Originally Posted by BYC910
Originally Posted by WalnutHill
I dunno where "up north" is for you but around here they are listed for $150-175 for dairy calves. Sure there are probably some that would get knocked in the head but there are brokers who hit the farms and take them to auction or Facebook or Craigslist for a nice profit.
Anywhere north of Me is north but Ohio is what I heard . We had four farms we got ours from . around here . the profit margin is small milk replacer has gotten more expensive over the years and volume is the only way to make a good profit . We watched them go for as little as hundred dollars a head four weeks ago at the sale barn. I was told then they came from Ohio. I don't think they will drop lower than that. But cattle prices have dropped across the board and are getting to be more in line with they should be. this is a good time to sell but spring prices are always higher. Feed lots don't care about pasture so feeder cattle will stay close to the same price year round . They will however be higher in the spring. There are so many things that can affect the cattle market including imports that you never really know what's coming next . I don't think anyone expected the price to hit the high that the industry just went through . Now we watch and see where it goes from here. I would be knowing what # 1 feeder calves are selling for before I paid $175 for a dairy calf that will sell as a cutter. You remember how land prices got high some years back and people lost money during the crash unable to sell the land for what they paid for it and a lot of people lost everything .I see this happing with cattle in the near future . Not to that extent but money will be lost . And here I am rambling again .
It was the severe drought the south went through. People bought hay, until hay became impossible to find, then broke down and sold their whole herd. They said we had fewer cattle then, then we had had since the 50s. It just took this long to recover from it. People will lose money, but I do not think cattle will get too much lower (of course I could be completely mistaken) But I think it was less a bubble and more a recovery.
Originally Posted by BYC910
Originally Posted by dan26552
The wheat was mostly mowed down green thus a cover crop, it grew wild for the last 3 years (Theres still some there)
what you do is while it's green and growing before it starts to put out seed stalks mow it down and plow it in .growing crops will deplete the soil and allowing them to die and decay on the surface will not replenish the soil fast enough . the practice of no till farming relies on large quantities of chemicals to feed the crops but is bad for the soil. you have to feed the soil . It is after all alive .
Kids is right *Dang autocorrect* K is right. You need to till the green under, in order for it to benefit the soil. No till is awful the soil just looks unhealthy (course most farmers around here do not care, they just keep planting their corn and chemicals)Edited by OrganicFarmWife - 4/30/16 at 6:24am