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Re: What % of calves will sell??
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2010, 10:35:40 AM »
based on last year, and we have been doing this for a while, we will sell about 25% of the calves born at premiums to the feeder market.  Take into account, time, AI cost, embyo costs, creep feed, etc and you can hope to break even vs selling high growth feeders, without selling one for big $$$$.  We all hope to sell that 5 digit calf, but it is much more rare than common.  No doubt you will pay some tuition for your education in this business and you must love it to continue.  be critical on the cattle you retain to sell in the fall as prospects.  a hard lesson to learn, but that calf that you keep around that is "maybe" good enough will end up costing you in the end.  it cost $$ to feed, clip and market an average one that will not bring a nice premium.

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Re: What % of calves will sell??
« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2010, 01:57:41 PM »

Been out of this business for 2 1/2 years, but things don't seemed to have changed much other than the fact that more and more people seem to purchase from production sales rather than private treaty.  I believe 90% of those get less and pay more, but that's discussion for another thread.

The most cows I ever owned was 18, and was pretty successful at keeping only 12 most of the time.  I will have to qualify the rest of this by stating we had Exceptional Cows.  All were high % Maine-Anjou for the first 11 years, and later retained 4 double registerd Simm/Maine heifers which began production in 2003.
 
Each year we picked the top 2 or 3 calves for our girls to show, and sold the rest private treaty for at least double the market price, and usually more.  Each year we retired a heifer from the Show ring which we determined to be better than our weakest cow, we would sell that cow by private treaty for 2 - 3 times market value.  We showed very few steers, so most Bull calves were sold as yearlings, also by private treaty.  The only thing that ever went through the commercail sale ring was old, and/or barren cows.

I said all that to say this:  in our 18 years of production show calves, 100% were sold as show calves, retained for breeding stock, or exhibited by us.  Our girls and I did our fair share of word-of-mouth marketing, plus I put up a website about 10 years ago.  Only once did I ever consign any calves to a sale, and I could have gotten more money by a private treaty deal.

So, I say, sure, you can easily sell 50% or more of your calves at a premium, but you better know your market, and have exceptionl cows which will produce a quality calf every time.

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Re: What % of calves will sell??
« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2010, 02:06:06 PM »
I'd say to expect the conservative 10% and then like the others said, anything else is the cream.      One thing to consider or at least in my area of the country is what are you going to do with your bottom end?   The off color or hairy calves at our local sale barns really get hit on price.   Guess what I'm saying is even if you sell 10% for a premium, remember that you might be selling 20% at a lower than market price.   JMO..   

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Re: What % of calves will sell??
« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2010, 06:37:44 PM »
Thanks for all your imput.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2010, 08:23:05 AM by shufly »

 

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