May 2021 05/04/21 9:57:00 PM
The past week’s weather has been all over the place! We were 85°, warm and sunny going into the weekend. We then received a rain shower and dropped to 50° this morning. There was every planter running around this county until the rain stopped progress overnight. This area is sure not finished up with corn, but the progress made in one week was really good. I would say 75% of the corn is in and 40% of the beans are done. Another good week of weather and spring planting will be pretty much wrapped up this year. The forecast calls for cooler temperatures but dry thru the rest of the week. The next chance of rain is coming up Saturday.
Saturday started out like it was going to be a smaller sale then it bloomed into another big run of everything and a big crowd! The hog market was fast on butchers, seeing a top of $89 this week. The majority of fat hogs sold from $85 to 88. Sows were weaker again with over five weight sows selling to a $66 top. Good pigs over 70 pounds sold for 90¢ to $1 a lb.
The sheep and goat auction had another solid run with 450 head. The market was lower on lambs but fairly steady on goats. Most of the 60-pound lambs sold in the $2.50 to 2.75 range. 80-pound lambs were more in the $2.20 to 2.60 range. 115-pound lambs topped at $1.80. Bucks sold from 95¢ to $1 and ewes ranged from $85 to 1.15. Kid goats that averaged 52 pounds topped for $240. Nannies ranged from $150 to 235 and bigger billies brought over $400.
The outside sale had a really nice day and an active hay market. The top round bales of grass hay sold at $80. Poor quality bales and smaller bales sold from $15 to 35. Small squares were mostly $3.50 to 5. There were all kinds of misc. items that took nearly two hours of two of us selling to work thru! I sold all the flowers and plants. The market was strong on hanging baskets at $15 to 17 for first pick. Strawberry plant flats sold at $17 each. Tomato plants ranged from $8 to 15. There were all kinds of surplus contractor goods including ladders, drop cords, boxes of nails & fasteners, etc. Logan earned his keep this week!
The cattle sale went into Saturday with some heavy damage again late in the week. Fats couldn’t muster any strength, corn prices hit us like an anvil! The run was made up mostly of cattle under 700 pounds and that was sure to our advantage. Four weight steers would bring $1.75 to 1.85; five weigh steers brought $1.55 to 1.65; six weigh steers brought from $1.50 to 1.60 and seven weight steers were mostly $1.38 to 1.45. Heifers weighing in the 400 pounds range sold from $1.45 to 1.50; five weight heifers brought $1.35 to 1.45; six weight heifers brought from $1.30 to 1.40 and a load of 718-pound heifers brought $1.24. Weigh cows sold strong on big fleshy cows and brought mostly
$73 to 77. Medium flesh cows sold in the $60’s. Bulls sold from 80¢ to $1 for good yielding bulls. It was really a strong market for sellers all afternoon. Thanks to a great group of buyers participating and making a darn good sale.
Sunday, we loaded out some and tried to catch up again! The boys did chores then Colby and Luke went to the roping pen for a while.
Monday was busy, Colby loaded steers out of the country first thing, while Luke and the girls and I started to AI on the first group of black heifers. The weather is sure nice to get them to cycle and it seemed like they were fairly easy to breed so far. It is nice to get them headed to grass for sure!
I am hoping to get cows moved from Ted’s tomorrow and out to pasture then do my house on Thursday!
It looks like some nice quality cows and heifer pairs are lining up for this week as well as some good breeding bulls.
Have a Dandy Week!