MARKET COMMENTARY:

As we are heading into Memorial Day weekend, boy did that come fast, we want to wish Dow City best of luck in your 150th year celebration.  Lifelong residents Ace & Marilyn Ettleman will be honored with the Greyhound Award by their alumni association. 2 special people that couldn’t be more deserving for the countless hours of community service! Please note with the Memorial Day holiday we will have a person on call all day Sunday & Monday to handle load in for Tuesday’s auction. Whatever works best for you is great with us! On this very special weekend we honor all those who have died serving in the American Armed forces! Their ultimate sacrifice affords us the opportunity to live in this great country!
We are working on several Pair & breeding bull auctions, May 21st & June 4th.  If you have breeding stock to market please give us a call.

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tuesday, May 7th:
One of the larger runs of weigh cows we’ve had in some time and the market sure had a stronger undertone! In fact, with a stronger market it sure added some money to Broken mouth pairs. We had to split some of those big ones splitting over $1500. Fed cattle were $1-2 lower following a dropping board. Also, with June live cattle trading Monday morning @ $111.50 hopefully we’ll find support soon.
Fat Cattle (250 head):
Str. Top - $122
Str. Choice - $119-$122
Str. Select/Choice - $116-$119
2-Ways - $no test
Hfr. Top - $122.25
Hfr. Choice - $119-$122.25
Hfr. Select/Choice - $116-$119
2-Ways - $no test
Choice Holsteins - $no test
Select Holsteins - $70-$75
Fat Hfrts. - $80-$100
Weigh Cows 730 head):  
Fed Cows: $62-$72
Lean Cows: $55-$65
Low Yield: $40-$55
Premium Bulls: $93-$98
Bulk of Bulls: $85-$92
Cutting Bulls: $90-$110
Preg open hfrs: $100-$112
Hfrts: $70-$90
Bred Female/Pairs/Breeding Bulls, Tuesday, May 14th:
Tuesday’s cow special offered just short of 700 head. The market continues to remain very active. Young Front end Pairs: $1700-$2150. Med Age Pairs: $1350-$1775. The aged pairs traded at split price and up to $150/hd over. You can buy some nice younger pairs with younger calves from $1400-$1650. Also if you are shopping for baby calves we have had several the last few weeks!

Feeder Cattle Auction Friday, May 10th:
We had over 1200 feeders Friday on a very active market. Despite the past couple of weeks of a down board buyers still showed lots of interest in securing feed yard replacements. Here are some actual sales.
27 Strs 404# @ $191.00
10 Strs 492# @ $178.00
30 Strs 620# @ $161.25
19 Strs 651# @ $160.25
38 Strs 712# @ $149.50
24 Strs 752# @ $147.50
21 Strs 817# @ $140.25
15 Hfrs 423# @ $171.50
30 Hfrs 542# @ $156.00
15 Hfrs 710# @ $134.25
14 Hfrs 788# @ $130.25
28 Hfrs 869# @ $124.00

Next auction is on Friday, May 31st @ 10:30am