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Sold a few today.

Post by Aaron » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:40 pm

Was time to round up any dry cows and a handful of fall yearling steers to go to town before the bottom falls out of the market here.

$2 CDN is $1.52 US
$0.80 CDN is $0.61 US

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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:12 am

Nice corral Aaron.

Some demand for yearling here. Better 7 wt steers were U$S 1.39 to 1.49. Light bawling calves appear to be as much as U$S 0.30 cents lower than last fall.

When do your wet cull cows go?
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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by Aaron » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:14 am

Stocker Steve wrote:
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Nice corral Aaron.

Some demand for yearling here. Better 7 wt steers were U$S 1.39 to 1.49. Light bawling calves appear to be as much as U$S 0.30 cents lower than last fall.

When do your wet cull cows go?
Light bawling calves were as hot as last year, $2.30-2.40 ($1.75 - $1.82 US) , see if that holds for rest of fall.

Wet cows will go when calves go on Nov 2. Hopefully cows are only down 10 cents by then, not 20 or 30. Not that I have many to go - maybe 4.
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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:30 am

Ran some 2019-2020 cow/calf gross margin numbers. Need cheap feed to make them positive.
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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by Aaron » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:45 am

Stocker Steve wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:30 am
Ran some 2019-2020 cow/calf gross margin numbers. Need cheap feed to make them positive.
Only the odd producer around here has caught on too that. Can't make wrapped feed and expect it to pencil out for old beef cows. But most don't care. They want their animals to 'look good' even if they sell for a loss.
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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by DCA farm » Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:17 am

Were the cows open or old or both I wish I could find me 4/5 more young heavy bred herford cows right here local to add into my herd with out going to a salebarn

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Post by Aaron » Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:37 am

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Were the cows open or old or both I wish I could find me 4/5 more young heavy bred herford cows right here local to add into my herd with out going to a salebarn
Either slipped their calves, or had calves born dead. One was an old cow that lost twins this spring. Had lots of grass so let them enjoy the summer here.
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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by farmerjan » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:49 am

Took some steers to the sale on Friday. Weaned, and several were over 600 which was a bit of a surprise because we were thinking mostly low 5 wts. They were down about .20 from a couple weeks ago and talk is they are going to get lower.... Got 1.41 for one that was a nice single @ 510 lbs; there were 3 @610 lbs brought 1.21; a couple at 630 that brought 1.23; 2 @ 540 brought 1.27. That sized steer was in the mid 1.40's in late August. Son said there were alot in the .90's; and heifers were in the .70's to 1.00 for the very best.... Not going to be a good fall. Had 2 cow calf pairs there. One was a "one and done" old cow with a new bull calf brought $450; son bought a bigger red wf cow with a blk heifer calf; cow weighed maybe 11-1150 and calf about 175 -200 lbs for $525. One steer bought the pair so don't think we will be hurt. Haven't run her through the chute as I had to work yesterday, but will this afternoon I guess. Cow could use some weight and we have some grass a couple of places so ought to do okay. But talk by the buyers was it is going to go lower when the fall calves start coming in.
There were only about 550 head when normally they run 1,000 plus, through there on a friday, near 2,000 in the spring and fall runs. It is starting to get dry here, we didn't get any of the hurricane this far inland, and was hot until this past week. Spotty rain, but has been tapering off. Maybe get some at the end of this week. Corn crops are drying up in a hurry, many are about half way or more done chopping. 2nd cutting hay has been very short due to the heat and getting dry. Lot of weeds this year too.

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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:04 am

[quote=farmerjan Had 2 cow calf pairs there. One was a "one and done" old cow with a new bull calf brought $450; son bought a bigger red wf cow with a blk heifer calf; cow weighed maybe 11-1150 and calf about 175 -200 lbs for $525.
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Why don't they split the pairs for more money?
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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:10 am

Aaron wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:45 am
Stocker Steve wrote:
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Ran some 2019-2020 cow/calf gross margin numbers. Need cheap feed to make them positive.
Only the odd producer around here has caught on too that. Can't make wrapped feed and expect it to pencil out for old beef cows. But most don't care. They want their animals to 'look good' even if they sell for a loss.
I like good looking cows too. I just put a couple poor keepers on the trailer each fall. :cowboy: Often they are old, sometimes they are teenagers, and a few have too much milk in the woodpile. Overfeeding the herd because 5% need more is crazy.
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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by farmerjan » Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:31 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:04 am
[quote=farmerjan Had 2 cow calf pairs there. One was a "one and done" old cow with a new bull calf brought $450; son bought a bigger red wf cow with a blk heifer calf; cow weighed maybe 11-1150 and calf about 175 -200 lbs for $525.
Why don't they split the pairs for more money?
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The little new bull calf wouldn't have brought $50 and the old cow might have brought $300.... cull cow prices are dropping below .50 and she didn't weigh 1,000 son said. The bigger pair might have brought the same, but the heifer calf wouldn't have brought $150 and the cow about $400, so a toss up. Watched a couple bull calves pulled off cows that were put in the cull pen and they couldn't get $125 each. It is falling off here pretty bad. And this is from a couple different markets in the area.

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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by Nesikep » Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:49 pm

I pulled 2 of my cull cows out of the pasture and sold them a couple weeks ago, kept their calves in the corral with good food.. I figured the cow price was going to tank much faster than those calves were gaining, There's not much for calf buyers at the auctions here right now so I'd have taken a hit selling them at that sale.. Sell the rest of the calves Oct 1st
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Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:40 pm

[quote=Nesikep
I pulled 2 of my cull cows out of the pasture and sold them a couple weeks ago, kept their calves in the corral with good food..
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Good move. I will try to corral a couple of that kind tomorrow.
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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by Dave » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:10 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
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[quote=Nesikep
I pulled 2 of my cull cows out of the pasture and sold them a couple weeks ago, kept their calves in the corral with good food..
Good move. I will try to corral a couple of that kind tomorrow.
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When I was doing the one and done I would ship all the cows the last week in August. I weaned the calves by shipping the cows. The calves would be 45 days weaned in time for a special feeder sale in early October.

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Re: Sold a few today.

Post by Nesikep » Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:08 am

Usually August is a good time to sell cows and bulls (at least in these parts), as long as the calves are healthy and big enough to be weaned, I think it's a good move
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