cropped salebarnFairview Sale Barn  Fairview, IL


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These aspiring auctioneers came out to meet the World Champion Auctioneer.  Great questions and excitement from these young gentlemen, their future is bright!  


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.

The case livestock auction market is located in northwest Iowa and has a weekly cattle sale, selling all classes of cattle. The market was selected as a representative example of Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) member-markets based on type of market, gross sales of livestock, rural location of market, and population of city. LMA represents 75 percent of the livestock auction markets in the United States, and cattle are the largest per-head species sold through livestock auction markets annually (31 million head, per 2016 USDA GIPSA Annual Report data).

Also from the key findings: the market studied provides nearly 30 jobs, generating $600,000 in labor income to the community’s economy. Additionally, the market contributes $70,000 in local taxes. In federal taxes, the market contributes $125,000. Of the total value-added number, approximately $30,000 is contributed by the on-site café, operational only on sale days and managed by a resident church (proceeds retained by church).

Speaking on rural vitality, LMA President, Jerry Etheredge said, “Livestock markets are extremely important to their local communities. They generate cash for local farmers and that cash gets traded in town. For those rural communities, employment opportunities at a market are a big deal.”

In collaboration with the LMA, the study was completed by Decision Innovation Solutions in Urbandale, Iowa.

About the Livestock Marketing Association
The Livestock Marketing Association, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is North America’s largest membership organization dedicated to supporting, representing and communicating with and for the entire livestock marketing sector. LMA has more than 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit

What happens when you can't have the  World Champion Auctioneer, you call in the 2nd best!  Thanks Cody Lowderman!!






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

Cow Sales:

Tuesday, December 5, 5 p.m.

  • 175 - 3, 4, 5 year olds - Bred to Broker Sons, Meyer Grandson, Yardley Bulls, 1 group Simi Angus (May 10, Rest Angus - Mid March)  Calving in 60 days


Tuesday, January 9, 5 p.m.

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

Tuesday, February 6, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 5, Pending, 5 p.m. 

Special Feeder Sales:

Thursday, November 30, no restrictions, noon

Thursday, December 14, Wean-Vac, noon**


Saturday, January 6, CAB sale, noon**

Saturday, January 13, Wean-Vac, noon**

Thursday, January 18, no restrictions, noon

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) 

11-17-17 Market Overview

2843 Cattle sold at auction this past week at Fairview Sale Barn. As the harvest winds down, a few more buyers are in the seats for the feeder cattle sales. Order buyers are also getting calls as their customers are finishing harvest and beginning to receive cattle. These factors enhance the feeder market as can be seen throughout the surrounding cattle country states.

232 fat choice grading steers and heifers sold on a market lower by $2 topping this week at $122 for the very best. The rest were about a $1 lower throughout.  Choice 2’s and 4’s brought $116.50 to $119.50 with 17 head of extra high yielding bringing from $120 to the $122 top. Low yielding choice brought $113-$116.  Mixed select/choice 2’s and 3’s ranged from $113.50-$115.50 and select 1’s and 2’s were $112.75/down.

150 cows went to slaughter as price pressure continues due to the large numbers available which is typical of most inflated fall runs. Prices fell another dollar or two for the third straight week. By grade, premium whites had high yielding and fancy from $88-$98, average kinds from $77-$87, and the rest $76 /down. Breakers sold from $57.50-$64 for the best, $52-$56.50 for average, and $50 for the bottom end. Boners brought $58 -$61 for the top yielding, average $53-$57.50, and low yielders $52/down. The lean cutter grade saw the top cut from $53-$54.50, average $50.50-$52.50, and low yielders $49.50/down. Anticipation of a better market at year’s end sent several back to the farm for feed from $70 up to a $93 top.

21 slaughter bulls sold steady with last week with high yielding from $81-$84, average yield from $74-$80, and the rest $73/down

15 bred cows & pairs sold on a slow market as the short run of mixed quality had small demand for the kind. Pairs brought $1150 to $1450. Cows sold at a slight premium above slaughter price from $600-$1100.

2425 feeder cattle changed hands this week at the Sale Barn and were in great demand from all buyers in attendance with  farmers, backgrounders, and order buyers all actively in the hunt. As mentioned, this spark caused by increased buying power has ignited the cattle market everywhere and makes things look very positive going into the busy fall and winter season when most feeder cattle move.

Heifer prices were much better than expected and steers sold at $20.00 or more per hundred weight higher accordingly. 300#-400# steers topped at $234 averaging $208.75. 400#-500# steers topped at $214.00 averaging $201.00. 500-600# steers had a $200.25 top and averaged $184.00. 600#-700# steers had a $188.00 top and averaged $172.00. 700#-800# topped at $172.50 with a $166.00 average. 8-9 weight steers topped at $157.00 averaging $155.10. A 56 head group of 950# steers brought $151.00. Steer load lots: (806#-$156.50) (810#-$156.50) (821#-$153) (910#-$159) (950#-$152) ($1010#-$151)

These figures were not anticipated, but seem to be happening throughout cattle country. Packers are moving the boxes, exports have been improving, and there is an abundance of feed. Armed with these factors, cattle feeders, who have lost big bucks recently, are showing more optimism than seen in a few years.

The next feeder special is Thursday, November 30 and there are no restrictions.

Don’t forget the cow special Tuesday, December 5th featuring 175 head of 3-4-5 year old black cows in one deal. Every one was home raised or of western origin coming to Illinois as bred heifers Owner’s program is to calve out a lot of bred heifers each year, keep them for 2- 3 years, and then sell young cows before they get old and drop in value. This program is a very good one for all concerns. Cows are bred to Broker Sons, Meyer Grandson, or Yardley bulls. One group of Simmental/Angus will calve May 10. Rest are Angus and due mid-March. All have a 60 day calving period.


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.




2017 Work Champion Auctioneer and he 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!


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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