cropped salebarnFairview Sale Barn  Fairview, IL




Feb. 2, Thurs – Special Feeder Sale, Noon 

Feb 7, Tues. - Cow Sale, 5 p.m.

Feb. 16, Thurs. – Wean-Vac Special*, Noon

Mar. 2, Thurs. – Special Feeder Sale, Noon

Mar. 4, Saturday - Hobbs/Eathington Angus Bull & Female Sale - 1 pm   

Mar. 7, Tues - Cow Sale, 5 p.m. 

Mar. 16, Thurs. – Special Feeder Sale, Noon

Mar. 30, Thurs – Wean-Vac Special*, Noon

April 4, Tues. - Cow Sale, 5 p.m. -- featuring  Double J Farms (Ray Johson), Kiesewetter Angus/Cross Creek Farms breeding bulls

April 6, Thurs. - Easter Lamb Special -- all weights

April 13, Thurs. – Wean-Vac Special*, Noon      

April 27, Thurs. – Special Feeder Sale, Noon

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



1-5-17 Market Overview

574 Cattle sold so far this week at Fairview Sale Barn with another 2500 or so coming tomorrow. The fat market took a huge jump as packers needed numbers. Cows were no more than steady on a sizable offering. It was a light feeder run ahead of tomorrow’s huge one with prices reflecting the giant drop in the futures at the Merc after the April call. Most feeder cattle sold at this time will hit the summer slaughter market which needs to show some life before the present feeder class coming to the sale barn can show any appreciable increase.

One factor mentioned by our friends in the west is the price of wheat. Thousands of cattle graze on wheat pasture coming off these pastures early so the wheat can rejuvenate and make a cash crop. The theory is that with the price of wheat so low, cattle will stay on the wheat pastures longer than usual as it won’t be profitable to gathering a wheat crop. They figure it will be more profitable to add pounds to cattle than to harvest a crop. This could very well benefit the summer fat market with fewer cattle going to feedlots early. With a glut of fleshy wheat cattle coming to feedlots later than usual, supply could be a negative for a good fall market. 
 109 Fed Cattle were marketed and as stated they sold much higher. 2017 started with a bang as fats sold $7.00 to $8.00 above last week at prices we haven’t seen since last July.

Slaughter Steers and Heifers saw most of the 
 Choice 2-4 bring between $118.00 to $121.50 
High Yielding $122.00 to $124.25 
Low Yielding $117.00 to $117.50 
 Mixed Select/Choice 2-3 $114.50 to $117.25 
Select 1-2 $114.00/down
A few heavies up to 1750# $103.00 to $114.00

133 Slaughter Cows went to market no more than steady with last week’s call. Quality was very good and many were well fleshed.

High yield Avg. Yield Low Yield
Premium White $65.00-$72.00 $56.00-$58.00
Breakers $61.00-$63.00 $56.00-$59.50 $53.00/down
Boners $56.50-$60.00 $52.50-$55.50 $51.00/down
Lean $60.00-$61.00 $52.00-$57.00 $51.00/down 
 Back to farm Fancy Good Rest
$90.00-$94.00 $80.00-$83.00 $79.00/down

17 Bulls were sold for slaughter. The quality of most was better than usual.
High yield Avg. Yield Low Yield
$81.00-$89.50 $75.00-$79.00 $74.00/down

Tomorrow is the January CAB feeder sale starting at 12:00. Next Thursday, January 12 is the annual feeder special open to all breeds and has no restrictions. Then on Thursday January 19 is a weaned and vaccinated sale open to all feeders weaned over 30 days with the required shots.


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.




Watch Our Sale On Line!!

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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