The July NETBIO Pre-Conditioned Calf and Yearling Sale held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission Wednesday attracted sellers and buyers from throughout Texas and from some adjoining states — and featured the sale of 5,520 head of cattle.
The sale enjoyed an active market despite the recent pressure on cattle prices as auctioneer and co-owner Joe Don Pogue sold the cattle to a total of 31 buyers for an average of $793.81 per head.
“The market was good, and buyers were eager to purchase those quality pre-conditioned calves and yearlings,” said Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission co-owner David Fowler. “Some of the cattle purchased will go to feed yards and others will go back out to pasture,” he said.
A total of 259 NETBIO member producers shipped cattle to the market center for the special sale. In addition to buyers purchasing cattle on site at the auction market center, buyers bidding on cattle over the Internet broadcast purchased a total of 1,984 head.
“The producers continued to do a great job of pre-conditioning their cattle,” Fowler said. “That is why buyers like to get these cattle — and that is why they come back for nearly every NETBIO sale to buy more.”
Three more NEBIO Pre-conditioned Calf and Yearling Sales are scheduled this year. The next sale will be held on Wednesday, September 18. Weaning deadline for calves entering that sale is August 4. The next sale will be held on October 16, with a weaning deadline of Sept. 1.
The final sale of the year is the anniversary sale, slated for November 20. The weaning deadline for calves consigned to that sale is Oct. 6. All the sales are held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission and will begin at 1 p.m.