June 2019 06/05/19 10:57:00 PM
The past week saw more rain, up to 2-4 inches around the area. The ground is sure soaked up and soggy again. Fair weather has settled in since Sunday and it is very nice again. The forecast looks pretty good for hay and the crops with drier conditions and warmer temperatures all the way into next weekend. 90 ° plus and 75% humidity is going to be a hard change, but we sure need it to move the crops ahead.
Saturday’s sale had a good run in the morning and a smaller cattle sale. The hog market has sure been a disappointment for several weeks now that the swine flu effect has slowed down. The top sows brought just $40 to 42 and light sows brought $32 to 38. Fat hogs sold mostly $50 to 53. The feeder pig market was the strong part of the hog sale with very active interest from feeder buyers. All weights under 75 pounds would get to a dollar a pound or better this week.
The sheep & goat market was a bit lower on lambs and steady on the goats. Heavier lambs sold from $150 to 156 and the top light lambs brought $164 weighing 75 pounds. Kids at 50 pounds were still bringing $150 per head. A nice boer billy that was 14 months old sold for $435 to go home.
The outside sale had a smaller amount of small squares that sold from $4.50 to 8 per bale. Big rounds of old crop hay sold from $60 to 75 and new crop hay topped at $90 per bale. A big run of misc. items of all kinds again with the old trailers bringing $1000 to 1300 and the LP tank bringing $1025. Strawberry sets brought $10 to 12 and flower baskets sold mostly $10 to 15. The dog business was terrible! No interest in puppies other than one blue heeler pup that brought $35. There was a big crowd out front again this week!
The cattle sale had several dairy veal calves in the $25 to 75 range and beef calves topped at $450. Not much in for bred cows or pairs, but still very limited interest. Feeders sold decent on the light run, even thou Chicago has taken $30 off the feeder futures! Weigh cows were steady to off a $1 or 2.
Monday we calf hood vaccinated our fall Hereford heifers and caught weights on bulls and heifers. We dehorned the heifers and sent them back to grass. That is one job I think sure does improve the looks of those girls! We were working thru them catching weights and some of the tags had mud on them and were a challenge to read. We read a tag as 194 and caught the weight and about four head later read another tag as 194. Well in the registered business, I number calves in the order they are born, and I would only have one heifer with tag 194, so we figured the other tag was 184. As we were calf hooding and dehorning, we were checking tattoos and found no tattoo in a heifer with tag 194 and sure as heck another heifer with tag 194. That is frustrating as one of those heifers was not recorded in any calving book and was not registered. I hate paperwork and obviously am no good at it either! I pulled hair on both heifers and will make sure thru DNA results that I get them recorded correctly.
I am hoping to get the mower running again this week and finish our first cutting of hay. The crop is all up and growing and I know the coming heat will sure improve its condition rapidly over the next few weeks.
A special feeder calf sale is coming up this week.
The Jefferson Co Fair is going on this week in Fairfield. If you can take time, stop thru and support the area 4-H and FFA members who are the future of agriculture.
Have a Dandy Week!
Colder air moved into this area the past week. We ducked a couple of showers that were forecast for here last week, then had an inch quickly Saturday evening. It was welcome to freshen things up and hopefully get everything growing again. The forecast sounds like highs into the low 80’s and a couple or three chances of rain again throughout this week.
Saturday was a nice day. It started out cool in the morning and warmed up thru the day. The hog sale had close to 200 head of all types. Sows sold lower again this week to a $42 top; most were $38 to 40. That’s half of where the spring high was about six weeks ago. That’s sure a big swing for the sow market in that short of time as you can see. Fat hogs were steady bringing from $50 to 55. The pig market had more interest from roasters and feeder buyers both. 42-pound pigs sold for $40 and 80-pound pigs brought $70.
The sheep and goat sale had 450 head and the market is drifting lower. Light lambs sold from $135 to 170 while the better fat lambs stopped at $1.54. The goats were slightly lower on kids with the top 50-pound kids selling for $147.50 per head. The top billy brought a top price of $400 going to a packer buyer. The fresh picked strawberries scored a high bid of $6.50 a quart.
The outside sale had a lower hay market for the first time in maybe 8 months! Small squares sold from $2.50 to 6. Big round bales sold for $50 on the string tied grass bales and $70 to 97.50 for net wrapped hay. Just a handful of buyers needing hay to feed whereas the volume buyers were buying hay to put away for next winter. There was a wide range of garage cleanout items that really didn’t bring any large amount of money! The plants and hanging baskets, however sold really good with several baskets over $30 each!
The cattle sale had 575 head of all classes. Baby beef calves ranged from $200 to 350. The Holstein babies are only $25 to 60 this week. No real test for bred cows or pairs this week. The feeder cattle market had plenty of action for anything at all! The best races were on four and low five weight heifers. They have been slugging along in the $1.35 to 1.45 range and this week they jumped to $1.55 to 1.64! Farmer feeder interest combined with active order buying interest made for a snappy sale and a good feeder cattle market. The market cows and bulls were off a couple of dollars.
Saturday after the sale I took off in Colby’s ranger to get a bull caught for Ted & Rachelle to deliver on Sunday. I took Roxy with me to make sure the cattle didn’t argue with me! She will bite them on the heels or the nose, whichever is closer to her to make them understand which way they are to go. We got the bull penned easy enough, so I decided to run to the north end of the farm and move some pairs off field we had just planted on Friday. We had left the pairs in there to cleanup the water ways and the grass around the fences. Rain was to come thru Saturday night so I figured while Roxy was in the mood, I would get them pushed over to new grass and off the crop field. Those girls wanted to argue with Roxy a little more, but it didn’t take to many bloody noses or sore heels until they began to agree with us!
A cloud bank moving in for the northwest by now and I had a few big square bales of hay that I didn’t want to get rained on, so I hurried around and got a load on and went to the shed to unload. It was just beginning to sprinkle a little. We didn’t have a bale fork for the loader, so we were using pallet forks to get them off the trailer and it was not going very fast and now its raining. I hurried back to a second load and it was pouring! I figured if it was going to rain all night, I had better finish moving those bales, so I quickly loaded another load in the pouring down rain and headed out to the hay shed. Hay got soaked, I got soaked and I’m not sure they hay might have been just as well off in the stack at the barn rather than wallowing around in the rain. When I got unloaded and pulled back into the barn the rain was over and a beautiful sunset was behind the storm clouds. It was really pretty just at dark.
I mowed some hay today; we will see what the weather does as to when we get it baled. I need to mow another patch, but I think I will wait as see how we get this field up.
Have a Dandy Week!
It’s been a gorgeous week across our part of the country the past seven days. We have seen temperatures into the mid 80’s and Sunday afternoon the wind came up out of the Northwest, the humidity dropped, and temperatures fell into the 50’s overnight. Boy, it was nice. The forecast has a chance of rain Wednesday, but the rest of the week looks outstanding!
Saturday’s sale was lighter with folks making the most of the nice weather. The hog market was lower on big sows with only a $46 top. Fat hogs ranged from $50 to 54. Pigs weighing 35 pounds sold for $25 and 80-pound pigs sold up to $64 per head.
The sheep & goat market seemed lower on lambs and steady on the goats. Lambs in the 60 to 90-pound range brought from $150 to 170. The fat Boer goats 50 to 70 pounds ranged from $150 to 200 per head. Strong demand was seen for cull billies and nannies as well.
The outside sale was really nice this week (sunny and 73°). Hay is still selling to a very strong demand even with more new crop hay in the sale. Small squares sold from $4.50 to a $10 top. Several piles of new hay were bringing $7 to 8 per bale. Big rounds and squares had a wider range with big rounds topping at $160 and ranging from $85 to 120 for most rounds of new hay.
A good-sized crowd was out front, probably larger than the inside crowd! A large quantity of items of all kinds was out there as well. The bumper hitch trailer brought $3600 and the utility trailer sold for $2100. The home-made firewood processor was a very unique piece of equipment. It sold for $800. Jimmy got finished with sheep and goats and he slipped out there and sold all the green house plants. The baskets topped at $25 and the market held good all the way thru the flower sale.
The cattle sale had a few baby calves that sold from $250 to 400 for the beef calves and $35 to 50 for the Holsteins. Bred cows and pairs were difficult to market at much over slaughter values, really not sure when that will change very much. The feeder cattle sold steady on a small test of different weights and sizes as well as a variety of kinds. The weigh cows had strong action with the market gathering another couple of dollars.
As soon as the sale was over, I had to run to a meeting at Marshalltown. We left at 3:45 and met Ben at Fairfield and was back on the ground by 5 p.m. Rachelle went with me and seemed to enjoy her first trip up in a smaller plane. The Iowa Hereford Jr preview show was going on this weekend, so after the meeting we ate a bite and walked thru the barn checking out the cattle and visiting with folks before we left. We were home by 9:30 Saturday evening.
Planters are looking to finish up this week. Lots of hay is down and getting baled up. There is a small chance of rain this week but otherwise work will continue to get caught up.
A feeder cattle special is coming up this Saturday.
Have a Dandy Week!
We finally have had a drier week around here. No rain for nearly five days has let fellas start some tractors moving again. A lot of planting has been done in the last two days. Most have not switched from corn just yet if they had acres to go. Some took insurance and prevent plant but doesn’t look like very many acres like that at this time. A stray storm passed thru here Wednesday morning about 10 a.m. It dumped some rain and some darn nasty hail. It broke a number of car windows and cracked Gabe on the head leaving a nice goose egg! The forecast looks like warmer temperatures with more sunny days than rainy over the next week. Maybe we can sneak in a day or two of hay mowing!
Saturday’s sale had a couple hundred hogs again. The market has backed off its African Swine flu highs from over a month ago. Fat hogs sold mostly $45 to 50. Sows topped at $50 on a fancy group of 16 head that averaged 603 pounds. The boars over 300 pounds have fell back to only $6 to 7 per cwt.
The sheep and goat sale walked 550 head thru again this week. The lambs under 80 pounds sold from $1.50 to 1.80 while fat lambs stopped at $1.62. The top kid goats continue to get over $3 a pound for nanny or billy kids. The big does going to market brought from $150 to 215 per head. The top billy goat was 165-pound stud that sold for $315 per head.
The outside sale had a little more hay than last week. The small squares ranged from $6 to 10 a bale. Big bales sold to a $165 top with most in the $100 to 130 per bale range. I was expecting some new hay to show up by now, but nature has not provided an opportunity. They ole blazer sold for $950. Tomato plants would not get over $10 a piece and hanging baskets were mostly $10 to 15 with a $25 top. A big crowd gathered at the start, but half of them disappeared as a chilly rain passed thru at 11:30.
This week’s cattle sale had 670 head. We had baby calves ranging from $150 to 450 for beef calves and $35 to 100 on dairy calves. Cows that were bred were very flat and garnered very little interest. Pretty much if they were not third period, young cows they went by the pound. A few decent pairs sold to return home, the rest were sold as splits, calves by the head and cows got weight up. The feeder cattle had decent interest for as terrible as the feeder market was in Chicago last week! Corn has jumped and sure put the run in feeder contracts. Light cattle for sure had good interest, but cattle over 700 pounds also had support better that I was expecting. Weigh cows were higher with some in the $70’s and most in the $60’s.
Sunday was somewhat easier this week with just a couple of loads going early. The boys were able to spend the afternoon at the roping pen and I went to check cows around Keosauqua. In my tour I went past the beehive and found they have checked out on me! They were sure weak after the winter, but I did think I might get them to recover this spring. I figure the moved on to another hive. I will have to figure out a plan to start another hive and see if I can improve my bee herdsman ship!
Ted, Rachelle and I went to Kansas City on Monday and Tuesday this week to the “Brand Summit” sponsored by the American Hereford Association. There were over 200 people attending from across 36 states and Canada. We went thru a lot of speakers and material relating to marketing and promotion. Mark Core from Pleasantville, IA and marketing guru at Vermeer Manufacturing was our MC and facilitator of the two days. We covered all kinds of thinking and planning as well as incorporating social media into a marketing plan. One highlight was sure our Tuesday morning speaker. Mitch Holthus, the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs was the guest speaker at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. He was a blast to listen to and to get his story of the rise of the Chiefs Kingdom and Coach Andy Reid’s structure of the organization.
Monday evening after as stop by the AHA headquarters, we all went downtown Kansas City to the Power and Light district. This is not a place you would normally find this small-town guy! It was interesting to see however, and they held a little auction to raise funding for the Hereford Youth. They auctioned off a portrait drawn by a man that showed horned and polled bulls looking over a Hereford calf. It was an impressive picture by anyone’s standard. It turns out the artist, Dino Conray, is next door neighbor to my sister in New Mexico!
Tuesday, we worked in the afternoon on how to use Facebook more. We spent two hours on the in and outs and do’s and don’ts to help everyone improve their skills. We got home around 8 and I was eager to use my newly acquired skills, so right away I opened my Facebook page and set in to working thru the updates. Before I got done, I’m receiving congratulations on getting married Tuesday and quitting work at Keosauqua Sales Co! I’ll be danged if I know how I did that, but I did figure out how to fix that and sure gave a big chuckle to some folks that saw it while it was up! Well anyways, we are a work in progress.
This week will be a regular sale with a few breeding bulls and a few more bred cows and pairs.
Have a Dandy Week!