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Monday morning’s ice was not a pleasant thing to wake up too. It sure took some sand & chains to get chores done. Speaking of shores we’ve been calving out a few hfrs to some proven calving ease bulls. It is amazing how much EPD’s have changed that part of our industry. I know that you can still get some that tip the scales more than we like but the consistency in the bulls we’re using and the hfrs that are starting as mommas is just crazy better, than it used to be. We love the cow business and lave talking about it. Call us any time you like. Speaking of that best of luck to all of you

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tues, Feb 13th:
Fed Cattle were $2 higher. Let’s keep this thing creeping in the right direction. Weigh cows saw their biggest jump since the summer. Will it stay or will it go? Numbers should be decreasing as we move into heavier calving times.
Fat Cattle (247 head):
Str. Top - $128
Str. Choice - $124-$128
Str. Select/Choice - $120-$124
2-Ways - $no test
Hfr. Top - $128
Hfr. Choice - $124
Hfr. Select/Choice - $120-$124
2-Ways - $no test
Choice Holsteins - $no test
Select Holsteins - $83.75
Fat Hfrts. - $80-$95
Weigh Cows 243 head):
Top Cows: $70-$76
Bulk: $60-$70
Low Yield: $45-$55
Premium Bulls: $95-$100
Bulk of Bulls: $87-$95
Cutting Bulls: $90-$110
Preg open hfrs: $105-$125
Hfrts: $75-$90

We sold close to 3500 precondition feeders Friday on an outstanding market. Thank you to Buyers & Sellers for making it so successful. Here are a few actual sales.
55 Strs 529# @ $196.50
17 Strs 600# @ $184.00
33 Strs 663# @ $169.50       
13 Strs 730# @ $162.75       
52 Strs 832# @ $152.25         
10 Hfrs 407# @ $185.00
27 Hfrs 511# @ $172.00
32 Hfrs 659# @ $156.00
13 Hfrs 708# @ $151.00
97 Hfrs 734# @ $145.80

If you have calves or yrlings to market please give us a call for an on the farm appraisal. Next auction is 
Special Calf/Yrlg Friday, Feb 23rd @ 11am  
Western Iowa Preconditioned Calf/Yrlg Friday March 2nd  @ 11 am.  

We sold 1750 cows & bred Hfrs on last wed “Sweetheart” cow sale. Demand was terrific. The bull bred Hfr trade was $1650-$1950, with AI’d Hfrs or ultra sounded Hfrs at the top end. For those of you breeding Hfrs for 2018 please get your hfrs ultra sounded in the fall, putting them into short calving intervals. It only cost a few dollars and can add big dollars to your bottom line. There were several dispersals ranging in price on the young cows from $1500-$1900. Solid mouth form $1150-$1475 and aged cows $900-$1050. Next cow special is Wed, 2-21.

Our next big Bred female special is  Wed, Feb 21st.