Darn what a hot weekend! Starting to see quite a few combines rolling, always such a busy time of year. Be careful & please take it safe! Futures markets ended the week with huge gains with some limit up moves on Friday. Hopefully we’ll have a positive week this go around. Trade rumors of African Swine flu in the European Union and a huge disruption in the Swine regions on the East coast due to Hurricane Florence has the trade nervous. As always it seems like there is always something!! Remember one of the simplest ways to add value to your calf crop is to vaccinate and castrate. Consult your vets and our attitude has always been the green tag is the best route!
***Attention Fed Cattle Sellers****
Starting Jan 1st, Tyson Foods will require their fed cattle sellers to be Beef Quality Assurance certified. We will be hosting a BQA certification meeting Thursday, November 29th at 6pm. Hamburger meal provided starting at 5pm. This event is free of charge and will satisfy the requirements asked by Tyson Foods. Any questions please call the office.
Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tues, Sept 11th:
Fed cattle were $1 higher than the week before and weigh cows were $2-3 better. If we are lucky enough to have hit our lows in the fed cattle market, I’ll be very happy. I’m not so sure we’ve seen the lows in the weigh cow market. Usually there seems to be a septer slowdown in numbers before the fall runs start. Cull cows marketing last week around the country were reported 10% higher than 1 year ago! Special weigh cow auctions Sept 25 & Oct 9th.
Fat Cattle (251 head):
Str. Top - $111
Bred Female Auction, Tues, Aug 28th:
Our special cow auction was really good Tues. We had some nice spring pairs fetch up to $2200. Young fall breds were $1400-$1500.
Next Bred Cow Special
Tuesday, September 25th
Feeder Cattle Auction Fri, Sept 7th:
Friday’s calf/yrlg special had 1500 head and was dominated by a big string of new crop calves that had 2 rounds of shots. In addition the top yrlings we sell all year. The market was very active.
Here are a few of the market highlights!
**** Please note our first Western Iowa Preconditioned Calf/Yrlg Auction of the year is Friday, October 26th. Calves need to be weaned by September 26th to qualify. *****