Setting records has become a tradition for the NETBIO (Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization) Pre-conditioned Calf and Yearling sale — and the January sale was no different despite the rainy, wet and cold conditions.
The sale, held Wednesday at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission, was the largest January sale in NETBIO’s nearly 20-year history, with producers selling 7,716 head of cattle.
“It was a very good sale and there were a lot of good conditioned grazing cattle that went through the ring,” said Livestock Commission co-owner David Fowler. “Despite the wet, cool weather, things went well and our employees did a great job working through the weather conditions.”
Fowler said the cattle held up good through the wet conditions. The demand for the cattle was good, and replacements were in high demand.
A total of 308 sellers brought cattle to the market center for the sale, and 44 buyers purchased the cattle at an average of $770.70 per head.
“We had several feedlot buyers at the sale and bidding, and buying, was very active over the Internet,” Fowler said. “We want to thank the buyers and sellers for their efforts and dedication to the NETBIO Sale, Fowler added.
With the January NETBIO sale now in the record books, the March sale is already looming large. Fowler said consignments are already coming in for the March 15 pre-conditioned sale.
“If producers have cattle they are planning to sell in it, they should get ear tags now,” Fowler said. “We had to close the books on the January sale quite early, and that may be the case for March.”
Cattle to be offered in the March sale should be weaned by January 29 and deadline for the last booster is February 13.
Consigners can call the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission at 903-885-2455 to get their tags and consignment sheets for cattle they want to enter in the sale.
The sale begins at 1 p.m. and buyers, sellers and guests are always invited to come early, eat lunch in the café and look over the cattle before the sale.