12-12-17 We sold a total of 709 head this week. 12 bulls, 52 lb cows, 99 bred cows, 23 cw/cf pairs, and 547 feeder cfs. Overall I'm going to call the market steady yesterday compared to last week. Replacement cattle were higher, with the top end of the cw/cf pairs around $1600. The top end of the bred cows were $1350 with the majority in the 850-1050 range. Butcher cows were a littler better, with #1 cows in the 60-66 range. High cow was 74. Feeders seemed to be a little higher. I have to say good quality calves sold really well. The cheaper calves were the oddballs, short fats, and older calves, although not as cheap as last week. There is not really a good market for anything with small frame carrying a lot of flesh right now. They were being knocked back as much as .60-.70 from the good calves. Typically, we see prices get a little better after the first of the new year. However, the futures market is not pointing that way. I cant help but think we may be seeing the best prices we're going to see for a while. Remember, only one more sale this year so if you have any older cows standing around that just keep getting thinner it may be a good idea to have them here next week before we take two weeks off. Odds, shorts, and plains still seeing a discount. Please make sure you have minerals out for your cattle. Visit the USDA Market Report for a full detail report. Call for more info. We've had a great year here at Franklin County Livestock and would like to say thank you to all of our customers, both buyers and sellers! Come join us next week for lunch and give us the opporitunity to say thanks in person.
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