A lot of rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the sellers and buyers at the first February Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization (NETBIO) sale Wednesday.
A total of 208 sellers were able to deliver 4,665 head of cattle to the sale at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction market. The cattle held up well in all the bad weather, but it made handling the cattle a little difficult for the cowboys working the sale.
The demand was very good for all weights of cattle as 29 buyers, including several on the Internet, purchased all the cattle. Most of the purchases were going to feed yards in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Internet bidding was particularly active throughout the sale. Buyers paid an average of $886.63 per head.
Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission co-owner David Fowler said he was pleased with how the first ever February NETBIO sale went despite the bad weather.
“NETBIO member-producers had some nice pre-conditioned cattle ready to sell and the market was good for a February sale,” he said. “We can always depend on the NETBIO producers bringing quality cattle to the market, and that’s what they did for this sale.”
The NETBIO Pre-Conditioned Stocker and Feeder Calf Sale gives producers a market to offer their pre-conditioned calves and yearlings in load lot quantities. It is the marketing arm for members of the organization, and eight sales are held throughout the year.
The next sale will be held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission on Wednesday, March 21, starting at 1 p.m.. The weaning deadline for calves consigned to that sale was Feb. 4, and the last date for the booster shots was Feb. 19.