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Not happy

Postby AZAggie » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:27 pm

I took my first Brahman/Angus cross calves to the sale barn Friday. I'm not happy. Prices were down a bit, but I had one 545 lb steer go for 90 cents. I had a 685 lb bull calf go for 93 cents. That's disgusting. The best I did was $1.15 for a 645 lb steer and $1.16 for a 600 lb steer. I expected to be docked some for the ear, but crap! Luckily I only have one Brahman mix left. We'll probably eat that one. The rest are solid black or black baldies. Needless to say, I won't be breeding anything back to our Brahman bull.
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Re: Not happy

Postby bird dog » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:00 pm

Yeah thats bad but doesn't surprise me. Calves with more than 1/4 ear don't do well north of the Red River going into winter.

The market is pretty good for #1 calves but falls off quickly after that. Junk cattle and calves that look sick are at give away prices. Where did you sell at?
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Re: Not happy

Postby True Grit Farms » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:21 pm

That bull calf might of cost you some money on the others.
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Re: Not happy

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:26 pm

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Re: Not happy

Postby True Grit Farms » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:31 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote::pop:

Come on you might as well jump in. After all you told them so.
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Re: Not happy

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:36 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:
TennesseeTuxedo wrote::pop:

Come on you might as well jump in. After all you told them so.


They aren't worth the bandwidth it would take.
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Re: Not happy

Postby AZAggie » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:57 pm

bird dog wrote:Yeah thats bad but doesn't surprise me. Calves with more than 1/4 ear don't do well north of the Red River going into winter.

The market is pretty good for #1 calves but falls off quickly after that. Junk cattle and calves that look sick are at give away prices. Where did you sell at?
Elk City OK
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Re: Not happy

Postby Bigfoot » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:59 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote::pop:



That's funny.
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Re: Not happy

Postby Cross-7 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:38 am

There aren't many eared cattle around me or the other places I've been in Oklahoma, maybe in hot humid SE ?

From what I've seen at the sale barns around here calves get docked pretty good it they show ear.
But back home most everybody runs brangus cows and used a bull to take off some ear and they ring the bell at the sale even if they show quite a bit of ear.
It's odd how it can vary within 300 miles
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Re: Not happy

Postby callmefence » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:56 am

Set of 600 pound f1 heifers brought over 1400.00 at San Saba last week

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xWIcmt ... p=drivesdk

I suspect the 90 cent steers were poor quality. Also selling eared calves up north with a cold front coming.... :dunce:
Why not sell snowplows in July in Houston.
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Re: Not happy

Postby Brute 23 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:14 pm

As most have said already it sounds like the quality of animal got you... not the ear.
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Re: Not happy

Postby Cross-7 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:20 pm

I'm not wanting to stir the pot or start an argument but I know Brahman will put some frame and a$$ on an angus cow, they hustle a living, are good protective mothers, and breed her to a Limi bull.
At home that calf will bring good money.
But from what I've seen good brangus calves get docked pretty good around here and I bet it's worse the farther north you go.
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Re: Not happy

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:57 pm

Cross-7 wrote:I'm not wanting to stir the pot or start an argument but I know Brahman will put some frame and a$$ on an angus cow, they hustle a living, are good protective mothers, and breed her to a Limi bull.
At home that calf will bring good money.
But from what I've seen good brangus calves get docked pretty good around here and I bet it's worse the farther north you go.


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Re: Not happy

Postby True Grit Farms » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:01 pm

Cross-7 wrote:I'm not wanting to stir the pot or start an argument but I know Brahman will put some frame and a$$ on an angus cow, they hustle a living, are good protective mothers, and breed her to a Limi bull.
At home that calf will bring good money.
But from what I've seen good brangus calves get docked pretty good around here and I bet it's worse the farther north you go.

Sounds like a opportunity for you to make a few dollars.
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Re: Not happy

Postby Cross-7 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:29 pm

I don't have a dog in this fight, most of my cows are red angus.
I have a cousin still there.
I have pics of his cows and calves out of a limflex bull.
He calves in the spring and grazes them on wheat till match/April
The steers and heifer averages 1200 a head this last spring
I can probably get a picture of the sale check from last year
His cows and calves.

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