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Heifers with Top Genetics Attract Buyers at Show-Me-Select Sales in Green City

In north-central Missouri, six consignors sold 69 bred heifers in 21 lots for an average price per head of $1,207 at the Green City Livestock Market.

Prices went up at the third and fourth Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer sales of the season.

In the southeast, 11 consignors sold 65 heifers in 46 lots for an average price per head of $1,413 at the Fruitland Livestock Sales.

All heifers sold were products of a yearlong heifer development program led by University of Missouri Extension. Two more sales for spring-calving herds will take place this month, said David Patterson, MU Extension beef reproduction specialist in Columbia.

Jim Humphrey, MU Extension livestock specialist, Savannah, Mo., said the heifers in the Green City sale were in more uniform condition, top to bottom, than in previous sales.

“Producers are watching their feed costs. There wasn’t any extra finish on them, but there were no low-end heifers. They were in their working clothes,” Humphrey said. “They can go into any herd and go to work.”

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