Hope that the New Year finds everyone in good health. If you got to spend time over the holidays with family – that’s a blessing! We were able to do some upgrading at the sale barn with the 2 weeks without sales. Our new loadout pens are 99% complete and we are proud of them. They should be much safer for both our buyers and our employees. Ms. Sherry also got it arranged to get our floors cleaned, stripped, and waxed. The company did a good job and we want to keep them looking clean as long as possible.
We came back to a hot market on the first sale of the year. We had 723 head which is not bad considering the weather on Sunday and the wet conditions. Hopefully we are looking at a few days of warmer temperature and sunshine.
Had the opportunity to sell a small set of young English cows for Dexter Herring, that were for the most part heavy bred. Good bags and good dispositions and bidding was hot and heavy. When we have a chance to advertise in-coming stocker cows, it usually is a positive thing.
Slaughter cows and bulls were both called higher. Best cow bring $77.00 per hundred and best bull bring $1.06. Yearlings/calves were higher or mixed. Watched some 300-pound steers bring $2.25 per pound. A group of 5 wt. steers brought $1.89. Heifers are pretty much $20 to $25 per pound cheaper than steers. Some activity from local grazers.
The weather sure did a number on our ryegrass, wheat, and oats. I have noticed that the grass on prepared seedbeds seem to be bouncing back faster than the scratched-in grass. Stocking rates are sure lower than last year while waiting for grass to recover. Bright side is that the futures board seems to be on a positive note.
Look forward to seeing everyone next week and stay safe.