The 38th sale of Show-Me-Select bred heifers averaged $1752 for 191 head on May 18. The sale was held at Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage. The average was $115 below last November's sale but $38 above the sale one year ago according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
"The major concern for the buyers was the less than optimistic outlook for the forage supply. Most producers have a smaller than usual hay carryover. The cool, dry weather has resulted in slow fescue growth so many are thinking more about selling cows rather than buying replacements," said Cole.
The top price for the evening was shared by three lots, one from Sam Schaumann, Billings and two groups consigned by John Wheeler, Marionville. The buyer of Schaumann's four Red Angus x Simmental heifers was Jeffrey Stevens, Seymour.
Mark Cobb, Miller and Jamesville Farm, Springfield bought the two sets of Wheeler's black white-faced heifers.
Wheeler also had 15 black baldy heifers go for $2050 each while Kathy, his wife, had nine head bring $2000. The latter were black Angus.
Robert Miller, Aurora had five red Gelbvieh cross heifers hit the $2050 mark. DJV Ranch, Edwards, who topped the November sale, had 5 Angus sell for $2000. They were Tier Two, daughters of Deer Valley All-In and were genomic tested thus earning the Show-Me-Plus rating.
Prior to the sale, State MU Extension Beef Reproduction Specialist Dr. Dave Patterson spoke about the 20th anniversary of the Show-Me-Select heifer program. Recognition to pioneer participants was presented at the sale to the Joplin Regional Stockyards, Jackie Moore, auctioneer, Mark Harmon, marketing director and to Bruce Hall, organizer.
For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Lawrence County, (417) 466-3102; Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551; Dr. Randy Wiedmeier, in Ozark County at (417) 679-3525; or Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313.