August SD livestock prices up
Preliminary August prices were up from July for spring wheat, winter wheat, sows, barrows and gilts, calves, steers and heifers, and cows, according to the South Dakota Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Preliminary prices for corn, soybeans, sunflowers, and hay were down.
For August, the preliminary winter wheat price, at $8.08, was up four cents from last month and up $2.68 from last August. The spring wheat price, at $8.83, was 92 cents higher than last month and $3.49 higher than last year. The August soybean price, at $11.70, was $1.20 lower than last month but $4.40 higher than last year. The corn price, at $5.06, was down three cents from last month but up $1.83 from last year. The preliminary all sunflower price, at $22.50, was down $3.50 from last month but up $3 from last year.
The preliminary August barrow and gilt price, at $64.30, was up $6.90 from last month and up $11.10 from last year, while sows, at $31.40, were up $10.80 from July but down $3.70 from August 2007.
The preliminary August steer and heifer price, at $105, was up $3 from July and up $2 from August of last year. Calves, at $109, were up $4 from last month but down $16 from August 2007.
The August alfalfa price, at $100 per ton, was down $11 from last month but up $7 from last year. The other hay price, at $78, was down $7 from last month but unchanged from August 2007.
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