Livestock producers from throughout Texas and some neighboring states converged on the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission Wednesday to sell their cattle at the July Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization’s pre-conditioned stocker and feeder calf sale.
“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 their cattle. That is why buyers like these cattle and come back for nearly every sale.”
Fowler said the market was good and the quality of the cattle was excellent. “I believe the sellers were pleased with the result of the sale.” When the sale was complete, the cattle ended up selling for $908.61 per head.
Consignors shipped 5,285 head of calves and yearlings to the NETBIO sale that drew a full house of sellers, buyers and visitors.
A total of 246 producers sent cattle to the sale and 31 buyers purchased all of the cattle, including those bidding over the Internet. Fowler said one Internet buyer was on vacation at Gulf Shores, Alabama and took time to buy over 100 head of NETBIO cattle during the afternoon.
Most of the feeder cattle purchased at the sale were destined for the Texas Panhandle, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Two more NEBIO Pre-conditioned Calf and Yearling Sales are scheduled this year. The next sale will be held on Wednesday, September 20. Weaning deadline for calves entering that sale is August 7.
The final sale of the year is the anniversary sale, slated for November 15. . The weaning deadline for calves consigned to that sale is Oct. 1. 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.