cropped salebarnFairview Sale Barn  Fairview, IL




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We would like to extend sincere appreciation to everyone that donated to the Kansas wildfire relief fund. Because of your support we will be sending $4,500.88 to the Kansas Livestock Foundation!


Guest auctioneer, Andy White, LMA World Champion Auctioneer from Ashland, Ohio. 


April 27, Thurs. – Special Feeder Sale, Noon -

Thursday April 27, Fairview Sale Barn, special feeder sale early consignments:

McClure 380 head+ (5 load lots) 6-8 weight steers, Eskridge 2 full loads of 8-9 weight steers, Postin 1 load 7-weight black steers,-----there will be another load or two plus the usual run of smaller consignments.

May 2, Tues. - Special Cow Sale, 5 p.m.

  • 6 cow/calf pairs, young cows

  • 4 bulls (15 month to 16 month) 2 char., 2 red Angus, calving ease

  • 6 Register Angus 16 month bulls

May 11, Thurs - Special Feeder Sale, Noon

June 8, Thurs. Special Feeder Sale, Noon

July 13, Thurs. - Special Feeder Sale, Noon


**CAB & Wean/Vac Sale Criteria (click)


4-21-17 Market Overview  

515 Cattle went to auction this week at Fairview Sale Barn. The weather was responsible for a decent run as farming was slow to get underway in some areas due to the wet fields. This will change big time if the weather predictions hold true and the coming window of rainless days happens. After next week’s feeder special, farming will surely take the lead resulting in some very short runs at the sale barn.

170 Fed Cattle sold at the best prices we’ve seen in a long while although several were in need of more feed and sold well back. Most of the run consisted of high yielding choice types and buyers were very competitive for them. Fed cattle futures at the Mercantile had gained for 11 days in a row elevating fed cattle prices daily. With the $15 to $18 drop in the board from April to October, we think you should right away get wheels under anything marketable. Cash continues to out run the board and taking advantage of it would be good business. We had a top of $138.50 which was about $10 above the board.  With the normal widening select/choice spread this time of year, choice cattle out distanced the selects by a goodly margin.

Slaughter Steers and Heifers                                       

Choice 2-4                                130.00-134.50                                                                         

  High Yielding                          135.00-138.50                                           

  Low Yielding                            125.00-130.00                                                         

Mixed Select/Choice 2-3          126.50-128.50                                       

  Select 1-2                               127.00/down                                           


131 Slaughter Cows      

                                  High yield            Avg. Yield                Low yield       

Breakers                   70.00-76.00          64.50-67.00           62.00/down

Boners       66.00-72.00         60.00-65.00           58.00/down

Lean                        65.50-69.50         62.00-64.50           61.50/down                              

21 Slaughter Bulls           High yield             Avg. Yield             Low Yield

                                         90.00-93.50          82.00-86.50         80.50-down

193 Feeder Cattle sold today. Going into the sale, it looked like a difficult market. Even if most were weaned, very few of them were vaccinated. Several were not weaned and had no vaccinations and only 30% of the males had been steered out. In spite of this, demand for everything was very good. Most of the run was in grass condition and buyers were eager to get their grazing cattle for the fast growing grazing conditions we are experiencing.


               300#-400#           155.00 to 205.00                            

               400#-500#           140.00   to 174.00                           

               500#-600#           144.00 to 168.00                            

               600#-700#           128.00 to 158.00                            


               300-400#             170.00   to 205.00                           

               400-500#             135.00   to 154.00                           

               500-600#             142.00   to 156.00                            

               600-700#             115.00   to 139.00                            

 The next special is next Thursday the 27th and is open to all feeder cattle. The next cow special is Tuesday, May 2 at 5 PM.                                            



Watch Our Sale On Line!!

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Well, I have officially become an author as my book has been published. Laura is strictly in charge of marketing books locally. It is now available in hundreds of outlets including Barnes and Noble, Ingram, Amazon, and Kindle. Here is the direct link to purchase a book on line:…/Bob-Fidler-Alone-But-Never-Lo…


 "Alone But Never Lonely"

By Bob Fidler

The publisher and my niece, Lori Long, have developed a web page,, to promote the newly published book. Not only does it contain information about the book, it has photos of the subject's home on Great Slave Lake along with his sled dogs.There are also several mood pictures of summer scenes on the tundra of the Northwest Territories of Canada taken by me while canoeing in the very region he trapped.

Laura has a new supply of books available at the sale barn available for purchase.


Alone But Never Lonely
by Bob Fidler

Gus D’Aoust (1897-1990) was a legend, an icon of the Northwest Territories. He was a well-known adventurer, explorer, hunter, and above all, a dedicated and passionate Barren Land trapper. In this inhospitable environment beyond the tree line, he lived his life doing what he loved. His endeavors came near the end of the late, great fur trading era when white trappers stretched across the Tundra for hundreds of miles. This is his story including labors, hardships, philosophy, and other life events and experiences as told by him to the author in 1973.

Bob Fidler, teacher (now retired), enjoyed many years of Canadian canoe tripping throughout Ontario and parts of the Northwest Territories. Born into a family of outdoorsmen with hunting and fishing a way of life, it was so easy and natural for him to become absorbed in the life of the subject.




Sketch by Robin Ewalt



Tuesday Sales - "Packer Day"

 10:00 a.m. - Fed Cattle, Cull Cows & Slaughter Bulls

Thursday Sales

10:30 a.m. - Hay Auction and related Farm Items   Noon - Sheep, Goats, Cattle


Fairview Sale Barn

1120 Carter St.

Fairview, IL 61432