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Re: Tx sales

Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:34 pm
by Allenw
BC wrote:
Allenw wrote:
BC wrote:You get good at estimating weights or you find another occupation. :roll:

Kenny, here is a one minute clip I took with a flip phone at Emory when they were trying out a new auctioneer. The sound is not good, but count how many calves are sold in that one minute time. Calves are weighed after they are sold.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBA_kHwf54c&feature=youtu.be


Can they sell more then one at a time, or the scales too small? :lol:

They can sell more than one at a time, but most consignments are not large enough or uniform enough to deal up. There are lots of cattle and lots of owners. The average herd size around here is 30 head.


A little different here you can see everything from singles to multiple load lots.

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:49 pm
by 1982vett
kenny thomas wrote:I could fall asleep listening to the chant of a good auctioneer. 5 days a week is the most I ever went. Thursday I couldnt get a sale close enough.

I generally always catch a nap..... :lol2: about the only time I do. Not the only one either. :D

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:57 pm
by Rafter S
About 35 years ago I'd go with my uncle and one of my father's buddies to the auction at Hockley. We'd drop off the calves, then go to a local cafe where we'd drink a couple beers, then eat a big chicken fried steak, head back to the auction barn to watch the sale, and then get the check and head back home. One day I dozed off watching the sale, and I guess nodded my head, because I woke up just in time to hear the auctioneer say "Never mind. That man wasn't bidding, he's sleeping."

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:10 pm
by BK9954
I sat in a auctions here for 2 years before I bought one. When I first watched what they did it was very foriegn. The guy would say 80 dollars and mean 80 cents. The weight would flash on the screen once the cow left and I thought what the heck? Sometimes a cow would be in the ring and they were still bidding on the one that left. Some sold by the head, with no one to explain it, it took a while of watching to figure it out. When I sold my first cow I thought it was a scam because the invoice was less pounds then what the screen flashed. The guy running the place said the screen flashed for the cow before mine. After that I started weighing my own before I took them. Watched how the guy started the bids, got it down so now I can pretty much tell +- 50 pounds what the cow I buy is going to weigh. When the bidding starts I pretty much know how much I am paying for that animal. It's not for a beginner. I still just go sit at the auctions on my days off just for fun and to see what prices are and guess weights. Sometimes I see some really good deals that you can't pass up.

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:17 pm
by Rafter S
You said "The guy would say 80 dollars and mean 80 cents." He did mean $80.00. That's per 100lbs.

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:27 pm
by kenny thomas
I paid 5 cents a lb for a steer calf this week weighing 180. Needless to say he looked rough. But he is alive and eating now.

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:12 pm
by BK9954
Rafter S wrote:You said "The guy would say 80 dollars and mean 80 cents." He did mean $80.00. That's per 100lbs.

Makes sense, its the same math. When I'm taking culls to the auction that's what the price per pound turns out to be on the invoice. It's the one Auctioneer at my local auction the other three auctions don't use that phrase very often. It's usually on Slaughter cows but sometimes others as well.

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:18 am
by True Grit Farms
kenny thomas wrote:I paid 5 cents a lb for a steer calf this week weighing 180. Needless to say he looked rough. But he is alive and eating now.


I saw quite a few calves sell for less than $0.10 last week. We're not experienced enough to deal with those kind.

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:45 pm
by jedstivers
True Grit Farms wrote:
kenny thomas wrote:I paid 5 cents a lb for a steer calf this week weighing 180. Needless to say he looked rough. But he is alive and eating now.


I saw quite a few calves sell for less than $0.10 last week. We're not experienced enough to deal with those kind.

I'm experienced enough to know I'm not going to deal with that kind.
Life is to short for that for that for me.

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:55 pm
by BK9954
jedstivers wrote:
True Grit Farms wrote:
kenny thomas wrote:I paid 5 cents a lb for a steer calf this week weighing 180. Needless to say he looked rough. But he is alive and eating now.


I saw quite a few calves sell for less than $0.10 last week. We're not experienced enough to deal with those kind.

I'm experienced enough to know I'm not going to deal with that kind.
Life is to short for that for that for me.

Yeah I saw a Charolais calf they had to pick up and carry out after he laid down in the ring. Time is money and those need more time then I have. If I was home a lot and had a nurse cow I might contemplate it. Mostly the guys from Mexico buy those here.

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:53 am
by elkwc
It has always made me wonder why in many areas most if not all cows are run through one head at a time. Here on cows going back to the country are usually sold in groups and many times butcher cows are also. Each area does it differently. I know most of the sales in this area has went to either weighing before or after they go through the ring. Watched one on the internet a few weeks ago and everything was ran through the ring and then were on the scale with weight showing while being sold. Had never saw that before.

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:24 am
by BK9954
elkwc wrote:It has always made me wonder why in many areas most if not all cows are run through one head at a time. Here on cows going back to the country are usually sold in groups and many times butcher cows are also. Each area does it differently. I know most of the sales in this area has went to either weighing before or after they go through the ring. Watched one on the internet a few weeks ago and everything was ran through the ring and then were on the scale with weight showing while being sold. Had never saw that before.

They do groups here sometimes, you can request it as the seller. When they do it keeps the guys like me on a budget from bidding but can raise the price. They don't sell by the pound when they do it here. Some times when they bring a group in they still offer choice to the first winner.

Re: Tx sales

Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:50 am
by elkwc
BK9954 wrote:
elkwc wrote:It has always made me wonder why in many areas most if not all cows are run through one head at a time. Here on cows going back to the country are usually sold in groups and many times butcher cows are also. Each area does it differently. I know most of the sales in this area has went to either weighing before or after they go through the ring. Watched one on the internet a few weeks ago and everything was ran through the ring and then were on the scale with weight showing while being sold. Had never saw that before.

They do groups here sometimes, you can request it as the seller. When they do it keeps the guys like me on a budget from bidding but can raise the price. They don't sell by the pound when they do it here. Some times when they bring a group in they still offer choice to the first winner.


My BIL owned an interest in a sale barn for several years. One reason they sell cattle even butcher cows by the head is it speeds up the sale. Another like you mentioned is many feel it raises the price. I know that a person only wanting a few head like me two years ago it makes it hard to find quality cattle here in 1-2 head groups. Usually the singles are the cuts.