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Totally ignorant here. At what age/weight are most steers (especially angus) when they're sold at the auction? I'm just trying to find out what to expect and realize that this is a bit of a nebulous question. Thanks
 
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Depends if you mean weaned calves or finished steers. This can be any breed:

Calves are usually weaned around 7 months, and sold as feeders - weighing between 450 and 850. Depending on location & quality of herd. Finished steers would be sold anywhere from 12 months to 24 months, depending on feedlot program & quality of steer - weighing between 1000# & 1300#. GENERALLY, you're looking at a 7 month weaned calf weighing 600-700#, and a 14-16 month old steer weight 1100-1250#. Hope this helps - very variable. Jeanne <A HREF="http://www.SimmeValley.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.SimmeValley.com</A>
> Totally ignorant here. At what
> age/weight are most steers
> (especially angus) when they're
> sold at the auction? I'm just
> trying to find out what to expect
> and realize that this is a bit of
> a nebulous question. Thanks

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With a little research the market can help you decide. There have been times here recently that holding onto a calf for another few months was not worth the extra few bucks it would bring. A 700lb. calf may only bring a small amount more than a 500lb. calf. In that case you have to ask yourself if the cost of feed going in is worth the gain in lbs.
> Depends if you mean weaned calves
> or finished steers. This can be
> any breed:

> Calves are usually weaned around 7
> months, and sold as feeders -
> weighing between 450 and 850.
> Depending on location &
> quality of herd. Finished steers
> would be sold anywhere from 12
> months to 24 months, depending on
> feedlot program & quality of
> steer - weighing between 1000#
> & 1300#. GENERALLY, you're
> looking at a 7 month weaned calf
> weighing 600-700#, and a 14-16
> month old steer weight 1100-1250#.
> Hope this helps - very variable.
> Jeanne <A HREF="http://www.SimmeValley.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.SimmeValley.com</A>

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Which brings up the question, will the market be up or down?

dunmovin farms

> With a little research the market
> can help you decide. There have
> been times here recently that
> holding onto a calf for another
> few months was not worth the extra
> few bucks it would bring. A 700lb.
> calf may only bring a small amount
> more than a 500lb. calf. In that
> case you have to ask yourself if
> the cost of feed going in is worth
> the gain in lbs.
 
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If I knew that I could quit my day job. Or if worse came to worse maybe hit the lottery once would be nice.
> Which brings up the question, will
> the market be up or down?

> dunmovin farms

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Jim, As a cow/calf operator, you should always let your grass and condition of the cow, dictate the weaning time of the calf. If your cow is in good shape, and she has adequate nutrition, she won't need but 60 days or so before her next birth. The cost of weight gain of your calf should be much less than the price in which you sell it for. This may only be $10-$20/hd more than you would get for selling at a lighter weight. But like the little old lady who tinkled in the ocean, every little bit helps.

> Totally ignorant here. At what
> age/weight are most steers
> (especially angus) when they're
> sold at the auction? I'm just
> trying to find out what to expect
> and realize that this is a bit of
> a nebulous question. Thanks
 

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