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I’m guessing I gained about 10# this weekend with all the graduation parties. It is such an exciting time for all the young men and women as they head out to really “start” their lives. Memorial Day is coming up and we honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and also remember all the loved ones we have lost. It is so beautiful how our local rural cemeteries look this time of year. Be safe in all your travel plans. Lots of news about the potential merger between agriculture giants, Monsanto and Bayer. Bayer a German company seems to be pushing it. Dow-Dupont merged, Syngenta gets bought out by a Chinese company, and now this. I’m guessing there won’t be many players when it all shakes out. Looks like a great deal for big business and very discouraging for competition and the independent farmers who do business with them.

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tues, May 17th:
Tuesday’s fed cattle was disapprovingly a little lower. By week’s end the market had sold off a tad more. Carcass weights are dropping and I’m guessing new crop finished calves will be coming in lighter than expected. I’m still holding out for a summer rally. Weigh cows were steady again on our weigh cow special. We have weigh cow specials on Tues, June 7th and 21st.
Fat Cattle (163 head):
Str. Top - $126.50
Str. Choice - $123-$126.50
Str. Select/Choice -$122-$124
2-Ways - $no test
Hfr. Top - $127.75
Hfr. Choice - $124-$127.75
Hfr. Select/Choice -$122-$124
2-Ways - $no test
Choice Holsteins - $109-$112
Select Holsteins - $100-$105
Fat Hfrts. - $no test
Weigh Cows 311 head):
Top Cows: $78-$83
Bulk: $67-$77
Low Yield: $60-$65
Premium Bulls: $100-$105
Bulk of Bulls: $90-$100
Cutting Bulls: $90-$110
Preg open hfrs: $105-$115
Hfrts: $95-$125

Feeder Cattle Fri, May 13th: 
We sold 2753 cattle on Friday on our May feeder special. Despite a board Friday that was significantly lower, the market was dollars higher than just 3 weeks ago. We appreciate all of your support. Our next calf/yrlg special is Fri, June 3rd.  Here are some results.

11 Strs 405# @ $211.00
8   Strs 575# @ $190.00
12 Strs 592# @ $179.00
24 Strs 627# @ $175.00
24 Strs 707# @ $160.50
108 Strs 788# @ $163.75
11 Strs 853# @ $148.25
23 Hfrs 419# @ $179.50
12 Hfrs 538# @ $161.00
52 Hfrs 605# @ $160.25
180 Hfrs 616# @ $160.00
90 Hfrs 795# @ $138.50
55 Replacement Hfrs 855# @ $143.00
40 Replacement Hfrs 710# @ $159.00

If you have calves or yrlings to market please give us a call for an on the farm appraisal. Next auction is Friday, June 3rd.

Bred Female/Pairs Wed, May 17th:
We had just short of 1800 head of cow/calf pairs, bred cows & breeding bulls on our big cow special Tues. We definitely had a “planting” crowd which softened the market some however it remained very active from start to finish. There were over 600 head of females with calves at side and the average price straight through from young to old was $2041, which was about $80/pair cheaper than 2 weeks ago. Here are the ranges: 1st calf hfr pairs traded $2100-$2500. Young Pairs $1900-$2300, Med age Pairs $1600-$1975, Aged Pairs $1350-$1675. Young bred were $1450-$1800. We had 65 breeding bulls. Top bull fetched $4600, and the Kline Angus averaged $2554 and the Trickle Creek (Raasch) Red Angus averaged $3530. Most consigned bulls were $1500-$2000. One thing that was nice was we only split approx. 10 pairs. We really appreciate all your support. Like I’ve always said we love the cow business! Thank you again. We have cow specials on Tues, June 7th & 21st.