A good quality cattle was the trademark of the July Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization (NETBIO) Sale held Wednesday. The mid-summer sale exceeded the 5,000 head mark for only the second time in July, selling a total of 5,183 head of calves and yearlings.
“The sale went very well and I think the shippers (sellers) were pleased with the results,” said Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission co-owner David Fowler. “We had a lot of buyers on site and we sold quite a few over the Internet.”
There were 219 sellers of cattle in the sale, and 35 buyers purchased all the cattle at an average of $846.40 per head. Fowler said the buyers came from good distances to buy these feeders. The cattle will ship out from Sulphur springs to feed yards in the Texas panhandle, Oklahoma and Kansas.
“The producers who sell cattle at the NETBIO sale do a great job of pre-conditioning their calves and yearlings and getting them ready for the sale,” Fowler said. “That is why buyers like these cattle and come back for nearly every sale.”
Before the sale of cattle started, the NETBIO board of directors announced the winners of five $1,000 scholarships the organization awarded this year to college students majoring in agriculture. Board member Chris McClure introduced three of the recipients who were present while two were working and unable to attend the presentation.
The scholarships are given in the name of Jim Jacobs and Dr. J. D. Norris, two men involved in organizing NETBIO and who served as directors before their deaths.
Receiving the Jacobs Scholarships, each for $1,000, were Josh Haddox of Martinsville, TX who is attending Texas A&M University, College Station; Lauren Parker of Commerce, a masters degree student at Texas A&M University-Commerce; Grayson Russell of Mt. Pleasant, a student at Texas Tech University; and John Duke of Stephenville, a student at Tarleton State University.
The Dr. J.D. Norris Scholarship was presented to Oklahoma State University veterinary student Trey Kraft of Paris. Trey Norris made the presentation for the family.
Two more NEBIO Pre-conditioned Calf and Yearling Sales are scheduled this year. The next sale will be held on Wednesday, September 21. Weaning deadline for calves entering the sale is August 7. The last date for booster shots is August 22.
The final sale of the year is the anniversary sale, slated for November 16. That sale includes a BBQ lunch with all the trimmings. All the sales are held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission and begin at 1 p.m.