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Mother Nature has been trying to raise a little heck on this early Monday morning wind chills are not very favorable. However, I’m not complaining because when I do it seems I end up paying for it. I had a fantastic meal with a super crowd Saturday night at the Ida county cattleman’s and pork producer’s banquet, hats off to a great group. This week we’ll see you in Ute at the Monona county cattleman’s banquet for a great Staley’s steak.  We are blessed with great numbers this past week but markets appear to be drifting a tad lower. Break evens on fed cattle are heading up as feeders placed late spring & early summer are heading to town. 2017 imports of Mexican and Canadian cattle are higher so will see how we might handle a little more supply. Let’s hope & pray that demand keeps up. I’ll promise our local cattleman’s groups are doing their part.

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tues, Jan 16th:
On a very cold Tuesday we had a light run of market stock on a trade that was basically steady. For months now weigh cows continue to underperform. The cow cut out has been strong so there is an opportunity for great upside potential but sure wondering if & when it might happen.
Fat Cattle (137 head):
Str. Top - $121.50
Str. Choice - $118-$121.50
Str. Select/Choice - $115-$118
2-Ways - $no test
Hfr. Top - $122
Hfr. Choice - $118
-$122
Hfr. Select/Choice - $115-$118
2-Ways - $no test
Choice Holsteins - $no test
Select Holsteins - $no test
Fat Hfrts. - $80-$95
Weigh Cows 127 head):  
Top Cows: $64-$70
Bulk: $52-$62
Low Yield: $40-$50
Premium Bulls: $no test
Bulk of Bulls: $75-$80
Cutting Bulls: $no test
Preg open hfrs: $100-$122
Hfrts: $75-$90

FEEDER CATTLE, Jan 12th:
Sold over 3600 feeders Friday on a lower market, but was highlighted by the tremendous activity throughout the day. The market stayed strong throughout and the last lots went through at 4:00. Thanks to our crew and to the tremendous set of buyers. Here are some actual sales.
33 Strs 479# @ $191.50
10 Strs 539# @ $189.00       
10 Strs 628# @ $173.50
74 Strs 645# @ $168.25
16 Strs 703# @ $157.50
22 Strs 725# @ $157.50
112 Strs 775# @ $148.25
26 Strs 832# @ $145.25
79 Strs 956# @ $140.00         
28 Hfrs 461# @ $174.00
29 Hfrs 496# @ $171.00
11 Hfrs 516# @ $167.25
10 Hfrs 561# @ $163.50
47 Hfrs 647# @ $150.00
122 Hfrs 655# @ $149.75
36 Hfrs 725# @ $141.25
53 Hfrs 734# @ $140.75
58 Hfrs 796# @ $137.35

If you have calves or yrlings to market please give us a call for an on the farm appraisal. Next auction is Western Iowa Preconditioned Calf/Yrlg Friday Jan 19th  @ 10:30 am.   Special Calf/Yrlg Tuesday, Jan 16th @ 12:30pm  

BRED FEMALE/PAIRS, Jan 10th:
Wednesday’s cow auction had a lower under tone to it. We offered 1200 head. Turnout was decent of the buyer side but the weather gurus had everyone freaked out about Thursday’s fake storm. Thanks to all who make it & participated actively. Here are the ranges. Solid mouth cow trade was better!

Most Bred Hfrs: $1600-1800
Young Cows: $1500-1825
Med Age Cows: $1000-1275
Aged Cows: $850-1050
Pairs: $1400-1600

Next Bred Cow/Pairs Special is  Wednesday, Jan 24th @ 11am


 
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