cropped salebarnFairview Sale Barn  Fairview, IL



From Everyone at Fairview Sale Barn, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!





***Slaughter Sale every Tuesday in December***

Dec. 17, Sat.  Wean-Vac Special**, Noon

Dec. 22, Thurs. - NO SALE

Dec. 29, Thurs. NO SALE


Jan. 3, Tues. - Bred Cow Sale, 5 p.m.

Jan 7, Sat. – CAB Feeder special**, Noon

Jan 12, Thurs – Annual Feeder Spec., Noon

Jan 19, Thurs – Wean-Vac Special**, Noon

Jan. 21 - Sat. - Special Cow Sale featuring Kocher Bred Heifers and other Young Cows.  For further information on Kocher Heifers, please call Dave @ 815-866-0490, Doug @ 309-338-3492 or Jay @ 309-238-7280

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

Market Overview week of December 9, 2016

2369 Cattle sold at Fairview Sale Barn this week and included 1533 feeder cattle, 225 fats, 217 cows weighed up for slaughter, 25 cow/calf pairs, 316 bred females, and 27 bulls. Sales were very well attended. Prices were lower than a year ago as we are in a much, much different marketing phase at this time and this factor carries through all classes of cattle.  

225 Fed Cattle went to auction with the top end $1 to $2 lower than a week ago. Mud was somewhat of a factor, but several head came in short on finish. These two factors brought the average down. The scratch top was $108.50.

Slaughter steers and heifers

            Choice 2-4                           $104.00 TO $106.75

                        High Yielding            $107.00 to $108.50

                         Low Yielding            $102.00 to $103.50

            Mxd select/choice 2-3          $  99.50 to $101.50

            Select 1-2                              $  98/down

           Heiferettes                             $82.00 to $90

217 Cows were weighed up for slaughter on a market mostly $2.00 lower than last week. Kill plants are finding plenty to fill daily needs as the number of cows on the move has picked up since Thanksgiving.

                                  High Yield              Avg Yield                  Low Yield

            Breakers    $59.00-$64.50       $54.00-$58.50        $53.00/down

            Boners       $59.50-$64.00       $52.00-$57.50        $51.00/down

            Lean           $51.00-$55.00       $48.00-$49.50        $47.50/down                                   

Returned the farm. Fancy=$86.00-$100.00 Good=$68.00-$80.00 Rest=$65.00/down

26 Bulls went to slaughter on a mostly steady market with high yielding bringing from $85.00 -$90.00. The rest were down from there.

The bred cow and pair market has definitely been affected by much lower calf and slaughter cow prices. For example, the potential outcome a year ago for a short term cow with a 400# steer calf was around $1800. That figure has now dropped below $1400. This comparison exemplifies the price change in marketing bred cows in 2015 vs 2016. 

25 Cow/Calf pairs brought from $900 for small, thin or old cows to a top of $1775 for a big young pair. The average for all was around $1400. Overall quality wasn’t anything to brag about.

55 bred heifers were offered and for the most part faced only moderate demand. The bred heifer market, as usual, doesn’t heat up and gain momentum until after the first of the year. The top end of the heifers weighing over 1000# with eye appeal and some reputation plus paper work to back up their management brought from $1400 to the top of $1800. Several of lesser quality or smaller in size or frame brought less.

297 mature bred cows sold. There was good demand for top young black cows from herd dispersions and reductions. Buyers are cautious and tend to stay away from anything questionable as well as those with attitude problems. Top sellers were a herd of 55 head of 3-yr old spring calving fancy Sim/Ang cows. They brought from $1600 to $2100. The average for the 55 head was $1766.00. The rest of the mature cows were a mixed bag with several pretty good young ones 1150# and up selling between $1200 and $1500. Most of the older, sound, short term cows brought around $1000. Several older thin cows brought less than this.

1533 feeder cattle sold this week at Fairview Sale Barn. The sale was well attended and bidding was active. 6 full pot loads of yearling steers sold. The rest of the run consisted of a few smaller groups of yearlings and about 2/3 of the run was made up of calves. Most were weaned and vaccinated and sold quite well. Un-weaned, non-vaccinated, fleshy, and clubby looking calves, plus bull calves above 500#, sold well behind the top calves. Many times there was a huge difference as buyers, now more than ever before, seem to want the better managed groups.

                    Steers/Bulls                                       Heifers

          (300#-400#) $133.00-$188.50               $125.00-$157.00

          (400#-500#) $125.00-$170.50               $118.00-$141.00

          (500#-600#) $110.00-$152.00               $101.00-$134.00

          (600#-700#) $102.00-$142.00               $  90.00-$119.00

          (700#-800#) $  96.00-$135.50                $101.00-$110.00

          (800#-900#) $101.00-$135.50               NA

Steer Load Lots (814# -$134.25) (839#-$135.25) (840#-$135.00) (843#-$135.50) (896#-$131.50)


We will have a wean/vac feeder sale on Saturday, Dec 17. The last Thursday sale for selling feeder cattle will be the 15th. There will be no sales on Thursday the 22nd and 29th, but we will have the usual slaughter sale every Tuesday in December. If this is confusing please check our web page, or give us a call.


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 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 has a new supply of books available at the sale barn to purchase for Christmas gifts.


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


Fairview Sale Barn

1120 Carter St.

Fairview, IL 61432