Livestock producers from throughout Texas and neighboring states converged on the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission Wednesday to market their cattle at the May Northeast Texas Beef Improvement pre-conditioned stocker and feeder calf sale.
Consignors shipped 5,162 head of calves and yearlings to the NETBIO sale that drew a big crowd of sellers, buyers and visitors.
“We had a lot of good cattle consigned to the sale and there was a lot of interest from the buyers — both those at the sale and some buying over the Internet,” said David Fowler, co-owner of the livestock commission. “The producers continued to do a great job of pre-conditioning and getting their cattle ready for this sale.”
Fowler said feedlots buyers were well represented, along with many buyers from throughout the region. “It was a very good offering of cattle and buyers recognized the excellent quality,” Fowler said.
The demand was very good for all weights of cattle as 32 buyers purchased the 5,162 head that went through the sale ring. They paid an average of $886.42 per head, a record for a May sale.
Once again the numbers of shippers (sellers) exceeded 200 — growing to 238 for this sale. At the same time, membership to the NETBIO pre-conditioning and marketing program continued to grow.
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.
The next sale will be held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission on Wednesday, July 20. The weaning deadline for calves consigned to that sale is June 5. The last date for booster shots is June 20.
That sale will be followed by a sale on September 21, followed by the anniversary sale on November 16.