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Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:21 am
by kenny thomas
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.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:47 pm
by pricefarm
Went today and look at the calves that man had for sale. I passed they where rough.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:32 pm
by snoopdog
kenny thomas wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:38 pm
snoopdog wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:26 pm
That's a good plan, I think. Especially the way this market is, of course depending on cost. I like buying them with the frame, in my opinion that's the money on grass calves.
I should add. Most of the bought calves cost 20-70 cents in the fall. A few cost 1.00 weighing less than 300lb.
I could sell now with a big weight gain and a lot higher price. Gonna hold till March I think
You bought em right, and that's the name of the game in that business.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:23 pm
by pricefarm
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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Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:44 pm
by kenny thomas
Did you buy at Tri State Livestock? How was prices

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:52 pm
by pricefarm
kenny thomas wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:44 pm
Did you buy at Tri State Livestock? How was prices
Ya I did. They only had around 500 today because of all the rain we have been getting. Good calves brought ok but anything that wasn’t perfect really got hit hard. I bought a black white face bull calf 450# for .78 per pound. Pretty nice calf. The highest one I bought was 1.35 for a 4 weight. I’ll try and post some pics tomorrow.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:53 pm
by pricefarm
Here’s today sales report. They had some nice Holsteins calves that brought next to nothing.
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Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:58 pm
by kenny thomas
That don't look very good. I have 50 on feed but guess I will just hold them.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:59 pm
by kenny thomas
I would buy the Holsteins at those prices. But I might see them again tomorrow.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:01 pm
by pricefarm
Ya you might. Does a lot of cattle come from here and sell a up your way?

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:14 pm
by kenny thomas
Not lots but some. Especially the cheap stuff. The 5 wt heifers get mixed with a few from Kingsport and several from here and go to Berea KY every Saturday night. Can you catch who is buying the best 500-530 lb black heifers? I bet you can't catch him buying.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:30 pm
by pricefarm
No I really have no idea who buys what. I only know a couple buyers that are local here. I know Fleenor , Riley, and Elsea, that buys cattle. That’s about it.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:34 pm
by kenny thomas
I know all of them. Next trip see if you can catch Wheatley buying.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:35 pm
by kenny thomas
Steve Pendleton sometime buys the Holsteins and a few cows.

Re: Buying Calves

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:36 pm
by kenny thomas
Oh and Harold Todd buys the cheap ones and goes to Greenville TN on Saturday with them .