cropped salebarnFairview Sale Barn  Fairview, IL


2016 Special Sales


Thurs., June 9 - Special Feeder Sale

Thurs., July 7 - Special Feeder Sale

Thurs., July 28 - NO SALE, FAIR WEEK                 


Market Overview 5-14-16

1762 Cattle  came to the auction this week at Fairview Sale Barn. Rains kept most farmers out of the fields and a good crowd showed up at the sale barn. The rains also kept the positive outlook for a good grazing season in place as the grass is ready to explode with some warmer weather.

Sale barn runs will sharply decline as is usual for the season. Spring calves have hit the ground and are turned out. Grazing calves are also turned on grass, and very few fall calves are left to sell. New crop calves in the south are a ways away from being ready to cash in. So, it looks like some leisure, maintenance, or clean up time is in place at the old sale barn.

149 Fed Cattle What a difference a week makes!  Last week top was 123.00, today it was 132.00.  (Almost as crazy as the soybean market).  Last week's rally at the merc and packer inventories getting much shorter helped jump start what had been a stagnant, depressing market.

 Slaughter Steers and Heifers          

Choice 2-4                                          126.50-129.50                   

High Yielding                                      130.00-132.00                   

  Low Yielding                                     123.75-126.25                   

Mixed Select/Choice 2-3                      121.50-125.00                   

Select 1-2                                           121.00/down

140 Slaughter Cows           High Yield             Avg. Yield             Low Yield

Premium White                   96.00                     80.00-88.00        

Breakers 1300-1800#           80.00-82.00           76.50-79.50         75.00/down

Boners   1200-1600#            79.00-81.50           75.50-78.50         74.00/down

Lean       1000-1400#           74.50-78.00           70.00-73.50         69.00/down        

12 Slaughter Bulls -           High Yield             Avg. Yield             Low Yield                                           

                                             98.00-104.75       90.00-97.00         89.00/down

1461 Feeder Cattle 1461 feeder cattle sold and featured 12 full pot loads of yearling steers and heifers. These were offered to a very optimistic and aggressive group of buyers. The rest of the run consisted of smaller groups of top yearlings, several large groups of fancy calves, and the usual smaller groups of each.

Prices for today’s sale were very strong when compared to the board strength, or lack of. The better cattle brought:

               300#-400#           Steers and Bulls $185 to $222        Heifers $165 to $188

               400#-500#           Steers and Bulls $136 to $222        Heifers $158 to $187

               500#-600#           Steers and Bulls $131 to $187        Heifers $148 to $178

               600#-700#           Steers and Bulls $130 to $170        Heifers $140 to $160

               700#-800#           Steers and Bulls $127 to $165        Heifers $125 to $146

               800#-900#           Steers and Bulls $126 to $152        Heifers $126 to $137

               900#-1000#         Steers                $125 to $142

               Steer Pot Loads (732#-$165) (745#-$162.50) (767#-$159) (768#-$158.75) (832#-$152.50)                                                                     

               (877#-$149.25) (912#-$142.75) (963#-$140.75) ((975#-$141)

               Heifer Pot Loads (685#-$160) (767#-$146.75) (857#-$137)

The next feeder special will be Thursday June 9.




 "Alone But Never Lonely"

By Bob Fidler

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.

Photo by Hendel Photography



Tuesday Sales - "Packer Day"

 10:00 a.m. - Fed Cattle, Cull Cows & Slaughter Bulls -- Monthly Cow Sales 1st Tues. of Month - 5 p.m.

Thursday Sales

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