The Cows are coming to Town

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The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Stocker Steve » Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:11 pm

A big sale here today with about 1700 breds, and several of the order buyers were loaded up after 1200... It was wet in the Dakotas this summer so no trader cattle, but lots of locals are selling cows. They can not afford to buy hay, or they need to sell cows to buy hay for the remainder.

I brought in 15 larger "cull cows" and 10 of them went back to the country. They sold fairly late which cost me.

Below are some special Christmass cow buys for those who are not sold on CAB. :cowboy: Which is the best bred deal?
2 fat Lowlines for $260 each
3 shiny horned LH for $350 each
5 tame "Pinstars" for $700 each
11 fleshy roan SH for $975 each


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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by uplandnut » Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:13 am

I'd take the fleshy roan SH for $975, a little steep right now for my area. You would take a beating every time you try to sell calves out of any of the other ones as long for as you have them.

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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Aaron » Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:56 am

Can you breed the Lowlines to a top growth Angus bull, or curve bender Simmental and fool the feeder buyers at 4-5 months of age? Or are they always short-legged runts?
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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:05 am

Small cow efficiency fans, including Pharo, will breed Lowline bulls to current terminal angus to get moderate replacements in one generation. One seedstock operation here offers half blood bulls for the same purpose. I like the look of his half blood cattle, but I do not know how much sorting occured.
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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Aaron » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:09 am

Stocker Steve wrote:
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Small cow efficiency fans, including Pharo, will breed Lowline bulls to current terminal angus to get moderate replacements. One seedstock operation here offers half blood bulls for the same purpose. I like the look of his cattle, but I do not know how much sorting occurs with these half bloods.
If you have a chance of catching premium on the half blood feeders, the Lowlines are by far the best choice.
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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:15 am

OK. But now we have more competition. Below are some special Christmass cow buys for those who are not sold on CAB. :cowboy: Which is the best bred deal?
2 fat Lowlines for $260 each
3 shiny horned LH for $350 each
2 1272# polled Herefords for $670 each
5 tame "Pinstars" for $700 each
11 fleshy roan SH for $975 each
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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:30 am

I’d buy the Herefords.
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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:18 am

What is a "Pinstars"
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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by uplandnut » Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:19 am

When you add the Herefords, I would opt for those over the SH I said earlier.

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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:29 am

Stocker Steve wrote:
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:15 am
OK. But now an order buyer filled his pot and no one wants heifers unless they are extra fat and extra black... Which is the best bred deal?
2 fat Lowlines for $260 each
3 shiny horned LH for $350 each
2 polled Hereford cows for $670 each
5 tame Pizgauger for $700 each
hundred 940# bred heifers for $750 each
11 fleshy roan SH for $975 each
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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Dec 15, 2019 1:56 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
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What is a "Pinstars"
Pizgauger.
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Outstanding calf raisers, but very hard to get rid of the markings.
Great discounted calf deal if you raise freezer beef.
I have a grade one that came with a herd. Throws black when bred BA, throws chrome or line back when bred simi.
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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Buck Randall » Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:13 pm

How far along were the 100 bred heifers? Seems like a guy could make some money with a couple bottles of lutalyse and some dexamethasone and filling a pen at the feedyard with them.

I could probably flip the Lowlines on craigslist for an immediate profit. Somebody overpaid for the longhorns.

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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:25 pm

The strangest part of the sale was the interest in big fleshy cows. Folks would buy short bred cows (almost) all day long and pass on $700 in season bred heifers. I assume they are banking on a rebound in the kill price? They paid 5 cents over kill price for about the first 5 hours of the sale. After that the kill buyers started to get some of the bred cull cows.
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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Stocker Steve » Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:36 am

Buck Randall wrote:
Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:13 pm
How far along were the 100 bred heifers? Seems like a guy could make some money with a couple bottles of lutalyse and some dexamethasone and filling a pen at the feedyard with them
There were several hundred "in season" which should be 4 to 6 months bred.
There was at least a pen of short bred sorted off which should be 1 to 3 months. They were selling for about 80 cents.
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Re: The Cows are coming to Town

Post by Ky hills » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:15 pm

Out of that list money wise, and practicality wise I’d take the Herefords and the Longhorns. If a person could get some halfway decent calves from the lowlines out of Angus bulls they might be ok at that price too.

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