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As I write this early Monday morning it appears the stock market might open several points stronger. Much has been said this past week about the markets. Let’s hope we’ll find stability this week and keep things humming along. Markets don’t go up every day and they don’t go down every day, but as they go up and down it darn sure can give you an upset stomach. Speaking of upset stomachs I had the chance to spend 2 ½ wonderful days at the Iowa State Fair with my daughter. Her Hfr. finished 3rd out of 7th, we were very happy. Besides too many gyros, pizza & trips to the lemonade stand I’m constantly reminded of all the hard VOLUNTEER work that goes on to make these fairs so memorable. I showed cattle at the Iowa State fair and have great memories. Now my daughter gets those same chances. Thanks in great part to the men & women who make it happen! Thank you so much.

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tues, Aug 12th:
The board and somewhat the cutouts have backed off and we expected a lower fed cattle market. Probably $3-5 lower. Can we now find support at these levels? The discounted board and this current basis may hold this support. Weigh cows are acting like they want to follow the fed cattle in sympathy. Short numbers may not let it happen. Next Weigh cow specials are Tues, Aug 26th & Sept 9th.

Fat Cattle (231 head):
Str. Top - $158.75
Str. Choice - $156-$158.75
Str. Select/Choice - $153-$156
2-Ways - $158-$165
Hfr. Top - $157.50
Hfr. Choice - $154-$157.50
Hfr. Select/Choice - $151-$154
2-Ways - $155-$163
Choice Holsteins - $135-$139.10
Select Holsteins - $128-$135
Fat Hfrts. - $115-$135
Weigh Cows (113 head):  
Top Cows: $125-$130
Bulk: $115-$125
Low Yield: $100-$107
Premium Bulls: $148-$154
Bulk of Bulls: $135-$145
Cutting Bulls: $130-$160
Preg open hfrs: $150-$175
Hfrts: $110-$140

Feeder Cattle, Friday, Aug 1st:
After 2 days of limit down feeder futures our 64th  Anniversary was 1 for the record books. We sold 3031 cattle through the ring in addition to offering 200 video Bred Hfrs. The market was smoking throughout the day. So many thanks to all who did so much work to make it possible. Most notably thanks to the buyers and sellers for showing confidence in our program. Very few new crop calves sold. Here are some actual sales results:
13  Strs 459# @ $351.00
10  Strs 480# @ $313.00
9
   Strs 594# @ $300.00
34
 Strs 595# @ $299.00
21
 Strs 595# @ $297.00
14
 Strs 665# @ $275.00
12
 Strs 685# @ $272.00
16
 Strs 703# @ $254.00
14
 Strs 735# @ $250.50
34  Strs 820# @ $231.25
80  Strs 879# @ $230.00
77  Strs 902# @ $218.00
56  Strs 1194# @ $182.00
12  Hfrs 505# @ $274.00
99
  Hfrs 566# @ $267.00
49
  Hfrs 604# @ $256.00
36  Hfrs 676# @ $250.00
19
  Hfrs 684# @ $254.00
74
  Hfrs 707# @ $234.50
12  Hfrs 818# @ $229.00
176
  Hfrs 802# @ $212.00
75
  Hfrs 813# @ $210.00
58 Bred Hfrs, Feb clvs 950# @ $2450/hd 


Our next feeder cattle special is Friday August 22nd. Please call the office for an on the farm appraisal.

 

BRED FEMALE Tues, Aug 5th:
What an incredible cow auction. Easily the stoutest one I’ve ever been a part of. Huge crowd there to evaluate one awesome set of cows. With moisture and pasture conditions looking like the first part of June its no wander why there was so much demand. One dispersal of 70 hd of pairs with April 275# calves at side averaged near $3500 with a top of $3675. The fall calvers topped with 2 pot loads of springers at $3000 and the balance mostly $2500-$2800. Thank you to all the buyers and sellers for making it such a wonderful auction.

Next Bred Female/Pairs Auction is Tues, Aug 26th


 

 

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