Putting weight on thins

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by MO-Ruminants » Wed May 08, 2019 11:20 am

I can surely appreciate that!

How are your sell decisions made on these cheap profitable cattle?



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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by kenny thomas » Wed May 08, 2019 12:20 pm

My sell decision is just as random. Most are sold when they recover and the market is right. Some sold privately. Some cows are sold when they gain weight and the slaughter market is better.
Normally slaughter is good the week before Memorial day and around the 4th of July. Sometimes early August is good also. FPL is contracting load lots for first week of July now.
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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by MO-Ruminants » Wed May 08, 2019 12:56 pm

Wally Olsen said someone once told him "You're nothing but a _____ cow trader!"
He replied "No, I'm a good cow trader".

Seems like your system would provide you with cash flow options throughout the seasons...i.e, usually something you can sell at most any given time.

Perhaps you also buy bull calves and sell steer calves?

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by kenny thomas » Wed May 08, 2019 1:00 pm

MO-Ruminants wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 12:56 pm
Wally Olsen said someone once told him "You're nothing but a _____ cow trader!"
He replied "No, I'm a good cow trader".

Seems like your system would provide you with cash flow options throughout the seasons...i.e, usually something you can sell at most any given time.

Perhaps you also buy bull calves and sell steer calves?
Yes I buy bull calves because they are discounted even more. In other threads I talk about having an Imobilizer to assist in castrating calves. That takes all the work and trouble out of castrating.
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by MO-Ruminants » Wed May 08, 2019 1:07 pm

Thank you sir. Bulls seem like an opportunity to increase value, and I'll search for your previous thread regarding the immobilizer.

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by Pointer1160 » Sat May 11, 2019 9:26 am

I have a friend who bought enough thins in March for a truckload. Turned out to pasture and mineral. He will sell before the Fourth of July. He has contacted an auto buyer to look at them. If auto buyer buys the lot then they will not have to go through a sale. Will post here how he does.

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by hornedfrogbbq » Wed May 15, 2019 10:57 am

We see most good cattle buyers looking at the cattle like a call option. They pay what they would get if they walk the steer/cow/bull over to the local processor and got paid that day...usually slightly less to pay them a penny or two for their troubles. So they have downside protection. Then they try and go add value. That could be weight. That could be breeding them. Something so that they make more money, net, than they have in them. A profit.

We rarely see someone pay much more than slaughter value for something that is risky.

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