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Dispersal Figur'in & Beef Price Forecasting ?

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A dispersal including a bunch of open F1 heifers is coming up here. I ran some simple numbers on buying them just over feeder price and taking them to calving. Did not look attractive to me w/o an increase in calf prices.
Called an order buyer and asked what he thought the young cows would bring. That calculation did not look attractive either. Asked how buyers could pay that and was told that there is a lot of surplus hay in the area.

I realize that one should not be buying cattle based on free feed or last years prices. Have you seen anyone that you think has with a grasp of 2018/2019 commodity beef prices?
 

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I have been bitten by the bug as well. Bidding on open heifers at sale I got the bull from, never got any. Quit at $1125 US. Going to bid on some on offer at another sale on the 25th. I am sure I will have to pay at least $1200 US based on last year's prices. Hoping to get them closer to the $1050 US mark.
 

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I was second bidder on those wf heifers.
Harlan just projected 2017 fall feeder calf prices up $15 cwt., so perhaps I should have kept going.
 

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Stocker Steve":2pnzsmi8 said:
I was second bidder on those wf heifers.
Harlan just projected 2017 fall feeder calf prices up $15 cwt., so perhaps I should have kept going.

What about fall yearling price?
 

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Neb. 6 wt. steer projected at U$S 1.51 at turnout and 1.26 as an 8 wt. at late summer. So U$S .50 VOG. Corn is too cheap...

The $1 MN heifers look better. :cowboy:
 

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I realize the future fat prices are a fiction based on fast money and computerized trading. But, then what do you work from as a commodity producer? Bud said the only real price in the entire mess is todays' cash kill price. Good to know, but I need a little longer term plan unless I become a sell/buy cattle jockey.
I think commodity producers can learn a lot from the organic guys. They think about systems. They have a crop rotation based on soil fertility and weed management. They don't jump in and out of markets. They don't buy a lot of inputs.
I think this distills down to having a low input "forage chain" and then reevaluating when to sell cattle at several points each year. I have a yard full of heifers right now. Some will be sold soon to desperate grass grazers, most have a date with Genex. :cboy: I have considering doubling down but I think it is still too early in the cattle price cycle.
 

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lowest price to buy is typically summertime...get on cattle fax and see historic timing and a lot of the trends for buy sell timing
 

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Well I was pretty close on my figure. Bought 11 heifers for $1205 US average. 8 are 1/4 Fullblood Simm 3/4 Herf and the other 3 are purebred Herf.
 

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Stocker Steve":2eu72iym said:
Aaron":2eu72iym said:
Well I was pretty close on my figure. Bought 11 heifers for $1205 US average. 8 are 1/4 Fullblood Simm 3/4 Herf and the other 3 are purebred Herf.

Where from?

Pretty close to where I bought the bull. Moose Jaw, SK. Bought a yearling bull from same guy 3 years ago and everybody just loves the females he throws. http://www.tripleaherefords.ca - have a lot of confidence in his program. Been 35 years since we've had much Simmi blood around here in the commercial herd, so it will be a nice change.
 

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Really nice looking cattle. Glad they got the color right too. Lots of simi cross bull sold locally, they are almost all black.

My quarter blood simis usually have a lot of hair and are wide, but don't have the muscled up hind quarters that high percentage simis do. Steer weaning wts. are up about 65# from what I used to run - - BA bulls over older cows.
 

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Aaron":33ky2lfa said:
Well I was pretty close on my figure. Bought 11 heifers for $1205 US average. 8 are 1/4 Fullblood Simm 3/4 Herf and the other 3 are purebred Herf.

Newbie question. When you're buying open heifers like that, what's the average age? I assume somewhere between 12-16 months or so, or am I way off?
 

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boondocks":3tiz2e1f said:
Aaron":3tiz2e1f said:
Well I was pretty close on my figure. Bought 11 heifers for $1205 US average. 8 are 1/4 Fullblood Simm 3/4 Herf and the other 3 are purebred Herf.

Newbie question. When you're buying open heifers like that, what's the average age? I assume somewhere between 12-16 months or so, or am I way off?

These are 12-13 months which is a common age to market commercial heifers. 4 of the crossbreds averaged 908 lbs. and the remaining 6 averaged 760 lbs. A lot of purebred heifers are marketed as weaned calves.
 

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Aaron":185gl5dw said:
boondocks":185gl5dw said:
Aaron":185gl5dw said:
Well I was pretty close on my figure. Bought 11 heifers for $1205 US average. 8 are 1/4 Fullblood Simm 3/4 Herf and the other 3 are purebred Herf.

Newbie question. When you're buying open heifers like that, what's the average age? I assume somewhere between 12-16 months or so, or am I way off?

These are 12-13 months which is a common age to market commercial heifers. 4 of the crossbreds averaged 908 lbs. and the remaining 6 averaged 760 lbs. A lot of purebred heifers are marketed as weaned calves.

Thanks Aaron, that's what I figured. I'm realizing there are regional differences in calling a given animal a weanling, yearling ("long" or "short"), or heifer. Will you wait a couple months to breed them?
 

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boondocks":3ng3khnw said:
Thanks Aaron, that's what I figured. I'm realizing there are regional differences in calling a given animal a weanling, yearling ("long" or "short"), or heifer. Will you wait a couple months to breed them?

They will get bred July/August with the rest of my heifers.
 

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Had a long conversation last winter with the biggest simi x bull breeder in this area. He recommended 1/4 blood replacements and culling off the bigger ones. His bulls had "too much power" and it showed in higher simi percentage females.
His BA cow herd looked 1400 to 1500 lb., and simi x were bigger yet...
 

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