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.


Upcoming Cow Sales

Get your bull(s) fertility checked now. If the semen test proves him to be weak or worthless, get a replacement. This management practice is one of the safest things a cow/calf producers can do. You won't get a calf unless the bull is sound, and having an available replacement with quality should your main bull get hurt is money well spent. We have a surprising number of injured bulls come to the sale barn for slaughter every year during the breeding season and herd owners scramble to find a replacement and the top bulls have already been sold.

Even though your bull proves to be sound after having him tested, having a young back-up is a sensible management tool.


Tuesday, May 1, 5 p.m.

  • 20 pairs, 20 bred cows, Hammitt

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

Upcoming Special Feeder Sales--Noon:

Thursday, May 10, no restrictions, noon

Thursday, June 14, no restrictions noon

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

4-20-18 Market Overview

1844 total cattle sold this past week at the Fairview Sale Barn. The fed cattle run was down somewhat but the futures were up and each factor contributed to a stronger market. The cull cow run continues to be quite large with the increased supply no doubt assisting in dragging the market down. The slaughter bull offering was about normal resulting in a near steady market. The feeder cattle run was sizable since it was a special sale. It was fueled by a couple of factors. First, there was the large number of grass ready cattle and the huge demand for them and secondly, the always popular fancy load lots of yearling steers offered. Considering the depressing outlook at the board of trade, it’s encouraging to see the overall demand to be as good as it is. That’s especially true in the feeder alley where cattle are bringing well above break even prices.

92 fed cattle were in the mix and sold with a $126.75 top which was $3 higher than a week ago. Besides the reasons already mentioned, packers are short bought with supply very current. The glut of finished cattle hasn’t hit yet, but is on the way. The practical market for choice 2-4 was $123-$125.50 with best high yielding from $125.75 to the $126.75 top, and low yielding sold from $116.50-$122. Mixed select/choice sold from $119-$121.50 and select 1’s and 2’s brought $118/down.

165 slaughter cows sold lower by $2-$4.

Premium whites were in short supply and no market is indicated.

Breakers: (high yield $61.50-$65.50)  (avg yield $58.00-$61.00)  (rest $56.50/down) 

Boners:    (high yield $61-$64)             (avg yield $57-$60)              (rest $56.50/down)

Cutters:   (high yield $55.50-$60)        (avg yield $50-$54)              (rest $49.50/down)

Those returning to the farm to feed or breed were   (fancy $100-$103)   (good $79-$89)  (rest $65/down)

17 slaughter bulls went to market steady to weak with high yield at $92, avg yield from $78.50-$86, and the rest at $76/down.         

1570 feeder cattle were offered to a very receptive crowd. The sale was well attended with plenty of buyers for everything. The run featured six loads of black yearling steers and a generous amount of handy weight grass ready steers and heifers. Good prices for these set the table for the rest of the sale. There was good demand and active bidding. The sale had no restrictions and was open to all feeders. Several had no vaccinations and/or were not weaned. A wide range in price between these and the weaned and vaccinated cattle resulted in several head with low quality, not weaned, and/or without shots selling well back from the top.

·        300-400 lb (steers and bulls $175-$221)    (heifers $155-$207)

·        400-500 lb (steers and bulls $160-$200)    (heifers $142-$180)

·        500-600 lb (steers and bulls $142-$187)    (heifers $148-$178)

·        600-700 lb (steers and bulls $121-$170)    (heifers $128-$147)

·        700-800 lb (steers and bulls $122-$155)    (heifers $118-$135)

·        900-1000   (steers $120-$135)                   (heifers NA)

·        Steer load lots: (717# at $155.25) (742# at $152.50) (743# at $152.75) (792# at $146.25) (827#at $147.50) (902# at $135.50)

Tuesday May 1st is the next cow sale and will also offer breeding bulls. The next feeder sale is Thursday, May 10 and is open to all feeder cattle. The weather will straighten out as always and the planting will begin. Cattle movement will slow down to a crawl with feeder movement nearly drying up. The market has been active because grazers seek to fill pastures and producers push to lower their chore loads before going to the fields. Cattle marketing will change dramatically and very soon.


What is the cost of keeping an open cow?

Producers have a lot of factors to consider each year, and without a doubt, one of those decisions will be what the cost is to keep an open cow in the herd.

Industry Voice by BioZyme Inc. | Apr 01, 2018
Financial survival as a cow-calf producer is like a game of Risk. Producers have a lot of factors to consider each year, and without a doubt, one of those decisions will be what the cost is to keep an open cow in the herd.

First, the particular segment a producer is in needs to be considered. A purebred producer who decides to keep an open cow over for another breeding season will likely be able to recover the extra cost of a non-producing cow with the sale of the next calf. However, rarely will a commercial cow-calf producer recover the cow expense if he or she decides to keep an open cow and rebreed her the next year.

“It is often the inclination of the producer that the cow won’t bring in much money if he sells her open, so he will hold onto her and rebreed her next year,” said Kevin Glaubius, Director of Nutrition at BioZyme® Inc. “That typically makes for a really expensive cow and is rarely profitable in a commercial setting.”

Producers should preg check their cows as early as possible and consider their options. It is safe to preg check 30-40 days after the cows’ last exposure. And once a cow is confirmed open, it is time to consider culling her, so you don’t spend another 3-4 months on feed and uptake on non-productive cow days.

Glaubius offers some simple “cowboy math” in calculating the cost of culling and replacing an open cow versus feeding an open cow. The numbers below came from the Midwest on March 10, 2018.

Initially, the producer is going to spend an average of $500-$700 per year, per cow on feed and upkeep. This is variable on labor, resources available and other geographic and environmental factors. Then, if a cow is open, you lose the revenue from a calf that won’t wean and sell this season. Currently, you could calculate a 550-pound calf would bring about $1.80 per pound, so the producer is losing about $990 in calf revenue. The total cost for one year of keeping the open cow is as about $1600:
$600 (cow cost) + $990 (calf revenue) = $1,590 (Expense for keeping open cow)

A better option would be to sell the open cow and replace her with a bred heifer or cow. March 10, 2018, market numbers showed cull cow prices at 64 cents per pound. Average cow size is between 1,200-1,300 pounds, so a 1,250-pound cow will have a salvage value of around $800. A bred replacement female will cost about $1,200 with the goal to have a calf to sell at weaning time.

$1,200 (replacement cow) - $800 (salvage cow income) = $400 (Expense for replacing open cow)
With almost a $1,200 difference in keeping an open cow or replacing her, it seems like an easy option to replace her. Although 100% conception is a great management goal, isn’t always realistic. However, Glaubius says the sooner you cull the open cows, the less you will have to invest in their feed bill, and he notes that cull cow prices almost always decline the further into fall and winter, so he suggests selling as early as you can, saying September has traditionally recorded the best prices for cull cows. There are a lot of issues that lead to open cows – age, health, reproductive issues, heat stress.

“If you don’t know your cow is open, you can’t control costs, that’s why it is a good idea to preg check at weaning. The guy who preg checks first gets his open cows to town first and gets the most money for his cull cows. And he wins on both fronts, because he isn’t pouring extra feed costs into the cows for two, three, four months,” Glaubius said. “Cows need to be nursing a calf or pregnant in order to measure their productivity – much like the swine industry. The ‘non-producing cow days’ are what cost the producer the most.”
But, what if you didn’t have to think about open cows because of increased conception rates? Glaubius offers four tips to getting your cows bred and keeping them bred.

1. Consider a quality mineral program. A premium mineral program is a good investment that will see a great ROI with a cow that gets bred and stays bred. Don’t set cows up for failure initially but invest in a good mineral program like VitaFerm®. VitaFerm supplements contain Amaferm®, a natural prebiotic designed to maximize the nutritional value of feed. With the Amaferm advantage, producers will see increased intake, digestibility and absorption.

2. A mineral program alone won’t aid in conception. Cows need to be fed the proper amounts of energy and protein, so they are in the right condition to breed successfully. Nine out ten breeding failures are usually due to energy or protein deficiencies and not the mineral, according to Glaubius. If you don’t feed energy and protein correctly, mineral won’t fix poor body condition. Most nutrition companies, including BioZyme, offer some type of ration and forage testing services. If you aren’t sure your cows’ dietary needs are being met, be sure to take feed samples and have them tested.

3. Herd health protocols are key. Working with your veterinarian to keep your herd healthy is of upmost importance. Making sure the cow has proper vaccinations, preventing common challenges like anaplasmosis, and making sure the cow stays bred is vital. Sometimes the cow will abort due to viruses, infections and illnesses that are preventable or treatable.

4. Another way to make sure the cow stays bred through the summer months is to minimize the heat stress she incurs. The cow will often reabsorb the fetus when she faces multiple 100-degree days, ending up open.

VitaFerm® offers two mineral options to help get cows bred and keep them bred, especially in the summer’s heat. First is the VitaFerm Concept•Aid®, a line of vitamin and mineral supplements for cattle formulated to promote effective, easy breeding when fed 60 days pre-calving through 60 days post-breeding. High concentrations of vitamin E and organic trace minerals, coupled with the Amaferm advantage, supports quick repair of the reproductive tract and more energy for reproductive success. Additionally, increased nutrient absorption and digestion leads to healthier and heavier calves giving you performance that pays.

The next is VitaFerm HEAT®, a line of vitamin and mineral supplements for cattle used to reduce heat stress during temperatures of 70 degrees and above, or anytime cattle are grazing fescue. With Amaferm and Capsaicin, both research-proven to lower body temperature, conception rates should improve by maintaining pregnancy. HEAT also includes garlic, considered a natural insect repellent.

Deciding if you should keep an open cow or not can be a big decision. But if you maximize your odds of increased conception and pregnancy, these are decisions that you won't have to make as often.



 Beef Quality Assurance  (BQA Program) 

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.






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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


Thur and go to slaughter every yaarsday Sales

10:30 a.m. - Hay Auction and related Farm Items  

Noon - Sheep, Goats, Cattle


Fairview Sale Barn

1120 Carter St.

Fairview, IL 61432