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Milk prices came up about .50 to 1.00/cwt this past check for most dairy farmers. The big push is to have a "base" of milk now in the fall so they will be wanting more milk in Aug thru Nov to make that base and get paid more. Look to see more cull cattle being sold in the spring/early summer, and bred heifers due to freshen in that time frame. Most are still trying to milk all they can to just keep up a cash flow, and with cull prices having been so low. Heard that culls were up in the 40's and low 50's last week so that may be improving.
Weather always has a lot to do with it here. Getting in and out has been a nightmare for most beef producers. Last week we did have 4 days that the ground was hard and no rain. Got cattle moved out of 2 places and 20+ fall calves worked and moved to winter pastures and about 35 head home Sat before it started to snow with calves that need to be weaned/sold. Hauling is the limiting factor some days. Next up preg cks of the ones we pull calves off, and moved to winter grazing, culling opens. About 50 more from 2 places to get moved back to the "home farm" we rent, with working facilities, and those calves sold/weaned. Trending more towards spring calving cows so we don't have to travel so far to feed in the winter; having them all closer, calving and then moving to grass for the summer. Plus some of the fall calvers were older and have lost a few to pneumonia and just old age this year. The cold wet rains have taken their toll this fall. Have a few that lost calves, so the cows that don't have a calf will be sold too. Trying to trim the herd to be more efficient; plus losing a couple of places that we would ordinarily graze cows will be changing some of what we do.
Will hope for some decent prices this next week or so....