I've noticed since I have joined this board how different the markets are between northern and southern U.S., but not sure of the reason. Seems like when southern folks are unhappy with low calf prices ours here in the north stay higher. Maybe they don't show a rise but we are still staying over 1.00 while some places in the south are nearly half that much. Cows are very low here but yearlings and calves remain high. Also, when you take a calf to market here, you are generally going to make around $550.00 for that calf, no matter what it weighs. A 550 lb calf will bring 1.00, a 500 lb calf will bring 1.10, 450 lb calf will bring 1.25,...etc. One more thing,....it doesnt matter whether it is angus, hereford, baldy, saler, gelbvieh, or any cross of these and any color. Even our 1/2 longhorns do well. Run a cow through with a lot of ear, it might be a different story, but you just don't see those around here. I have also heard southern folks "take a knock" based on color. Is it the local preference of breeds in northern vs. southern states that cause such a difference in the market?