Show-Me-Select Heifers sale Nov. 18
The sale of Show-Me-Select bred heifers on Nov. 18 will feature 255 head from 17 consignors. Sale begins at 7 p.m. at the Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage.
According to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, the heifers are mostly crossbreds and are 80 percent black or black whiteface.
"The majority will calve during February," said Cole.
Service sires are mainly Angus, Polled Hereford and Red Angus. There are 42 bred to Gelbvieh, Limousin, SimAngus and Balancer bulls. All service sires met strict calving ease or birth weight expected progeny difference standards.
The SMS program began as a pilot program in southwest and northeast Missouri in 1997 as an added value opportunity for quality commercial and purebred heifers. The program features the use of technology to improve the quality and longevity of beef heifers in cattle around the state.
This fall there are four SMS sales in Missouri. In addition to the sale at Carthage there will be sales at Kingsville on Nov. 26, Fruitland on Dec. 3 and one at Palmyra on Dec. 10.
"The summer's dryness and heat will no doubt have an effect on the SMS sales this fall. It will be interesting to see whether it will be positive or negative," said Cole. "For one thing, the overall beef cow numbers are at record lows and for those fortunate to have forage and a low inventory of breeding females this will be a great opportunity to buy quality heifers."
Cole says some farmers may not be in a favorable forage position to capitalize on the expected profitability of beef cows in the next 3 to 5 years.
"There is generally an optimistic attitude among cattle producers as they realize that a young female, such as the SMS heifers, will put them in good shape for several years," said Cole.
The heifers at Carthage are mostly home-raised and all have been developed on fescue, primarily endophyte infected. The majority will calve at around 24 months of age but about 40 are intentionally developed to calve at 30 months.
A small number of Tier Two heifers will be in the sale. They are heifers out of artificial insemination sires which have high accuracy values for these EPD traits: calving ease both direct and maternal, weaning weight, carcass weight and marbling.
More information on the heifers is available or online at http://swmobcia.com.