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Feeder Cattle Market Outlets. Lisa Kriese -Anderson Extension Animal Scientist Auburn University. Marketing Feeder Cattle. Options will depend on the number of feeder calves you have to market at a given time

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feeder cattle market outlets

Feeder Cattle Market Outlets

Lisa Kriese-Anderson

Extension Animal Scientist

Auburn University

marketing feeder cattle
Marketing Feeder Cattle
  • Options will depend on the number of feeder calves you have to market at a given time
  • Options will also depend on the amount of effort you are willing to put into marketing
local auction market
Local Auction Market
  • Local Auction Markets are how the majority of cattle are marketed in Alabama
  • 27 stockyards currently operating in AL
  • Open almost every week of the year
  • Can market 1 calf to 100’s of calves for you at a given time
local auction market1
Local Auction Market
  • Auction markets are run by professionals
    • Licensed
    • Bonded
  • Commission to sell cattle at the market, plus Beef Checkoff
    • Can be paid that day as soon as your calves sell
local auction market2
Local Auction Market
  • Marketing Options
    • Weekly regular sale
    • Special sales
  • Get to know your local auction market owner/manager
  • If you want top market value
    • Bring to the auction cattle the buyers want
      • Large and Medium 1’s and 2’s
      • Healthy
      • Mainstream breed/breed combinations
      • Dehorned and castrated would be good!
order buyers
Order Buyers
  • Order buyers are licensed cattle buyers that can come to your farm and purchase calves
    • Will want a group of uniform calves
      • Age and/or weight
  • There are local order buyers as well as regional or national order buyers
    • Orders buyers may/may not collect Beef Checkoff
    • If not, you are responsible for sending in Beef Checkoff money
tele auctions or board sales
Tele-auctions or Board Sales
  • Organized sales of feeder calves where:
    • Calves stay on farm until sold and ready for pickup
    • Calves are pre-conditioned – including proper vaccinations and boosters, dehorned and castrated
    • Feeder calves or stocker cattle
  • Most successful if in truck load lots and at least 1,000 cattle in sale
    • Cattle need to weigh 500 lb + at pick up
    • Want to attract out of state buyers
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Tele-auctions or Board Sales
  • Many times producer organized and run
    • May or may not have a licensed selling agent involved
  • Payment is made when cattle change hands
    • Usually bank transfer
  • Load lots of cattle can also be sold at any time through yourlocal auction market
    • Sometimes sold same day asregular sale
market to feedlot
Market to Feedlot
  • Cattle can be marketed directly to/through a feedlot
  • Feedlot will want to partner with you
    • Especially if 1st time feeding your cattle
    • Especially if you have no previous carcass/post-weaning data to share
  • Cattle will need to be500 lbs + unless feedyardhas a stockering program
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Market to Feedlot
  • Cattle need to be marketed to the correct feedlot
    • In general, AL cattle are have favorable USDA Yield Grades and either grade Select or Choice+
  • High Plains feedyards
    • Favorable Yield Grades
    • Select Cattle
  • Midwest
    • High USDA grades
  • West
    • High Brahman influence
freezer beef
Freezer Beef
  • Retain feeder cattle and market as freezer meat
  • Market the live animal
    • Whole animal
    • Half animal
    • Quarter animal
  • Market Individual pieces
    • Require either
      • AL State Meat Inspection
      • Federal Meat Inspection
feeder calf market options summary
Feeder Calf Market Options Summary
  • Auction Market
  • Order Buyers
  • Tele-auctions or Board Sales
  • To/Through a Feedlot
  • Freezer Beef