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Well the 10 day forecast looks like March is heading out like a lamb. We’ve been so fortunate with some great weather the past few weeks.  Let’s hope soon we’ll have a nice warm inch of rain and then head to some spring field work. I do have a few colorful adjectives to use to describe the recent NCAA Basketball weekend but I reserved them for private conversations. Good luck with continued spring calving. Don’t forget sometime to check for breeding soundness on your herd bulls. Great rule of thumb is a good bull is half your herd and a bad bull is all of your herd.

Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tues, March 17th:
Fed cattle are working their way higher. Do we have more “up” in the market? I sure think so, actually several factors seem to be in favor of fed cattle working higher. Let’s hope demand keeps up & with soon to be had better weather on the east coast, let’s get the grills fired up. Demand for lean hamburger is high & that is keeping weigh cows/bulls humming along.

Fat Cattle (164 head):
Str. Top - $161
Str. Choice - $158-$161
Str. Select/Choice - $155-$158
2-Ways - $no test
Hfr. Top - $159.75
Hfr. Choice - $158-$159.75
Hfr. Select/Choice - $155-$158
2-Ways - $no test
Choice Holsteins - $140-$145
Select Holsteins - $125-$135
Fat Hfrts. - $125-$140
Weigh Cows 337 head):  
Top Cows: $113-$124
Bulk: $103-$115
Low Yield: $90-$100
Premium Bulls: $155-$160
Bulk of Bulls: $145-$155
Cutting Bulls: $140-$170
Preg open hfrs: $160-$180
Hfrts: $135-$165

FEEDER CATTLE, Fri, Mar 20th:
Great crowd and a much stronger yearling market on Friday. Prices crept back up toward the 1st of January range. We sold over 2100 feeders and we really appreciate all the support. If you have green tagged/preconditioned feeders to market we have Western Iowa precondition auctions on Friday March 27th & and Fri, April 17th. In addition we have a calf/yrlg special on April 10th.

Here are some results:
Strs 747# @ $225.50
266 Strs 778# @ $219.75
15 Strs 808# @ $220.50
20 Strs 821# @ $221.00
69 Strs 850# @ $213.00
64 Strs 853# @ $217.75
18 Strs 949# @ $201.25

40 Hfrs 550# @ $251.75
11 Hfrs 550# @ $245.00
136 Hfrs 668# @ $222.00
68 Hfrs 753# @ $206.50
69 Hfrs 772# @ $206.00
47 Hfrs 800# @ $196.50
53 Hfrs 810# @ $196.75
Replacement Hfrs:

13 Hfrs 913# @ $223.00

Western Iowa Precondition Calf/Yrlg sale Friday, Mar 27th @ 11am

Our next feeder cattle special is Friday April 10th. Please call the office for an on the farm appraisal.


BRED FEMALE Wed, March 18th:
What a smoking good cow auction we conducted on Wednesday. Demand is just fantastic. We offered just short of 1000 head and we were so fortunate to be done before 5pm. The York Creek Red Angus bulls were a stout set with the top bull heading out at $5500. Top bred cows of the day fetched $3125. Top Pairs @ $3550, and top bred Hfrs at $2900. Next special cow auction is Wed, April 1st featuring 2J Angus bulls, Bormann Red Angus & Simmental bulls & Heim Hereford Bulls. Here are the ranges:
Top Young Breds $2800-$3125
Top End Bred Hfrs: $2600-$2900
Top End Med Age: $2300-$2700
Aged Cows: $1800-$2100
Young Pairs: $3000-$3550
Young Fall Breds: $2200-$2575


Next Bred Female/Pairs Auction is Wednesday April 1st @ 11am



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