5,100 head sold at auction

  • Auctioneer Joe Don Pogue calls for bids on this pen of cattle at the December NETBIO sale held Wednesday at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission. Producers sold 5,062 head of pre-conditioned cattle at the sale. Courtesy/NETBIO
    Auctioneer Joe Don Pogue calls for bids on this pen of cattle at the December NETBIO sale held Wednesday at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission. Producers sold 5,062 head of pre-conditioned cattle at the sale. Courtesy/NETBIO
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Producers sold 5,062 head of pre-conditioned cattle at the December Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization’s (NETBIO) Pre-conditioned Calf and Yearling Sale held Wednesday at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission.

A total of 208 producer/members consigned cattle to sell in the sale, and despite the chilly weather, a good crowd of buyers, sellers and visitors showed up.

“The cattle held up very good through the colder weather — mainly because they were all pre-conditioned and in excellent health,” said David Fowler, co-owner of the livestock commission and a NETBIO director.

“The buyers who come to the NETBIO sales look for quality cattle, 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.”

Fowler said most of the cattle in the sale were destined for the feed yards in the Panhandle. He added that there were some new buyers who took a lot of interest in the pre-conditioned cattle.

When the sale was over, a total of 28 buyers had paid an average of $733.15 per head for the nearly 5,100 head of 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 six pre-conditioned calf sales per year, which is the marketing arm for members of the organization.

The next sale will be held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The weaning deadline for the cattle selling in this sale was Dec. 1, and the boosting shot deadline is Dec. 16.