It’s hard to imagine but choppers are starting to roll around here. One thing is for sure is there will be a ton of roughage. Silage is a great feed source & maybe if you haven’t put any up in a while maybe it’s time to think about it. With rough hay and cornstalks as a carrier I’m guessing actual feed costs could be under 50 cents a pound cost of gain. Sunday we had the honor of helping raise a ton of money for the Sharon Tower’s memorial scholarship in Greene County. Helping out for great causes is still on of the best things I get to do. Over $50,000 was raised. I failed to mention 2 big local winners from the Iowa State Fair, Aaron Suhr had the grand champion steer and Wyatt Pryor had the 4th overall breeding hfr. Finally, our deepest sympathy to the Heiber family of Mapleton. Rest in peace Kim.

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tues, Aug 11th:
Fed cattle remain under pressure. Unfortunately this week with pressure from outside markets I’m guessing we’ll see lower results. Weigh cows seem to be trending fairly steady. I must admit a few years ago when oil started heading significantly higher I remember hearing all the experts “saying” how bad it would be for the economy. I must admit I agreed. Now that oil is dropping “experts” now say it’s also bad. I’ll have to admit I can’t quite figure that out.
Fat Cattle (  215 head):
Str. Top - $147.25
Str. Choice - $145-$147.25
Str. Select/Choice -$143-$145
2-Ways - $150-$155
Hfr. Top - $148.25
Hfr. Choice - $145-$148.25
Hfr. Select/Choice -$143-$145
2-Ways - $no test
Choice Holsteins - $no test
Select Holsteins - $no test
Fat Hfrts. - $no test
Weigh Cows 115 head):  
Top Cows: $108-$116
Bulk: $100-$107
Low Yield: $92-$100
Premium Bulls: $140-$145
Bulk of Bulls: $135-$140
Cutting Bulls: $145-$160
Preg open hfrs: $150-$165
Hfrts: $125-$150

Feeder Cattle Fri, Aug 7th:
Friday’s Anniversary auction was a barn burner. We kicked off at 11am and in a little over 5 hours we moved nearly 3200 head on an extremely active market. Several new crop calves & those with documented green tagged vaccinations were met with the most acceptances. Here are some results:
15 Strs 255# @ $470.00/lb.
24Strs 357# @ $361.00
30 Strs 440# @ $346.00
17 Strs 455# @ $337.50
12 Strs 514# @ $294.00
10 Strs 552# @ $293.00
15 Strs 603# @ $260.00
11 Strs 618# @ $265.00
154 Strs 724# @ $231.25
126 Strs 824# @ $219.00
65 Strs 852# @ $219.00
77 Strs 862# @ $218.00
10 Hfrs 284# @ $400.00
14 Hfrs 407# @ $308.00
9 Hfrs 451# @ $285.00
153 Hfrs 580# @ $254.00
16 Hfrs 579# @ $252.00
11 Hfrs 610# @ $247.00
39 Hfrs 723# @ $215.00
38 Hfrs 790# @ $203.75
16 Hfrs 802# @ $207.75
18 Hfrs 817# @ $205.50
10 Hfrs 889# @ $191.50
36 Hfrs 893# @ $189.00

Next Feeder Special is Friday, Sept 11th if you have calves or yrlings to market please give us a call for an on the farm appraisal.

Bred Female/Pairs Tuesday, August 11th:
Our female auction Tuesday was fantastic. Most of bred hfrs were of the highest quality. Topping the auction were 2 loads of fancy hfrs due to calve in January. They fetched $2850. 1 pot load of fall delivery hfrs brought $2750 on our video auction. The hfr trade was 2350-2850. Fall callers and pairs traded mostly from 2400-2800. We have several female auctions coming up. If you have any bred stock to move please let us know for an on the farm appraisal.

Our next cow special is on Tues, September 15th

 
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