Full-Service Cattle Sales & Marketing serving the Fallon, Nevada and Outlying Areas.
Next feeder sale: FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021
Despite sluggish prices on fats and yearlings month after month, buyers seem optimistic about buying light cattle and 6 weights for grass. We saw most of the 6 weight steers bring more $$$$$$ per head then their 800 pound brothers. Keep an eye on Deb Fischer’s “Cattle Market Transparency Act” and encourage your local cattleman’s associations to support it. We can not continue to let the Big Four rake in record profits while cow/calf, stocker and feeders continue to go further into the hole each year. Nevada is nearly all cow/calf with some stocker operations, while very few feedlots are still in operation. We are several hundred miles away from any packing facility. I cant help but think our Cattleman’s association & Nevada industry leaders would be happy to support legislation that gives us a fighting chance in the market place. It will be interesting to see if they can make a stand for the Ranchers of Nevada or cave into the pressure from NC”B”A to protect the poor packer. We need Teddy Roosevelt back, to bust up the BEEF Trust. It seems like a no brainer that all cattleman’s associations nationwide would be for legislation to help the cow/calf folks because they are the backbone of rural communities.
It is said that each dollar they spend rolls over in the local economy 5 to 7 times. Surprisingly many State affiliates of NCBA such as Kansas Cattlemens Association (KLA) and Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) are dead against any legislation that slows down the rapid pace of which the packers are breaking all independent cattle feeders, stocker operations and cow/calf ranches. These associations are ran and controlled by those who already went broke as independents and were forced to sell their soul to the packers. Maybe that’s partly why they want to see the rest of you fall also and be forced to take our marching orders every morning from corporate headquarters.
Corporate doesn’t care if your local tire shop, gas station, grocery store and feed store shut down. They only care about profits for their investors and their own own climb up the corporate ladder. If you want your kids to have the chance to raise cattle on the same land that you, your parents and grandparents did then now is the time to get involved. Everyone is so busy jumping through hoops to get their cattle into “programs” so they can squeeze another dollar out of their calves to try and survive, meanwhile the packer makes $5 for every $1 they give in premiums to the rancher. If we could just find a way to unite, maybe we could start telling the Packer what we want instead of jumping through their hoops every day.
Wouldn’t now be a great time to see our beef promotion checkoff dollars in an ad about how livestock grazing is helping save the environment in contrast of all the global warming BS by Bill Gates? But instead We get to see our dollar at work paying for beef ads in beef magazines. Good thing I saw that ad or I probably would have ordered the Tofu burger.
NATION’S LARGEST FEEDER SALE & THE 55th ANNUAL BULL SALE
Article from THE FALLON POST on March 1, 2021 written by Leanna Lehman:
Fallon is known for many things, one of them being the faint smell of manure in the air. Well, it’s not always faint. Some locals will tell you that is the smell of money. While that is also not always the case, a great deal of the stuff moved through the valley last week (February 18).
Feeder Sale: Nevada Livestock Marketing hosted its Special Feeder Sale cattle auction last Thursday, February 18. For those not in the cattle business, feeder cattle or “feeders” are calves generally less than 12 months. They are weaned steers (castrated males) and heifers that are large enough to go into feedlots, or out on grass.
According to Jack Payne, Nevada Livestock Marketing (NLM) owner, the Feeder Sale was a huge success. In fact, Corbitt Wall, who attended the event, included the highly anticipated sale in a recent Cattle Market Report. Wall noted that 8,000 head of cattle were run through the auction on Thursday and Friday, stating, “It was the biggest sale in the United States last week.” Some of the steers brought top-quota on prices at $195.75 per 100 pounds or in the range of $1,000 per head.. “You won’t see prices like that anywhere,” said Wall, “but you don’t see cattle like that anywhere else either.” Wall also attested to the apparent health and robustness of the animals. “They come off that high desert range, are dried off and you couldn’t kill one of them with a pick ax” Wall Said.
In addition to the astounding volume of cattle that NLM moved through the auction ring, is the even more astounding $6.5 million that rolled through town as a result. Money exchanged hands over several fronts – buyers to sellers, to restaurants and hotels, and for supplies and feed. Not to mention, the hundreds of gallons of fuel that was purchased for the 200+ trucks and semi-trailers that transported the animals.
“The cattleman’s gang says Nevada is an export-only state”, said Payne, referring to local ranchers and the the number of Nevada cattle that are sold by out-of-state entities. “I have always disagreed. Of the 8,000 head that were sold, only 2,000 were from Idaho, Oregon, California, Utah and Wyoming. We are reviving the sale barn way of marketing cattle that the out-of-state video markets have taken away from Nevada, and we are bringing jobs and tax revenues back to Nevada! We have the momentum right now and have to keep it up.”
Bull Sale: The Nevada Cattleman’s Association also held their 55th Annual Fallon All Breeds Bull Sale (FBS) last week. According to the Association, the bulls’ sifting and grading took place Friday morning while the dog trials got underway. Cattleman from California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah participated in the sale.
Nevada Livestock Marketing will be providing burgers and beverages. Please join us and get involved before it’s too late.
Call Jack Payne for more information.
Have a great day and we look forward to seeing you soon