- Feb 11, 2005
- Reaction score
- northern Nebraska Sandhills
Got pairs in off a meadow last evening
Kosmo and Peach were horseback, but the cows recognized the sound of the feed pickup
And came running to see if there were any goodies available
They showed quite a bit of enthusiasm.
Corralling the pairs this morning
With our all-family crew
Fumbling with a wire
Ready to let cows out the gate
And hold the calves back
Beef on the hoof
The one in the middle shows evidence of one last suck
One last sip of the jug
Black hided steer calves
Whoops, this may be upside down.
Yep, it was.
The buyer brought doughnuts.
The grins are evidence of a successful transaction. These calves were sold about a month and a half ago. Base weight was 600 pounds,
with an eight cent per pound slide in the buyer's favor. The price was $150 per cwt, with the trucks weighed in Valentine and weighed back
after a 55 mile haul, with a two percent pencil shrink. The calves weighed better than expected, and averaged 665 pounds after the two
percent shrink. The slide took effect bringing the price to $144.80 per cwt. The calves brought $962.48 each, and there was no expense of
commission, trucking, EID, or age and source verification. Of course, brand inspection and the beef check-off were the seller's responsibility.
They may have sold better at a sale barn with today's market, but at the time I thought a bird in the hand might be worth two in the bush.
There is no need to go to a casino to satisfy a gambling urge if you are in the cattle business. :? :wink:
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