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New low

Postby cowgirl8 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:06 pm

Daughter hauled off some this and that calves. So, we put in a few heifer's calves with hers that we held back when we sold the others. We had 5, all but one was black. One was a grey w/f heifer born last of the group and under 400#. One of the black w/f steers weight right at 400, looked ok, healthy. No problem with any, but figured the heifer would go for the least.
Daughter brought us our check and the w/f steer brought 30 cents a pound...............30CENTS. Never in our years of selling old broken down cows, have we ever had anything go that low.
Husband called barn and questioned them. They were shocked too, 30 cents??? They said even if the calf was injured, insurance would pick it up. They said they'd call back, so we wait. I'm guessing it was a typing error and it should have been 1.30, around what the others went for... which is sickening in itself.. but 30, 30 effin cents..no way.
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Re: New low

Postby kenny thomas » Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:53 pm

If it weighed 400 even 1.30 is cheap.
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Re: New low

Postby cowgirl8 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:41 pm

Sale barn owner said the calf had a hump in his back.. Said any lightweight calf that looks different isn't bringing sh1+..said they had a few hit the 20s... Thinking about going to the FB page where they have their sale reports and asking why the low of the lows aren't put in their sale report.. 3 to 4s are reported 1.10 to 1.80.... seems to me they need to be more honest. Our daughters longhorn cross calf, chromed up but built like an angus, will bring nothing according to the sale manager. He's probably 700 pounds. So anyone who looks, well, different is going to be sold private. I have another born with a gimpy eye but looks like he has pink eye. He's getting sold private...This is so sickening.
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Re: New low

Postby kenny thomas » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:44 pm

I been giving from 1.20 to 1.50 for the rough looking 250-325lb bull and steer calves. I need some from there.
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Re: New low

Postby cowgirl8 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:51 pm

This calf wasn't rough looking though, You'd be getting angus calves that maybe aren't show worthy. They were heifer calves, but looked pretty good. We had one once docked because it walked posty as they sale director said....we were like WTH. I don't believe I've ever heard anyone bite into a steak and say, "God not another posty steer. They are so chewy." '
This call came at a really bad time. I'm watching 2 of the grandkids and one is resisting potty training.. Its my personal be nice, trained 4 kids and never want to go back to that crap, literally, again...lol..For a couple hours I had 3. Had two of them cheer on pooper, well, nonpooper............ Thank god for tablets, both are tucked into their floor beds quietly playing away till they fall asleep....sometime tomorrow i'll be set free. I'm the worst grandmother ever...shouldn't I love doing this?
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Re: New low

Postby True Grit Farms » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:28 pm

I'm under the impression the sale barns throw out the highest 10 and lowest 10 and adverage the rest. I saw some calves sell for $0.06 to $0.10 last week, and they even walked out of the ring. Hump back calves don't sell very well here either.
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Re: New low

Postby callmefence » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:48 pm

Most sales here give two numbers in sale report.. example
400-500 heifers. 1.30-1.75

First number is average, second number is high. Defects ,sicks cripple's aren't figured in.
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Re: New low

Postby kenny thomas » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:00 pm

https://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/KO_LS150.txt
Maybe you should have took them to OKC.
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Re: New low

Postby cowgirl8 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:45 am

kenny thomas wrote:https://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/KO_LS150.txt
Maybe you should have took them to OKC.

LOL...yeah, i'm sure the drive and wonderful food that brings them back up to their before hauling weights would have brought me more money that would make my drive worth it on these 5 light weight heifer's calves....dang, I should listen more, right...
We still have over 200 to sell, but not heifer's calves. Husband is boss, and he's researching the best way to sell. Its up to him. I know we'll keep most of the heifers and sell privately in groups.
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Re: New low

Postby BRYANT » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:57 am

kenny thomas wrote:https://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/KO_LS150.txt
Maybe you should have took them to OKC.

Kenny don't forget the sale she uses gives free ice cream and OKC doesn't. :banana:
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Re: New low

Postby kenny thomas » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:01 am

Wonder if the buyer get free ice cream also. I need a load of the cheap ones and,when i get them weighing 700 send them back to OKC.
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Re: New low

Postby cowgirl8 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:32 am

No more free ice cream there for me, I saw flies all over it one day.
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Re: New low

Postby Brute 23 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:47 am

You can set a minimum usually. I never do but I really should remember. I took a beating on a "rat tail" one time that I should have done it. He would have made a great butcher calf.
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Re: New low

Postby cowgirl8 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:24 pm

Brute 23 wrote:You can set a minimum usually. I never do but I really should remember. I took a beating on a "rat tail" one time that I should have done it. He would have made a great butcher calf.

I'm really glad I didn't send off a steer from last year that really struggled the first 6 mo of his life. Not sure what was going on, but when we got his herd up to wean, he fell down and wouldn't get up. He seemed lethargic most his life, but I watched him nurse and she was giving milk. It was almost like she wasn't, but at castrating time, we milked all 4 teats and they seemed to be working fine. So I assumed it was a defect somewhere we couldn't see, ie, heart. Anywho, long story short he seems fine now and is looking quite tasty. Its been eons since we had beef in our freezer and we decided we'll eat him. But really glad we didn't send him off with those others. He's a little goofy looking and i'm sure would get docked for some reason or another. His mother had a very nice calf this year that is one of the biggest of the group. I almost pushed to sell her last fall...
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Re: New low

Postby Bigfoot » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:51 pm

I can see why, certain calves are left off the report. The average price, should be figured off of the average calves. Site what true quality calves, that were ready for the next step brought, and move on. I think people glance at this weeks report, and say "hey, I'll sell next week". Pick up the check and get stub shock. I've sold some low quality calves, over the last 3 weeks. It sucked, and I knew it was going to be bad, but I raised em. My circus, my monkeys.
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