We sold our 2009 calves at the Joplin Regional Stockyards on March 18th at a value added sale. As stated before, our calves are Angus/Charolais cross calves (Angus cows, Charolais bulls) that are vac 45 and bvd pI negative. We have sold our calves at Joplin for the past 5 years and have been very pleased with the outcomes.
The bulk of our calves sold in ONE group (the calves were very close in size). That group of steers averaged 466 lbs (very disappointing and considerable smaller than last year, but our winter was absolutely horrendous and I'm sure that most ranches weaned smaller calves this year) and sold for $1.46. That was a hefty premium to not only calves sold earlier in the week at Joplin, but a substantial premium to similar calves sold the same day.
We kept 42 head of beefmaster cross heifers that we will attempt to develop into cows (if we can't find others to purchase).