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The beef marketing week ended on a significantly higher note as packer bids jumped big time and feeder markets across the country reported higher sales. So many people have predicted the “summer lull” in this market. We are at levels now that could extend feedlot profitability for some time. As per feeders there are several things to be excited about. October feeders are currently 25% higher than late October, 2016. That is a SIGNIFICANT move in the right direction. If we can hold that trend we should be looking at much better feeder values next fall.

So many things to talk about but I really want to focus on one. The fires that have devastated ranch families in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas & Colorado are mind boggling in their destruction. Thank you so much to Gene & Kelly Garrett, Ken Schechinger & Tim Graeve for encouraging & helping us organize and fundraiser to distribute funds through the cattleman’s groups in those respective states. Here is the list of donors who helped us raise over 46 thousand Friday during our precondition auction. It’s not too late to donate. Call Ruby in the office for details. Thanks again to all who donated. As always I am very proud to be associated with you all. As of Monday morning this is the current list of those who donated.

Carroll County Cattlemen                            $3000.00
Garrett Land & Cattle                                    
1750.00
Livestock Marketing Agency                        1500.00
Boone County Cattlemen                              1500.00
Shelby County Cattlemen                             1000.00
Creston Livestock Auction                            1000.00
Dunlap Livestock Auction                             1000.00
Dan Morgan Commodities                            1000.00
Art Farley                                                           1000.00
Woodbury County Cattlemen                      1000.00
Audubon County Cattlemen                        1000.00
Sac County Cattlemen                                   1000.00
Crawford County Cattlemen                        1000.00
Harrison County Cattlemen                          1000.00
Producers Livestock                                        1000.00
Western IA Precondition                               1000.00
Roy & Jan Tiarks                                              1000.00
Jim & Cindie Schaben                                     1000.00
Weborg Feedyard                                            1000.00
Twin Valley Vet Clinic                                       900.00
Humboldt County Cattlemen                         750.00
Vaughn Ranshaw                                              500.00
Cherokee County Cattlemen                          500.00
Ruth Schaben                                                     500.00
Green County Cattlemen                                500.00
4 County Fair                                                      500.00
Mark Janssen                                                      500.00
Al & Polly Pithan                                                500.00
Rowland Burton                                                 500.00
Monona County Cattlemen                            500.00
United Bank of Iowa                                         500.00
Harold Drogmiller                                              500.00
6M Feedyard, Steve & Jackie Meyer            500.00
Ida County Cattlemen                                      500.00
Two Oaks Red Angus, Brandon McHugh    500.00
West Pottawattamie County Fair                  500.00
Dan Wood                                                           500.00
Ken & Kate Schechinger                                  500.00
Maverick Roofing                                              500.00
Shelby Vet Clinic                                                500.00
Empire Land & Cattle                                       500.00
Kenneth Kline                                                     500.00
Cumming County Cattlemen                         500.00
Larry Knudsen                                                   500.00
Alan Calvin & Jared Bruhn                             500.00
Gary & Charlene Rupiper & Don Stessman 500.00
Gary Vetter                                                        500.00
Dennis & Beverly Menefee                            500.00

Abe Sandquist Natural Fertilizer                   400.00
Burt County Cattlemen                                   300.00
Craig County Cattlemen                                 300.00
Washington County Cattlemen                    300.00
Chester & Christopher Lee                             300.00
Kenny & Ruby Mumm                                   
300.00
Eric Monson                                                       300.00
Nemitz Trucking                                                300.00
Adam Laubenthal                                             300.00
Roger Kock                                                         300.00
Dan Burkhart                                                     300.00
Leonard Cattle Company                               300.00
Epperly Family, ADR Cattle                            250.00
Blazin B, Bob Boettger                                     250.00
Boyer Valley FFA                                               250.00
Dunlap Knight Riders 4-H                               250.00
Bryce Riessen                                                     250.00
Ron Bierl                                                             250.00
4-Lee Farms, Kenny McIntosh                      250.00
Al & Mary Cumming                                        250.00
Heller Implement                                              250.00
Craig Kelley                                                         250.00
Harrison & Crawford Co Corn Growers        250.00
Calhoun Co. Corn Growers                             250.00

Crop Production Services                               200.00
Joe & Beth Schaben                                         200.00
Van Arneman Family                                       200.00
Cass County Cattlemen                                   200.00
Dunlap Dairy Sweet                                         200.00
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph McGregor                          200.00
Brad Knudsen                                                    100.00
Jim & Sue Stephens                                         100.00
Alexander Family of Virginia                          100.00
Kennedy Feedyard                                           100.00
MC2 Inc. Chris Langer                                     100.00
Twin Pines, Bruning Family                            100.00
Kevin Parr                                                           100.00
David J. Kramer                                                 100.00
Tim Graeve                                                         100.00
Double S Bull Co., Shad Smith                      100.00
Pope Trucking                                                   100.00
Mason Fleenor                                                  100.00
Don Friedrichsen                                               100.00
Paulsrud Angus                                                 100.00
Brester Feedyard                                              100.00
D & K Hansen                                                     100.00
Corey & Ashley Donscheski                           100.00
Mike Dea                                                            100.00
Greg Fischer                                                       100.00
Chris Fleischman                                               100.00
Ed Brennen                                                        100.00
Paul & Jodi Klein                                               100.00
Tom Sokolowski                                               100.00
John Johnson                                                    100.00
Shelly Marquardt                                               50.00
Rich Ohlinger                                                       50.00
Steve & Judy Boyle                                            50.00
Brock Boyle                                                          50.00
Dan Madsen                                                        50.00
Mike Fara                                                              50.00
Fred & Mary Gruhn                                            20.00

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows  Tues, April 11th:
Fed cattle were lower off the extremely active market on April 4th. Weigh cows were no better as that market continues to be unimpressive. We have special weigh cow auctions on Tues, May 2nd & May 16th. If you have any fed cattle to market please call. We’d love to stop out.

Fat Cattle (134 head):
Str. Top - $126.75
Str. Choice - $124-$126.75
Str. Select/Choice - $120-$124
2-Ways - $no test
Hfr. Top - $124.75
Hfr. Choice - $123-$124.75
Hfr. Select/Choice - $120-$123
2-Ways - $no test
Choice Holsteins - $95
Select Holsteins - $80-$90
Fat Hfrts. - $90-$110
Weigh Cows 258 head):  
Top Cows: $70-$78
Bulk: $62-$69
Low Yield: $50-$60
Premium Bulls: $98-$105
Bulk of Bulls: $88-$96
Cutting Bulls: $90-$115
Preg open hfrs: $100-$120
Hfrts: $80-$100

FEEDER CATTLE, FRIDAY, April 7th:
Friday’s Western Iowa Precondition auction was the last one of the 2016-2017 season. Many thanks to the preconditioning board for their continued work. It’s been over 40 years that we’ve been involved in this fantastic program and we want to thank all the consignors and buyers for supporting it. Friday’s auction was as active of any we’ve had all year. The overall quality was outstanding with several nice strings of grass calves and replacement hfrs. Buyers from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois and Minnesota were very active. We sold near 2500 head and here are some results. Demand is excellent and our next upcoming specials are April 21st & May 5th.
44 Strs 533# @ $178.25
34 Strs 545# @ $180.25
18 Strs 598# @ $167.50
21 Strs 606# @ $169.50
32 Strs 711# @ $146.25
25 Strs 733# @ $144.75
52 Strs 770# @ $140.00
18 Strs 834# @ $134.00
56 Strs 878# @ $130.00
73 Strs 985# @ $124.75
23 Hfrs 434# @ $161.75
28 Hfrs 510# @ $155.00
13 Hfrs 564# @ $148.50
16 Hfrs 623# @ $145.00
18 Hfrs 631# @ $142.00
88 Hfrs 764# @ $127.00
Replacement Hfrs:
25 Hfrs 826# @ $151.00
50 Hfrs 830# @ $149.00
100 Hfrs 861# @ $144.00
We had an additional 200 replacement Hfrs 800-875# @ $130-142

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 April 21st  @ 11 am

Bred Female Wed, April 5th:
Wednesday’s pair, bred, and breeding bull auction was one of our largest April auctions in quite some time, selling over 1200 head of which 100 were breeding bulls. We kicked off with the 2J Angus bulls with a top of $5500 and a $3300 average.  Jake Heim went next with a great set of Herefords with a top near $4500. Our pair trade featured a nice string of Red Angus 1st calf Hfrs pairs. We love the cow business and marketing them is our pleasure. Here are the ranges.

Young Pairs: $1800-$2200
Med Age Pairs: $1550-2000
Aged Pairs: Split price to $200 premium ($1100-$1600)
Young Breds: $1600-$1900
Med Age Breds: $1200-$1600

Next Bred Female sale is Tues, May 2nd @ 12:30pm
Please don't forget if selling Cow/Calf Pairs we would like to have them delivered on Monday to help us get them paired up correctly.


 
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