Commentary Archives

Sale of November 16th, 2018

Head Count: 1709

!!!NO SALE THIS FRIDAY (11/23)!!!

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady. Light calves and heavy feeders sold steady while heavy calves (550-700) were a bit softer.

Thought of the week:

You know it wasn’t a banker who picked Thursday for Thanksgiving Day. Otherwise they would have said “let’s have it on a Friday and then we’ll have a 3 day weekend.”

No Sale November, 23rd!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sale of November 2nd, 2018

Head Count: 1399

Sale starts at 9:00 A.M.

Commentary:

All classes sold mostly steady. Light calves 450 and under seen to be a little pressure.

Thought of the week:

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle

Sale of October 26th, 2018

Head Count: 1956

Sale starts at 9:30 A.M.

Commentary:

The fall run is here! Slaughter cows and bulls sold 1-2 lower this week. Feeder cattle are steady to a few lower while unweaned calves were 3-4 lower. But the weather has been nice…

Thought of the week:

What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit to do the unnecessary.

Sale of October 19th, 2018

Head Count: 1574

Sale starts at 9:30 A.M.

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls slipped another cent. Feeders and calves sold steady.

Thought of the week:

“Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell nor destroy.”

-Abraham Lincoln

Sale of October 12th, 2018

Head Count: 997

Sale starts at 9:30 A.M.

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady to one better. All other classes are steady.

Thought of the week:

What do you call a retired cowboy?

Deranged.

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Sale of September 28th, 2018

Head Count: 1062

Sale starts at 9:30 A.M.

Commentary:

All classes sold mostly steady. Light heifers 600 lbs and down might be considered a few cents lower.

Thought of the week:

“It’s when the tide goes out you can see who’s swimming naked.”

-Warren Buffet

Sale of September 24th, 2018

Head Count: 1112

Sale starts at 9:30 A.M.

Commentary:

All classes considered steady with minor variances due to kind.

It should be noted that there really is not much of a bread cow or pair market. It’s too early and no one has any grass. So if your cow is a spring calver, she will most likely end up in the slaughter pen.

Thought of the week:

The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is because they have a common enemy.

 

Sale of September 14th, 2018

Head Count: 1120

Sale starts at 9:30 A.M.

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold mostly steady. Light feeders sold 4-5 lower while heavy feeders were steady.

Thought of the week:

“You’ll never see a Rolls Royce with a bumper sticker that says “stuff” happens”

-George Carlin

Sale of September 7th, 2018

Head Count: 490

Sale starts at 10:00 A.M.

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold 2-3 lower. Light calves were steady while feeders sold a few lower.

Thought of the week:

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

-Steve Jobs

Sale of August 31, 2018

Head Count: 534

Sale starts at 10:00 A.M.

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady to a bit softer. Feeder cattle and calves might be considered the same.

Thought of the week:

Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.

 

Sale of August 24, 2018

Head Count: 632

Sale starts at 10:00 A.M.

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bull sold one lower. Light calves are steady while heavy feeders were a few lower.

Thought of the week:

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to someone else.”

-Will Rogers

 

Sale of August 3, 2018

Head Count: 342

Sale starts at 10:00 A.M.

Commentary:

 

Slaughter cows and bulls held steady. Feeder cattle and calves remain strong.

Thought of the week:

Our nation does not act savagely. We are just divided by the savage politics.

 

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Sale of July 27, 2018

Head Count: 317

Sale starts at 10:00 A.M.

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold another 3-4 lower. Mostly due to liquidation of dairy cows.

High calves and feeders remain stronger.

 

Thought of the week:

If you can’t have what you want. Want what you have.

 

Sale of July 20, 2018

Head Count: 434

Sale starts at 10:00 A.M.

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls slipped 2-3 cents. Feeder cattle and calves sold steady.

 

Thought of the week:

A cowboy came down with a cold after riding wild horses.

The doctor said it was bronc-itis

 

Sale of July 13, 2018

Head Count: 565

Sale starts at 10:00 A.M.

Commentary:

Light calves were noticeably higher while all other classes sold steady.

 

Thought of the week:

“Women complain and worry about the silliest and dumbest things… and then they marry them anyway.”

-Sara Erb (aka my wife)

Sale of June 29, 2018

Head Count: 405

!!!NO SALE THIS FRIDAY JULY 6TH!!!

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady. Calves were mostly steady while feeders sold a few better.

 

Thought of the week:

“That men do not learn from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons history has to teach.”

-Aldous Huxley

Again, there will not be a sale July 6th.

Sale of June 22, 2018

Head Count: 455

Sale starts at 10:00 am

No Sale July 6th

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls remain mostly steady. Feeder cattle and calves are also steady with little selection.

 

Thought of the week:

Cowboy math worksheet:

Two cowhounds work for the DS106 ranch. They earn $3 a day to work. Together they round up 300 head of cattle. Too bad for them, the bad rustlers came in and stole 118 head of their cattle. What time does the train get to Kansas City?

Again, there will not be a sale July 6th.

 

Sale of June 15, 2018

Head Count: 349

Sale starts at 10:00 am

No Sale July 6th

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold two lower. Feeder cattle and calves were a bit softer as numbers dwindle.

 

Thought of the week:

Try not to become a person of success, but rather a person of value.

 

Again, there will not be a sale July 6th.

 

Sale of June 1, 2018

Head Count: 795

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

All classes sold mostly steady.

 

Thought of the week:

“Everyone you meet has something to teach you”  -unknown

Sale of May 25, 2018

Head Count: 390

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold mostly steady.  There has been a lot of talk lately of mile prices improving.  (Somewhat and maybe still not profitable)  But that should reduce the number of cows going to slaughter and help our market.  Light calves and feeders remain steady while heavy feeders were a few lower again.

 

Thought of the week:

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.  Comes in at midnight very clean.  It’s perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands.  It hopes we’ve learnt something from yesterday.”  -John Wayne

 

Sale of May 18, 2018

Head Count: 633

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls remain steady.  Feeders held steady while light calves were a few better.

 

Thought of the week:

“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.”

-Frank Ocean

Sale of May 11, 2018

Head Count: 781

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold mostly steady.  Calves and feeders were three to four lower.

 

Thought of the week:

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

-George Washington

 

Sale of May 4, 2018

Head Count: 937

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady to one lower.  Grass calves and feeders were steady.

 

Thought of the week:

“An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can get.  The older she gets the more he is interested in her.”

-Agatha Christie

 

Sale of April 27, 2018

Head Count: 995

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls slipped three to four.  Feeder cattle and calves are mostly steady.

 

Thought of the week:

“Mama says, stupid is as stupid does.”  -Forrest Gump

Sale of April 20, 2018

Head Count: 812

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold one to two lower.  All other classes were steady.

 

Thought of the week:

“Don’t let school get in the way of your education.”  -Mark Twain

Sale of April 13, 2018

Head Count: 654

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls held steady.  Grass cattle were mostly steady while feeders were 3-4 lower.

 

Thought of the week:

“Roads?  Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”  -Doc Brown (Back to the Future)

 

Sale of April 6, 2018

Head Count:792

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady.  Calves were steady while feeders were a few lower.

 

Thought of the week:

Asking a dumb question is easier than fixing a dumb mistake.

 

 

Sale of March 30, 2018

Head Count: 751

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold one to two lower over the week prior.  Light calves were 5 to 10 lower depending on kind.  Feeder cattle sold 5-8 lower.

 

Thought of the week:

“I’m only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.”  -John Wayne

 

Sale of March 23, 2018

Head Count: 610

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

All classes steady.

 

Thought of the week:

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold.  When it feels like summer in the sun and winter in the shade.

 

Sale of March 16, 2018

Head Count: 616

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold 1-2 lower.  Feeders were a few lower mostly due to to few numbers while light calves were steady fork kind.

 

Thought of the week:

Bailing twine turns every farmer into MacGyver.

 

Sale of March 9, 2018

Head Count: 723

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Cows and bulls remain strong.  Feeder cattle and calves were steady.

 

Thought of the week:

The Rancher’s Creed:

I believe a man’s greatest possession is his dignity and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than cattle ranching.

I believe that ranching is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on this earth.

I believe ranching nurtures the close family ties that make life rich in ways money can’t buy.

I believe ranching provides education for life and that no other occupation teaches so much in such a variety of ways.

I believe that by my toil I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it, an honor that does not come to all men.

I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he’s lived.

I believe in cattle ranching because it makes all this possible.

Sale of March 2, 2018

Head Count: 324

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Not much to report.  Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady.  Heavy feeders are 3-4 lower while light calves are mostly steady.

 

Thought of the week:

“There is no traffic jam when you go the extra mile.”  -Roger Staubach

 

Sale of February 23, 2018

Head Count: 648

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls remain strong.  Feeder cattle and calves sold steady to a hint lower.

 

Thought of the week:

“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.”  – Wyatt Earp

 

Sale of February 16, 2018

Head Count: 660

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

All classes sold steady.

 

Thought of the week:

 

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and strong.  Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

-George Washington Carver

 Sale of February 9, 2018

Head Count: 786

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady.  Heavy feeders might be considered a few lower but only after last weeks levels not seen in quite a while.  Calves sold steady.

 

Thought of the week:

Before he attacked Peal Harbor, Admiral Yamamoto said, “If you attack America there will be a gun behind every blade of grass.”

*Save Our Gun Rights*

 

Sale of February 2, 2018

Head Count: 585

Sale starts at 10:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold a few higher.  Feeder cattle and calves showed some improvement as well.

 

Thought of the week:

“Comfort, the enemy of progress.”  -P.T. Barnum

Sale of January 26, 2018

Head Count: 587

Sale starts at 9:30 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady.  Feeder cattle and calves sold a few higher.  Notably heavy five to light six weight cattle suitable for grass were five or six higher.

 

Thought of the week:

“Be who you are and say what you feel.  Because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss

Sale of January 19, 2018

Head Count: 845

Sale starts at 9:30 am

Commentary:

 

 

Thought of the week:

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  -Winston Churchill

 

Sale of January 12, 2018

Head Count: 1030

Sale starts at 9:30 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold 4-6 lower as the woes of the dairy industry continue.  Feeder cattle and calves sold mixed.  Front end cattle sold steady to 2 lower while plainer cattle sold 4-5 lower.

 

Thought of the week:

 

“You’re slower than snails stampeding through peanut butter!” – Dilbert

 

Sale of January 5, 2018

Head Count: 1095

Sale starts at 9:30 am

Commentary:

 

Slaughter cows and bulls sold a few better.  Feeder cattle and calves sold steady.

 

Thought of the week:

“What is a committee?  A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.” – Richard Harkness

(My wife (Sara)  does not agree with this quote, she wanted to make sure everyone knew that) lol

 

Sale of December 29, 2017

Head Count: 509

Sale starts at 9:30 am

Commentary:

 

Not much to say.  Slaughter cows sold a few lower from Christmas.  Feeder cattle and calves sold steady to a few lower.

 

Thought of the week:

 

Dear Past,  Thanks for all the lessons.

Dear Future,  I am ready!!!

 

Sale of December 15, 2017

Head Count: 999

Sale starts at 9:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold four to five better last week as packers stock up for the holiday season.  Feeder cattle and calves were mostly steady to a hint lower.

*****NO SALE FRIDAY DECEMBER 22*****

 

Thought of the week:

“Have a Merry Christmas, that’s all you’ll get from me cause I ain’t no Santi Clause and I don’t own no Christmas tree.  But if wishes were wealth and money I’d fill your buckskin poke.  Your Dr. would go hungry and you would never go broke.”

-Charles Russel

Sale of December 8, 2017

Head Count: 1464

Sale starts at 9:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls slipped another 2 cents.  Feeder cattle and calves sold a few lower as well as numbers abound.

*****NO SALE FRIDAY DECEMBER 22*****

 

Thought of the week:

“To see forward we must first look back.”   -Winston Churchill

 

Sale of December 1, 2017

Head Count: 2028

Sale starts at 9:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold one lower.  Feeder cattle and calves were steady.

*****NO SALE FRIDAY DECEMBER 22*****

 

Thought of the week:

Almost means not quite.  Not quite means not right.  Not right means wrong.  Wrong means the opportunity to start again and get it right.

Sale of November 17, 2017

Head Count: 1392

Sale starts at 9:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold mostly steady.  Feeder cattle sold mostly steady while calves were a few lower.  NO sale this Friday after Thanksgiving.

 

Thought of the week:

If robbers ever broke into my house and searched for money, I’d just laugh and search with them.

 

Sale of November 10, 2017

Head Count: 1892

Sale starts at 9:00 am

Commentary:

All classes were steady.  Remember we will not be having a sale on Thursday November 24, 2017.

 

Thought of the week:

“The problem in not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem.”  -Captain Jack Sparrow

 

Sale of November 3, 2017

Head Count: 1900

Sale starts at 9:00 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold one lower.  Feeder cattle and calves sold steady.

 

Thought of the week:

Life is like a roller coaster.  You can either scream every time you hit a bump or you can throw your hands up in the air and enjoy it.

Sale of October 27, 2017

Head Count: 1542

Sale starts at 9:30 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold two lower.  Feeder cattle and calves were steady.

 

Thought of the week:

The best way to get a husband to do something is to suggest that perhaps they’re to old to do it.

 

Sale of October 20, 2017

Head Count: 1367

Sale starts at 9:30 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold a bit lower as numbers increase.  Feeder cattle and calves were a hint of softer.

 

Thought of the week:

“I’m so unlucky that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.  I tell ya, no respect!”  – Rodney Dangerfield

 

Sale of October 13, 2017

Head Count: 1204

Sale starts at 9:30 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold a few better.  Feeder cattle and calves were a few better as well.

 

Thought of the week:

“Experience is life’s hardest teacher; He gives the test first and the lesson after.”

Sale of October 6, 2017

Head Count: 965

Sale starts at 10 am

Commentary:

Most classes steady.  Heavy feeders a few better.

 

Thought of the week:

A thought by Andy Rooney:  “A company called ‘Hidden Valley Ranch’ makes salad dressings.  Is the Valley really hidden?  And why do they call it a ranch, isn’t it a farm?”

 

Sale of September 29, 2017

Head Count: 830

Sale starts at 10 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady to one lower.  Feeders and calves were mostly steady.

 

Thought of the week:

“We cannot control all that happens to us but we have absolute control over how we respond to the changes in our lives.”   -W. Christopher Waddell

 

Sale of September 22, 2017

Head Count: 542

Sale starts at 10 am

Commentary:

All classes steady

 

Thought of the week:

“We will not make the same old mistakes.  We will make our own.” – Henry Kissinger

Sale of September 15, 2017

Head Count: 914

Sale starts at 10 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold a few lower.  Feeders and calves were steady.

 

Thought of the week:

To those who work in acres not hours, we thank you!!

 

Sale of September 8, 2017

Head Count: 484

Sale starts at 10 am

Commentary:

Slaughter cows and bulls sold 2-3 lower.  Feeders and calves were steady.

 

Thought of the week:

Remembering 9/11

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our tallest buildings, but they can’t touch the foundation of America.  We will not tire.  We will not falter.  We will not fail.” -George W. Bush

 

Sale of September 1, 2017

Head Count: 442

Sale starts at 10 am

Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady to one higher.  But remember the fall run is starting and numbers will increase.  Feeder cattle seem to be holding steady.

 

 

Thought of the week:

“The Cattleman lives furthest from town and closest to God.”  -Abe Lincoln

Sale of August 25, 2017

Head Count: 501

Sale starts at 10 am

Slaughter cows and bulls sold four lower from a week ago.  Feeder cattle and calves were 1-2 lower.

 

 

Thought of the week:

Baling twine and duck tape turns every farmer into MacGyver.

 

Sale of August 18, 2017

Head Count: 421

Sale starts at 10 am

For the next 3 weeks we will be having unusual amounts of traffic coming through Blackfoot for the Eclipse and the Eastern Idaho State Fair.  We will still run business as usual but keep this in mind as you travel.  Please be safe and know we appreciate your business.

 

 

Thought of the week:

“Don’t save something only for a special occasion.  Every day in your life is a special occasion.”  -Thomas S. Monson

Sale of August 11, 2017

Head Count: 486

Sale starts at 10 am

For the next 3 weeks we will be having unusual amounts of traffic coming through Blackfoot for the Eclipse and the Eastern Idaho State Fair.  We will still run business as usual but keep this in mind as you travel.  Please be safe and know we appreciate your business.

 

 

Thought of the week:

“The body provides something for the spirit to look after and use.” -Alan Turing

 

Sale of August 4, 2017

Head Count: 357

Sale starts at 10 am

Yes, we will be having a sale on the Friday before the eclipse. For all of those who have been asking.

 

 

Thought of the week:

A cop pulled me over and said, “papers” I said “scissors, I win” and drove off.

 

 

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Past Sales Date: June 9
Head Count: 521
Notes: Sales are smaller. If you don’t see the range you’re looking for, check representative sales.