MARKET COMMENTARY:

With Thanksgiving so late it seems kind of strange with the realization we are in December now. The weather stretch we’ve faced here the last week has been brutal. Colder temps and sunshine are so welcomed on this beautiful Monday morning. I am so thankful for that. News & reports still say the same thing on beef inventory. Cow slaughter way up and the percentage of hfrs on the fed cattle end are trending 8% higher than a year ago. It appears the 2020 calf crop will be smaller than a year ago. Beef cut outs are strong & just maybe if we can get the numbers in our favor we might be heading into a favorable decade. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Darrell Lawrenson family. Rest in peace my friend.

***Attention Calf Sellers*****
Feed yards are demanding new crop calves have had a complete vaccination protocol. Please visit with your veterinarian. Nearly all our feed yard customers are preferring a modified live series of shots in addition to boosters. The green tag program is time tested & trusted. In addition, a long time weaned, 45 days or longer, appears to be working the best.

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tuesday, Nov 26th:
Fed cattle were steady from the past week. Weigh cows are all over the board. Grain fed cows topped at $80. Good fleshy cows in the $60’s, lean cows that are sound fetch $53-$65 to go to feed. Lean & thin cows that go to market are in the tank, $35-$45. So literally what’s a cow worth, $30-$80?? We had a fancy set of open hfrs that would have been coming with their 2nd calf that brought $95-$100.
Fat Cattle (299 head):

Str. Top - $114
Str. Choice - $110-$114
Str. Select/Choice - $106-$109
2-Ways - $no test
Hfr. Top - $116
Hfr. Choice - $110-$115.50
Hfr. Select/Choice - $106-$110
2-Ways - $no test
Choice Holsteins - $85-$86
Select Holsteins - $70-$75
Fat Hfrts. - $80-$95
Weigh Cows 516 head):  
Fed Cows: $65-$80
Bulk Cows: $48-$62
Low Yield: $30-$45
High Yielding Bulls: $80-$84
Bulk of Bulls: $68-$80
Cutting Bulls: $85-$100
Preg open hfrs: $105-$125
Hfrts: $70-$100
Bred Female, Tuesday November 5th
Our bred cow and cow/calf special was very active on real good numbers Tuesday. The better end of fall calving pairs were $1400-$1600. Spring bred cows topped at $1300. We have cow specials on Wed, Dec 18th

Feeder Cattle Friday, November 22nd:
Friday’s calf/yrlg auction featured over 1700 head of high quality cattle. The new crop calves were dominated by non-weaned & vaccinated groups. The calf trade was easily the most active of the fall. Here are a few results.
14 Strs 308# @ $210
15 Strs 417# @ $187
24 Strs 516# @ $164.50
9   Strs 611# @ $154.50
6   Strs 793# @ $150
50 Strs 975# @ $137.50
20 Hfrs 316# @ $182
10 Hfrs 403# @ $173
22 Hfrs 460# @ $160
7   Hfrs 516# @ $150
40 Hfrs 696# @ $145
49 Hfrs 842# @ $142.50
202 Holstein Strs 963# @ $88.25

Next auction is on Friday, Dec 6th @ 10:30am