Livestock producers from throughout Texas and some neighboring states converged on the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission Wednesday to market their cattle at the May Northeast Texas Beef Improvement pre-conditioned stocker and feeder calf sale.
A total of 291 sellers shipped in 6,203 head of calves and yearlings to the NETBIO sale. The demand was very good for all weights of cattle with 32 buyers paying an average of $797.19 per head.
“We had a lot of good cattle consigned to the sale and there was a lot of interest from the buyers — both those at the sale and a grand total of 2,374 head being purchased over the Internet,” said David Fowler, co-owner of the livestock commission. “Our member producers continue to do a great job of pre-conditioning and getting their cattle ready for this sale.”
Fowler said replacement heifers sold well, and feeder cattle went mostly to buyers in the Texas Panhandle and some went into Kansas.
“Overall it was a very good offering of cattle and our employees did a great job of taking care of the cattle and getting them through the sale ring for the buyers,” Fowler said.
Prior to the beginning of the auction, Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission co-owner and auctioneer Joe Don Pogue announced the retirement of office manager Kathy McGowen. She has worked for the Livestock Commission for 32 years and handled the office procedures for the NETBIO sale since its beginning in 1998. She and husband Robert will continue to help with the NETBIO sales.
The NETBIO Pre-Conditioned Stocker and Feeder Calf Sale gives its member-producers a market to offer their pre-conditioned calves and yearlings in load lot quantities. NETBIO holds eight pre-conditioned calf sales each year to accommodate the various weaning dates of its members.
The next sale will be held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission on Wednesday, July 18. The weaning deadline for calves consigned to that sale is June 3 and the last date for booster shots will be June 18.
That sale will be followed by an early fall sale that will be held on September 19. For more details about NETBIO, call 903-885-2455.