Producers sold 4,281 head of pre-conditioned cattle at the December Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization’s (NETBIO) Pre-conditioned Calf and Yearling Sale held Wednesday (Dec. 16) at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission.
A total of 166 producer/members consigned cattle to the special sale. Despite the chilly weather the cattle held up good and the market was good on light cattle, according to David Fowlers, co-owner of the livestock commission and a NETBIO director.
Fowler said the weather and Covid-19 caused quite a bit of activity on the Internet. “Some of our regular wbuyers stayed at home and purchased over the Internet.”
“The buyers who purchase NETBIO pre-conditioned cattle look for quality, and it was again evident that our producers offered the quality cattle they were looking for,” Fowler said. “We even had a good amount of bidding and buying activity over the Internet.”
When the sale was over, a total of 25 buyers had paid an average of $775.16 per head for the cattle.
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. NETBIO holds eight pre-conditioned calf sales per year, which is the marketing arm for members of the organization.
Starting in January 2021, all the NETBIO sales will be held on Fridays. And cattle consigned to the sales will be required to be weaned for 60 days.
The next sale will be held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission on Friday, January 15, 2021. The weaning deadline for the cattle selling in that sale will be Nov. 15 and the boosting shot deadline is Dec. 15.