Cattle marketing patterns shift as drought improves

The incoming president of the Livestock Marketing Association says cattle marketing patterns have shifted now that the drought has improved in northeast Missouri.

Mike VanMaanen owns a livestock auction in Pike County and tells Brownfield “it’s really driven up the price of replacement cows and young pairs. We see those climbing in price to make up for the inventory sold off during the drought.”

VanMaanen says some producers had to take a different approach to selling their cows and calves.

“People who used to make them yearlings would sell them as a back(grounded)-45 calf and people who would have made them as a back(grounded)-45 calf might have sold them right off the cow.”

VanMaanen says small to medium livestock auction markets across the country are valuable and become even more important during crucial times for the livestock industry.

VanMaanen’s two-year term as LMA President will begin in mid-June.

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