milkmaid":fhg6s3m1 said:I no-sale'd two holstein steer calves last week, Lammie. I ran some 7wts through and was getting .84/lb, then they put two 350lb steer calves through (and they weren't that bad looking, really!), and they only brought .81/lb. I just decided that was ridiculous -- took 'em back home.
Sorry yours didn't sell as well as you would have liked. I think the buyers just want a certain weight, and if they're too light they don't want a thing to do with them. OK. :?
Around here it seems to be the lighter ones that are most sought after. Like I said, nothing fetched what it did a month ago and the absolute most I saw anyone get was 150 for a shorthorn no lesss, that was wild wild. Everything else went in the 90 to 130 range. We left shortly after mine sold. Our friend that brought the two trailers of cow and cow/calf pairs is gonna be disappointed. We did see a couple of his calves sell. He's got gas money. He shouldn't care anyways! He was selling and he just had bought some week before last. He had some nice heavy black calves.
I don't know if I said it, but the best I got was 132.50 for a black baldie, but he'd been sick and was light. I was praying he didn't have a coughing fit in the ring. His sister the free martin got 102.50. The little black heifer I got off a split brought 127.50. My black ugly dairy steer got .75 and Ferd the Mystery Brown Dairy Looks Like a Brown Swiss Thing got .70. I only paid 55.00 for him when he was a baby, though.
I told my husband that I am learning every day,and this was a really good experience for me. From now on, it's cheap, if I can get it, and ugly. Those Holstein steers were going for .70, but I can make my money back and then some. I'm telling you, a month ago, those dairy steers I had would have gone for 120 easy. I just sold too late.