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Locally we received 1.5-2 inches of rain over the weekend. Moisture conditions here seem to be ideal as most farmers are getting equipment ready for harvest. Crop Scouts seem to be mildly optimistic about crop conditions. Here’s an interesting tidbit on the weigh cow market. For the last 6 week period cow/bull slaughter numbers are 11% higher than a year ago. Beef cows were up 14% and dairy cows up 7%. Fat trimming values have decreased significantly since early summer thus making fat cows a really tough sell. My thinking is these significant increases from a year ago won’t keep up forever thus creating some “light”, and the end of this tunnel. The Western Iowa “Husker” fans had a rough Saturday. They see no light at the end of their tunnel!

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows  Tues, Sept 12th:
Fed cattle activity was fantastic for sure a couple of dollars better. Let’s hope that trend continues! Weigh cows came under pressure again, $1-2 lower. It must have been bull cleanup day. 1/3 of our weigh ups were bulls, selling 67 head. Actually some of those bigger older bulls still fetch $1700-$1800, leaving pretty good money to buy one back in the spring!
Fat Cattle (272 head):
Str. Top - $107
Str. Choice - $105-$107.50
Str. Select/Choice - $103-$105
2-Ways - $108-$110
Hfr. Top - $106.25
Hfr. Choice - $104.50-$106.25
Hfr. Select/Choice - $103-$104
2-Ways - $111
Choice Holsteins - $no test
Select Holsteins - $78-$82
Fat Hfrts. - $no test
Weigh Cows 205 head):  
Top Cows: $67-$73
Bulk: $60-$65
Low Yield: $50-$60
Premium Bulls: $88-$92
Bulk of Bulls: $80-$87
Cutting Bulls: $no test
Preg open hfrs: $110-$120
Hfrts: $80-$90

FEEDER CATTLE, Sept 8th:
Friday’s calf/yrlg auction was fantastic featuring some outstanding mostly non weaned calves & yrlgs. A majority of our calves were green tag vaccinated and I want to complement all our producers for getting the work done. Yearling cattle were also higher. Here are a few actual sales:
19 Strs 449# @ $217.00
17 Strs 501# @ $190.00
36 Strs 558# @ $185.50
13 Strs 591# @ $180.00
7   Strs 601# @ $177.75          35 Strs 675# @ $165.50
66 Strs 773# @ $164.00
56 Strs 986# @ $143.50
21 Hfrs 428# @ $188.50
11 Hfrs 434# @ $185.00
27 Hfrs 526# @ $172.50
30 Hfrs 606# @ $153.25
21 Hfrs 800# @ $140.00
138 Hfrs 957# @ $133.50

 If you have calves or yrlings to market please give us a call for an on the farm appraisal. Next auction is    Special Calf/Yrlg Friday September 22nd  @ 11 am.

BRED FEMALE/PAIRS, August 29th:
We had an awesome turn out on our cow special featuring a sweet set of 2nd calf hfr pairs that traded at $2375. Several young pairs were $1550-$1850. Fall breds were $1300-$1700.
We love the cow business so please don't hesitate to call.

Next Bred Cow/Pairs Special is Tuesday, September 26th


 
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