Oh, you can wave your hand. Just don't be looking at the auctioneer when you do it. In fact don't focus on the auctioneer at all unless you are wanting to bid.farmerjan said:Have fun.... just don't wave your hands at a fly or anything......you might get more than you bargained for....
Hereford2 said:I'd heard the part about sitting on your hands, if you're not bidding, but I didn't know to not look at the auctioneer. Thank you all for the advice.!
kenny thomas said:For a learning experience see if you can catch who is bidding. Traders do some odd things to hide their bid from you if it's their calf or if it's a calf they want.
SmokinM said:$800 for a bottle calf? Send a trailer I got a deal for you. Really can’t believe anybody paying more than $150 for one. 4 wt. calves here are a push to bring $600 and bottle calves take a lot to get there.
MurraysMutts said:I shouldn't spill the beans.
But the heifer I just bought cost me 300.
Now I couldnt make the sale, had a buyer get it for me.
Most I've seen worth bringing home are gonna be 200plus. Usually 300. Depends how many people are there that day looking for baby calves.
I've also seen folks get all worked up and seen em sell as high as 425 recently. Craziness!!
Idk wth a person does with a 425 dollar bottle calf....
Be hard to turn any kind of profit, especially considering milk replacer costs, unless it was going on a cow. And even then, its probly a loss.
Hereford2 said:Haha that's hilarious, that he bought his own cows. It's pretty rotten that someone would bid on their own animal.
Often the end of the day when there are big runs is the time to buy. Singles and cut outs that just didn't match the bunch can be good calves bought cheap. It is also the time when sick or junk calves get sold so one needs to be paying close attention.Hereford2 said:Well I didn't buy anything, the 2 bottle calves, went for $325 & $285. I could have gotten a nice looking beef calf $300 pounds for $175 it was end of the day and the order buyer's had there quotas filled. But the auctioneer talked so fast, it was sold before I started bidding lol. Near the end of the day they were begging people to buy the calves, because they had so many Feeder Calves brought in that day, and the order buyer's were on the phone trying to find more trucks to haul the calves, before they bought them. At the beginning of the day most calves in the 400 to 500 pound range were going for $750 a head, end of the day $1.00 a pound to $1.15.