Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by kenny thomas » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:36 pm

My dad worked the local stockyard and he brought me home 2 baby calves around 1972. One cost $3 and the other $5. Heifers that later made good cows. Sold them when I got married to make a down payment on a house trailer.


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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by Dave » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:13 am

My Dad bought me a Holstein bull calf when I was in second grade. That would have been 1959. I raised it and sold halves for beef. By the time I graduated from high school I had enough cattle to pay for two years of college. I don't remember my first sale. But the first sales where I bought cattle which would have been when I was in 10th grade in High School. I didn't have a drivers license. Mom dropped me off at the sale and I hired the steers hauled home. I remember getting butterflies in my stomach when I was bidding. Now I will bid on a pen of 20 + head and never think twice.

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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by cowgal604 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:51 am

Around here I have paid as little as $25 to as much as $800. I have also been given one free at auction that they didn't think had a chance so I just took it home.

The dairies around here right now will sell you a Holstein x Angus for around $400. Bulls and Heifers tend to sell for the same. Sick ones are often free.

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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by Hereford2 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:37 pm

$800? Ouch. I've heard of bottle calves going for $600, back in 2014. Only 2 days till sale day! Yes I'm counting them down lol.

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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by MurraysMutts » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:11 pm

Haha! All antsy in ur pantsy!

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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by farmerjan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:00 pm

Have fun.... just don't wave your hands at a fly or anything......you might get more than you bargained for....

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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by Dave » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:15 am

farmerjan wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:00 pm
Have fun.... just don't wave your hands at a fly or anything......you might get more than you bargained for....
Oh, you can wave your hand. Just don't be looking at the auctioneer when you do it. In fact don't focus on the auctioneer at all unless you are wanting to bid.

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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by Hereford2 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:16 pm

I'd heard the part about sitting on your hands, if you're not bidding, but I didn't know to not look at the auctioneer. Thank you all for the advice.!

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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by Hereford2 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:17 pm

Sale starts at 11 tomorrow, so I'm going to get there early to look around.

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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by kenny thomas » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:55 pm

Hereford2 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:16 pm
I'd heard the part about sitting on your hands, if you're not bidding, but I didn't know to not look at the auctioneer. Thank you all for the advice.!
Don't freak out about the auctioneer taking your bid. And even if he did you just say that you weren't bidding if he says you got it.
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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by kenny thomas » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:56 pm

For a learning experience see if you can catch who is bidding. Traders do some odd things to hide their bid from you if it's their calf or if it's a calf they want.
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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by MurraysMutts » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:14 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:56 pm
For a learning experience see if you can catch who is bidding. Traders do some odd things to hide their bid from you if it's their calf or if it's a calf they want.
The ol ear tug in the off side.... lmao
Rub the nose..

I caught one guy pretty good one time. Boy we we bidding fast and furious. I knew he had been running em up. Everytime he'd bid I wouldnt let him get his hand back down b4 I bid. I made it clear I was bidding and I was going to buy them heifers!!!

Then I just stopped..
The look on his face when he bought his own heifers!
Priceless...

Just because it was the first time I was at that sale, doesnt mean it was my first sale. Lol
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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by SmokinM » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:33 pm

$800 for a bottle calf? Send a trailer I got a deal for you. Really can’t believe anybody paying more than $150 for one. 4 wt. calves here are a push to bring $600 and bottle calves take a lot to get there.

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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by MurraysMutts » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:36 pm

SmokinM wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:33 pm
$800 for a bottle calf? Send a trailer I got a deal for you. Really can’t believe anybody paying more than $150 for one. 4 wt. calves here are a push to bring $600 and bottle calves take a lot to get there.
300 is more than I really wanted to pay.
But when ya need one, ya need one...
Only way I see it penciling out, is if a cow will adopt it.
Get north of 300 and it's a no go for me. Definitely not on a bottle!!

But I guess if a body just wanted something cute n cuddly and had money to spend on a pet....
Folks spend more than that on their dogs.
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Re: Sale Barn Bottle Calf Prices

Post by DCA farm » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:44 pm

MurraysMutts wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:18 pm
I shouldn't spill the beans.
But the heifer I just bought cost me 300.
Now I couldnt make the sale, had a buyer get it for me.

Most I've seen worth bringing home are gonna be 200plus. Usually 300. Depends how many people are there that day looking for baby calves.

I've also seen folks get all worked up and seen em sell as high as 425 recently. Craziness!!

Idk wth a person does with a 425 dollar bottle calf....

Be hard to turn any kind of profit, especially considering milk replacer costs, unless it was going on a cow. And even then, its probly a loss.
I got into a bidding war on one not because the calf was worth it but because the little 5’4 misses (ex wife now) beside me wanted the be nice thing. Shoulda saved my money it ended up catching pneumonia while I was outta town And kicking the bucket

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