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NW MN Fall Bred Sale

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:08 pm
by Stocker Steve
Bred heifers mostly U$S 885 to 1125
Running age bred cows mostly U$S 775 to 925
Beef kill cows mostly 51 to 54 cents
Another bigger sale tomorrow during the snow storm. Could be interesting.

Re: NW MN Fall Bred Sale

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:44 pm
by Aaron
Stocker Steve wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:08 pm
Another bigger sale tomorrow during the snow storm. Could be interesting.
Betting it will be a disaster. Yard not paying attention to what the forecast is? Thankful I don't live on South shore of Superior. 2' of snow this early would be too depressing for me.

Re: NW MN Fall Bred Sale

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:02 am
by Stocker Steve
Got the snowmobiles out and set out some hay bales in the bottom. Will bring in the herd Saturday morning.

Not a great time for a bred sale. Minnesota Gopher football will be very popular.

Re: NW MN Fall Bred Sale

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:00 am
by Dave
Might be a good sale to buy at.....

Re: NW MN Fall Bred Sales

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:04 pm
by Stocker Steve
A large number of total dispersals at the next bred sale. Several herds in the 100 to 250 head range, which is bigger than average here. I think low calf prices and high hay prices are taking their toll. Easier to just buy crop insurance.

I plan to retain about 40 heifers, which means I need to sell some breds...

Re: NW MN Fall Bred Sales

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:14 pm
by Aaron
Stocker Steve wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:04 pm
A large number of total dispersals at the next bred sale. Several herds in the 100 to 250 head range, which is bigger than average here. I think low calf prices and high hay prices are taking their toll. Easier to just buy crop insurance.

I plan to retain about 40 heifers, which means I need to sell some breds...
Be interesting to see what prices are like at that next sale. Country is swamped in kill cows and feed supplies are tight. What is the bottom dollar on cows? We should soon find out.

I don't understand the rationale of keeping a bunch of heifer calves and selling breds. I would keep the breds and trim the calves down for the actual replacements you need. The only guys I know that keep 40 heifers for breeding are running 200+ cows.

Re: NW MN Fall Bred Sale

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:45 am
by Stocker Steve
Heifer calf prices have come up some, and cow prices have dropped recently, so replacing cows is getting more expensive, but you have to factor in how much you will make by keeping old girls. I was disappointed to sell four late calving cows last week for a 42 cent average. They would have been worth quite a bit more if I had sold them a year or two ago... Most of my culls go back to the farm.

CB is correct that most commercial operations should buy replacements, but every 12 years or so there is an exception. If you can justify heifers then 2019 and 2020 look like the years to hold um. :cowboy: I only sold heifers with attitude, and a couple small ones, this fall. Neighbor asked why I have so many "cows".

Re: NW MN Fall Bred Sales

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:48 am
by Stocker Steve
[quote=Aaron Be interesting to see what prices are like at that next sale. Country is swamped in kill cows and feed supplies are tight. What is the bottom dollar on cows? We should soon find out.
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I bought alot of red breds for about U$S 550 in 2009.