Market Reports:


Had a nice family tri to Pennsylvania. We were blessed with good weather and safe miles. Was privileged to attend 2 of my boyhood churches. Had various family gatherings, the largest ( and loudest) being the Oberholtzer side of the family with over 300 people there. Better dairy cows again $1,300 to $1,600 last week. Still excellent buying opportunities with many good cows from $850 to $1,100. Extreme top $1,800 John Nolt, Orchard IA. Hay continues to sell quite well, mostly $85-105 a bale.


Well we made it through our first year in biz! We sold way more cattle than we ever expected, but we sold a lot for less than we ever imagined possible a year ago. Surely the bad news is all in by now and the market starts heading up again. (I hope!) So far we had excellent buyer support to keep this a very competitive market. Also, many consignors that really want our auction to prosper. Thank you! (Don't forget we DO have lower selling cost than most around here.) Be sure to mark your calendar to be here on the 27th, as we are expecting many top dairy cows. Not sure what we'll have for eats, but I'm sure it'll good & lots of it!! Yes, we do keep getting excellent quality cows! Top cows this week, $2,000, $1,900, $1,700, $1,700, $1,500, Hubert Miller, Abbotsford. $1,700, $1,500, Sam Hershberger, Cashton. $1,600, Emma Miller, Chili. $1,450 Philip Showalter, Greenwood. Springing heifers mostly $750-1,100, top $1,275


Probably the best thing about my job is how many good people I get to meet and work with. Now if we could get past some of these challenging markets it would be a lot more enjoyable. Top dairy cows this week $2150, $2000, $1800, $1700, $1600, $1500, $1500 Metzger, Wonewoc. Many good cows still $700-1300 with any blemishes down to cull price. We keep getting more cattle too, had well over 100 this week. Cull cows mostly .28-.44. Top .5150. Choice Hol strs .80-.84. Top .86. Grass & alfalfa hay $75-105/ bale. Wheat straw $45/ bale.


Its all in how you word it. Imagine the uproar if they enacted a 2 billion dollar tax mostly on the poor and thee ignorant. Call it the lottery and even supposedly upright and anti-tax individuals foolishly participate in a self tax. Corn and bean yields are varying a lot but many good numbers coming in. Several consignments of excellent quality dairy cattle selling in the next couple weeks! Top cows still selling mostly from $ 1400- $1700, few higher. Many good cows $750-$1250. Extreme top springing hfr $1400, but most are $750- $1050. Open hfrs $.50-$.80/lb. Severe discounts on blemished & mismanaged cattle. Choice Hol strs .82-.86. A few highlights from the Special AaA Auction on October 25: Supreme Quality Dairy Cows sold for $2100, 1950, 1650, 1500 from Norman Z. Martin; $1800 Leonard Ray Zimmerman; $1700 Lamar Weaver; $1600 Melvin Zimmerman; $1600, 1500, Matt Hartwig.


Continue to sell cows and heifers on a very challenging market. Top cows selling 1250 to 1450. Highest springing heifers 1050. Sold 237 head on dairy sale on Thursday. We keep getting more market cattle and calves every week. Good quality hay brining 85 to 105 per bale. Thanks again for the continued support!!