by Paul Bailey
The May Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization’s (NETBIO) Pre-Conditioned Calf and Yearling Sale held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission Wednesday attracted a full house of buyers, sellers and visitors, and continued its record-setting trend in 2017.
Consigners shipped 6,643 head of calves and yearlings to the sale, a new record for a May sale. Those cattle sold for an average of $875.19 per head.
“It was an excellent sale and we had a lot of buyer interest in cattle being purchased that will be shipped to summer grazing,” said David Fowler, co-owner of the livestock commission. “There was also a lot of interest among the buyers in replacement cattle, and they sold really well.”
A total of 298 producers from Texas and neighboring states shipped cattle to the sale. Fowler said that in addition to the 31 buyers who bought cattle at the sale, a total of 2,235 head of the pre-conditioned calves and yearlings were purchased via Internet bidding.
“It was a very good offering of cattle and buyers recognized the excellent quality,” Fowler said. “The demand for all weights and kinds of cattle was good, and it was again evident that producers are doing a great job of pre-conditioning and getting their cattle ready for this sale.”
The next sale will be held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission on Wednesday, July 19. The weaning deadline for calves consigned to that sale is June 4. The last date for booster shots is June 19.
The July sale will be followed by a sale on September 20 and the anniversary sale on November 15.
The NETBIO Pre-Conditioned Stocker and Feeder Calf Sale gives producers a market to offer their pre-conditioned calves and yearlings in load lot quantities. NETBIO holds seven pre-conditioned calf sales per year, which is the marketing arm for members of the organization.
For more information about the NETBIO organization or the sales, call Fowler or Joe Don Pogue at 903-885-2455 or email them at [email protected]