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NATIONAL and Local FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY - WEEK ENDING 03.27.2015

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RECEIPTS:    Auctions     Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week     215,800     52,600         2,400        270,800 
Last Week     265,700     32,100        25,600        323,400 
Last Year     224,300     70,600        35,200        330,100

Compared to last week, yearling feeder cattle traded firm to 5.00 higher with instances 6.00-8.00 higher.

Direct sales were very active this week and posted the full advance on feeder cattle.

Steer and heifer calves sold mostly steady to 5.00 higher.

Buyers flexed their muscle in pursuing all classes of feeder cattle this week.

Improvements in the weather across the country also did its part in adding to the feeder cattle market, especially on calves and stocker cattle that are in suitable condition for immediate turn-out and compensatory gain on greening pastures.

The Southern Plains received rain and warm weather to help improve wheat crop conditions, and boost summer grazing interest on very good buyer demand.

With “grass fever” in full swing following the warmer temperatures, market signals from late last week started finding confidence as most major salebarns noticed higher prices as farmer feeders and local backgrounders entered the mix.

Cattle feeding can be frustrating at times with expensive overhead, fluctuations in feed prices and volatile market prices but grazing cattle on grass can be just as satisfying and rewarding.

Inexpensive growth and gains are what backgrounders receive on pasture and what motivates cattlemen and farmer feeders to assemble their stockers each year.

At the St. Joseph Stockyards on Wednesday sold a string 105 head of fancy black steers weighing 828 lbs. settled on a bid of 234.00 with a part load of lighter steer mates in thin condition weighing 710 lbs. dropping the gavel at 266.00.

Demand continues to remain very good for popular weight steer calves weighing 400-650 lbs., with many areas selling 500-550 lb. steer calves selling near or above the 3.00/lb. level.

Cattle futures busted out of the gate on Monday with sharp triple-digit gains after the fat cattle market closed 2.00-3.00 higher last Friday with most live prices trading from 163.00-165.00.

Open interest for Live and Feeder cattle contracts has increased with this rally.

Live and feeder cattle markets are starting to see prices that many analysts thought we might not see for a while or so soon.

Cattle feeders are finding confidence with tight supplies and seeing some bullish momentum on the board as boxed beef prices received a shot in the arm at Midweek with sharp gains as Choice product closed above 250.00.

This week’s reported auction volume included 56% over 600 lbs. and 41% heifers.

AUCTION RECEIPTS:  215,800   Last Week:  265,700   Last Year:  224,300

Buckhannon Livestock, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Friday March 27, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  317

Feeders made up 100% of the offering.

The feeder supply included 21% steers, and 79% heifers.

Near 100% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   30    775-775    775       186.00         186.00
   35    825-825    825       186.00         186.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   30    775-775    775       186.00         186.00
  222    800-825    805    185.00-186.00     185.18

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South Branch Livestock, Moorefield, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday March 25, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  106 

Slaughter cows made up 50% of the offering, slaughter bulls 13%,
replacement cows 2%, other cows 7%, and feeders 29%.

The feeder supply included 38% steers, 38% heifers, and 25% bulls.

Near 6% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    435-435    435       282.00         282.00
    1    450-450    450       250.00         250.00
    1    575-575    575       268.00         268.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    370-370    370       237.00         237.00
    1    565-565    565       260.00         260.00
    1    590-590    590       199.00         199.00   Yearlings

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    395-395    395       229.00         229.00
    1    565-565    565       222.00         222.00
    1    655-655    655       189.00         189.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    340-340    340       236.00         236.00
    1    430-430    430       220.00         220.00   Exotic
    1    505-505    505       229.00         229.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    290-290    290       278.00         278.00
    2    470-475    473    225.00-233.00     228.98
    1    530-530    530       211.00         211.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    795-795    795       795.00         795.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    6   1405-1870  1567     87.00-94.00       91.16
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    5   1210-1390  1288     85.50-93.00       91.25
    4   1110-1225  1145    104.00-113.00     109.75   High Dressing
    2   1425-1430  1428     88.00-93.00       90.50
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    6   1130-1365  1263     83.50-93.00       87.06
    2   1095-1125  1110    107.00-113.00     109.96   High Dressing
    2    965-1090  1028     74.00-83.50       79.04   Low Dressing
    1   1430-1430  1430        96.00          96.00

Heiferettes                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    625-810    718    124.00-131.00     127.05   
    1   1155-1155  1155       116.00         116.00   
    1   1215-1215  1215       121.00         121.00   

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1105-1105  1105       131.00         131.00
    4   1740-1990  1841    119.00-130.00     124.72
    2   1870-2165  2018    109.50-113.50     111.65   Low Dressing

Baby Calves
 Head				Beef		Dairy
    2  Newborn to 4 weeks   290.00-350.00

Slaughter Lambs
 Head 	Wt Range	Price Range
   14   90-100		185.00-199.00 
			mostly 199.00	
Goats
 Head			Sel1		Sel2		Sel3
   14  20-40lb		94.00	    73.00-74.00		51.00
    9  40-60lb	    119.00-138.00  105.00-109.00   
    5  60-80lb          155.00		122.00	       106.00
    1  SM Billy     191.00-195.00
    1  SL Wether	240.00
    2  BG Nannies   140.00-180.00

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Weston Livestock Marketing, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday March 21, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  228

Slaughter cows made up 21% of the offering, slaughter bulls 5%,
replacement cows 2%, other cows 1%, and feeders 71%.

The feeder supply included 50% steers, 37% heifers, and 12% bulls.

Near 19% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    385-385    385       300.00         300.00
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
    1    235-235    235       235.00         235.00
    4    370-373    372    250.00-282.50     268.13
    1    440-440    440       205.50         205.50   RED
    7    450-490    472    250.00-267.50     263.00
   21    510-545    531    220.00-292.50     276.45
    1    545-545    545       210.00         210.00   RWF
    1    535-535    535       200.00         200.00   RED
   31    557-585    565    242.00-272.50     266.98
    8    608-610    608    222.00-235.00     233.37
    1    695-695    695       195.00         195.00   RWF
    1    670-670    670       195.00         195.00   SMOKE
    2    738-738    738       218.00         218.00
    1    805-805    805       181.00         181.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    260-270    265    200.00-250.00     225.47
    6    303-340    315    225.00-240.00     228.59
    1    315-315    315       252.50         252.50   SMOKE
    6    355-395    370    200.00-265.00     240.07
    1    390-390    390       200.00         200.00   RWF
    1    390-390    390       225.00         225.00   SMOKE
    4    405-435    423    235.00-257.50     249.31
    1    400-400    400       162.50         162.50   SMOKE
    2    410-440    425    242.50-247.50     244.91   RED
    6    455-473    464    210.00-240.00     233.47
    1    470-470    470       225.00         225.00   SMOKE
    1    535-535    535       235.00         235.00
    1    500-500    500       217.50         217.50   RWF
    1    540-540    540       215.00         215.00   SMOKE
    7    573-595    584    202.00-214.00     208.19
    1    595-595    595       150.00         150.00   SMOKE
   10    611-615    612    216.00-218.00     216.40
    1    640-640    640       218.00         218.00   SMOKE
    5    675-675    675       217.50         217.50
    2    720-720    720       197.50         197.50

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    225-225    225       295.00         295.00
    2    360-395    378    220.00-225.00     222.38
    1    390-390    390       297.50         297.50   RED
    1    420-420    420       211.00         211.00
    5    460-495    482    225.00-250.00     237.07
    2    535-545    540    242.50-257.50     249.93
    1    545-545    545       230.00         230.00   SMOKE
    1    580-580    580       204.50         204.50
                             Small and Medium 1 - 2
    5    300-300    300       310.00         310.00
    1    560-560    560       212.50         212.50

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1575-1575  1575   999.00-1750.00    1750.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1125-1125  1125   999.00-1435.00    1435.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    1   1220-1220  1220   999.00-1800.00    1800.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1210-1210  1210       111.00         111.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1    945-945    945   999.00-1225.00    1225.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1505-1505  1505       107.00         107.00   Low Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
   14    945-1375  1146    100.00-110.00     105.07
    5   1185-1390  1290    111.00-116.00     113.21   High Dressing
    4   1055-1275  1153     91.00-97.00       94.62   Low Dressing
    5   1465-1715  1554    108.00-114.00     110.16
    1   1540-1540  1540       109.00         109.00   High Dressing
    2   1410-1535  1473     96.00-98.00       97.04   Low Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    8    970-1280  1126     87.00-98.00       93.83
    1   1175-1175  1175       123.00         123.00   High Dressing
    6    900-1175  1061     70.00-84.00       76.09   Low Dressing
    2   1435-1495  1465    118.00-122.00     119.96   High Dressing

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1205-1240  1223    121.00-123.00     122.01   Per Head

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1060-1060  1060       108.00         108.00
    6   1680-2395  1902    112.00-119.00     116.27
    3   1760-2090  1920    121.00-129.00     124.44   High Dressing
    1   1920-1920  1920       105.00         105.00   Low Dressing

Heiferettes 	Medium and Large 1-2 Young
 Head 	Wt Range 	Price Range
  3	940-1255	140-110

Baby Calves			Beef
Head Age range			Avg Price
 2   Newborn to 4 weeks		385-400

Cow/Calf Pairs
Head Age Rage             	 Price Range
 1  over 8 w/calf under 250lb   1875

Bulls By the Head

Head Wt Range  Price Range
 2   1600-1620  1150-1976

Goats 
Head	Type  		  Sel2
 8	 Big Nannies	20-135
 4       Big Billies    20-140
 1	 Sl Wethers     82.5
 3	 Kids under 20lb 12.5-75

Ewes
Head 	Wt Range	Price Range
 1	215		81

Feeder Lambs
Head  wt range	Price Range
 6	85-100	100-200

Feeder Pigs 
Head  Wt Range 	Price Range
 20   165-285    70-45

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JACKSON COUNTY REGIONAL LIVESTOCK, RIPLEY, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday March 21, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  267

Slaughter cows made up 15% of the offering, slaughter bulls 3%,
replacement cows 6%, other cows 2%, and feeders 73%.

The feeder supply included 41% steers, 36% heifers, and 23% bulls.

Near 23% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.


Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4    250-295    274    247.50-280.00     269.99
    2    325-325    325    271.00-295.00     283.00
    2    350-390    370    265.00-267.50     266.18
    1    355-355    355       290.00         290.00   RED
   10    405-425    414    242.50-320.00     301.35
    1    415-415    415       290.00         290.00   RED
    5    465-485    477    235.00-281.00     268.70
    8    510-540    524    243.00-267.00     254.67
    1    540-540    540       197.50         197.50   RWF
    2    580-590    585    245.00-247.00     245.99
    3    622-625    623    239.00-241.00     239.67
    6    665-688    679    206.00-224.00     221.00
    6    725-745    732    208.00-215.00     213.81
    1    750-750    750       205.00         205.00
    3    825-825    825    179.00-186.00     181.33
    5    862-875    870    174.00-186.00     181.24
    1    930-930    930       174.00         174.00   RED
    1   1135-1135  1135       143.00         143.00

                             Small 1 - 2
    1    470-470    470       227.50         227.50   RED

                             Medium and Large 2
    1    260-260    260       220.00         220.00
    2    330-330    330       257.50         257.50
    1    360-360    360       250.00         250.00
    1    445-445    445       222.50         222.50
    1    435-435    435       240.00         240.00   SMOKE
    2    450-465    458    237.50-255.00     246.11
    1    720-720    720       127.00         127.00

                             Holstein Large 2
    1    510-510    510       124.00         124.00
    7    571-576    573    151.00-161.00     156.69


Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    200-200    200       265.00         265.00
    1    275-275    275       267.50         267.50
    4    300-325    314    250.00-271.00     256.04
    4    370-395    387    250.00-257.50     254.99
    1    375-375    375       170.00         170.00   RWF
    1    360-360    360       227.50         227.50   SMOKE
   14    400-440    422    240.00-267.50     255.72
    8    450-495    471    230.00-262.50     252.47
    2    482-482    482       220.00         220.00   RED
    9    515-545    522    225.00-255.00     238.16
    1    500-500    500       255.00         255.00   SMOKE
    6    555-585    574    237.50-245.00     240.12
    2    610-625    618       217.00         217.00
    3    675-690    685    182.00-184.00     183.34
    2    722-722    722       169.00         169.00   Fleshy

                             Medium and Large 2
    3    325-330    328    222.50-237.50     232.55
    2    367-367    367       260.00         260.00
    1    445-445    445       210.00         210.00
    1    525-525    525       204.00         204.00

                             Medium and Large 3
    1    315-315    315       185.00         185.00   SMOKE
    1    450-450    450       190.00         190.00
    1    550-550    550       151.00         151.00
    1    615-615    615       131.00         131.00


Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    270-270    270       300.00         300.00
    1    355-355    355       260.00         260.00
    3    405-430    418    250.00-317.50     293.21
    1    445-445    445       250.00         250.00   RED
    6    450-495    472    217.50-260.00     242.74
    4    505-520    515    221.00-245.00     238.61
    1    535-535    535       219.00         219.00   SMOKE
   10    555-595    574    216.00-242.50     234.97
    2    580-580    580       217.00         217.00   SMOKE
    3    600-645    628    220.00-241.00     233.18
    1    630-630    630       181.00         181.00   SMOKE
    1    690-690    690       216.00         216.00
    2    930-935    933    141.00-142.00     141.50
    1   1040-1040  1040       137.00         137.00
    1   1050-1050  1050       140.00         140.00

                             Small 1 - 2
    1    430-430    430       167.50         167.50   SMOKE
    1    545-545    545       210.00         210.00
    1    620-620    620       220.00         220.00

                             Medium and Large 3
    1    260-260    260       215.00         215.00
    1    530-530    530       177.50         177.50
    2    570-595    583    152.50-160.00     156.33
    1    645-645    645       150.00         150.00



Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    880-880    880   999.00-1150.00    1125.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    5   1050-1130  1098   999.00-2100.00    1731.83   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    2   1350-1385  1368   999.00-1800.00    1775.32   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    2    940-1015   978   999.00-1900.00    1671.61   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1115-1115  1115   999.00-1535.00    1535.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    2   1000-1130  1065   999.00-1450.00    1423.47   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1235-1235  1235   999.00-1875.00    1875.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2    925-1025   975   999.00-1750.00    1644.87   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred


Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1605-1605  1605       118.00         118.00   High Dressing

                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    1    895-895    895       102.00         102.00
    2    760-850    805     78.00-84.50       81.43   Low Dressing
   10    985-1335  1176     96.00-105.00     101.45
    9   1000-1345  1211    106.00-119.00     111.64   High Dressing
    6   1000-1385  1215     83.50-95.00       90.42   Low Dressing
    3   1425-1490  1467    106.00-115.00     109.59   High Dressing
    4   1455-1640  1536     82.00-98.00       91.94   Low Dressing
    1   2125-2125  2125       104.50         104.50

                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    855-855    855        97.50          97.50
    1   1085-1085  1085       105.00         105.00   High Dressing
    1    900-900    900        90.00          90.00   Low Dressing
    1   1485-1485  1485        40.00          40.00   Low Dressing


Slaughter Cattle
 Head
    4   1085-1475.00     131.00-145.00


Heiferettes                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    735-735    735       143.00         143.00   Per Head
    2    975-980    978    125.00-138.00     131.52   Per Head

                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1    805-805    805       115.00         115.00   Per Head
    1   1200-1200  1200       117.00         117.00   Per Head



Slaughter Bulls
 Head
    6
    1   1295-1295  1295       115.00         115.00   Low Dressing
    1   1545-1545  1545       130.00         130.00
    2   1580-2050  1815    136.00-138.00     136.87   High Dressing
    4   1670-2035  1849    120.00-128.00     123.37   Low Dressing


Cow Calf Pairs
 Head
          2-8yrs old w/calf under 250lbs        1700.00
          2-8yrs old w/calf over 250lbs      2400.00-2500.00
          Over 8 w/calf under 250lbs            1650.00
          Over 8 w/calf over 250lbs

Baby Calves
 Head
    6    Newborn Beef   250.00-450.00
         Newborn Dairy   45.00-200.00


Goats                        Sel 1          Sel2
 Head     Sm Billies       97.50-135.00
          Bg Billies      140.00-240.00
          Sm Nannies      100.00-142.50
          Big Nannies     110.00-210.00
          Wethers         125.00-142.50
          kids             20.00-75.00
          
Ewes
 Head
    6    65.00-110.00



Feeders Lambs
 Head
    8   10    60-75lbs    110.00-215.00

Slaughter Hogs
 Head
    10   200-250  60.00
         250-300  62.00-67.50
         300 & up 72.50

Feeder Pigs
 Head
    5   30.00-40.00

Sows
 Head
    2   42.50-52.50

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Greenbrier Valley Livestock Market, Caldwell, WV
Weighted Average Report for Friday March 20, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  146

Slaughter cows made up 19% of the offering, slaughter bulls 1%,
other cows 1%, and feeders 79%.

The feeder supply included 39% steers, 51% heifers, and 10% bulls.

Near 23% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    265-265    265       277.50         277.50
    1    365-365    365       302.50         302.50
    5    451-451    451       280.00         280.00
    1    496-496    496       260.00         260.00   SMOKE
   10    502-540    506    255.00-256.00     255.89
    6    601-601    601       244.00         244.00
    4    675-690    680    177.50-231.00     214.44
                             Small 1
    1    945-945    945       133.00         133.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    315-315    315       285.00         285.00
    2    390-390    390       278.00         278.00
    4    435-435    435       260.00         260.00
    4    455-495    473    220.00-262.50     246.55
    1    510-510    510       220.00         220.00   SMOKE
    1    575-575    575       212.50         212.50
    1    625-625    625       160.00         160.00   EXOTIC
    1    700-700    700       162.50         162.50   EXOTIC
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    465-465    465       245.00         245.00   RED

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    415-445    430    240.00-245.00     242.41
    5    457-457    457       244.00         244.00
   14    505-537    530    227.50-238.00     229.64
   19    555-595    570    198.00-226.00     221.86
    1    565-565    565       222.50         222.50   SMOKE
    2    641-641    641       210.00         210.00
    1    640-640    640       200.00         200.00   SMOKE
    1    650-650    650       207.50         207.50
    1    785-785    785       157.50         157.50
    1    870-870    870       150.00         150.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    370-370    370       232.50         232.50
    1    435-435    435       200.00         200.00
    5    510-530    519    210.00-230.00     221.15
    1    665-665    665       186.00         186.00
    1    656-656    656       142.50         142.50   SMOKE
                             Small 2
    1    410-410    410       210.00         210.00
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    290-290    290       230.00         230.00
    1    680-680    680       120.00         120.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    415-415    415       290.00         290.00
    3    560-565    562    247.00-250.00     248.01
    1    680-680    680       158.00         158.00   SMOKE
    1    735-735    735       195.00         195.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    445-445    445       260.00         260.00
    2    625-625    625       227.00         227.00
                             Small and Medium 2
    1    460-460    460       225.00         225.00
                             Small and Medium 2 - 3
    1    730-730    730       143.00         143.00   BWF

Slaughter Cows                 Boner 80-85% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    9   1110-1385  1263    103.50-107.00     105.20
    2   1270-1330  1300    112.00-117.00     114.56   High Dressing
    5   1400-1750  1575    105.00-110.00     107.31
    1   1465-1465  1465       115.00         115.00   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    9   1055-1370  1227     80.00-98.00       92.05
    2   1410-1500  1455     96.00-104.50     100.38

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1135-1135  1135       120.00         120.00   Per Head

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   2160-2160  2160       145.00         145.00   High Dressing
    1   1715-1715  1715        95.00          95.00   Low Dressing

Heiferetts   Medium and large 1-2 Young
  Head      Wt Range 		Price Range
  5        1125-1305            121-140

Baby calves			Dairy		Beef
Head	Age Range 		Avg Price
 3	Newborn to 4 weeks	275-325		375

Goat 
Head Type 		Sel1	Sel2
 1   Big Nannies	210
 1   SL Wethers                  210
 1   Kids Under 20lb             52.5

Ewes
Head Wt Rage    Price Range
 7   100-115     45-65

Rams
Head Wt Range   Price Range
 1    200     

  80

Feeder Lambs
Head Wt Range Price Range
  4   55-90 82.5-240

Slaughter Lambs
Head Wt Range Price Range
13 103 170

Feeder Pigs
Head Wt Range   Price Range
4   110       103

Slaughter Barrows & Gilts
Head Wt Range   Price Range
3   275-345     60-67.5

Fishing Report - 03.27.15

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BEECH FORK

Anglers should call the Beech Fork Corps of Engineers office at 304.525.4831 and go to www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wc/bbfns.htm  for information and current lake levels.  No current fishing reports, the lake is at summer pool almost due to recent rains.

BLUESTONE

During the winter season, anglers should fish slowly and methodically.  Fish will still feed but have a slower metabolism.  A few bass are being caught off rocky points using live minnows.  Anglers should look for points that have some cover such as stumps, logs, or ledges.  Some hybrid striped bass may be caught using large chubs.  Anglers should try spots such as at the mouth of the Bluestone Arm or near the dam.  With any warm, stable weather, fish may become more active.  Try to pick a day that is bright and sunny which warms up areas of the lake, especially dark or mud banks.  A few degrees can make a difference!  Right now the tailwaters are high and unfishable with more rain expected.  Anglers should be careful wading this time of year due to the cold water and slippery conditions.  Wear your personal flotation devices at ALL times!

BURNSVILLE

The lake is at winter pool and frozen in places.  Fishing has been challenging with the cold and ice.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout February 11. For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304.853.2398 and go to www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wc/busns.htm.

EAST LYNN

For information on current lake levels call the Corps of Engineers recorded message at 304.849.9861 and go to www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wc/eltns.htm . No current fishing reports, the lake is at summer pool almost due to recent rain.

R.D. BAILEY

During the winter season, fish are still active but have a slower metabolism, so anglers should fish slowly and methodically.  Spotted bass are hitting plastic jigs in crawfish colors.  The spotted bass will be found along the rocky drops with points another good spot to try.  Walleye are starting to be creeled by local anglers.  Best places to try are along the shallow clay flats either early or late.  As the year progresses, walleye will be moving up the river to begin spawning.  Best baits are jigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers.  With any warm, stable weather, fish may become more active.  Try to pick a day that is bright and sunny which warms up areas of the lake, especially dark or mud banks.  A few degrees can make a difference!

STONECOAL LAKE

The lake is at normal pool and frozen in places.  Fishing has been challenging with the cold and ice.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  A few walleye have also been in about 10-15 feet of water.

STONEWALL JACKSON

The lake is at winter pool and frozen in places.  Fishing has been challenging with the cold and ice.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout February 11.  Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.269.7463.

SUMMERSVILLE

The lake is at winter pool and frozen in places.  Fishing has been challenging with the cold and ice.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  Walleye are being caught off rocky points in about 10-15 feet of water.  Try minnows and small crank baits.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout February 04.  For more information contact the Corps of Engineers at 304.872.3412 and go to www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wc/suens.htm.

SUTTON

T The lake is at winter pool and frozen in places.  Fishing has been challenging with the cold and ice.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout February 11.  Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.765.2705 and go to www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wc/suens.htm.

TYGART LAKE

The lake level is about 40 feet above summer pool and all boat ramps are currently closed.  Lake elevation is expected to decrease over the next few days.  The tailwater outflow is about 15,000 cfs and muddy.  Water temperature is 40oF.  The tailwater boat ramp has been under water for the last few days and shoreline access is minimal during these high flows.  Once water flow decreases, younger walleyes should be readily available as they have moved through the dam into the tailwater during high flow events (above 5,000 cfs).  Walleye fishing is best during higher flows (1,500 to 5,000 cubic feet per second).  Trout were last stocked in early February and trout fishing is best at low flows (less than 1,000 cubic feet per second).  Call the Corps of Engineers telephone hotline at 304.265.5953 for daily lake and tailwater conditions.

NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

OHIO RIVER (New Cumberland, Pike Island, and Hannibal pools and tailwaters)

Over the next week, warming water temperatures and high flows should trigger walleye and sauger to move into tailwater areas below dams.  Jigs with minnows are particularly good baits but 3-inch plastic grubs and deep-running crankbaits are also productive.

MONONGAHELA RIVER

Water temperature has warmed over the last week and is about 44oF.  The river is high and muddy, but increased water temperatures and flows should cause fish to start moving upstream and congregate at tailwater areas just below the Morgantown, Hildebrand, and Opekiska dams.

CHEAT LAKE

Recent heavy rains and warmer temperatures have caused ice to break up.  Debris may still be scattered around the lake due to ice damage last week.  The winter boat ramp at the Cheat Lake Park near the dam is the only public ramp currently open.  The tailwater fishing pier can be very good for walleye and sauger.  The pier is located entirely in West Virginia about 25 minutes from Morgantown.  Take U.S. Highway 119 from Morgantown to Point Marion, PA.  Turn right after crossing the Cheat River and proceed 4 miles to Cheat Dam.

Try the tailwater fishing pier for sauger, smallmouth bass, walleye and white bass.  Jigs with minnows or 3-inch power grubs are the best baits.  White or chartreuse are good colors.  Start fishing at dark when sauger and walleye begin feeding.  The pier is located entirely in West Virginia about 25 minutes from Morgantown and is lighted for night fishing and is handicapped accessible

EASTERN PANHANDLE

South Branch and Cacapon Rivers

Water levels throughout the area have dropped over the past week and near or slightly below normal flow for this time of year.  Water temperatures are in the mid 40’s at most locations and the water is clear.  Anglers are starting to catch a few smallmouth bass.  The spring trout stocking season is underway and many streams are receiving weekly trout stockings.

Shenandoah River

Flows in the Shenandoah River are near normal flow for this time of year.  Smallmouth bass are biting and fishing plastics near the head of pools around the bedrock ledges and in eddies is always a good strategy.

North Branch River

Flows in the North Branch are currently 800 cfs but projected to drop over the next couple days and there should be some great trout fishing opportunities by the weekend.  The first white whitewater event on the North Branch is scheduled for April 11 and 12.  Check the Corp or Engineers webpage for specifics or schedule changes. 

Small Impoundments

Most small impoundments are in great fishing condition and some are receiving spring trout stockings.  Check the 2015 fishing regulations to see if your favorite water is on the January or February stocking schedule.

Jennings Randolph Lake

There has been no recent reports of angler success at Jennings Randolph Lake.  The West Virginia boat launch is scheduled to open for the season next Wednesday April 1.  The WV launch is free and a $5 per day fee is collected for the Maryland Ramp. Jennings Randolph Lake has a dedicated phone line for up-to-date recreational information 304.355.2890.

Mt. Storm Lake

Anglers at Mount Storm Lake should target striped bass, black bass, and walleye.  This is a great location for winter fishing since the lake doesn’t freeze.  Fish can be caught throughout the lake but many anglers do well fishing with chicken livers near the discharges.

CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA

Water levels are high, milky and some still with ice cover.  If you are looking for a place to go, please check the fishing regulations and the WVDNR website for a list of public access sites or call your local WVDNR district office for some advice and a place to fish.  The March trout stocking is rolling and going well.  Make sure you purchase your 2015 WV fishing license.

SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

The New and Greenbrier rivers are high and off color right now with more rain expected so fishing may be slow there.  Sometimes high water improves the fishing at Kanawha Falls so anglers may also want to try their luck there for musky or walleye (use big chubs for bait) or lake anglers can find some excellent bass fishing at Plum Orchard Lake and Stephens Lake.  Best baits are plastic worms fished slowly along the bottom, spinnerbaits are also good choices.  Anglers should call ahead to make sure that the ramps are not iced over.

SOUTHWESTERN WEST VIRGINIA

Lower Ohio and Kanawha Rivers

Sauger and walleye will begin congregating behind locks, tributary mouths and along shoal areas in preparation for their spawn as soon as the water warms a bit, be ready!  R.C. Byrd tailrace is a great place to try.  Try bait, and small brightly colored jigs fished slow close to the bottom.  Added scent or a small piece of bait or nightcrawlers attached to the tail end of jigs really helps at this time of the year.  Fish S-L-O-W.

Guyandotte, Coal, Poca, Elk, and Mud Rivers

A few reports of very large muskies caught and released from the Elk and Coal rivers using slow moving baits and soft plastics (large tubes).  Try for walleye and sauger behind lower and upper falls as they congregate with warming water temperatures to go through their spawning rituals.

Small Impoundments

Barboursville and Ridenour lakes were recently stocked.

WEST-CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA

So far this month, trout have been stocked into the following area lakes:  Rollins and Turkey Run lakes in Jackson County, Tracy Lake and Pennsboro Water Supply Reservoir in Ritchie County, Mile Tree Lake in Roane County, Conaway Run Lake in Tyler County and Cedar Creek State Park Ponds in Gilmer County.  Additionally this month Mountwood Park Lake in Wood County will be stocked again.  This information is updated daily at 4:00 pm, January through May.  Trout anglers can use a variety of baits including small worms; mealworms, salmon eggs, cheese, or trout power bait.  Lure anglers like small spinners, Joe type flies, and trout magnets also work well.

This is a good time to fish Ohio River tailwaters.  Anglers fishing below the Belleville dam are catching a few sauger, walleye and a few other species.  Suspended minnows or lead headed jigs with twister tails (white or chartreuses), which are fished along the bottom, are the lures of choice.  When the river is running high and muddy clever anglers are tipping their jig hooks with minnows.  Best spots to fish these areas include eddies and back-current sections, and anywhere that river flows are unusual slow.  Fishing along the Willow Island tailwaters is restricted due to hydro-power development.  Anglers now have access only to a point approximately 150 yards below the dam, and flows have changed significantly.

Warm water discharges associated with industrial facilities hold fish in the winter along the Ohio River.  Best bet for lures here include crank baits and rubber jigs.  Expect to catch white bass, hybrid striped bass and a few other species at these hot spots.

Fishing for largemouth bass can be good during warm sunny days in area lakes.  Slowly fished rubber worms or jig-and-pig combos are good terminal tackle choices.  Area lakes with good winter bass angling opportunities include Mountwood in Wood County, Conaway Run in Tyler County, Charles Fork in Roane County, North Bend Lake in Ritchie County, and Elk Fork, Woodrum, and O’Brien lakes in Jackson County.

Musky streams are expected to be fishable this weekend.  Winter musky anglers use medium to large lures, and they concentrate their fishing efforts around brush piles or other areas of good cover.  Middle Island Creek, the major streams in the Hughes River system, and the Little Kanawha River are good area musky waters.


Stream Conditions
NORTHERN Levels Conditions
 
Low
Normal
High
Clear
Milky
Muddy
Ohio River (Wheeling)     X     X
Fish Creek   X     X
Fishing Creek   X     X
Big Sandy (Preston) X   X   X
Monongahela River   X   X  
Black Water Creek     X     X
Wheeling Creek     X   X  
Buffalo Creek   X     X
EASTERN PANHANDLE Levels Conditions
 
Low
Normal
High
Clear
Milky
Muddy
S. Branch (Potomac)   X   X    
S. Branch (Smoke Hole)   X   X  
Shenandoah River   X   X  
Patterson Creek   X   X    
N. Fork S. Branch   X   X  
Cacapon River   X   X  
Back Creek   X   X    
Opequon Creek   X   X  
Lost River   X   X  
CENTRAL Levels Conditions
 
Low
Normal
High
Clear
Milky
Muddy
Elk (Sutton)     X   X
Little Kanawha     X   X
Elk (Clay)     X   X
West Fork River     X   X
Gauley River     X   X
Cranberry River     X   X
Cherry River     X   X
Cherry River (N. Fork)     X   X
Cherry River (S. Fork)     X   X
Williams River     X   X
Knapps River     X   X
Greenbrier (E&W Forks)     X   X
Little River     X   X
Shavers Fork     X   X
Buckhannon River     X   X
Holly River     X   X
Elk River (Webster)     X   X
Elk River (Back Fork)     X   X
SOUTHERN Levels Conditions
 
Low
Normal
High
Clear
Milky
Muddy
New River (Hinton)   X   X    
Greenbrier (Hinton)     X X    
Greenbrier (Ronceverte)   X   X    
Anthony Creek   X   X    
Big Creek   X   X    
Meadow River   X   X    
Turkey Creek   X   X    
Potts Creek   X   X    
Second Creek   X   X    
Pinnacle Creek   X   X    
Horse Creek Lake   X   X    
Big Huff Creek   X   X    
Indian Creek   X   X    
Glade Creek (New River)   X   X    
Marsh Fork   X   X    
New River (Gauley)   X   X    
Glade Creek (Man)   X   X    
Camp Creek   X   X    
East River   X   X    
Fork Creek   X   X    
Dry Fork Creek   X   X    
Berwind Lake   X   X    
WESTERN & SOUTHWESTERN Levels Conditions
 
Low
Normal
High
Clear
Milky
Muddy
Little Kanawha River X   X  
Ohio River X   X  
Hughes River X   X  

Senior Lifetime Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping License designation on driver’s licenses and ID Cards

West Virginia DMV and DNR working together to provide opportunity

Division of Natural Resources Director Bob Fala and Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed announce the opportunity for seniors who have purchased the Class XS Senior Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License to obtain a Class XS designation on their West Virginia driver’s license or identification card.

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According to Commissioner Reed, “DMV is pleased to offer a new, convenient driver’s license and ID card designation for our customers, in addition to other designation opportunities already available, including veteran, hearing impaired and organ donor.”

Working together with other organizations to further enhance good customer service is important to both agencies.  “We are pleased to partner with the DMV to make it easier for our Senior Lifetime License holders to show proof of a license while in the field,” said Director Fala.  “The Class XS License endorsement printed on the West Virginia driver’s license means they only would be required to carry that one proof of identification with them.”

The Senior Lifetime Hunting, Fishing and Trapping license can only be purchased through the DNR South Charleston Office at 324 4th Avenue. To obtain the Senior Lifetime Hunting, Fishing and Trapping designation, customers may visit their nearest DMV regional office and apply for the designation to be added to their driver’s license or ID card.  Customers will need to present the bill of sale for the license, or their permanent Class XS license card as proof of licensure, as well as all applicable documentation for a driver’s license or ID card.

Documentation required includes one proof of physical residency for a Not For Federal driver’s license or ID card and two proofs of physical residency for a For Federal card.

No fees will be collected by the DMV for the designation if the applicant is already renewing their license or ID card.

A $5 duplicate fee will be charged for the Not For Federal driver’s license or ID card if the customer is wanting to just add the designation.

A $15 fee will be collected for the For Federal driver’s license or ID card.

Commissioner Reed encourages all applicants to call the DMV Call Center at 1-800-642-9066 or visit the DMV website at www.dmv.wv.gov with any questions before going to a regional office.  “Our focus is customer service, and we want our customers to have a pleasant and efficient visit to the DMV.  Our fully-staffed Call Center and website are both great information resources to ensure that all of the necessary documents are in place before going to the DMV.”

For additional information about the senior lifetime hunting, trapping and fishing license, please call 304.558.2771 and ask for the licensing office.

2015 Hunting and Fishing Show in Charleston

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The annual West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show is this weekend at the Charleston Civic Center.

The largest outdoor theme gathering in the state is now in its 29th year.

The show features more than 200 exhibitors, including approximately 30 new vendors for 2015.

The exhibitors include product vendors and hunting and fishing outfitters from around the world.

All will be set up in the Civic Center’s Grand Hall from Friday thorough Sunday.

Hours are 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday.

Admission is $8 for adults, children 6-12 $1, and under 6 admitted free.

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