Market Reports:


Went to a wedding in Snover, Michigan over the weekend. Had a nice time including crossing the Mackinac Bridge which is always interesting. As is the usual when they send cows in, Metzger's had the top two cows in the sale. $1,800 for a Cory daughter carrying a Solution heifer calf, and $1,700 for a Drew daughter milking 121 lbs!! Our reputation load from Cashton had a sweet, fresh Jersey at $1,700 consigned by Andy Hershberger. They always send us some of the better kind, many with bumper to bumper warranty on them! Cull cows again topped @ 70.50/cwt with many cows from .50- .68. We keep getting more hay to sell with continued very strong prices. And in case you don't know it, we REALLY appreciate all your past and future business!!!


Last week of school for the boys, picnic planned for Friday. That's always a high day of the year! I'm planning to grill chicken for dinner. It's been a number of years since I did that. I sure hope it turns out well! Had another near record number of animals with 483 head consigned. Sold a really nice herd of registered cows and heifers. Top $2500 with 3 cows over $2000. Many cows sold from $1600 to $1900. Springing heifers up to $1600 mostly from $ 900 to $1250. Registered open heifers mostly $.95 to $1.10 @ lb top $1.30 @ lb on 650 lb heifer. Grade opens mostly $.85 to $1.00 @lb. Cull cows mostly $.55 to $.63. Top $.70. Hay was higher again with more people seeing theres is frozen out. Large squares average quality alfalfa $130 a bale. Small squares first crop grass up to $6.75 a bale.


Well we once again made a new record head count for a day! 524 head consigned by some 1st time and many regular consignors. And we are so thankful for everyone you!! Cows were some higher with heifers selling on a much stronger market!! Lots of cows from $1200 to $1600, with several selling from $1600 to $1800. Top springer heifer $1400 with a lot in the $950 to $1250 range. Opens up to $1.12 @ lb. Majority selling from $.86 to $. 96 @ lb. Holstein cull cows up to $.66. Top Holstein bull calf 115 lb. $220.


I drove pretty far out of my way today to look at a 2011 Chevy Impala. It was priced about a thousand under all the similar ones so I called the man and inquired very diligently about the condition of the car and the history of the car. He gave me all the proper assurances and had a story that sounded logical even to someone as I, that is occasionally skeptical of whatever gets said. Alas and alack, my time, energy, gas, wear and tear on vehicle were all for naught. There were fair-sized blotches where the paint and silly putty didn't stay on, and bare metal, I should say rusted bare metal where evident. Aah, that's just Cosmetics thought I, not to worry about it. When I sat in I felt right at home as the seat was adjusted every which way except comfortable... apparently my sons have driven this last! The car started nicely & ran like I figured it should sound... no dash lights on, definitely a good sign. When I put it in gear and gave it a little gas nothing happened. Hmm... brake must be locked. Fiddled with that a couple times til I was sure it's not locked and still nothing happened. Gassed it a little harder and something let loose with a concerning grind & lurch. Got to the end of the driveway and quickly discerned the brakes leave a bit to be desired. Drove a couple miles all the time hearing a noise I didn't like. (think wheel bearings, brakes or all of the above here) Turned in a side street to gas it a little, brake hard, & try the reverse. Wouldn't you know it, instead of being just a side street, it was the entry to (and I'm not making this up) "Saggy Baggy & Tired Estates" bring your own home or move into one of ours, the ultimate in park living! Nothing newer than 1982 please. (Ok I did make some of that up) Anyway, said Impala purred like a kitten, and if I'm not mistaken sighed, "home sweet home." I did return to the dealership none the worse for the wear. When I pointed out some of the, what I considered deficiencies, in the car, the proprietor seemed neither surprised nor concerned. But as any good used car salesman would do, he started right in with, could I interest you in this white Buick Lucerne over here? I just got it in today and I mean to tell you this baby's got it all... I'm not sure what I should use as the main moral or take away of this story... hey why don't each one of you tell me what your main take away is? I mean besides the obvious, why are 53 year-old duffer's not well set enough to just buy a new a car??


Well the '06 Impala officially left me sit last week. The odometer shows 333,406 so I guess we got a fair amount of use out of it. I Officially don't like vehicle shopping. Always sure I'm going to get beat out of good, hard earned money. 3 herd dispersals this week on a little stronger market. Had a lot of excellent quality cows! Top cows $1,800, $1,600, Sam Hershberger, Cashton. $ 1,700, consignment. $1,600 $1,500 Jersey, Matt Bunkelman, Medford. Bulk of cows selling for $825 to $1,400. Cull cows higher this week. Mostly .44 to .58. Several over .60. Finished Holstein steers up to .94. Bull calves mostly $85 to $115. Hay up to $195 on large squares grass. Mostly $90 to $155.