August 2020 08/05/20 9:46:00 PM
Dry hot weather has moved into Southeast Iowa. We are in the 90’s all week and no rain in the forecast unless by luck the hurricane can muster a shower towards the weekend. We made it a long way thru summer with adequate moisture and we are sure thankful for what we have had, compared to may other places across the country. As it continues to dry out here, folks are busy chopping silage, making hay and setting some hay out in the pastures and early weaning some calves. Let us hope we catch a shower or two and stretch us into the fall a bit longer.
Saturday’s sale was sure a dandy event for summer! We kicked off with over 300 hogs that sold at a mostly steady market. Sows held to $25 to 28 and fat hogs were mostly $30 to 35. Pigs were $4 to 5 a head higher with 58-pound pigs at $27 and some weighing 65 pounds brought $35. Pepperoni shortage trickled into the boar market with a couple bringing10 cents. They might not have been headed directly to slaughter however!
Sheep and goat numbers were just 425 this week. 60-pound kids sold at $180 per head. Big billies brought $300 to 365 and nannies over 100 pounds brought $150 to 220 per head. Lambs weighing around 60 pounds were $1.90 to 2.10 a lb. and ewes brought 70 to 85 cents.
The outside sale was really loaded with hay! I hope there is some left to sell next spring! Small squares topped at $6. The range was $1.50 on the rough stubble up to $6 on the premium higher quality hay. Big rounds were higher with a $62.50 top. Lots of hay sold from $40 to 50 for 5X5 bales and $30 to 40 for the 4X5 bales. Round bales of straw were $30. We sold 532 big bales and 1600 small square bales. It was hot outside and my new man Logan called Thursday evening to tell me he would not be here Saturday. (I think he was at the lake!) So, I called around for some help and Kyle Gilchrist stepped up to help me with the outside sale. Becky went with him to clerk and the two of them sold everything except the hay. It was a huge help to have Kyle selling so we could start back inside at 12 o’clock. He did a great job as always despite local business owners heckling him while he was selling! Thank you for stepping in on short notice Col Gilchrist.
The cattle sale was really awesome again this week selling over 1200 head. Baby calves brought $250 to 375 o the beef type and $75 to 125 on the dairy type. There was not much in for test cows. Light weight feeder steers right off the cows weighing 380 pounds brought $1.80 and some weighing 335 hit $1.95. Yearling steers sure created the most interest this week with some of the best consignments of the year in town. Three loads of steers right at 900 pounds brought $144.85 to 145.75. A heavy load of 980-pound steers sold at $137.50 and the 830-pound steers brought $146.85. Heifers weighing 691 brought $145.10 and some at 725 brought $142.75. Despite the negative on feed report out last Friday and the nasty heat wave moving in, it was a truly outstanding sale. Huge thank you to all the consignors and buyers for making this one of the better August sales we have had!
Sunday, we loaded out most of the day. Becky and I went to Osceola to a visitation of one of Dad’s good friends, Mr. Jerry Davis, who lost his wife. It was hot and we left Osceola airport about 5:30 and flew up across some of the storm damaged area east of Des Moines. There is a huge amount of both crop and structural damage. It was sure hard on the grain bins, many were caved in or completely crumbled up like smashed pop cans. It was awful for sure. Prayers to those affected and Gods speed to recover.
I wanted to wean calves this week off the Hereford cows, but the dust and the heat have me thinking I need to wait. Hoping next week will be better.
Have a Dandy Week!
The past week has been warm and dry. The dry weather much of the state has experienced all summer has slid into our area now and we are dry. It is cooling off into the 50’s at night and expected to have highs in the lower 80’s all week. With no rain we will be very dry by the end of the week.
Saturday’s sale was busy as usual this week. The hog market was pretty steady with fat hogs from $27 to 37 and heavy sows topped at $27. Big boars were only 1 to 2 cents a lb. Becky did hear that pepperoni is increasing in value and supply is down, so I’m expecting boars to at least double in value! Not one feeder pig in the sale this week.
The sheep and goat markets are lower with 60 to 70-pound lambs reaching $2.50 to 2.15 a lb. Fat lambs were just $1.20 to 1.21. Boer kid goats weighing 55 to 65 pounds sold for $185 to 190 for the nanny kids and the top 80-pound billies hit $235 per head. The total sheep and goat run was only 460 head this week.
The outside sale was bigger this week with a large offering of small square bales of hay and a couple hundred big bales. The market on small squares was $2 to 6 and some pretty oat straw sold at $3.75 to 4.50. Big rounds of nicer hay brought $40 to 55 and older hay and smaller bales ran from $17 to 35. There was all kinds of merchandise out front this week. The creep feeder sold for $2100, the V rake brought $350. A covered gravity wagon used to store feed in brought $650. We even sold a homemade metal palm tree for $100! Logan was on duty and sold a slug of various merchandise when I headed back in to sell cattle at 12 o’clock. Logan is turning into a dang good young auctioneer.
The cattle sale had 700 head this week in the first of two specials in a row. The market was good! Baby calves were from $300 to 450 on beef calves and $90 to 150 on the Holsteins. A few bred cows sold at $1300 for fall calving 5 to 8-year old.
Feeder cattle are increasing in value as fat cattle begin to pick up. Five weight steers got up to $1.75. 650-pound steers were at $1.63 and seven weight steers brought $1.52 to 1.58. Heifers weighing in the 500 pounds topped at $1.47 and 650-pound heifers went up to $1.44, while the 750’s topped at $1.38. Weigh cows slipped a couple of dollars with most cows still in the $60’s. We finished up before 5 and I helped deliver stock after the sale. I took a load of goats and some calves to Bentonsport and a load of bred cows to Fairfield.
Sunday Colby and Luke went to rope after chores were done. Ted and Rachelle met her family at Harvest Ville. Curt was working on his trailer, so Dad had load out duty at the barn. We had steady flow all day as folks picked up their purchases. I finished up and headed to the pastures to check cows and calves. Boy they are getting big! Hoping to wean them next week the 26th or so when the sign is right! The crew was pregnancy checking the last group of Big Bend heifers this morning. It looks like if it doesn’t rain soon, they will be home early this year!
A fantastic run of high-quality yearlings coming up this week. Come take a look!
Have a Dandy Week!
We went from very comfortable nice summer weather to hot and humid over the weekend. Today a large front came thru in the afternoon and dropped two tenths of rain and cooled us off again. High winds and nasty storms did a major amount of damage across a big chunk of central Iowa today. At the high it sounded like a half million people were without power. Some it may be a while before they get power restored as there are places with poles down that will take time to get put back up. The forecast is for a pretty week for the crews to get their work done!
Saturday was a busy August sale. The hog market is stable and looking to improve some more. Fat hogs topped at $37 on six good Berkshire hogs. Several fat hogs sold from $27 to 32. The top sows hit $27 and sure was a limited supply of them. Pigs still are not attracting much attention from roasters or feeders.
The sheep and goat sale had lambs still at $2 a lb. for one weighing 60 to 80 pounds. Fat lambs were from $1.18 to 1.28. Ewes were mostly $60 to 70. Goats held value quite well after the holiday enhanced spike felt over the past three weeks. Good 50-pound kids sold from $135 to 155 per head. Most nannies brought $150 to 200 and big billies sold up to $350.
The outside sale had a very large run of hay and straw for summer. The market was $35 to 50 for most rounds and $30 to 50 for big squares. The top selling hay was 2nd cutting alfalfa put up right. Straw sold from $25 to 35 in rounds and squares both. Small squares were steady at $2 to 6 this week. No small squares of straw. The outside sale had two JD 24T balers this week, one sold at $2200 and one sold at $1100. Lumber was in strong demand as well as all kinds of various merchandise! Logan is falling in a good groove selling outside, by fall we maybe able to turn it over to him!
The cattle sale featured pairs and fall bred cows. Pairs were mostly late spring or summer calvers running 5 to 8 years old. They were sold at $1600 to 1850. Fall bred cows due in September ranged from $1350 to 1550. There was noticeably better demand than the sales over the past month. A few feeders drew good interest especially on yearling heifers. Seven weights were up to $1.39, eight weights were at $1.32 and nine weights were up to $1.20. Weigh cows seemed steady to slightly lower. The top cow was at $82 and the top bull brought $107.50. the sale finished up at 4:30 Saturday afternoon.
Friday, I received a phone call that I had cattle out on an adjoining property owner where I am pasturing some bred heifers. The man on the phone was distraught and agitated that these heifers had ate his food plots and destroyed his trail cam sets! The gentleman forwarded me several trail camera pictures of the strays to confirm his call. So, it was 4 o’clock and pretty warm (hot & nasty) and I headed to the 80 acre preserve to see if I could get them in. The property is down an old dirt road and has a double pad locked gate at the entrance. So, I started walking thru to see where they were. As I walked down the hill into the property, I was on a very well-maintained driveway that was mowed down nice and tight. Well, that was the food plot area that before my girls came to visit was maybe two feet tall in treats for the deer. This 80 acres has a big creek running thru it, is very hilly with the entire area covered in timber rose bushes, weeds, hedge, and locusts as well as an endless amount of spider webs every place I went. It was hot! I hiked thru and around the preserve and found where the heifers had come into the 80 and about 6 p.m. I found the six heifers in the far corner. They were less than 300 yards from where they had came in so I started easing around them and talking to them to see if I could get them down the hill where they needed to cross back to their pasture. They didn’t run but I couldn’t out walk them, and I soon lost then in the dense undergrowth. I called for back up and Luke and Dakota were there in 45 minutes with the horses. We started riding thru where I had been hiking for two hours and it was like they disappeared. We found a gate open that let them over on to an adjoining neighbor and so we started looking there. I finally found them about 8 in the edge of a cornfield across a creek and 80 rods north of where they needed to be. I needed Luke to come help me and I’ll be danged his phone wasn’t working. I started around them and the darn things split up four one way and two the other in the edge of the corn. I followed the four around and lost them as they got thru the tall corn. When I found them there were just five and they were on the right side of the creek. I tried Luke to no avail again and was ticked that I couldn’t get him to answer. After a quick search I gave up on the one and figured I would just push the five back. It was getting dark and I decided maybe I better leave them until the morning and that way all six would get together.
I rode back to find Luke and Dakota and we quit for the night. Saturday is not a good day to have to find strays, so we waited until Sunday morning to try again. I had just laid down in bed Saturday night when I got the call “Bill your heifers are on the highway.” SOB! So, I headed out to find them. When I got there, they had already gone back into dense timber cover and I opted to wait until Sunday morning.
Four of us went on horseback first thing Sunday morning and rode three hours and did not see any sign of them. We gave up again and I went back that evening still no sign. I figured they maybe had crossed the highway, so I started searching new area. Darkness got me again and I had to give up. I called Ben to see if we could fly it first thing Monday and he was all in. We left Fairfield airport at 6:40 and shortly we were over the area. He slowed way down, and we were only 2000 feet up and could see very well! We looked for 45 minutes, I could count the deer. My other heifers that were in all, the neighbor cows and we could not see these six heifers. I was frustrated. I jumped on a 4-wheeler after we got down and was headed into the brush when I got the call. “Bill, there are Hereford heifers in my mother in laws back yard!” Yeah, that was great news. They were about a mile west and south at Carolyn Peacock’s house. We couldn’t have had them in a better spot really. Carolyn’s yard is a good-sized yard and fenced well with wire panels. When I found her, she was sitting in her car guarding her melon patch. That worked out great, so the heifers just stayed there in the yard until Colby and Hannah brought the trailer and a few gates up. They backed into a corner of the fence made a wing and with some patience we managed to load them up. A big thank you to Carolyn for the locate and the understanding we need to get loaded up. This country needs more Carolyn Peacock’s and less absentee land owners (that like deer more than cows) I am happy to report the single heifer had made it back in the pasture and other than a being a bit sore from all the riding and an expensive food plot all ended well. I wished I had prayed more on Friday night rather than waiting until Monday morning!
A special feeder cattle sale for the next two weeks.
Have a Dandy Week!
It has been a busy week I guess as I am getting behind on my writing! Our weather has turned gorgeous. We were 53° the last couple of nights and 73° for the high. Unbelievable how nice it is with lower humidity and moderate temperatures. The cattle feel good and people seem to feel a whole lot better this week. The forecast is calling for it to heat up going into the coming weekend again and a little chance of rain Thursday or Friday.
Saturday was another large summer sale. The hogs led off with over 300 head of all weights and classes. Fat hogs sold from $25 to 30 and good sows topped at $27.50. Pigs were the soft spot this week with most only in the 30 to 40 cents a lb. range.
The sheep and goat auction had 600 head thru the ring. A good number that is more in line with what has become normal. The market eased up on lambs seeing 70-pound lambs selling from $1.70 to 1.85. Ewes ranged from 70 to 80 cents a lb. and bucks were scarce this week. Fat lambs sold mostly $1.35 to 1.45 a lb. The goat market was maybe $5 lower but hung in there pretty strong again this week. 50-pound boer kids sold $150 to 177. 70 pound and heavier kids were up to $210 per head. Nannies topped at $215 on four separate groups with cull does selling at $135 to 175 per head.
The outside sale was really awesome on a beautiful day to be out. The hay in small squares brought from $2 to 7 this week. Big rounds fell off to $30 to 45. The 24T baler brought $3000. Cox creep feeder with no gates sold at $950. Tomatoes were very nice quality and sold at $6 to 10 per box full. Logan was on hand to assist with the auction duties out front again this week. A couple more weeks and I think I can just turn it over to him!
The cattle sale had 250 head. A few bred cows sold from $1000 to 1350. Feeder interest is sure improving each week. 550-pound heifers sold at $1.49 and most seven weight heifers were in the $1.30’s. Light bull calves sold up to $1.60 and three black steers at 840 pounds brought $1.34. Weigh cows traded higher with most in the $70’s. It looks like the weigh cow market is going to be good for at least a month.
Sunday, I left early to be in Kansas City for our summer Hereford board meeting. The meeting was held at Loew’s hotel in downtown Kansas City. This is the building where the former AHA offices were. They have made a beautiful facility out of it which provided a terrific venue for us to have our meetings. We ate lunch at 11:30 in the hotel then started into meeting’s right at noon. After a full day of meetings, we loaded up and bused out to the Ward’s for a fantastic evening steak super capped off with a Bidwell fireworks show that was phenomenal! Monday, we went back to work at 8 a.m. right after breakfast and had a full day of business. We wrapped up at about 3:45 and I was home by 8:30 Monday evening. The crops, hay and grass couldn’t look any better for the first of August than they do now between here and Kansas City.
Back to shipping yearlings out of the country the past couple of morning and looked at several more wanting to move as the market is perking up! I wish fats would move up $10 bucks to give those fellas some relief but that doesn’t look likely short term.
This week’s sale will feature some awful nice bred cows and pairs. With all the extra forage around, there looks to be good opportunity to invest in cows before they jump up in value going into the fall.
Have a Dandy Week!