Keosauqua Sales Co. Inc

November 2019  11/05/19 10:38:00 PM

            Nature has been very kind to our area the past week.  We missed most of the rain with just a tenth or two falling around here.   Mostly it has been sunny with highs in the 50’s part of the week and it gave folks a chance to really push to finish up the harvest.   There have been combines running, tillage work happening, anhydrous going on, stalks getting baled and even some hay baled yet this week!  The forecast is calling for wintrier weather by mid-week.   Cold winds and snow a little north of here, sure hope it stays north of us!  I think you are safe to say that the Indian summer is over!
            Saturday brought a big run of livestock to Keosauqua.   Many trailers in and out of town on Saturday morning were lined up at both chutes unloading livestock.   The hog sale was one of the largest of the year selling 575 head.   The sows were off bad with just a $34 top on the heavy ones and most sows sold from $25 to 30.   Fat hogs held in the low $40’s and big boars are still at $5 to 6 a lb.   Feeder pigs were a large part of the hog sale.   40-pound pigs sold from $29 to 38 per head.  The 70-pound pigs brought $46 to 48 and 86-pound pigs sold at $57.50.   A few groups went home to feed and a large majority were sold to a dealer in the East that is getting roaster pigs ready for the next month.  I expect the market to move up some more over the next couple of weeks.
            The sheep and goat sale had a good-sized run as well.   The top 60-pound kids brought $160 per head.   85-pound billies were around $200.  A nice group of bred does sold at $190 per head.   The top big billy sold for $350.   Lambs weighing 55 pounds sold at $212.50.   The top 85-pound lambs sold for $1.85 per lb.  and 105-pound lambs topped at $1.69.  I had some calls inquiring about selling bred ewes last week.  I think in the next month we could see three or four nice groups come to town. 
            The outside sale had a bigger consignment of hay and very solid demand.   Small square bales were not a high this week mainly $5 to 6.50 per bale.   Straw held up at $4 to 6 per bale.  Big round bales of hay topped at $100.  The majority of the net wrapped grass mixed hay sold from $55 to 75.  Corn stalk round bales brought from $47 to 60.   The better 3x3x8 big square bales of grass type hay brought $70 to 80 per bale. 
            The hedge post supply was weak on quality and quantity.  Several wire panels, steel posts, misc. items and even some baked goods out there this week. 
            The cattle sale also got a little bigger than I was expecting with almost 1200 head.   Futures had fallen out of bed on Friday and I figured the sale would be sluggish.  Boy was I surprised with good interest on all weight and classes.  The top four weight steers hit $177.50 while their sisters topped at $1.54.   As harvest gets wrapped up more people are getting interested in calves again.   Weigh cows were down $3 to 5 this week.  The top cows were just $63 this week.   Seasonally it stays lower for a while now. 
            The crew has been busy with chores and moving the rest of the heifers and cows home for the sale.   They will sure be glad to get it behind them!  They baled corn stalks on Friday, and we moved them off the field today.  We started on a second field about 7:30 p.m. and was getting along good until the big fella had a cylinder come apart on the power steering of the tractor we were loading with.  He was ready to retire I think anyway!
            I loaded yearling this morning and have another load going tomorrow morning.   Beef council meeting tomorrow has turned into a conference call as some are concerned about the weather turning sour.  Panty wastes!!  So, I need to get back to Keosauqua by 10 for that.
            I did manage to fly to Creston Friday afternoon to look thru the Carl Israel Hereford dispersal!  We got back home about 6 p.m. and I jumped in my old feed truck and headed home from the airport.  I got just to the edge of Libertyville and a sheriff deputy flipped his light on.  Dang it!  There is very little with this old truck that is legal to start with so I could only imagine I would be walking home.   Officer comes to the window and says, “Do you know why I stopped you?”  I sure didn’t want to put ideas into his head, so I replied a very polite No.   He says you don’t have any lights on the back, “Well, son of a gun. I will be careful going home.”    “Let me see your license, registration and insurance.”  I said “I have a license ok, but I don’t have the rest of that with me!  Dang it!”  He says you don’t have any plates on the truck either.  I said “I haven’t owned this truck very long.  (I was glad that is a redacted term!)  I said I have a title which I retrieved from the center console.  It was a bit rough and has had something a little oily spilled on it.  He took it by one corner and says, “Boy that is kinda hard to read” He wanted to read the VIN number on the dash so I had to clean the sale catalogs off so he could see it.  He called the number in and went back to his vehicle.  The amount of tariff this guy could levee would be pretty nasty now.  He comes back to my window and takes his flashlight to look at that VIN number again.  I’m thinking you got to be kidding me, am I in a stolen vehicle!  About that time a car coming from behind us comes whizzing by and the deputy took his flashlight and tried to wave the motorist to move over a little they never budged!   The deputy says, Mr. Goehring it’s your lucky night, you get this taken care of and be safe getting home!  He handed me the title and he ran back to his vehicle and was in hot pursuit of that car!  What are the odds of that happening?  I headed south and got about halfway home and realized the deputy still had my drivers license!  Dang it, I pondered a second trying to decide if I should get the ole truck on home and not press my luck any farther or go back and get my license.  What the heck, I called the Sheriff’s office and told them what was going on and said I would meet him at the Quik Stop to get my license.   Sure enough when he finished with that car that got me off the hook, he came to the Quik Stop.  He gave me my license and asked if my 4-way flashers worked!   I pushed the button and sure enough I had a flashing light on the back.  He wanted me to leave it on to get home and let me go again.  I am not going to crowd my luck much farther with this old truck, I need to update it ASAP.
            Hope everyone can find something to be thankful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving this week.  I am truly thankful for so many things I really don’t have enough ink and paper to write them all down.  I am so thankful for family and the beautiful land that we have to work on.  I am thankful for all the people that we get to see at the market over the years.  You all are the greatest people in the world!
            Enjoy the holiday and thank you for your business!
            Saturday is lining up to be a pretty good-sized sale again.  Watch our website for up dated listings as we get closer to Saturday.   Next week on Wednesday Dec 4th, we will have our Hereford bred heifer & cow sale at 1 p.m. and then at 5 p.m. the Big Bend Ranch Annual Bred heifer sale featuring 100 head of 2nd calf Angus cows and 300 fancy bred heifers!   Come take a look!
Have a Dandy Week!


            Temperatures have moderated some this week.  We have had highs up to the upper 40’s and lows in the upper 20’s.   This week’s forecast is calling for warmer weather but a good chance of rain Wednesday afternoon and evening with a half to an inch of accumulation.  We could do without that!  The past week’s weather has sure been good to catch up on some much-needed work both in the fields and just around the farms.  I may have the only beans left in the field in this area!  There is about 15 to 20% of the corn left to go.  It sounds like yields have been very good, even over 200 bushels in some fields.   Moisture is a little high, but I don’t hear anyone say they can not get gas to get it dried down.  A few stalks have been baled, but several would like to get more baled if it doesn’t rain too much!
            Saturday’s sale was another busy day at the sale barn.   The hog sale led off with an extra-large run again this week.  I guess folks are trying to get rid of their chores before more snow flies and the waters freeze up!   Fat hogs sold from $40 to 44 and big sows topped at $45 this week.  The feeder pig market was mostly 60 to 70 cents a pound on nearly all weights.
            The sheep and goat sale also had a big run with over 400 head.   The top seven head of boer kid goats averaged 57 pounds and sold for $180 per head.   Most of the meat type market kids brought from $2.25 to 2.75 a lb.   The best 70-pound lambs brought $1.80 a lb.   Fat lambs made it to $1.54 this week.  A ring full of ewes with some lambs on them brought $155 per head for ewes and lambs alike. 
            It was really nice to be outside for part of the sale again this week.   A big crowd was around out there for hay and misc.   Small squares sold high across all types of hay.  This week’s range was from $4.50 to 10 with most in the $7 to 8 range.   Wheat straw sold from $5 to 6.   Cornstalks of small bales sold from $4 to 4.50 per bale.   Big rounds of grass hay that were net wrapped sold for $85.   Rougher set aside hay in smaller bales brought from $27 to 55.   The first big round bales of cornstalks were in for the season and brought $47.50.  
            The hedge post market was steady with good corners reaching $39 and lines up to $18.   The green toolboxes continue to be steady from $200 to 300.   We finished up outside right at noon and went back in the barn to start on the cattle.
            Baby calves led off again with beef calves selling from $100 to 250 and dairy calves from $25 to 60.   There sure is not any positive change in those markets yet this fall.   Not much in for bred cows this week after the big run last week.   Feeder cattle had solid demand across all weights and classes with the most enthusiasm in 450 to 525 black steers and yearlings of any kind.   We sold a group of cross bred yearling steers weighing 897 pounds at $143.50.   A nice group of heifers weighing 744 pounds brought $143.   A top set of 501 black steers brought $168.   The weigh cows hit a $70 top and quite a few cows sold over $60.   The top bull was at $90.   There were over 100 cows in the weigh cow sale again.
            Colby hurried around Saturday night getting cattle settled in for the night and took off by 8 to go coon hunting.  There was a contest that night to catch the two biggest coons and he went to get them!   They were able to get some but didn’t win the contest. 
            Sunday was busy load out and getting cows moved around to re pregnancy check the Big Bend sale heifers.   Doc arrived in good time Monday morning and three of us started on the Herefords while Luke and Colby walked the black white face heifers down the road to the corral where we were working.   We went to work on them, and they went back up the mile dirt road and walked the second calf cows down the mile road to the corral.  We stopped thirty minutes at lunch and went right back to work and by 4:30 we had gone thru all the sale cattle and a group of cows that came home from Missouri while we were processing.   The heifer sale girls all get oral Safeguard, Clean up 2 pour on, Scour Bos vaccine, pregnancy checked, and we read their metal ID tags and enter into the computer.   It was awesome to get them done, but I am sure everyone slept good that night.   When we would finish a group Colby and Luke would head them back up the road to the north end where they will stay until sale time.   Even the horses were tired Monday night.
            Tuesday, I went to weigh a light load of heifers early then ran back home to help the boys pull CIDRs in the fall cows and vaccinate the calves.  
            A special feeder cattle sale this week and it looks like 750 to 1000 head again this Saturday.
Have a Dandy Week!

            The past week of weather has been really nice.  Temperatures in the 50’s, sunny and dry all week long.  Today Mother Nature dropped the temperature, turned on the fan and powdered us with the third snow of the season!   It is brutal cold this evening going down to 5° overnight and only 17° for the high tomorrow!  The forecast calls for a nice warm up after tomorrow and dry, so we might get rid of our snow again until the next time.
            Grain farmers had the best week of the fall making huge strides in getting the crop brought in.  Beans are pretty much all finished up and corn is down to the last 25%.  I do not see many corn stalks baled up yet.  I assume weather permitting there may be a lot of baling go on as these last acres of corn get shelled.  I continue to get calls of folks looking for stalks, so I sure hope they get some baled up.
            Saturday was busy again.   We started at 9:30 on hogs and the run totaled 250 head.  Fat hogs were in the $40 to 47 range and sows topped at $44.   The best pigs in the sale were a spunky set of duroc pigs from the Bates brothers for IL.  They averaged 84 pounds and brought $64.   They were thick backed, heavy muscled outside pigs that really showed the eye appeal that livestock needs to command top value at the auction!
            The sheep and goat sale moved 550 plus thru this week.  The market was pretty steady across the classes.  We had a consignment of bred ewes in this week.  They were white faced cross ewes that had been ultra-sounded to confirm pregnancy and they sold for $260 per head.   The top fat lambs were at $1.50 and the better 60 to 70-pound lambs brought $1.80 to 1.90.   Goats remained steady across all weights this week.  
            The outside sale had an average run of hay and some very good hedge posts.   Small squares of hay sold from $4 to 8.   The straw was at $5.50 to 7 for wheat straw.   Big bales of net wrapped mixed grass hay brought from $60 to 75.  Smaller bales of rougher quality brought $35 to 45.   No stalks bales!    The hedge post market was very good and the quality was high!  Top corners sold at $50 to 60.   The best lines topped at $24.  There was a big assortment of misc. items of all kinds.   Mike was on hand to help with the auctioneering duty out front and I headed back in to start the cattle sale.  I did hear that the toolboxes sold at $300. 
            The cattle sale lasted all afternoon with over 900 cattle sold.   Baby calves brought from $150 to 350 on beef calves, Holsteins brought from $20 to75.  This sale had bred heifers, cows and pairs as well as feeders.   The top bred heifers were black white face bull bred heifers due in March weight 950 pounds and they sold for $1350.   The top bred cows were 6 to 8 years old due yet this fall brought $1200 and the sprig breds that same age sold from $950 to 1150.   Feeders had good demand for being after 3 p.m. when we got to them!  They were mostly unweaned calves with no work done to them.  Weigh cows came out of the country everywhere this week!  There were over 200 head of weigh ups.   The top fat cow was $67 on an 1810-pound Angus cow.   Several higher yielding cows sold from $60 to 65.  The top bull brought $82.
            The sale finished up by 8:30 but the crew didn’t get finished until after midnight again this week.  Sunday morning, I did chores and headed back down to load out.  Sure is nice to have the daylight in the morning to see what I am feeding.  Sunday at noon was Layne’s first birthday out at the Lodge in the State Park.  She had a big day with friend and family helping her celebrate.  
            Today we caught up moving cattle around and even managed to get CIDRs put in my fall calving cows after moving them home!
            A special feeder cattle sale next week.  There should be 800 to 1000 head for this sale.  
Have a Dandy Week!

            Two snows last week!  Three inches of heavy wet snow on Monday.  Most all of it melted Tuesday.  Wednesday saw another three to four inches of the white stuff!  We sure didn’t need it, but it was really pretty that morning.  The grass is green, the leaves are all colors of yellow, red and green and white snow all over everything made for a darn pretty morning.   By Friday the snow was all gone again, but it was muddy again.  Sunshine on Saturday made for a perfect day for the sale.
            This week was our 32nd annual customer appreciation sale and BBQ.  It sure doesn’t seem like 32 years have gone by already!  The cycles of agriculture and the swings in the market can be very challenging to deal with.  Those things can put a different tone to the sale from year to year.   The folks we get to do business with over 32 years are what continues to be the most rewarding and constant part of the marketing business.   Our family wants to say a very large thank you to all of our buyers and sellers over the past years and look forward to working with everyone in the years to come.
            Saturday was a beautiful crisp sunny day here in Keosauqua.   The crew had a big Friday putting 1500 cattle away by evening and Saturday morning started early with trailers lined up at both chutes with cattle on one side and hogs, sheep & goats on the other side.  We made plans to start 30 minutes early and we were rolling on hogs at 9 a.m.  It’s a darn good thing we got going early as we had 550 hogs this week!   Sows were steady with a $44.50 top on six weight sows and a $48 top on fat hogs.   Several groups of feeder pigs in the sale and they sold from $60 to 75 cents for the better-quality pigs.
            The sheep and goat sale had over 400 head thru the ring and the market is getting higher.   50-pound lambs sold at $212.50 and fat lambs brought $1.50.  Kid goats weighing 50 pounds brought $125 to 135 a head and heavier kids sold up to $2 a pound on 100-pound kids.   The top billy brought $350 and the better nannies brought $175 to 230 per head.
            The outside sale started at 10:30 and had a larger run of small squares bales of hay and straw.  The hay ranged from $4.50 to 7 this week and the wheat straw had very strong demand and brought $6 to 7 per bale.   Big rounds of mixed grass hay, net wrapped were steady at $60 to 70.  Set aside small bales were from $30 to 40.   Big squares of premium alfalfa hay sold for $100 to 115 and some wet wrapped big squares sold at $40.  
            There were lots of misc. items out front this week and an extra-large crowd to have lunch and enjoy the sale.  The kitchen crew started serving about 11 and by the time the rush was over there were 450 thru the lunch line.  Joe Noe did an awesome job of preparing the meat and I only heard one complaint!  One fella thought he was coming for prime rib!  Order buyers can just be abusive to market owners! 
            The cattle were outstanding in quality and condition this week.  We sold 2140 head and the market was pretty good across nearly all the sale.  The 450 to 525 black steers calves sold from $1.65 to a 1.88 top.   The top six weight steers brought $1.54 and a load of 837-pound steers sold at $1.47.  The heifers were about $20 back except on those 675 to 750 heifers and they were just $10 back of their steer mates.   Weigh cows sold steady with a $67 top, but the majority of the better cows were $50 to 57.   Bulls sold from $72 to 80.  We were all finished with the auction by 7:30, but lots of trucks to load and stock to get arranged before the guys were done.  Everyone but Colby was done by 10:30, but he had trucks to load thru the night.  I am sure glad he lives close to the sale barn!
            Sunday was busy loading out and catching up around the farm.  We have started putting our commercial replacement heifers in and Luke and crew are keeping a good eye on them.  We also moved the black white face bred heifers’ home for the Big Bend Ranch sale that is coming up fast on December 4th
            This week the weather is nice and gives us a needed break to try and get caught up before the cow sale coming up this Saturday.   It’s looking like 250 to 300 bred cows, heifers and pairs for this Saturday.
Have a Dandy Week!
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