We successfully held our first cattle sale in our new facilities. For the most part, things went very well. Naturally we found a few things we can improve on and we have three weeks to change a few more things. We sold 1487 animals for $1,798.094.20. It was a pretty good sale, and we are hearing that feeder cattle prices are going to improve throughout the fall. We did allow spectators in to view the sale, but we had complaints of people not wearing their masks. We are still under covid restrictions and if we get shut down or fined, we will obviously not be selling cattle. Please respect the rules or we will have to close the doors to people viewing. Thank you to all the hard-working people that helped in getting the Sales Barn ready for business, it certainly was a team effort.
The last loads of hay that the Beef Farmers on Ontario coordinated for temporary feed supply arrived in the District this week. 109 loads of hay were trucked in which equals over 5 million lbs of hay. 132 farms applied for this hay. A big thank you to the Pollard Family for unloading, loading, and allowing this to happen at your location. Many producers are still sorting out winter feed supply, but the rain has brought back some grass which is certainly helping to keep the hay in the yard until winter. Rebuilding the herd is still an issue that we need to work on. With the extreme drought from here across a large part of the west means a big loss of cattle and rebuilding the hard is going to be expensive.
Today we are planning to put the last of our winter wheat seed in the ground. We are happy that things have dried up this past week. We will then be able to tackle our soybean and dry bean harvest. Fall work will begin! Soil sampling, spreading fertilizer, spraying round-up and cutting some grass and other plot areas is on the list. There is a lot to do! Sure, hoping the sunshine sticks around for a bit.
At home we are planning on hauling straw, making some square bales for calving, and hauling manure. I sold some calves but ended up keeping more than I likely should have. Some will be sold off the farm, but they are home for a bit. I moved the cows to fresh grass, so they forgot about their freshly weaned calves. The calves are doing well in the corral and it is dry! I will keep them locked up for a couple of weeks to be sure they are not going to take off in search of their moms. This next month will be busy with butcher days. We are so lucky to have access to our abattoir. Many people across the province are not able to access an abattoir.
I hope everyone has a chance to get out and enjoy the sunshine this week, it looks like it is going to be amazing!