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Sale Day or “What’s Wrong with my Shirt?”

During the course of the year, we sell our calves as they reach a weight that is valuable in the marketplace – this may mean we’ll have 3 or 4 days which we sell groups of calves.  Monday was such a day with 200 head going to market at North Missouri Livestock Auction in Milan, MO.  (also find them on facebook)

Calves resting in the shade. These will be sold on Monday.
Calves resting in the shade. These will be sold on Monday.  Description:  200 Hd mixed Steers and Heifers, Red, RWF, Black, BWF 500-650 lbs, 2 Rd Shots of IBR-BVD-PI3 & 7-way. Steers cut with knife, Heifers Calfhood vaccinated. All work done by Brookfield Vet Clinic. Weaned and growing on grass. No grain, NO IMPLANTS

The calves had already been sorted, so Monday morning just meant gouping into trailer load lots.  The number in each lot varied by trailer size.

John brought the Ford up earlier and I pulled in here with the Dodge. Once the white pickup trailer was loaded, I took it on up to Milan.
John brought the Ford up earlier and I pulled in here with the Dodge and trailer that is almost identical to the one shown here. Once the white pickup trailer was loaded, I took it on up to Milan.

Our little stock trailers are 7ft by 24 ft, so we can haul about 25 head of the five weight calves.  I was the first one to load out for the trip to Milan and would return for a second load.  Roundtrip is about an hour and 15 minutes.

Now that my husband has sold some of his calves, he’s offered to buy me a new shirt.  WHAT!  Aint’ nuthin’ wrong with my shirt?! 😉

2015 summer work shirt. 100% cotton - Second hand price $1.00. Yup, i'll toss it at the end of the season.
2015 summer work shirt. 100% cotton – Second hand price $1.00. Yup, i’ll toss it at the end of the season.

Sale Day!

I completely forgot to take a camera for a photo for this blog.  Good grief.  Nevertheless, today was one of our few ‘paydays’.  Cattle prices are excellent so we brought home a nice cheque.  These past couple years have been a real blessing to get a decent return on working hard all year.

The cattle all handled well – the only hiccup was when Rick’s trailer broke an axle north of Purdin.  Fortunately, he was paying attention and saw the black smoke from the tires rubbing together and had the mind to pull off onto a gravel road as quickly as possible.  Not only that, but chose the safer of the two choices since he knew we’d have to back another trailer up to his to switch the calves onto the other trailer.  Thankfully, Allen was just coming back from Milan with the empty trailer and he and Rick moved the calves to his and Allen took the calves on up to the sale.  Rick’s dad was also coming back from hauling a load up, so he did some bandage repairs and limped it home for a better fix.

A light potload of Allen’s calves topped the market – selling very well.  The remainder of his calves also sold well.  My top end sold as well as i could have expected, but due to various mistakes through the year, the rest of the calves were not the quality to bring top prices.   They sold for what they were worth.  Hopefully, next year’s calves will be better top to bottom.

Cheers!

tauna