Once again the Northeast Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement heifer sale reached a record sale average of $2,097 at F & T Livestock Auction, Saturday, Dec. 8.
The 24 producers of the 312 heifers were enrolled in the MU educational heifer management program. The heifers were bred to sires with both calving-ease and growth genetics. The sale average was $85 higher than the previous year at Palmyra. The top lot sold belonged to Jim and Sharon Schlager and brought $4,100.
Highest average price from on consignor was $2,664 for 11 head from Jim and Sharon Schlager, Canton. Other consignors that beat the average were Keithley/Jackson Farms, Frankford, $2,556 on 25 head; MU Greenley Research Center, Novelty, $2,450 on four head; Prairie View Farms, Greg Drebes, Monroe City, $2,307 on 28 head; and Deer Creek Cattle Co., Rich Vehige, Clarksville, $2,233 on 12 head.
The 54 buyers were responsible for over $650,000 worth of bred heifer exchanging hands in two hours. Twenty-nine repeat buyers purchased 175 head, or 56 percent of the total consignment.
This was the 16th year for the Show-Me-Select heifer sale in Palmyra. Over 26,600 heifers have been through the program and 4,500 head have been sold. There were several new consignors this year and more are expected to start next year. For information contact a MU Extension Livestock Specialist.