It is another week and another story in the cattle market! Rain, snow and moisture have been plentiful this last week and the market seems to like it! Maybe all it needed was the moisture to make sure that nothing had messed with Mother Nature! Everything else seems to be out of whack, but a little moisture is always welcome!

Calves, yearlings, futures and frogs all seem to like the moisture. The calf market has certainly seen more activity and better prices, while the yearlings and futures, although somewhat hesitant, have gained a little action also. Although prices are not as high as a few years ago, they are definitely higher on the average than the last 100 years! What is wrong with selling a $500.00 calf? And what is wrong with turning out one on the wheat?

There sure seems to be some more interest in grazing wheat. With the wheat worth half or less of what it was last year, it might be a good opportunity to get some extra income. Of course, whether the wheat is worth $12.00 or $2.00, it is always an opportunity to make some money with cattle on wheat pasture! And sure do not overlook those heifers and cows!

It always seems like everyone has to have a 400 to 525 pound steer calf, weaned, out of the north, thin and ready on the first day of November! Of course, when everyone wants to do the same thing prices get higher. It is always amazing how some of these steer calves can bring $10.00 to $20.00 a hundred more than their sisters as calves, but yet when they are fat they all bring the same, and the girls might bring more! And what about those big calves weighing 600 to 700 lbs? For about the same dollars per head or just a shade more, a person can gain 100 pounds of calf. Since we are selling them by the pound, how can that be wrong?

Whether the cattle gain two pounds a day or three, at the end of the season, those big cattle are still going to be 100 pounds heavier and at $90.00/cwt, that adds up to a lot of money! If a person turns out $550.00 and takes in $800.00 instead of $700.00, would not that be more money in your pocket? If a heifer costs $90.00 as a calf, and brings $90.00 when she weighs 750 and it only costs $40.00 to put it on, isn’t that making money too, and with less risk?

Apparently there is peace in the world, according to the prizes given away. The cattle numbers are down, the wheat is coming up, and there is moisture with sunshine coming – what a great combination! Take advantage of the opportunities here in America!

SPECIAL CALF SALES AT WINTER LIVESTOCK IN ENID:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2009
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2009
LOTS OF WEANED CALVES AND CALVES OFF THE COW! PLAN ON COMING OR WATCHING!