Our Sympathy goes out to the Gubbels family on the passing of Gary “Bandit”. The local Westphalia community lost a dear friend and truly one that would help any cause or anyone in need. Rest in peace Bandit. Saturday we were in Earling for the annual parish picnic. They hosted an outstanding auction. We’ll close out the parish auction season in Portsmouth on Sun, July 28th. I read an article in Drovers magazine about how they are worried that ground beef is getting too high and it might hurt demand for burgers. Go Figure!! Weigh cows are 50% cheaper than they were 4-5 years ago! Basically, the article should have been titled, “Hopefully we can import more cows & cow beef so we can keep the margins up for the packers. In addition, thanks for repealing Country of Origin labeling so we can sell cheaper imported product at the same price”. I can’t believe this administration didn’t get C.O.O.L. reintroduced in their new NAFTA bill. It’s amazing what lobbyist can get done!!

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tuesday, July 9th:
Weigh cow markets was strong on Tuesday with reports of them getting cheaper around the end of the week. Fed cattle were $1-2 higher. Weigh cow special Aug 6th. We could use for fed cattle if you have any to move please give us a call.
Fat Cattle (231 head):
Str. Top - $113.75
Str. Choice - $110-$113.75
Str. Select/Choice - $108-$111
2-Ways - $no test
Hfr. Top - $114.50
Hfr. Choice - $111-$114.50
Hfr. Select/Choice - $108-$111
2-Ways - $no test
Choice Holsteins - $80-$86
Select Holsteins - $no test
Fat Hfrts. - $85-$100
Weigh Cows 216 head):  
Fed Cows: $63-$70
Bulk Cows: $57-$65
Low Yield: $40-$50
High Yielding Bulls: $88-$92
Bulk of Bulls: $85-$90
Cutting Bulls: $85-$105
Preg open hfrs: $110-$125
Hfrts: $75-$100

We had 250 head Tues and the market was extremely active no doubt fueled by excellent stronger weigh cow market and a stronger splitting calf trade, prices remained stout. We do have a cow/bull special on July 16th. Young pairs $1500-1850; Med Age Pairs $1300-$1675; Aged pairs $1100-$1500.

Feeder Cattle Auction Friday, July 9th:
We had 645 feeders Tuesday on a market that sure has a stronger undertone. As this corn seems to want to work higher, I’m anxiously awaiting to see how the cattle trade handles it. Higher corn, higher cattle??

Next auction is on Friday, August 2nd @ 10:30am