Monday, May 24, 2010

Show-Me-Select Bred Heifer Prices Average $1,336 at Spring Sale in Carthage

By David Burton
University Extension

The 22nd sale of Show-Me-Select bred heifers in southwest Missouri averaged $1,336 on 206 head at Joplin Regional Stockyards, May 21. The market was very steady, but buyer resistance was felt after bids passed $1,300, said Jackie Moore, auctioneer.

“Last week this market weakened,” Moore said. “I could probably have got $100 more per heifer a week or two ago.”

The sale top was $1,600 per head on seven black mottled-faced, F1 Hereford-Angus heifers consigned by John Wheeler, Marionville, Mo.

Among the 13 consignors, Wheeler had the highest average on his 25 head at $1,460, said Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist at Mount Vernon, Mo.

Close behind, with a $1,413 average, were John and Janet Massey, Aurora, Mo., who sold eight Angus-Simmental cross heifers. The Masseys have consigned heifers to each of the 22 Show-Me-Select sales since 1997.

All of the heifers are out of herds enrolled in the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program originated by David Patterson, MU Extension beef reproduction specialist. The yearlong educational program teaches improved reproduction management.

Of the 25 buyers at the Friday night sale, 15 were repeat buyers, who purchased 131 head or 64 percent of the offering. The volume buyer was a repeat customer, J. W. Phillips, Cabool, Mo. He bought 43 heifers.

“Color didn’t seem to make a lot of difference in the buyers’ choices,” Cole said. There were 112 head of straight black heifers that averaged $1,321. The 52 black white-faced or mottled-faced heifers averaged $1,381. And the 42 head of red, red-white faced, brindle heifers averaged $1,318.

There’s always a differing of opinions on whether the true baldies or the black mottled-faced heifers sell best,” Cole said. “The mottles won the price average this sale, $1,410 to $1,35

“Baldies have a predominately white face on a black heifer. The ‘mots,’ as some call them, have spots instead of pure white on the face,” he continued. “Both are out of Herford sire mated to an Angus cow. It’s a case of beauty being in the eye of the beholder.”

The Joplin Regional Stockyards offer both live auction and online bidding. About 25 people followed the sale online, with only two registered as buyers. One of those bid several times and finally purchased four head. He was bidding from Texas, but the heifers’ new home will be in southern Stone County, Cole said.

The next Show-Me-Select Heifer sale in southwest Missouri will be Nov. 19 for spring-calving heifers.

For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Mt. Vernon, (417) 466-3102; Gary Naylor in Dallas County, (417) 345-7551; and Dona Goede in Cedar County, (417) 276-3313.

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