Sunshine greeted the sellers and buyers at the February Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization (NETBIO) sale held Wednesday. It was a welcome relief from heavy rains the day before.
A total of 145 sellers delivered 2,959 head of cattle to the sale at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction market. Despite the cold and wet weather before the sale date the cattle held up well and looked good in the sales ring, according to Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission co-owner David Fowler.
There was good demand and prices had improved some for all weights as 26 buyers purchased all the cattle. A total of 423 head were sold to buyers over the Internet. A lot of the cattle were destined for feed yard. Buyers paid an average of $806.24 per head for the cattle.
“There were a lot of good grazing cattle offered at this sale,” Fowler said. “NETBIO member-producers had some nice pre-conditioned cattle ready to sell. We can always depend on them bringing quality cattle to the market,” he added.
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.
Fowler said the next sale is less that 30 days away. Producers have already consigned more than 4,000 head of cattle to the sale, which will be held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction on Wednesday, March 20, starting at 1 p.m.
Ear tags for the sale are still available at the livestock market office. Weaning deadline for calves consigned to the March sale was Feb. 3, and the last date for the booster shots was Feb. 18.
For more information and consignment of cattle, call 903-885-2455.