Bred heifers sold for an average of $2,444, a new record for the Show-Me-Select sale at Joplin Regional Stockyards, May 16.
“Heifers sold for $300 more per head than a year ago,” said Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, Mount Vernon.
Consignments were up, too, Cole says, with 228 heifers qualifying for the sale that caps a yearlong educational program for producers.
The first 15 lots (38 head) that sold in the Show-Me-Select Bred Heifer Sale at Joplin Regional Stockyards on May 16 found slow bidding. But by the time the entire 228 heifers had sold in 80 minutes later the average sale price had grown to $2,444.
The average was the highest for the 30 SMS sales at the Carthage location that began in 1997.
“Although the price was very good, when you put it in perspective by comparing current prices of feed, fertilizer, fuel, bulls, equipment and other inputs, the net returns were not that outstanding,” said Cole.
The sale top was $3,050 per head on four, black, mottle-faced, Hereford-Angus, F1 heifers. The consignor was John Wheeler, Marionville. The buyer was Charlie Neidert, Neosho. Wheeler sold 32 heifers at an average price of $2,786. He’s now sold a total of 796 heifers in 20 SMS sales at Joplin Regional.
The top consignor price average went to Gilmore Farms, Aurora on six Angus and Angus crosses that sold for $2,800.
Besides Wheeler’s two lots that broke the $3,000 barrier, J.W. Henson, Conway, had a group of three high percentage Angus heifers bring $3,000 on a bid from Scott Casey, El Dorado Springs. Casey is a consistent, repeat buyer. He took home eight head from this sale.
The volume buyer for the evening was Brett Harkrader, Appleton City. He purchased 21 head with 15 of those being Angus consigned by Taylor Farms, Purdy. Harkrader, like Casey, has made numerous purchases in the last nine sales at Joplin.
The 96 heifers bred artificially averaged $2,546 while the 130 natural service heifers averaged $2,367, a $179 difference.
The Show-Me-Select Heifer Development Program is operated through the Missouri “Show-Me-Select” Replacement Heifers, Inc. a non-profit organization in cooperation with University of Missouri Extension, cooperating veterinarians and the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Contact your nearest Extension livestock specialist for details.
The next SMS sale in southwest Missouri will be November 21 at Joplin Regional.
For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Mt. Vernon, (417) 466-3102, Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551, Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313 or Logan Wallace in Howell County at (417) 256-2391.