements in line with the CME Board for hedging as yearlings, however that has not penciled out for a long time.

In many cases, retailers are in the same boat as packers and feedyards; not sure how beef demand will play out going into fall and into the holidays and they are content to keep inventories in check. 

Retailers also see lower prices from large supplies of competing meats that keep features changing.

Fears of China’s financial concerns continue to bleed over into U.S. equity and commodity markets which produce a risk mentality for many of the agriculture markets and outlook for livestock prices.

The velocity of last week’s sell-off should not be a surprise, but it does leave an impression on the markets.

This keeps traders’ attitudes, positions and frame of minds changing fast and in a hurry.

Auction volume included 53 percent over 600 lbs. and 36 percent heifers.

GFP would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day weekend and hope good grilling weather is in store for everyone.

AUCTION RECEIPTS:  140,700   Last Week:  139,000   Last Year:  113,200

Riverton, Riverton, WV
Weighted Average Report for Thursday September 03, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  708

Feeders made up 100% of the offering.

The feeder supply included 95% steers, and 5% heifers.

Near 100% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   26    875-875    875       192.00         192.00   Part Loads
   58    890-890    890       184.00         184.00   Herefords
   54    925-925    925       186.00         186.00   Load
  315    950-985    962    174.00-184.50     178.96   Load
   84   1035-1035  1035       174.50         174.50   Load
   48   1075-1075  1075       167.50         167.50   Load
   32   1075-1075  1075       172.00         172.00   Part Loads
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
   59    860-860    860       193.00         193.00   Load

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   32    885-885    885       176.50         176.50   Part Loads

Buckhannon Livestock, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday September 02, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  73

Slaughter cows made up 26% of the offering, slaughter bulls 12%,
replacement cows 5%, other cows 3%, and feeders 53%.

The feeder supply included 54% steers, 23% heifers, and 23% bulls.

Near 18% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    215-215    215       257.50         257.50
    3    482-490    485    205.00-225.00     218.26
    1    450-450    450       185.00         185.00   RWF
    1    465-465    465       200.00         200.00   RED
    2    605-605    605       215.00         215.00
    1    750-750    750       196.00         196.00
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
    7    454-454    454       242.50         242.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    520-520    520       197.50         197.50
    2    620-620    620    205.00-206.00     205.50
    1    665-665    665       211.00         211.00
                             Holstein Medium and Large 2
    1    470-470    470       130.00         130.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    295-295    295       180.00         180.00
    1    445-445    445       210.00         210.00
    3    510-540    523    195.00-208.00     203.37
    3    550-595    565    170.00-190.00     182.98
    1    690-690    690       190.00         190.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    7    589-590    589    190.00-218.00     205.99
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
    2    475-475    475    170.00-200.00     185.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    950-1050   983   999.00-1400.00    1229.32   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1100-1100  1100   999.00-1300.00    1300.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                 Boner 80-85% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    840-840    840        76.00          76.00
    1    775-775    775       101.00         101.00   High Dressing
   13    930-1350  1156     75.50-97.50       85.09
    1   1255-1255  1255        93.00          93.00   High Dressing
    1   1425-1425  1425        84.50          84.50
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1   1215-1215  1215        96.50          96.50
    1    890-890    890        45.00          45.00   Low Dressing

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    890-890    890       135.00         135.00   Per Head
    1    975-975    975       140.00         140.00   Per Head

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1150-1150  1150       103.00         103.00
    7   1560-2265  1924    112.50-123.00     118.00
    1   2030-2030  2030       105.00         105.00   Low Dressing
  
Cow/calf Pairs
Head 	Age Range			Price Range’
 2	2-8 rs old w/calf under250lbs	1200-1800
 1	2-8 rs old w/calf over 250lbs	1410
 1 	Over 8 w/calf under 250lbs	2075

Goats
Head	Type			Sel1		Sel2		Sel3
 1	Small Billies						112.5
 2	Big Billies		190				135
 3	Small Nannies				97.5		112.5-120
 1	Big Naannies						150

Ewe
Head 	Wt Range 	Price Range
 1	205		52.5

Bulls/Head
Head		Wt Range		Price Range
 1		1000			1300

South Branch Livestock, Moorefield, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday September 02, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  159

Slaughter cows made up 42% of the offering,
slaughter bulls 8%, other cows 2%, and feeders 47%.

The feeder supply included 50% steers, 32% heifers, and 18% bulls.

Near 36% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    290-290    290       260.00         260.00
    1    370-370    370       220.00         220.00
    1    405-405    405       234.00         234.00
    1    460-460    460       223.00         223.00
    1    560-560    560       214.00         214.00
    1   1275-1275  1275       126.00         126.00
    2   1360-1765  1563    122.00-127.00     124.18
                             Small 1
    1    835-835    835       139.00         139.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    500-500    500       149.00         149.00
    2    558-558    558       164.00         164.00
    1    665-665    665       153.00         153.00
    1    730-730    730       144.00         144.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    360-360    360       185.00         185.00   Smoke
    1    425-425    425       205.00         205.00
    1    505-505    505       186.00         186.00
    1   1385-1385  1385       128.00         128.00
                             Medium and Large 3
    2    453-453    453       147.00         147.00
    1    520-520    520       136.00         136.00
    1    570-570    570       140.00         140.00
    1    660-660    660       116.00         116.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    420-420    420       234.00         234.00
    2    515-515    515       188.00         188.00
    1    845-845    845       154.00         154.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    800-800    800       123.00         123.00

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1225-1350  1288     88.00-95.00       91.33
    1   1265-1265  1265        97.00          97.00   High Dressing
    4   1405-1650  1545     81.00-88.00       83.32
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    4    945-1320  1220     80.00-91.00       85.61
    1   1230-1230  1230        95.00          95.00   High Dressing
    3   1110-1150  1132     75.00-79.00       76.31   Low Dressing
    2   1420-1430  1425     72.00-75.00       73.49   Low Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    2   1130-1235  1183     78.00-85.00       81.34
    4   1150-1305  1231     69.00-79.00       74.88   Low Dressing
    1   1445-1445  1445        77.00          77.00
    1   1525-1525  1525        66.00          66.00   Low Dressing

Heiferettes                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    880-880    880       139.00         139.00  

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    5   1585-2120  1901    118.00-125.50     121.31

Feeder & Slaughter Lambs
 Head	Wt Range	Price Range
    4   20-40lb		161.00
   20   40-60lb		180.00
   24   60-80lb		180.00-188.00
    8   80-100lb	190.00

Slaughter Ewes
 Head			Price Range
    7	Fleshy		81.00-90.00

Weston Livestock Marketing, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday August 29, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  229

Slaughter cows made up 17% of the offering, slaughter bulls 6%,
replacement cows 1%, and feeders 75%.

The feeder supply included 42% steers, 40% heifers, and 18% bulls.

Near 34% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    220-220    220       225.00         225.00
    1    285-285    285       270.00         270.00
    3    307-330    315    230.00-245.00     239.76
    5    352-390    368    222.50-240.00     231.41
    1    405-405    405       155.00         155.00   RWF
    2    482-482    482       212.50         212.50
    1    455-455    455       210.00         210.00   RED
    8    505-545    533    205.00-219.00     215.03
    5    555-587    570    205.00-217.50     212.13
    1    565-565    565       215.00         215.00   RED
    6    632-638    636    212.50-230.00     217.90
    2    637-637    637       208.00         208.00   SMOKE
    3    657-695    670    215.00-225.00     221.54
    1    670-670    670       185.00         185.00   RWF
    3    716-716    716       207.50         207.50
    1    785-785    785       175.00         175.00
    6    802-832    813    170.00-180.00     176.26
    1    820-820    820       182.50         182.50   RED
    2    855-855    855       178.00         178.00
    2    945-945    945       175.00         175.00   Yearlings
    1   1005-1005  1005       169.00         169.00
    1   1150-1150  1150       120.00         120.00   Yearlings
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    215-215    215       245.00         245.00
    4    467-492    480    180.00-197.50     188.52
    1    510-510    510       160.00         160.00   SMOKE
    5    560-585    578    175.00-192.50     184.49
    1    555-555    555       195.00         195.00   RED
    4    710-730    724    160.00-199.00     187.03

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    330-330    330       185.00         185.00   SMOKE
    1    345-345    345       195.00         195.00   RED
    3    355-390    375    195.00-210.00     201.80
    1    365-365    365       205.00         205.00   RED
    6    406-435    421    185.00-195.00     189.83
    1    400-400    400       162.50         162.50   RWF
    7    452-475    466    185.00-200.00     192.58
    1    460-460    460       188.00         188.00   SMOKE
   11    510-541    530    180.00-195.00     186.12
    1    520-520    520       187.50         187.50   RED
    3    570-595    587    182.50-186.00     184.48
    4    610-610    610       187.50         187.50
    1    610-610    610       172.50         172.50   SMOKE
    4    665-690    674    165.00-185.00     177.39
    2    665-665    665    157.50-165.00     161.25   RED
    1    745-745    745       172.50         172.50
    1    730-730    730       182.50         182.50   RED
    2    755-755    755       175.00         175.00
    2    850-865    858    140.00-150.00     144.96   RED
    2    955-955    955       155.00         155.00   Yearlings
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    170-170    170       255.00         255.00
    1    392-392    392       142.50         142.50
    2    400-420    410    170.00-175.00     172.44
    1    410-410    410       142.50         142.50   RED
    8    455-495    472    170.00-190.00     178.83

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    475-475    475       190.00         190.00
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
    2    215-245    230    217.50-245.00     230.35
    1    285-285    285       240.00         240.00
    1    330-330    330       265.00         265.00
    1    365-365    365       237.50         237.50
    3    350-375    365    212.50-230.00     218.95   SMOKE
    6    400-445    432    205.00-227.50     218.78
    1    420-420    420       190.00         190.00   SMOKE
    1    480-480    480       167.50         167.50
    2    515-535    525    195.00-210.00     202.64
    3    567-570    568    182.50-197.00     192.15
    1    570-570    570       175.00         175.00   RWF
    1    600-600    600       178.00         178.00
    1    650-650    650       175.00         175.00
    1    740-740    740       150.00         150.00
    1    755-755    755       156.00         156.00
    3    840-842    841    140.00-143.00     141.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    825-825    825   999.00-1125.00    1125.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    2   1075-1145  1110   975.00-1475.00    1232.88   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1210-1210  1210        89.00          89.00   Low Dressing
    3   1505-1770  1633     87.00-94.00       90.14
    1   1650-1650  1650        82.00          82.00   Low Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    2    795-830    813     90.00-93.00       91.47
    2    800-855    828    122.00-150.00     136.47   High Dressing
   13   1065-1355  1195     90.00-97.00       92.55
    4   1025-1240  1155     99.00-112.00     107.08   High Dressing
    1   1110-1110  1110        66.00          66.00   Low Dressing
    3   1425-1495  1468     85.00-95.00       91.43
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    5    980-1275  1131     82.50-88.00       86.53
    2   1000-1115  1058    118.00-122.00     120.11   High Dressing
    3    805-1065   950     50.00-74.50       62.91   Low Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1415-1485  1450    110.00-118.00     113.90
    1   1470-1470  1470       125.00         125.00   High Dressing
    2   1400-1480  1440    108.00-112.00     110.06   Low Dressing
    4   1700-1775  1739    115.00-117.00     115.49
    1   1650-1650  1650       125.00         125.00   High Dressing
    4   1690-2290  1993    105.00-112.00     109.78   Low Dressing

Cow/Calf Pairs
Head 	Age Range			Price Range
 2	Over 8 w/Calf under 252lbs	1000-1500
 1	2-8 yrs old w/calf under 250lbs 1380
 1	Over 8 w/calf over 250lbs	1235

Goats
Head	Type		Sel3
 8	Big Billies	85-155
 2	Big Nannies	105-125
 1	20-40lb		22.5

Ewes
Head	Wt Range	Price Range
 5	120-180		60-82.5

Rams
Head 	Wt Range	Price Range
 1	160		68

Feeder Lambs
Head	Wt Range 	Price Range
 2	50-55		150-160

Slaughter Lambs
Head	Wt Range	Price Range
 1	95		150

Boars
Head	Wt Range	Price Range
 1	260		13

DNR Investigates Black Bear Attack in Nicholas County

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MOUNT NEBO, WV – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) has investigated an attack on a man by a black bear in the Mount Nebo area of Nicholas County, West Virginia, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the DNR.

On August 26, 2015, a man was knocked down and bitten several times by a female black bear after he had unexpectedly walked up on a cub in the trail. The man fought back aggressively and was able to deter the female bear, according to Carpenter. The man escaped the attack with minor injuries. A lack of physical evidence from the bear and delayed reporting of the attack precluded any attempts to capture the offending animal.

“Bear attacks on humans are rare, but this recent incident should serve to remind people how unpredictable wild animals can be,” said Carpenter. “Although this appears to be a defensive attack by a female with young cubs, the fact that the man fought back aggressively most likely prevented more severe injuries.”

Black bears are very active during late summer and fall, and feed extensively to add body weight before winter. They will take advantage of all available food sources, including trash, pet food and bird seed. Residents are reminded to secure garbage in a bear-proof container or facility until the morning of trash pickup, remove and store bird feeders until late fall, and make sure outside pets are only fed the amount of food that they will eat each day.

Nuisance black bear activity usually subsides as natural food sources become available in the fall, but residents should stay vigilant to avoid attracting bears to their property.

WV DNR Starts Youth Hunting Program

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV - Hunting is a West Virginia tradition, but everyone has to start somewhere. Many young people who would like to get involved don’t have anyone to teach them, so the Natural Resources Police Officers of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources have started a new “Youth Hunting Program” to recruit and increase the number of young people participating in wildlife and hunting activities.

“We see this new program as fulfilling a need to get our state’s youngsters outside and to promote our state’s hunting heritage,” said Col. Jerry Jenkins, chief of the WVDNR Law Enforcement Section. “We are looking for young people across the state that our officers can mentor and help enjoy the coming fall hunting seasons.”

The goals of the Youth Hunting Program are to preserve the state’s hunting heritage for present and future generations; to promote the highest ethical standards in hunting; to give the state’s youth an initial, positive, safe, educational and mentored hunting experience; to teach basic skills, values, techniques and responsibilities of hunting; and to teach participants practical conservation measures.

Youth Hunting Program participants must be 8 to 17 years old and complete and submit an application. They also are required to complete the West Virginia Hunter Education Course, have a valid West Virginia hunting license (if required), and have a completed release form signed by a parent or guardian. Anyone interested in participating in the Youth Hunting Program should contact their closest DNR district office for information.

“Youth who enter the program will learn how to hunt safely, legally and ethically,” said Col. Jenkins. “They also will learn how to track and field dress game, appreciate nature firsthand and make new friends. We expect these youth hunts will provide experiences and memories that will last a lifetime for both the kids and the officers.”

A youth squirrel hunt is planned for this Saturday.

Youth hunts for antlerless deer are set for October 16, December 26 and December 28.

Canoe or Kayak – Your Choice, Your “Quest” at North Bend State Park

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CAIRO, WV – Kayak or canoe? Which is better for you? The Quest program at North Bend State Park lets you choose one or both through September. Water based activities were especially popular during this first year of the Quest program.

“The Quest program caught the attention of many people this summer,” said North Bend State Park Supt. Steve Jones. “By far, the most requested activity was learning how to use a kayak or a canoe.”

Jones, Asst. Supt. Kathy Metz and Park Naturalist Ken Zebo are continuing Quest into September by offering kayak or canoe adventures on North Bend Lake.

“If Kathy, Ken or I can help someone get comfortable and enjoy a new outdoor activity like kayaking or canoeing on flat water, we’re doing our job of promoting outdoor recreation and facility use,” Jones said.

Quest rates have been reduced to encourage mid-week fall bookings. Two people can stay overnight at North Bend Lodge Sunday through Thursday and have use of a kayak or canoe with instruction. The rate is $95 plus tax in September for two people.

The 305-acre North Bend Lake is quiet and a perfect setting to enjoy a September getaway, according to Jones. Red-headed woodpeckers and other birds are residents at the lake. North Bend Restaurant is open daily and also features Sunday Buffet from 11 AM until 3 PM.  The park also features an October mid-week reduced lodge rate for travelers “leaf peeping” in the Ritchie county area.

To learn more about North Bend State Park and its Quest program, visit www.northbendsp.com or call 304.643.2931.

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