Bread Cows are Pricey

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Bigfoot

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I know a guy who had a smallish feedlot that was located in between a green bean processing plant and a place that makes taco shells. Packed a silage pit full of bean waste and had a truck load of cull taco shells nearly daily. The area grows a lot of grass seed too. So he would get grass seed straw cheap. He fed a TMR of green bean silage, broken taco shells, and grass straw. All which he got for free or nearly free. It also helped that he is a buyer for a cow kill plant so he is at the sale several days a week. It was a small gold mine but..... a divorce took care of the gold mine.
Toured the San Jaquan valley (spelling), on a farm tour once. They were feeding byproducts there I never dreamt possible. At that time, there was a large vegetable industry there, but that was 30 years ago. Things that I would have thought were poisonous were being fed.
 

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If you were looking for a bred cow priced at $300 that would be a piece of junk cow. It has been a lot of years since good bred cows could be bought that cheap. An old shelly cow that weighs 1,000 is still worth $0.40 to kill. That is $400. How sorry does a cow need to be to only be worth $300? This fall/winter I bought 40 old broken mouth cows. I averaged paying $657. That was pretty much being a bottom feeder in the bred cow market. There were a lot of times I came home with an empty trailer and a sore rear from sitting at the sale all day. When broken mouth cows were bringing $800-1,000 I sat on my hands.
Easier to double your money on a $300 cow. It's all about timing and an open mind plus a bit of luck.
 

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Easier to double your money on a $300 cow. It's all about timing and an open mind plus a bit of luck.
Bottom of the barrel kill cows were $0.40 here. That makes a $300 cow come in at 750 pounds. I was at the sale twice a week from October through February. Probably watched several thousand bred cows sell. I never saw a single 750 pound bred cow. Just a very few 900 pound cows. To get one of those for $300 it would be $0.33 a pound. That would be a cow on deaths door.
 

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I disagree. But I'm a trader. I would buy 4 $300 cows rather than a $1200 cow.
I haven't seen one $300 bred cow in the last 10 years. If there is enough of them around that you can buy 4 of them for that price, I know why calves are so cheap in that part of the world. I bought 40 bottom end of the market broken mouth cows this winter. The cheapest one I got bought was $570. The average for the 40 head was $657.
 

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