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Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:41 pm
by pricefarm
Ya I remember seeing Pendletons name come up I believe he did buy most of the Holsteins there. I don’t remember a Wheatley. And yes I remember Todd I believe he works in the ring. He bought a lot of light weight calves

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:08 pm
by kenny thomas
Ronnie Wheatley is the auctioneer. But he will charge them to another name or to Paul Fleenor.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:15 pm
by pricefarm
kenny thomas wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:08 pm
Ronnie Wheatley is the auctioneer. But he will charge them to another name or to Paul Fleenor.
Ha ok. I knew his name was Ronnie but had no idea of his last name. That makes sense to me now. I bid on some nice 500 pounds heifers that where in a group of 5 or 6 I thought I had them bought then all the sudden there was another bid and he never even looked back at me to see if I wanted to bid again. What does he do with them ?

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:18 pm
by kenny thomas
They go to a farm in Berea KY and are preconditioned and then sold as truckloads.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:24 pm
by kenny thomas
I haven't been to the Tri State yard in years but can still tell you what is going on. Todd Hurt is probably the one in the ring. He buys for a couple companies. Todd, Sanders, and a few more will be the Kingsport buyers.
If most people really realized what goes on at a sale they would be really surprised.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:52 pm
by HDRider
kenny thomas wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:24 pm
I haven't been to the Tri State yard in years but can still tell you what is going on. Todd Hurt is probably the one in the ring. He buys for a couple companies. Todd, Sanders, and a few more will be the Kingsport buyers.
If most people really realized what goes on at a sale they would be really surprised.
Kenny,
I have no idea about what goes on at sales.

Could you start a thread and clue us in?

Thanks

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:25 pm
by kenny thomas
It may not be the same everywhere but all over the east there are buyers, traders, weird things going on. Sometimes the buyers are also the traders if they know they will have orders for something in the next few days.
Al the guys mentioned are good people that make their living buying and selling calves.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:03 pm
by MO-Ruminants
Pardon my hijacking this topic, but:

KT, keep talking about all things marketing. Thank you.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:48 pm
by gcreekrch
pricefarm wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:23 pm
I bought some calves today from the market. All of them are right at 400lbs. I vacc them with this and Cov8 . That’s what the lady at the vets office recommended.
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Good choice. Add an 8 way with Somnugen and the big lots use Inforce and Draxxin to keep them alive until two weeks pass and the vaccines kick in.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:50 pm
by gcreekrch
kenny thomas wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:21 am
I don't usually buy the young 300lb calves. I buy the thin ones. I feed distillers, cracked corn and wheat mids mixed to a 16%. I do well with them because I not only add weight but add to the grade.
There is a huge difference in young and older calves performance hey? The young ones guts just aren't ready to go away from milk yet.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:55 pm
by gcreekrch
Then there are those who want to sell cattle full. Buy one of these at a discounted price, take 4 or 5% off and see if the animal is still cheap at the lesser weight.

Love them bull calves and stags. Not so much the horned cattle. They take far to long to get going if the dehorning job is done right.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:57 pm
by gcreekrch
pricefarm wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:47 pm
Went today and look at the calves that man had for sale. I passed they where rough.
Those can be the kind to buy if they are healthy.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:18 pm
by kenny thomas
Sold some heifers for 1.35 last week weighing 453. They cost .72 weighing 284. I'm happy. Especially when it included calves with white spots in their eyes.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:45 pm
by pricefarm
kenny thomas wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:18 pm
Sold some heifers for 1.35 last week weighing 453. They cost .72 weighing 284. I'm happy. Especially when it included calves with white spots in their eyes.
Any tips on how to tell if a calf is healthy that’s in the sale ring? A couple I bought I have had a rough time with. Lost one and the other one is starting to recover. Both with respiratory problems. They seemed ok going through the ring but as soon as I got them home I could tell they where sick.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:06 pm
by SBMF 2015
kenny thomas wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:24 pm
I haven't been to the Tri State yard in years but can still tell you what is going on. Todd Hurt is probably the one in the ring. He buys for a couple companies. Todd, Sanders, and a few more will be the Kingsport buyers.
If most people really realized what goes on at a sale they would be really surprised.
I could write multiple books on the subject. I agree there are good cattle buyers, but even the "honest" ones are a little crooked . They have to be or they wouldn't in in the game very long.
You know what they say "Liar liar cattle buyer"