Our friends to the North just got assaulted this week with a brutal winter storm on Friday/Saturday. The Spring of 2018 has been one of the coldest and nastiest in recent memory. As cattle producers we understand the hard work that goes into this occupation. Let’s hope quickly that Mother Nature does her part and gets off our back. It’s hard to imagine that we are 2/3 done with April. It feels like we might be just wrapping up January! On the plus side the board had a nice up this week and live fed cattle moved up a tad. $120 live sure is nothing cuss about and putting $7-9 on the summer futures sure can make a big difference. Back to the bad news, if this thing ever wants to warm up I’m guessing our grass will take off like a rocket. Be prepared with high mag minerals and watch for grass tetany!
Fed Cattle/Weigh Cows Tues, April 10th:
We had a light run of fed cattle and the market Tuesday was playing defense. Large run of weigh ups and that market continues to underperform. It feels like indigestion that just won’t go away, maybe as we get to summer months supplies will start to dwindle.
Fat Cattle (78 head):
Str. Top - $117.85
Str. Choice - $116-$117.85
Bulk of Bulls: $85-$95
Bred Female Auction, Wed, April 4th:
Wednesday’s cow special led off with the 2J Angus bulls which were an awesome set. Top 2J bull fetched $7000 with a lot of good bulls from $2500-$3500. Heim Hereford bull were received quite well and we finished with the Two Oaks Red Angus bulls, probably the biggest & stoutest sets Brandon has every brought a town. We had an excellent run of cows & Bred hfrs and they were received quite well.
Bred Hfrs $1650-$1850
Front End Pairs: $1900-$2150
Feeder Calf/Yrlg, Fri, April 6th:
Friday’s Feeder auction featuring near 2300 head was extremely active. The trade ended a week that was about as bizarre as I’ve seen. By Wednesday morning at 10 the board was down hard again only to watch the trade make a drastic turnaround and by Thursday’s close May feeders were up $9 in about 27 hours. Never another bad day it seemed. Friday fixed that as the board sold off hard and renewed fears of the unstable market. Here are some actual sales from Friday’s auction.
10 Strs 443# @ $203.50