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  • March 22, 2017

    Cattle Receipts: 843
    Last week: 709
    Last year: 1,028
    Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold $4-$6 higher, heifers $1-$2 higher, slaughter cows and bulls $2 higher.
    Feeders: 712
    Slaughter: 96
    Replacements: 35
    Slaughter cows made up 9 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 2 percent, replacement cows 4 percent, other cows 0 percent, and feeders 85 percent. The feeder supply included 46 percent steers, 39 percent heifers, and 15 percent bulls. Near 44 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

  • Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks. When done properly it can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature. These things can be achieved using a variety of materials but which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • March 15, 2017

    Receipts: 709
    March 8: 444
    Last year: 625

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers under 600 lbs. sold steady - $1 higher, over 600 lbs. sold $2-$3 higher with good demand. Feeder heifers sold $1-$2 higher. Slaughter Cows $1-$2 higher, Slaughter Bulls sold steady $1 higher on light test.

  • by Steve Musen

  • by Jeneen Wiche

  • March 8, 2017

    Cattle Receipts: 444
    Last week: 202
    Last year: 991

    Feeder Steers Large #1: 555 lbs.  $128.67; 698 lbs.  $119; 735 lbs.  $118; 890 lbs.  $109

  • by Steve Musen

  • Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day; which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting, but the condition of the soil is my primary concern. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • March 1, 2017

    Cattle Receipts: 202
    Last week: 701
    Last year: 788

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold steady, heifers under 600 lbs. $1-$2 higher, over 600 lbs. steady, slaughter cows steady, bulls $1-$2 higher, all on a light test due to heavy rains and muddy conditions.

    Feeders: 175
    Slaughter: 19
    Replacements: 8

  • By Steve Musen

  • by Jeneen Wiche

  • Feb. 22, 2017

    Cattle Receipts: 701
    Feb. 15: 703
    Last year: 788
    Compared to last week: Feeder steers 300 to 600 lbs. sold $3 to $5 higher, over 600 mostly steady. Feeder heifers under 600 lbs. sold $2 to $4 higher, over 600 lbs. unevenly steady. Slaughter cows and bulls sold mostly steady. Good demand throughout the sale.
    Feeders: 621
    Slaughter: 45
    Replacement: 35
    The feeder supply included 24.6 percent steers, 47.7 percent heifers, and 16.4 percent bulls. Near 45 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

  • by Steve Musen

  • by Jeneen Wiche

  • Feb. 15, 2017

    Cattle Receipts: 703
    Last week: 325
    Last year: 189
    Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold steady- $2 higher, heifers unevenly steady, slaughter cows $1-$$3 higher, bulls $2-$3 higher.
    Feeders: 646
    Slaughter: 54
    Replacements: 3
    Slaughter cows made up 6 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 0 percent, replacement cows 0 percent, and feeders 94 percent. The feeder supply included 40 percent steers, 45 percent heifers, and 15 percent bulls. Near 33 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

  • by Jeneen Wiche

  •  Feb. 8, 2017

     

    Cattle Receipts: 325

    Last Week: 803

    Last Year: 228

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold steady- $2 lower, heifers steady-  $1 lower, slaughter cows $1-$2 higher, bulls steady on a very light test.

  • by Steve Musen

    Tall fescue, specifically Kentucky 31, is a cool-season grass that is widely grown throughout Kentucky and the eastern United States because it is resistant to many unfavorable conditions including drought tolerance and insect resistance. However, the very reason for its resiliency is also its Achilles heel. It contains a harmful fungal endophyte that causes fescue toxicosis in cattle and horses. Affected animals get sick, have reduced weight gains, reproductive problems and other issues.

  • by Jeneen Wiche

    In a fit of gratitude, I made a list of the things I loved about my life the other day. I managed eight solid things, none were frivolous, and one prompted the whole exercise: I love warm February days. This beautiful February day set into motion a very productive weekend.  It felt fantastic to get some good old fashioned garden clean up done with my husband by my side and the sheep grazing freely about. It makes you feel optimistic about the rest of your life.