cropped salebarnFairview Sale Barn  Fairview, IL


Keep in mind—cull cows go into the food chain. Most of the meat becomes hamburger. Fast food features a lot of hamburger. Therefore, anyone selling a cull cow might consider getting certified as required BQA certification might shortly follow fed cattle required certification.


Questions??  Call:

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.

March 29, 2018 - Greek Easter Lamb Sale - all weights


Upcoming Cow Sales

Tuesday, April 3, 5 p.m. -

  • 10 Registered Angus Bulls - Kiesewetter Angus

  • Breeding Bulls, Double J Farms

  • Complete dispersal Grove Charolais Herd:  40 pairs; 8 replacement heifers; 8 bulls


Tuesday, May 1, 5 p.m.

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

Upcoming Special Feeder Sales--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) 



                         3-2-18 Market Overview

419 cattle were sold at auction at Fairview Sale Barn this past week. The slaughter run was very similar in size to last weeks and prices were somewhat lower for the top end and about the same for the rest except for the overly dirty cattle. The feeder run featured more fancy preconditioned cattle than last week and they sold very well. As the grass season approaches, producers with the greener well managed cattle under 650# are being well rewarded. This should continue until it’s time to turn out. Un-weaned, fleshy, and those showing some winter stress brought less.

149 fed steers and heifers sold and the market top was a dollar fifty lower. Overall, the kind and quality of finish, grade, and yield weren’t as attractive as the past two weeks. Obviously, conditions haven’t been the best resulting in a lot of caked on baggage which lowers yield and affects price. Top this week was $134.00. The practical market for high yielding choice 2-4 was $128.50-$132 with a few extra high yielding choice or better bringing up to the $134.00 top. Low yielding choice sold from $126-$128. Mixed select/choice 2’s/3’s brought $125.50-$127 and select 1’s and 2’s were $124.75/down. A few heavies 1800#/up brought $113.50-$122. Choice dairy steers sold from $87-$94.

118 slaughter cows sold and like the fed cattle, quality of the run was less than the previous week plus many carried a lot of weather related baggage. This resulted in a somewhat lower market. The premium whites were $78.50/$88. Breakers were $70-$75 for the best, average $64-$69, and low yield $60/down. The boner grade saw the best at $70/$76.50, average from $64-$69, and the low end $62/down. The lean cutter grade brought $62-$65 for the best, $55-$59 for average and $53.50/down for the rest. Young cows returning to the farm to feed or breed brought $91-$103 for the fancy ones, average quality were 81-$89, and the rest $71/down.                  

12 slaughter bulls were in the offering and sold on a steady market with high yielding up to $92, average $78-$81 and rest $71/down                

212 feeder cattle saw very good demand with active bidding throughout. There was a lot of activity for front end steers and heifers in grass condition that were preconditioned. Lighter green steers also readily found homes if they had some quality and growth potential. 400#-500# steers and bulls brought ($170-$196 and heifers $157-$172)—(500#-600# steers and bulls $153-$186.50) and heifers $148-$163)—600#-700# steers and bulls $140-$171 and heifers $135-$148)—not enough bigger cattle to report.

The monthly cow sale is Tuesday, March 6th at 5 o’clock and features a 90 head dispersionof mostly young Angus cows and a 60 head dispersion of mixed aged black cows. Both herds are bred to powerful black bulls.

The next feeder specials will be March 8th with no restrictions and then March 22nd will be a weaned/vaccinated sale.          

The annual Easter lamb sale will be Thursday March 29 and is for all weights of lambs.


Because of a new packer regulation going into effect in 2019, producers of fed cattle must be certified as qualified Beef Quality Assurance members. This BQA program is being pushed by some fast food chains and the packers who provide their meat will not bid on your fat cattle unless you are certified BQA participants. Most leading US packers are taking part in this program. 50 people were certified at the sale barn this past week during an Illinois Beef Association gathering at the sale barn. We recommend that anyone having anything to do with cattle would be wise to get certified. It is your promise to handle cattle humanely according to BQA requirements. We will have another session before 2019 here at the sale barn, there are other meetings planned throughout the state, or it can be done on line.







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

Watch Our Sales 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.




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