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If the corn report is correct this will be an all-time record corn crop. Also if correct this is 3 years that yields have come in above the trend. This also means there will be a huge carryover into the 2018 growing season. I can only think it should greatly support feeder values into 2018. USDA lowered the 2017 beef production estimates by nearly 150 million pounds. Feeders were very eager to move finished cattle at lighter weight due to favorable market conditions. Demand figures tend to be robust thus I’m hoping it will cover what surely will be a larger supply of beef & pork in 2018. Our family lost a dear friend this past week. Chuck Smith originally from Dow City passed away. In addition, our deepest sympathy to the Russ Kurth families of Logan. Harrison County was blessed in having him represent us. Rest in Peace.

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows  Tues, Nov 14th:
Nice numbers on our fed cattle on a very good & active market that was nearly steady from a week ago. Weigh cows seemed to have just a little better feel especially on the fed cows. Cows heading back to feed were sure $2-4 better.
Fat Cattle (400 head):
Str. Top - $120.50
Str. Choice - $118-$120.50
Str. Select/Choice - $115-$118
2-Ways - $120-$128
Hfr. Top - $122
Hfr. Choice - $118-$122
Hfr. Select/Choice - $115-$118
2-Ways - $no test
Choice Holsteins - $87.50
Select Holsteins - $no test
Fat Hfrts. - $80-$100
Weigh Cows 237 head):  
Top Cows: $65-$75
Bulk: $57-$63
Low Yield: $50-$54
Premium Bulls: $85-$89
Bulk of Bulls: $78-$86
Cutting Bulls: $110-$120
Preg open hfrs: $115-$130
Hfrts: $80-$95

Friday’s feeder cattle trade was very active despite the lower futures. Here are a few actual sales. 
31 Strs 394# @ $205.50
7   Strs 506# @ $185.00
15 Strs 629# @ $168.75       
29 Strs 786# @ $154.50         
6   Hfrs 405# @ $177.00
16 Hfrs 556# @ $162.00
16 Hfrs 569# @ $160.00
18 Hfrs 603# @ $156.00

If you have calves or yrlings to market please give us a call for an on the farm appraisal. Next auction is  Special Western Iowa Preconditioned Calf/Yrlg Friday Dec 1st  @ 11 am. Special Calf/Yrlg Friday, Dec 8th @ 11am 

We had a decent run of Breds & Pairs. Young pairs traded pretty well, from $1500-$1800. Young fall Breds were $1400-$1550. We are gearing up for our November & December cow specials. Please call if you have any to market.

Next Bred Cow/Pairs Special is Tuesday, November 21st