Prices remain a positive headed into fall 

Cattle make fewer trips to the feedbunk during muddy conditions, which results in lower feed intake. (Courtesy photo by Troy Walz.)

Slaughter cows and bulls were some cheaper this past week but it is the time of year when that usually happens. However, they are still at a very good price compared to what we would have ever thought. 

"Just A Scoopful" - Jerry Nine
“Just A Scoopful” – Jerry Nine

And this time of year a cow will often get thinner and have less yield at the same time. In our area when it finally started raining at the end of April and rained a lot our grass grew so fast that I would guess some of the grass had less protein than usual. 

However, most of the cows we are seeing are medium flesh and better so far. There is good demand for young bred cows and pairs. We had an estate dispersal with some 5- and 6-year-old bred cows bringing $2,350 and some 3- and 4-year-old pairs that were bred back bringing $3,050. 

Calf prices seem cheaper on the unweaned ones as you hear a lot more talk of sickness. On the extremely nice calves the market seems to be very good. 

They have a vaccine now that you apply to the nose and the back of the head on a calf when first processing that is supposed to calm the calf down plus one man said the calves do not bawl for their mothers as much using that either. We have started using it some and I’ll have more of an opinion on it later. 

The preacher said Sunday to stop saying, “I can’t because often you are saying I don’t want to.” 

There was a rancher who was broke and didn’t have enough money to eat. He stopped by a man selling boxes of peaches. He told the man, “I don’t have any money but I knew I can sell these peaches a few at a time and I will bring you back your $20 for that box of peaches if you will trust me.” 

The man said, “OK, here is a box of peaches.” So the rancher went to the first house. A woman answered the door and he said, “Would you buy some peaches?” She said, “No.” And slammed the door. So he went to the second house and a woman answered the door. He said, “Ma’am, would you buy a few peaches?” She said, “Sir, I can’t. I watch my diet and so I don’t eat peaches.” 

So he went to the third house and woman answered the door in a night gown and she was very nice looking. The rancher thought to himself, “If this lady is interested in trading I hate to tell the man selling these peaches but he just won’t get his money back.” 

Editor’s note: The views expressed here are the author’s own and do not represent the view of High Plains Journal. Jerry