A few in this bunch over 800

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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby elkwc » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:12 am

kenny thomas wrote:
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kenny thomas wrote: I am usually disappointed in what calves here in the east brings compared to the west. I sold a few this week off the cow which I rarely do. They were Charolais cross steers weighing 630 and brought 1.52. What are they worth there? Bigger calves are selling good compared to the smaller ones here also.


Kenny had a conversation with a coworker today about Char cross calves. He helped work a set last evening and said overall they were the nicest bunch of the 200 calves they worked. But said they were talking about how everytime they take them to the local sale barn the buyers ask to have all the char crosses cut off and they sell 10-20 dollars a hundred less. This is what keeps many of us from using Char bulls. He also said that they were the hardest to handle of the whole bunch. I know one long time feeder that used to feed a lot of char crosses said that they don't grade as well and unless he can buy them cheap he isn't buying them anymore to feed. I know some on here say they sell good in their area. It is amazing how much things differ from one region to another.[/
elkwc, what would my,steers have brought this week in your area?


Kenny hard to say. I haven't been to an auction recently and just started really looking at the reports the last week as we plan on selling some the 17th. Also without seeing your cattle and the cattle in the reports it is hard to say. But from what I've read I would say very similar to what yours brought at the most 1.55. If they had been straight black over 1.60 and black baldies 1.65 and over. Again that is just a ball park.
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby True Grit Farms » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:35 am

cowgirl8 wrote:I really dislike chars...My husband had one in the 70s he showed and we had that cow for a while. Got a few replacements out of her way back in the 80s. SHe and her daughters are pretty much washed out now. I believe the last white/grey char mix I can remember was over 10 years ago and she was over 15, I called her Tokenwhite.. She was more sim/simbra than char, but did get the light solid color.

A Charolais is a poor choice for making females in a commercial herd. But an excellent choice for a bull as a terminal cross in a commercial herd. This is common knowledge around here and the buyer's really like smokey calves.
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby Workinonit Farm » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:32 pm

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cowgirl8 wrote:We hauled off all the steers off this herd yesterday. There were 19, born between March to May. Weight average 651... All sold excellent...When I saw my husband walking out the door with the check with a big smile, priceless. After the 30 cent debacle a few weeks ago, I needed this. Most were grouped and bought by just a few buyers. Colors were from lite red, brindle and black....all grouped in mixed colors. So, doesn't matter the color, just matters if its a good meaty calf...FYI, big calves are hot right now.....

I am usually disappointed in what calves here in the east brings compared to the west. I sold a few this week off the cow which I rarely do. They were Charolais cross steers weighing 630 and brought 1.52. What are they worth there? Bigger calves are selling good compared to the smaller ones here also.


I too would love to hear the answer to this question.
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby Silver » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:53 pm

Good Charolais and Char cross calves sell very well here. There is no sale barn advantage to black cattle here the last number of years, good cattle sell as good cattle. The best dollars per head go to the heaviest calves, and those are seldom BA.
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby True Grit Farms » Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:02 pm

Silver wrote:Good Charolais and Char cross calves sell very well here. There is no sale barn advantage to black cattle here the last number of years, good cattle sell as good cattle. The best dollars per head go to the heaviest calves, and those are seldom BA.

You guy's don't have CAB, or a retained ownership program? And do you sell through a stock yard or off the ranch in pot loads?
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby Silver » Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:58 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:
Silver wrote:Good Charolais and Char cross calves sell very well here. There is no sale barn advantage to black cattle here the last number of years, good cattle sell as good cattle. The best dollars per head go to the heaviest calves, and those are seldom BA.

You guy's don't have CAB, or a retained ownership program? And do you sell through a stock yard or off the ranch in pot loads?


There is CAB here, and some guys retain ownership. We usually sell through the auction barn, occasionally direct off the place. I'm just stating what I see at the sale barn over the last number of years.
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