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Re: Feeder calf prices????

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Re: Feeder calf prices????

Postby Son of Butch » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:35 am

Stocker Steve wrote:
JMJ Farms wrote:Feeders are still too low compared to Live Cattle.
How did you conclude this?

The obvious answer is... "because I sell feeders and not fats." :)
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Re: Feeder calf prices????

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:44 am

Cucumber35 wrote:Sold a dozen at Vintage last night and did better than I thought I would especially on colored cattle and mostly bulls. Biggest at 775 brought $1.27 and had one at 715 bring $1.33. The rest were $1.20-$1.30 for 5-6wts and a couple dink 4wts brought $1.15. Pretty sure a few topped the sale but I won't brag until I verify the report. Either way I'm feeling pretty good about it and from what I've been seeing and hearing you won't find me complaining.


You did just fine I'd say.
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Re: Feeder calf prices????

Postby farmerjan » Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:50 am

Sold some heifers in Staunton, Va on friday. Couple dinks 3 wts that did $1.17 ; 2 - 4wts $1.25 and the rest in 2 groups of 8 and 7 that did $1.17 and $1.20. Better than we thought they would do, were hoping for 1.00 avg. Prices were up a tick from pre holiday, but the buyers were saying they had some orders this past week; but in general don't think they will go much higher.

There were also nearly 80 breds there, a couple of guys were overcrowded and just had to sell down, one said he wasn't going to have enough hay and just didn't want to buy any, one lost a couple of rented places. Heifers brought up to $1600 and they were pretty decent commercial animals. Some cows brought up to $1600 too, but there were a bunch in the $1000 range. We picked up some for $850 to $1100, most all in the solid mouth 6-8 yr old range, all confirmed preg at the sale. Got 2 for little over pound price, one old but very good shape, one 8 yrs +/- . Mostly in the 1100lb size but got 2 that were nearly 1500 lbs for $1000. ea. Don't usually go for such big cows but they are worth $750 @ lb price so we'll see. Got some old cows of our own that need to go, and still have to preg check some so may have a few more to cull there. Even if we just replace some opens with breds we will be ahead at the prices we paid. Didn't even know there were any breds to be sold, if we hadn't taken in a load of calves then we wouldn't have been there.
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Re: Feeder calf prices????

Postby Stocker Steve » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:25 pm

Harlon in Beef Mag called the bottom in the Jan issue - - - October 2016. :nod: Called fall of 2017 as $10/cwt higher than 2016.

The market timers waiting for $0.75 replacement quality heifer calves will have to be patient.
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Re: Feeder calf prices????

Postby Cucumber35 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:47 pm

farmerjan wrote:Sold some heifers in Staunton, Va on friday. Couple dinks 3 wts that did $1.17 ; 2 - 4wts $1.25 and the rest in 2 groups of 8 and 7 that did $1.17 and $1.20. Better than we thought they would do, were hoping for 1.00 avg. Prices were up a tick from pre holiday, but the buyers were saying they had some orders this past week; but in general don't think they will go much higher.


That's how I felt walking in there. Anything over a $1.00 wasn't going to have me upset. Considering we got there late and sold at the very end I wasn't to thrilled as I was watching but apparently quality paid off this time. Wondering if I couldn't have picked up a few more pennies if they had sold before some guys had already left. Last one sold a few minutes after midnight.
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Re: Feeder calf prices????

Postby RanchMan90 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:18 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:Harlon in Beef Mag called the bottom in the Jan issue - - - October 2016. :nod: Called fall of 2017 as $10/cwt higher than 2016.

The market timers waiting for $0.75 replacement quality heifer calves will have to be patient.

I agree. Stockers are costing me 25-35¢ more per lb now than they were in October, even for Herefords.
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Re: Feeder calf prices????

Postby True Grit Farms » Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:25 pm

Cucumber35 wrote:
farmerjan wrote:Sold some heifers in Staunton, Va on friday. Couple dinks 3 wts that did $1.17 ; 2 - 4wts $1.25 and the rest in 2 groups of 8 and 7 that did $1.17 and $1.20. Better than we thought they would do, were hoping for 1.00 avg. Prices were up a tick from pre holiday, but the buyers were saying they had some orders this past week; but in general don't think they will go much higher.


That's how I felt walking in there. Anything over a $1.00 wasn't going to have me upset. Considering we got there late and sold at the very end I wasn't to thrilled as I was watching but apparently quality paid off this time. Wondering if I couldn't have picked up a few more pennies if they had sold before some guys had already left. Last one sold a few minutes after midnight.


Quality? Any bulls sold at a sale barn that aren't for slaughter, is pizz poor management or no management in my eyes.
But the price sure sounds good for those animals with that much risk.
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