December 2019 12/03/19 4:33:00 PM
The last week of 2019 has been really mild and warm until the inch of rain came thru over the weekend. We cooled our temperatures off down to the mid 20’s and the wind has been strong since Sunday evening. The wind really helped to get rid of some moisture quicker than I figured might happen after that much rain this time of year. The forecast calls for temperatures to go back to the middle 40’s this week and a chance of rain again going into Friday. So far winter has sure been better than last year in our area!
Saturday’s sale was a regular sale to end up the year. The hog sale had a couple hundred sows, boars, butchers and pigs. Everything but the big boars were a little higher to wind up the year. The fat hogs were mostly $47 – 50 and sows jumped up to the $40’s on the heavier fat sows. A couple of small groups of pigs were bringing from 75 to 85 cents a pound,
The sheep and goat market had nearly 300 head this week. The light lambs held steady from $2.25 to 2.40 a lb. Fat lambs were bringing from $1.50 to 1.58. Goats weighing 50 to 60 pounds were in the $140 to 180 per head for boer kids. Nannies sold mostly $100 to 195 and a big 200-pound boer billy sold for $400. There were no bottle babies in the goat sale this week. We did have a 10-week-old border collie type puppy that brought $150.
The outside sale was damp and wet under foot, but we were lucky to be mostly dry over head while we were out there selling. Small squares of hay ranged from $4 to 7. There was no test on straw this week. Big round bales of grass hay sold from $47.50 to 67.50. Corn stalks were mostly $30 and one pile up to $35. It looks like the volume of rounds will be steady to more as we go into January. I have had several calls of folks needing to market some hay. Firewood sold from $8 to 35 a pile with a pretty wide range of the amount of wood in a pile! The dump trailer brought $6700 and we had less misc. items in the damp conditions.
The cattle sale had baby calves bringing from $100 to 250 for beef calves and $20 to 70 on dairy calves. The black white face bred heifers were very attractive and sold for $1550 per head. A few Red Angus 5 to 7-year-old spring cows sold from $1150 to 1400. We had some 200-pound black bulls and heifers that sold from $325 to 450 per head. Mostly small groups of feeders in all kinds of conditions it was hard to feel much of a trend but a big crowd around for the cattle sale and there was sure good interest. Weigh cows and bulls were steady to a couple dollars higher this week. I think most of the crew was relieved to finally have a sale that was over by 5 p.m.!
As we look back on 2019, most people in agriculture would say “I am sure glad this year is over”. It has had some challenges for sure with the brutal winter in the early part of winter, nasty flooding across the Midwest, market conditions very unstable and a long harvest to finish the year. As we bring in the New Year, the weather is trying to be a bit more stable, the markets are improving, and we are getting in a position to have a very strong year in agriculture. The demand for food across the world is increasing not just with population but also for better quality protein. As trade continues to improve, demand is set to increase, and we have ourselves in a great position for profit coming in 2020!
The first sale of the year is lining up to be a very strong one for the kick-off! This sale annually brings some of the areas very top end feeder cattle! Come early and stay late this Saturday!
Have a Dandy Week!
Mild temperatures and calm weather have remained here the past week. The temperatures have been in the 50’s most days and some overnights have stayed above freezing. It has been a blessing to catch up a little and have some relief from Mother Nature thru December. There is a chance of rain coming up towards Thursday, but the temperature looks to be mild right thru the last week of the year.
Saturday had a large run of hogs. Fat hogs sold mostly $45 to 50 with a $55 top. Big sows were soft on a light offering at $30.50 for a high and pigs sold very steady. The top 80-pound pigs reaching $80 per head. The feeder pig market should be ok next week, but the peak is likely past for this year.
The sheep and goat market was good again as buyers wrap up their holiday orders. The top of those 50 to 60-pound lambs hit $2.75 a lb. this week and some 109-pound lambs sold for $178.50. Fat lambs over 125 pounds sold at $158. Goats were high as well. Good kids weighting 61 pounds sold at $172.50 per head and some 90-pound kids brought $187. Cull nannies sold at $1.35 to 1.50 per lb. and the top boer billy sold for $350 per head.
The outside sale was extra big this week. The hay sale had small squares ranging slightly lower with a range of $3 to 7.50. Straw sold from $3.50 to 5 a bale this week. Big round bales were $55 to 67.50 for most of the good grass net wrapped bales. Wet bales of sorghum sudan grass brought $17 to 20. Lots of corn stalk bales this week and they ranged from $35 to 45 for the majority of them. Big square bales of grass hay sold from $35 to 50 and some first cutting alfalfa hay sold at $60 per bale.
The hedge post sale was sure fun this week with a feature consignment of Bob Heald’s fancy posts. They are truly something to see when he brings them in. They are sorted and stacked evenly, and they are just as straight as can be. The buyers were gathered up to get ahold of those fancy sticks. The corners ranged from $42.50 to 80 and line posts from $15 on some small ones to $37 on the better kind. Until next time, thanks a bunch for your consignment Mr. Heald!
Jimmy finished up inside ahead of me this week, so he slipped out and enjoyed the beautiful weather and the big crowd and finished up the misc. sale for me while I started on the baby calves. The calf market is sluggish and kinda made me wish I had stayed outside!
Veal calves got down to $5 and 10 for decent Holstein calves this week, that’s as low as they have been for that kind of calf. Angus baby calves sold from $100 to 225 this week. One black cow calf pair brought $1350 and there wasn’t much for bred cows. The feeder cattle sale had its highs and lows on over 1000 head. There was steady interest in 4 to 650 weight black steers. An okay market for a few yearling type cattle. Darn good interest in fancy weaned four weight black heifers. There was limited interest in lighter weight plain quality cattle, fleshy calves and unweaned and unworked calves seemed to gather the least support from buyers this week. Weigh cows were $2 to 3 lower with a $63 top on a good fat cow. The bulk of the lean cows were both side of $50 and the top bull sold at $80.
Monday I was at the barn briefly in the morning, the I met a fella at home to look at Herefords! That always brightens up my day! Then I went to the county the rest of the day. It was gorgeous to be out looking at stock and visiting folks. I even ran into Gene Jordan late Monday afternoon. Gene spent several years attending our sales as a cattle buyer. Gene taught me an awful lot about the cattle business and the auction business over those years he sat on the seats here on Saturday and it was good to catch up and visit a few minutes.
As we get ready to celebrate Christmas around the world there is so much to reflect on this time of year. Here at home, we are so thankful to have the opportunity to live and work in a free country and on the beautiful land. We are so thankful for our family that works together with each other and the girls that have become a part of our family that past few years! The sweetest blessing is our grand daughter Layne! She is always taking in whatever we are doing and watches intently keeping track of everything. Layne waves at everyone coming and going out the office and already pretends to answer the phone! I am starting her auctioneering a little and hope to have her ready to take over soon!
From all of our family to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
We have a regular sale this week and a special next weekend.
Have a Dandy Week!
This week was sure nice going into the weekend, then Sunday it started snowing about noon and by morning we had three inches of snow. The wind stayed down, and it was still nice for December with the new white snow. It’s supposed to warm up more going into the week reaching the mid 40’s, so the snow will be gone fairly quick again. December has been kind to us this year when compared to last year! Let’s hope we continue to be mild right into January.
Saturday’s sale had a big holiday driven influence on the morning sale. The hog market had sows selling from $35 to 38 for heavy sows and fat hogs sold from $45 to 51. Feeder pigs also sold higher with all weights in the 80 to 90 cents a pound range. We are expecting another good run with very active interest for this week’s sale.
The sheep and goat sale had a big run and a large crowd was on hand for this week’s sale. Light lambs from 50 to 60 pounds sold from $2.20 to 2.35. 80-pound lambs were at $1.85 to 1.90 and good fat lambs topped at $1.64. A couple of groups of bred ewes in this sale sold from $150 to 220 per head.
The goats almost hit $3 a pound for 50-pound kids as top boer kids brought $147. Nannies and billies also traded higher. Bottle baby kids brought $55 for the boer billy and $7 a piece for the dairy billy babies.
The outside sale had a large run of hay and straw and several corn stalk bales. Small squares of hay were mostly $5 to 7. One pile topped at $9 and a little bit of $4 hay. Straw sold from $3.50 to 4.50 and small bales of corn stalks sold from $2.50 to 3. Big round bales of hay sold mainly from $55 to 67.50. Net wrapped round bales of corn stalks were steady from $40 to 47.50. A few big square bales of alfalfa grass mix hay sold from $60 to 75.
Hedge posts were strong on the fancy kind with top corners at $54 and the best lines at $27. More corners sold from $20 to 30 and lines from $8 to 17. All kinds of merchandise out front again this sale. A rare AC little mower tractor with a blade and loader attachment in rough condition and not running sold for $450. A big Flemish buck rabbit sold for $10 and a steel feed bunk with a feed gate welded to it brought $500. It was a darn good day to be outside for a while.
The cattle sale led off with veal calves bringing $150 to 300 for beef calves and $15 to 75 for dairy calves. A bigger run of bred cows, heifers and a few pairs. Those middle-aged pairs sold from $1600 to 1750. Older pairs were mostly from $1000 to 1300. A couple of groups of bull bred heifers sold from $1600 to 1650. Several middle-aged cows due for spring sold at $1300 to 1700. There was a notable increase in interest in breeding stock this week. A very large run of weigh cows again this sale with the bulk selling from $50 to 55. Fat high yielding cows were the top of the market selling from $57 to 68. Bulls sold from $65 to 80.
Sunday was busy early but slowed down after lunch some. The boys got around to go deer hunting a while. They had a good day harvesting a few and enjoying some time in Mother Nature! I took off to check cows south of town before dark and took some hay with me to put out. I had just finished putting hay in the first pasture and pulled out on the gravel road to head to the next pasture. The road was snowy, and I was in 4-wheel drive in Colby’s truck when all of the sudden it was like you hit the brakes and I slid to a stop! I thought I was daydreaming and maybe hit something, or a drive shaft fell off and had stopped me. I got out and looked and everything appeared very normal, I got back in the seat took it out of 4-wheel drive and backed up to see if I was free. Sure enough the wheels rolled fine. So, I went on to check the other pasture but left it in 2-wheel drive. I made it back to town fine and parked it and gave the news to the truck owner that there was trouble in the front end. Come to find out there wasn’t any oil in the front end, and it was locked up. It’s in for repair as I’m writing this! The shop says that it’s a warranty deal. I usually am not that lucky! The boys are moving some cows out this week and we need to get cows off the last few pastures before the snow gets any worse.
Saturday will be a big run again before the end of the year. It’s a feeder cattle sale expecting to have 800 to 1000. There will be a big run of hay and straw. There will be a nice consignment of hedge posts from Bob Heald this week.
Have a Dandy Week!
The past week has been really nice in our area. We have been dry and several days were mostly sunny. We changed over yesterday afternoon to colder and windy with lows down in the teens last evening. The wind died down and it was cold this morning, but the sun was out and very pleasant this morning. The forecast looks like it will warm up the next three or four days and be decent right thru next weekend.
Last week was busy around here with the Hereford sale and the Big Bend Heifer sale on Wednesday and then right back Saturday with a bug run of everything again! The boys are glad to get through all the work of moving in and out and getting cleaned up and re bedded for four sale in seven days! We were blessed to have a really nice week of weather and have the crew around to everything done in good shape.
The Hereford sale kicked off at 1:00 after folks enjoyed a really good lunch Lauren prepared in the café and was sponsored by ADM and Donnellson Elevator. Thanks to those folks for getting involved and helping with lunch. Col. Cody Lowderman handled the auction duties for us again this year and moved right thru the cattle and finished in just over an hour. Females sold to Ohio, Tennessee, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa. The top female sold for $4100 and they averaged $1636 on the total sale.
The Big Bend Heifer sale started off at 5:00 on the second calf heifers. There was good interest in this group leading up to the sale and active bidders took them to a range of $1850 to 2250 for an average of 1936. The first calf heifers were sold from $1350 on a small group of late breds to $1800 on the top set for a $1615 average. The cows and heifers sold to Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. We were still loading out heifers as folks were unloading stock for Saturday!
Saturday was a very busy sale once again. The hog sale numbers keep rolling up! This week there was 500 head again. The top sows went to $34.50 while the fat hogs topped at $45. Feeder pigs were a big part of the run. 50-pound pigs hit $45 per head while 90-pound pigs made it to $70 per head.
The sheep and goat sale had just shy of 700 this week. Kid bottle goats sold from $30 to 60 for boer kids. 50-pound kids were bringing from $135 to 155 per head. Billies were in the $250 to 350 range and cull nannies sold from $125 to 200. Lambs weighing 50 to 60 pounds were mostly $2.10 to 2.25 per pound and fat lambs were $1.47 to 1.54.
The outside sale had a large offering of small squares. The hay sold from $4.50 to 8 and straw was from $4 to 5 per bale. Small corn stalk bales brought from $4 to 4.50. Big round bales of hay topped at $115 with most in the $50 to 70 range. Big round bales of cornstalks brought from $40 to 50. There was a pretty large run of misc. items including a JD 1050 utility tractor. It brought $4200 and the NH grinder mixer sold for $700. Not many hedge posts to test the market. We had a little bake sale on the way back inside cookies, cinnamon rolls and some fresh bread!
A bigger run of cattle again this week selling 1275 head. Feeders were steady on the better kind and quality while softer on the plain cattle. The top 405 pound black bull calves brought $179.50. the better 600 pound steers brought $154 and a few yearling steers that averaged 790 pounds brought $146. Heifers wee in good demand with 4 weights in the $140’s and 7 weights in the $130’s. A big run of weigh ups had a top at $68 on a high yielding fat cow. Most of the cows were in the $50’s.
It was late when we finished, and the crew was glad to get to bed for a little nap! Sunday, I went to Kansas City for a meeting early Monday morning and drop off a sale heifer on the way. I was glad to get to my pillow last night as well.
This week will be a special bred cow sale along with our usual run of everything else.
Have a Dandy Week!
It has been a tad rainy and chilly over the past week, but it looks like we might have turned the corner yesterday and today! We have turned bright and sunny again for almost the rest of this week. The past couple of mornings we have been in the lower 20’s and with the sunshine it is starting to dry off a little.
Saturday was busy again with a solid run of hogs. The feeder pig market jumped up about $10 with increased roaster demand. The top pigs averaged 87 pounds and brought $70 per head. The 50 to 60-pound pigs sold for $45 to 50 per head. Sows were just steady with a $34 top and fat hogs topped at $49. Most of the butchers sold from $40 to 45.
The sheep and goat run was 450 head this sale. A group of ewes from a long-time sheep producing family drew a few extra folks in to watch them sell. The younger end of the ewes exposed to the rams for three weeks sold at $180 per head. The middle-aged group was more in the $160 to 175 range. Lambs sold steady with the 60 to 70-pound lambs selling from $1.85 to 2.10 a lb. Fat lambs sold from $1.45 to 1.50. the goat sale was steady as well with the top kids reaching $3 a lb. for 50-pound kids.
The outside sale had a bigger run of big rounds and a smaller offering of small squares (the threat of rain held back some hay). Small squares sold from $5.50 to 8.50 and straw sold around $5. Big round bales of the better kind of hay hit $85 and the rough stuff was down to $30. Several corn stalk bales made it in and ranged from $40 to 47.50 this week.
The cattle sale had baby calves ranging from $100 to 350 for beef calves and $15 to 50 for the dairy calves. Bred cows made up a large portion of the sale this week. All ages and stages of cows sold from $700 to 1500. Some nice Angus bulls were brought in this week and sold from $1900 to 2600. Feeders sold steady on mostly smaller groups of cattle not worked or weaned. There were not many yearlings. We had a large run of weigh cows again with 200 head. The market was good on the fat cows reaching $70 on the top yielding cows. Most of the fleshy cows sold from $60 to 65. Shelly and weak cows sold from $10 to 40 and there were several of them! It pays really good to cull those cows before they get that bad!
This is a busy week for the crew! Cleaning up from last Saturday sale, getting all the cows and bred heifers moved in for Wednesday’s sale. The Hereford sale will start at 1:00 and the Big Bend Ranch bred female sale is at 5:00. Stop in, call or send a neighbor over to see this year’s offering. They are really an outfit to see! Register on LiveAuctions.tv to bid online if you can not make it to the sale. I got to go as we are not quite ready yet!! See you tomorrow!
Have a Dandy Week!