BLADWORTH—Optimism for the cattle industry generated by record high cattle prices were reflected in the turnout and response to Palmer Charolais with Nielson Land & Cattle Co. annual bull sale March 2.
“It was a good crowd for the blustery day we had…standing room only during the sale,” Larry Nielson, of Nielson Land & Cattle Co., said.
There were from 150 to 200 people crowded into the shop at Palmer Charolais west of Bladworth. Gale-force winds that whipped up the snow didn’t deter people from turning out. Others phoned in their bids.
The sale average of last Monday’s sale was considerably higher than last year’s average, Nielson said.
He said the prices for his family’s purebred black Angus and red Angus bulls and heifers at this year’s sale were much higher than last year.
Palmer Charolais experienced similar results for their purebred Charolais bulls, the overall average on the their bulls was $7,276, which is up from last year.
“Everybody I talked to at the sale or on the phone about the sale was very optimistic about cattle,” said Velon Herback of Palmer Charolais.
People are optimistic, so they are spending more money on bulls than they had in the past.
“Everything relates to prices in cattle,” Herback said.