Run 25 to 35 head sold down all the older cows this year with the prices being so good. Sold evertything over 7 years old. Currently 21 mama cows Herefords, British Whites, Brangus. Were a small potatoe operation.
Nope. Not at all. I am simply working to survive and remove - completely - my dependance upon the U.S. of A. market.
Wife sold a bunch of steers - 6 I think she said - to folks in the city (Ottawa) last week. All by the side - 12 in total. $2.39 a pound - cut, wrapped and frozen. That's the market we are now chasing.
Take off the 35 buck kill fee and the 40 cents a pound to cut, wrap and freeze - the rest is ours. The haul is long - almost an hour - but an abbotoir is opening up less than 5 miles from here - so that cost will be reduced by the end of this month.
Screw the feds, the border, the Canuckleheaded ag "leaders" and a whole bunch of naysayers. If we make it, we will by the skin of our teeth. But we are working to develop a trade that can keep us going.
I will never ship live cows once this gets up and running - if it gets up and running.
All culls will go to the new Gencor plant in south Ontario - they are pounding the heck out of the auction barns. Gencor fellow came to our annual cattlemans meeting last Saturday night. They plan to never go to the ring for their animals if they can help it. Direct buy only. He now has my business.
I will never sell through the ring again - unless it is an absolute emergency - some day - long into the future the border will open - some day someone will want my cows - but I will never sell to an order buyer again. I will never allow a live animal from my herd to travel south. I will keep all of the value added jobs in this country. I will therefore lessen the risk of lack of processing capability.
What's born here will be slaughtered here - then the meat can go south - or anywhere for all that it matters.
We are just getting started, 8 head of cattle , and 7 horses.
I'd sure like to weed out some of the horses , or trade them for cows :lol:
We sold 6 head , got pretty good prices.
I'm doing this with my wife helping me, I couldn't make it without her!!
We started with nothing and we are going to make it :lol:
I really do value this site ,and if I have to weed thru the people that are not very nice people ,, then so be it!!
There is more good then bad :lol: