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Last week I attended the Iowa Cattleman’s Beef meeting in Atlantic. It was a great program that covered many topics. One of the most important brought up was an upcoming vote on instituting a 50 cents per head Iowa Checkoff on all Iowa cattle sales starting Jan 1st, 2017. In the next few weeks I will give you more info about voting times and how the vote will work. If you have any questions feel free to call the office or the Iowa Cattleman’s Association in Ames. We were so blessed here in the last 10 days to receive some much needed moisture. As of this writing most crops locally look very good. The forecast looks cruddy hot & county fairs are starting, go figure!! Congratulations to Westphalia on a very successful parish auction. $50 thousand raised. So happy to help out.

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tues, July 5th:
After the 4th of July on Monday we had a shorter run but a very active market. We appreciate all buyers & sellers for getting around on this short week. Both weigh cows & fed cattle seemed a tad stronger.
Fat Cattle (117 head):
Str. Top - $123.50
Str. Choice - $120-$123.50
Str. Select/Choice -$117-$120
2-Ways - $no test
Hfr. Top - $121
Hfr. Choice - $119-$121
Hfr. Select/Choice -$117-$119
2-Ways - $no test
Choice Holsteins - $109
Select Holsteins - $no test
Fat Hfrts. - $no test
Weigh Cows 129 head):  
Top Cows: $83-$92
Bulk: $74-$82
Low Yield: $60-$70
Premium Bulls: $107-$111
Bulk of Bulls: $96-$105
Cutting Bulls: $90-$105
Preg open hfrs: $no test
Hfrts: $no test

Feeder Cattle Fri, June 24th: 
We had 1000 feeders on Friday. We had a nice group of buyers and the market was fairly aggressive despite a lower under tone of the futures. With corn heading lower during the week, I was sure thinking Friday’s auction would be really active. Who would have thought that England would vote to leave the European Union and thus send shock waves through out financial sector? When you do business on a global scale I guess we should expect global consequences.  Here are some actual sales from Friday.
21 Strs 456# @ $192.00
28 Strs 550# @ $170.00
60 Strs 772# @ $141.50
81 Strs 864# @ $139.25
126 Strs 933# @ $133.75
29 Hfrs 520# @ $157.00
75 Hfrs 739# @ $140.00
69 Hfrs 752# @ $137.75
25 Hfrs 885# @ $130.25

If you have calves or yrlings to market please give us a call for an on the farm appraisal. Next auction is Friday, August 5th.

Bred Female/Pairs June 21st:
We had great attendance on our cow & breeding bull special . We had just short of 600 head of breds & pairs and an additional 52 head of breeding bulls. Thank you so much to all of the consignors & buyers for making this auction such a good one.
Young Pairs $1800-2100
Med Age Pairs: $1500-1800
Young Springers: $1400-1700
Young Fall bred: $1400-$1800
Bulls: most $1500-$2000, with a $3000 top.

  Like I’ve always said we love the cow business! Thank you again. We have cow special on August 9th