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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby skyhightree1 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:51 pm

Watching winchesters sale online today baby calves sold from 25.00 for a jersey bull calf to 340.00 for a blk angus bull calf
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Postby Chappydog » Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:30 pm

I'd like to have 50 of those 25$ bull calves
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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby BC » Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:36 pm

I saw 2 fresh baby calves sell today at Van Zandt Livestock. One was started on a bottle and brought $585. The other had nursed a couple of times and brought $565.
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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby GMN » Mon May 04, 2015 2:06 pm

I put some newly weaned Holstein bull calves on craigslist, 2 didn't look so hot, one was good, sold them for $600 each-I sold a black cross bull for $550 and 3 month old calves for $525 each-I have never seen these kind of prices in my 20 plus years of farming. last year I sold baby bulls for $150-$200, now I am getting $300-$500 each-ITS SWEET!!! :banana:
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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby skyhightree1 » Mon May 04, 2015 3:01 pm

I was watching a sale online here sold a blk angus bull calf 160lbs for 3.65lb I was shocked
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Postby Oldtimer » Mon May 04, 2015 8:57 pm

3waycross wrote:Paid $350 for a very nice balancer twin bull calf a couple of weeks ago. Just heard that 75 miles south of us the same calf is selling at the sale barn for $750 or more...ridiculous!


In mid to late March - baby calves were bringing $700- $750 up here in eastern Montana too... I heard of one that sold at the ring for $900 (somebody must have needed one bad).. But now with many more calves on the market (sold a dozen at last weeks sale) they are dropping down to the $300- $500 range depending on sex, size, and condition...
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Postby ricebeltrancher » Mon May 04, 2015 10:30 pm

Keep them close if you have them. At least a couple have been stolen in our area recently. We keep ours in our yard.
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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby allie2blair » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:33 am

bigbull338 wrote:the reason your seeing such high prices are theres alot of people that like to raise bottle calves.plus with the dairies still quiting your seeing alot less bottle calves.

I actually am starting to get into raising bottle calves i’ll have some jersey bulls i’ll be raising.
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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby Logan52 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:54 am

Sold a week old twin bull calf (AngusXCharolais) last Monday at Bluegrass South. Nice calf but a little small. He was out of a first calf heifer who had twinned and I did not want to turn her out with two calves to raise, or raise a bottle calf.
Brought $230. I was hoping for a little more.
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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby Stocker Steve » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:52 am

denvermartinfarms wrote:
kenny thomas wrote:We think 600 is an high price but if shorty has good luck and the calf brings 1500 this fall that is still more than I can make on buying a 5wt steer and keeping it through the summer. Hope you have good luck shorty. I probably wont buy any baby's at this price though.

That's the same with stocky, these calves he buys to put back on cows all bring 1400$ to 1500$ right off the cows. makes the 450 to 650$ cows look like a good deal.


What am I missing? $1500 for a feeder calf?
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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby Stocker Steve » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:57 am

Dave wrote:Here there are route buyers who stop at every dairy twice a week to buy all the bull calves. They are paying $350 per calf for Holstein bulls and taking them all.


I just looked at our last market report - - $60 to $140 for that kind at the sales barn.

How do these high priced calves pencil out?
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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby farmerjan » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:00 am

Logan52; I think that you did pretty good for a smallish twin calf. Baby calves here are anywhere from $50 to $250. Each week there are swings although the last couple of weeks they are in the $125 to $200 range. Mostly, the higher priced ones are for someone to take home to put on a cow that has lost a calf. One of my dairy farmers had a holstein cow that he bred simmental, have twin bulls. One was born dead, the other sold for $230. He was pleased. Holstein bull calves have been in the $75 to $150 range on average. Beef looking ones a little higher.
The days of $500 and up calves is pretty much gone for now. Maybe if there are fewer dairies, it will go up, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it. Holstein steers in the 4-6 wts are running from .60 to 1.00 lb. That is about the normal average except for those few years when there was a "rebuilding" and everything was ridiculously high.

With semen costing $25 to $75 a straw, most dairy farmers are getting little more than their input costs back from their bull calf sales. Take into the average a couple of lost/dead calves and they are not getting so terribly much out of it. Several I know are going to breeding their lower end cows to beef semen now since the calf market is so crazy and a beef cross calf is now worth more than a straight dairy(holstein) calf. Breeding a jersey to a beef bull will make those $25 straight jersey calves more valuable as a cross. It also depends on the time of year. When beef farmers are calving they are willing to pay more for a calf; if they can get one fostered on a cow and not lose the lactation or have to cull the cow, they are ahead of the game. We try to foster a calf on any and all cows that have lost a calf. We don't have many, maybe 1 or 2 per calving season, but it saves the cow and at least pays her feed costs for the year.
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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby farmerjan » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:02 am

Stocker Steve wrote:
denvermartinfarms wrote:
kenny thomas wrote:We think 600 is an high price but if shorty has good luck and the calf brings 1500 this fall that is still more than I can make on buying a 5wt steer and keeping it through the summer. Hope you have good luck shorty. I probably wont buy any baby's at this price though.

That's the same with stocky, these calves he buys to put back on cows all bring 1400$ to 1500$ right off the cows. makes the 450 to 650$ cows look like a good deal.


What am I missing? $1500 for a feeder calf?


Look at the date on those posts. That was during the "crazy time" in 2015.
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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby GMN » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:32 pm

BC wrote:I saw 2 fresh baby calves sell today at Van Zandt Livestock. One was started on a bottle and brought $585. The other had nursed a couple of times and brought $565.


Wish I lived by u-were those Holstein babies?
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Re: Baby calf prices

Postby farmerjan » Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:52 pm

GMN wrote:
BC wrote:I saw 2 fresh baby calves sell today at Van Zandt Livestock. One was started on a bottle and brought $585. The other had nursed a couple of times and brought $565.


Wish I lived by u-were those Holstein babies?


That post by BC was from 2015. You could get any price you wanted for about a year back then.
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