cropped salebarnFairview Sale Barn  Fairview, IL


Next Feeder Special -- Thursday, August 18, noon, no restrictions

This drawing was donated by Brian Curless (created by Robin Ewalt) to the PAC Auction

Purchased by Cody at Bloomington Wisconsin Sale Barn for $2300! 



2016 Special Sales

Next Feeder Special--Thursday, September 15--open to all--no restrictions

First CAB Sale - Saturday, November 12, noon  


Market Overview 8-19-16

1748 Cattle came to the auction this week at Fairview Sale Barn. Numbers were higher because of the feeder special. The slaughter cattle market, although not as high as a few months back, is more or less holding its own trading in a pretty tight range. Beef at the meat counter is still priced at levels much higher than other red meats affecting value, and there is no shortage of any of the red meats.

The replacement market still outperforms break-evens in the feeder alleys. Bred cows have yet to establish a trend although sustaining the prices seen last spring and a year ago will be difficult to achieve. Most replacement cow movement of the more valuable kind as usual won’t happen until late fall after the harvest is done.

174 Fed Cattle sold steady on the strictly choice consignments and weak to a buck lower on marginally finished cattle. This week topped at $121.75 on a handful.

Slaughter Steers and heifers



Choice 2-4




  19 hd High Yielding  steers




  Low Yielding includes a.m. fats




Mixed Select/Choice 2-3




  Select 1-2 




Pkg heavies 1745#


103 slaughter Cows sold steady to firm with all packer buyers participating aggressively.

Slaughter Cows - 

High yield

Avg. Yield

 Low Yield

Premium White








Boners 1200-1600#




Lean 1000-1400#








19 Slaughter Bulls -

High yield

Avg. Yield

Low Yield





20 replacement cows-A few with calves ranged from $1150 to $1500. Bred cows were in a wide range from $700 for smaller old cows to a top of $1800 for the very best young black kind. Age, size, condition, color and calving dates determine value and each of these were all over the board.

 1433 feeder cattle were offered to a very receptive group of buyers. The load lots and larger groups as usual were in very high demand. Quality this week was everything and the load lots were exceptional. Some of the middle of the road lighter cattle 600# and down were not as popular, but at the prices they brought will still find some difficulty in breaking even later unless the market improves.

                                Steers                                    Heifers

300# to 400#   $180 to $203                       $150 to $170

400# to 500#   $170 to $191                       $150 to $165

500# to 600#   $150 to $166                       $140 to $155

600# to 700#   $148 to $159                       $135 to $150

700# to 800#   $145 to $168                       $135 to $148

800# to 900#   $135 to $165                       $125 to $142

Load Lots

Steers: (717#--$167) (752#--$161.50) (754#--$162.50) (785--$168) (824#--$162.25) (838#--$165.25) (840#--$162.50)

Heifers (738#--$148) ($824--$142.50) ($900#--$140)



 "Alone But Never Lonely"

By Bob Fidler

The publisher and my niece, Lori Long, have developed a web page,, to promote my 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 now has a supply of books available at the sale barn.

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

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.




Watch Our Sale On Line!!

        Log onto   Then, click on "create account".  You will need to create your account, Fill out the first time user information, creating an ID and password that you create.Then, you will use your ID and password each time you want to watch our sales.  If you have any questions, please call the Fairview Sale Barn, 309-778-2225.

Sketch by Robin Ewalt



Tuesday Sales - "Packer Day"

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

Bred Cow Sales will resume in November

Thursday Sales

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