cropped salebarnFairview Sale Barn  Fairview, IL



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Jake Fidler      (309 224 2226)-----------Bob Garber (309 696 9798)            Ray Johnson  (309 337 6029)-----------Sale Barn    (309 778 2225)        Laura Fidler    (309 224 2225)-----------Bob Fidler   (309 224 2327)

Regular sales every Tues & Thurs...Special Sales As Follows.

Upcoming Cow Sales

Saturday, January 27, Special Cow sale featuring Kocher Bred Heifers and other young cows

  • Kocher Farms: 95 head of big black and black-white face bred heifers chosen from some of the best cow herds in this area A-I bred May 20-22 (start calving March 1st) to proven calving ease Select Sires bulls then cleaned up with proven easy calving bulls from Bob Jon, Hobbs/Eathington, and Horsley for a 45 day calving period. This is their 8th annual sale and the sale barn has never had a complaint regarding the Kocher heifers. To look at them on the farm, call Dave at 815 866 0490.

  • Lowery: 80 head F1-X Hereford/Angus black baldy bred heifers, South Dakota origin, same ranch. Bred to proven easy calving Angus bulls, 60 day calving period beginning February 15. Heifers from this consignor sold in ths sale last year and everything we heard afterwards was complimentary.

  • Brokaw: 40 head total dispersion of Angus cows all born on his farm consisting of 5 bred heifers, 10-3 yr olds, 8-4's, 4-5's, 5-6's, 5-7's ,2-8's and 1-9 all bred to Cash Flow and Electrify bulls with genetics for easy calving, docility, rate of gain, and carcass merit. Will start about March 24 with a 60 day calving window. Had an updated yearly health program last done on October 25th. All are sound of foot and udder.

  • Dienst - 40 young  quality black cows

Tuesday, February 6, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3, 5 p.m. - 10 Registered Angus Bulls - Kiesewetter Angus

Tuesday, May 1, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 5, Pending Cow Sale, 5 p.m. 

Upcoming Special Feeder Sales:

Thursday, February 1, no restrictions, noon

Thursday, February 15, Wean-Vac, noon**

Thursday, March 8, no restrictions, noon

Thursday, March 22, Wean-Vac, noon**

Thursday, April 5, Wean-Vac Back to Grazing Sale, noon**

Thursday, April 19, no restrictions, noon

Thursday, May 10, no restrictions, noon

Thursday, June 14, no restrictions noon

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


  1-12-18 Market Overview

3158 cattle sold at Fairview Sale Barn from Saturday the 6th to Thursday the 11th. This has always been the busiest time of the year and 2018 is to be no exception. The bad weather can have opposite effects on cattle movement. Things can either slow down because the difficulty in moving them during bad weather, or it can motivate producers to sell them to ease the burden of having chores in nasty weather. We hear both sides every week, and it looks like the usual sellers show up regardless.

205 fed Cattle crossed the scales and sold mostly steady throughout except for $.50 lower top. This week’s top was $127.75, but it was easier to get $127 and above than it was last week. Consignments lacking finish and those carrying mud were slow to sell. Choice 2-4 ranged from $118.50 to $126.50 with some of the best yielding from $127.00 to $127.75. High yielding sold from $121.00 to $126.50 and low yielding from $118.50 to $120.50. Mixed select and choice brought $114.50 to $120.25 and select 1’s and 2’s including those returning to feed at $117.00/down. One package of 1034# heifers returning to feed brought $125.00. Choice dairy steers brought $82.00 to $92.50 and selects $80/down.

235 slaughter cows were $1 to $3 higher again as packers continue to pick up the slack. Premium whites brought $88.00 for the best and low yielding sold at $76.50/down. Breakers: high yield $59.50-$64.00 ave yield $54.00-$58.50 low yield $53.00/down---Boners: high yield $59.50-$64.00, ave yield $55.00-$59.00, low yield $54.00/down, Cutters: high yield $56.00-$58.00, ave yield $51.00-$54.00, low yield $49.50/down. Young cows returning to the farm brought $92.00-$95.00 for the best ave brought $75.00-$78.00, and the rest $74/down.

21 slaughter Bulls sold up to $3 higher with high yielding from $80.00-$85.00, ave yielding $73.00-$78.00 and the rest $71.50/down.

2464 feeder Cattle sold in the period from Saturday the 6th through Thursday the 11th with 2245 weaned and vaccinated feeder cattle going under the gavel Saturday the 6th at the annual CAB sale. Even with the cold, it was an ideal day to move cattle. Buyer attendance was good, demand was excellent, and the market was active. 75% of the run weighed from 550# to 800#. The following figures are for the CAB sale.

300#-500#     84 steers $178-$210        75 heifers $160-$196

500#-600#   201 steers $158-$181      265 heifers $135-$170

600#-700#   358 steers $142-$172      243 heifers $135-$171

700#-800#   450 steers $130-$165      116 heifers $135-$142

800#-900#   387 steers $125-$153           2 heifers $132-$133

900#-1000#   34 steers $145-$146         18 heifers $125.75

Over 1000#   12 steers $116-$135

Steer Load Lots:
794#-$153.00, $799#-152, 838#-$147.75, 847#-$148, 886#-$150.50, 888#-$149.25

216 bred cows sold in the special bred cow sale. There weren't many top end 3 to 6 year old cows in the sale, so it wasn't possible to get a definite price read, but they generally ranged from $1250 to $1550. Older cows made up most of the run with a few middle aged mixed in. The oldest cows sold at a small premium to slaughter prices while the larger ones having some quality and eye appeal topped well above market price. The best middle aged cows sold as much as $200 above kill price.

A few cow/calf pairs of varying sizes and quality brought from $1350 to $1650 for the best.

21 purebred cows from Hobbs Angus 3 to 6 years old weighed 1435# and averaged $1665 with a top of $1950 for 2 head.

A total of 35 bred heifers sold with 15 of them in the 3rd stage bringing $1500. Overall the 35 heifers weighed 1065# and averaged $1440 for the whole group including 1st and 2nd periods and smaller ones.

Thursday the 18th is the next feeder special. There are no restrictions and the sale is open to all feeders.

On Saturday, January 27th is the annual bred cow sale for young replacements highlighted by 100 fancy bred heifers from Kocher farms. Lowery Farms will also sell 90 bred heifers. A couple of cow dispersals are in the works including 30+ home raised from Walker Farms and 40 Angus cows from Brokaw.




Economic impact study shows livestock markets important for rural vitality; $1M in total value-added dollars to community

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A 2017 economic impact study found that livestock auction markets are important for the vitality of rural communities. The study of a standard, fixed-facility auction market revealed that the market provides approximately $1 million in total value-added dollars to its local community (population of 5,000) annually. Key findings also showed that markets create jobs and contribute substantially in taxes and labor income. (click for more

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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.




2017 World Champion Auctioneer, Brian Curless, will travel for and represent the Livestock Marketing Association for the next year. Many, many congrats to someone who we have always considered to be a Champ! Come to Fairview for all our special cow and feeder sales and listen to the champion sell cattle.


brian and truck


Tuesday Sales - "Fats, Cull Cows, & Bulls"

 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