December sale added to schedule
The cattle industry in Northeast Texas celebrated another milestone at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission Wednesday when the Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization (NETBIO) marked its 21st year of operation with a big barbecue luncheon and a pre-conditioned calf and yearling sale.
NETBIO is a group of independent cow/calf producers and agribusiness representatives who work together to enhance the beef industry in Northeast Texas. The organization is recognized across the State of Texas and the Southeastern United States as the leader in its reputable offering of pre-conditioned calves.
The anniversary celebration kicked off with a barbecue meal that was enjoyed by approximately several hundred producers, buyers, families and friends. Following the lunch, auctioneer Joe Don Pogue gaveled the sale of 6,824 head of cattle into action.
“It was a very good sale to mark the anniversary of NETBIO,” Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission co-owner and NETBIO board member David Fowler said. “There were several new buyers, and they purchased lot of good quality cattle.”
Fowler added that producers and buyers were on hand from throughout the region and from the adjoining states. A total of 272 producers consigned cattle to the sale and did their usual great job of pre-conditioning their cattle and getting them ready for the sale.
Demand was good, and the cattle sold to 31 buyers for an average of $792 per head. A total of 720 head were sold to buyers over the Internet.
Those who missed this anniversary sale have an opportunity to attend another NETBIO sale at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission in December.
Due to the increased demand, the Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization has added a Dec. 11 pre-conditioned calf and yearling sale to close out the year. NETBIO member-producers have already consigned more than 5,000 head of cattle to the sale. The sale, like all others, will begin at 1 p.m.
NETBIO will launch its 2020 pre-conditioned sale schedule with its first offering on Jan. 15, 2020. The deadline for weaning calves for that sale is Dec. 1 and the booster shot deadline is Dec. 16.