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David Burton
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Springfield, MO 65807

November 30, 2018

Show-Me-Select Heifers Average $1586 At Nov 16 Sale

MT. VERNON, Mo. — The 39th sale of Show-Me-Select bred heifers at Joplin Regional Stockyards on Nov. 16 was a bit on the conservative side with an average price of $1586 on 311 head. The price range was $1150 to a top of $2100.

The top price of at the sale was on three black baldies due to calve from mid-March to mid-April. The consignor was Kathy Wheeler, Marionville. The buyer was Michael Scarlett, Billings a regular buyer at the sales since 2012.

The other lots bringing $2000 were four head from Tony Friga, Pomona that sold to Ray Brattin, Pineville and Sam Schaumann, Billings had three that sold to Dennis Reed, Rich Hill. The latter was a repeat buyer. Both of these $2000 heifer groups were red and red whitefaced.

There was a large attendance but bidding beyond $2000 was cautious. Before the sale, expectations were for an average price in the mid to upper $1700 range. That was well off the mark with only four consignors having an average above $1750.

Those were: Gilmore Farms, Aurora $1785 on 20 head; Sam Schaumann, Billings, ten head at $1780; John Wheeler, Marionville, 33 head at $1765; Goodnight Angus, Carthage, eight head at $1750.

"The weather and forage supply were often mentioned as the main factors in the lower prices compared to recent SMS sales," said Eldon Cole, field specialist in livestock for University of Missouri Extension.

Many farmers have reported using more hay in the past winter than normal, and the 2018 hay crop was short so not as many were ready to start bringing up their herd size yet.

"The surprise snows of early November could have been the straw that broke the camel's back, as farmers fear this coming winter could be long, cold and snowy," said Cole.

Overall, the sale was a good one and showed strong local interest.

"From my view, every sale is a good one for either the buyer or seller. This one certainly appears to have been good for those who bought SMS heifers for under $1600 to $1700," said Cole.

The SMS program gives producers a chance to add-value to home-raised or purchased heifers by incorporating breeding, health, and genetics into the development of the heifers during a 10 to 12 month period.


Cattle producers can learn more about new technology being used on Show-Me-Select heifers and others by attending an Open House and Timed Artificial Insemination Demonstration 8 a.m. to noon, Dec, 3 at the University's Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon. There is no charge. Topics will include estrus synchronization; EPD's use; sex-sorted semen; understanding genomics; plans for the Center's beef cow herd.


For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock field specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Lawrence County, (417) 466-3102; Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551; Dr. Randy Wiedmeier, in Ozark County at (417) 679-3525; or Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313.

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Source: Eldon Cole, (417) 466-3102

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