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Old 12/18/11, 02:00 PM
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Bottle calf prices in MO

Anyone bought any bottle calves in the last week or so? Wondering what they are going for right now. Have 2 Jerseys due to calve around the 27th of this month and another around the first of Feb, will be needing some of the little varmints.

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Old 12/18/11, 03:42 PM
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Around here in Oklahoma (I know its not your area) they are going anywhere from 75 to 125 dollars for bulls from what I have seen on Craigslist.

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Old 12/18/11, 08:19 PM
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If you can go to the dairy sale(s) at Norwood, MO you can get bull calves ranging from $10-50. Heifers will average $75-200. If you have to go to a beef salebarn or craigslist to get some bottle calves they're gonna cost ou $125+.

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Old 12/18/11, 11:27 PM
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for jerseys (bulls) depending on size of calf, $40-75
for holstenes you're looking at $100 and up.

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Old 12/19/11, 10:38 AM
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Raised about 25 head last year, all from the same dairy about 2 hours from me, for $50/ head for Jersey bulls and $70-75 / head for the 4 that were cross bred calves. May go that route again this year. Appreciate all the info, thanks.

Francismilker, I have been watching Norwood sales reports on line, as they are the closest dairy sale to me-- (about an hour or a little more). They have a sale every week or once a month? The online report seems to be monthly.

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I'm looking for a Jersey bull calf or two right now and maybe a milker.....Prices listed here are what I am seeing also.

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Old 12/19/11, 12:01 PM
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elevenpoint - two of my cows are from the same dairy I buy calves from. Culled from the herd for low production, think I gave $750 for the pair. Been real good cows for us, plenty of production for housemilk and raising bottle calves. Got any dairies nearby?

Sure have pretty country near you- I use to come down there and camp when I was young, there was about a 40 some odd foot cliff somewhere down there we used to jump off into a deep stretch of Jacks Fork.

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here in beaverton ontario drop calfs are going for $100.00 to $240.00 crazy prices right now. 700 pound plus vealers are over $1.50 a pound

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One dairy that has beautiful Jerseys but not calving till early spring....and I am set on Jersey or near full Jersey. Looking for different livestock now with the hope of a bargain to be found maybe.

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Old 12/19/11, 12:47 PM
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Eleven- Jersey's are the ones to have (IMO). Would you be interested in a cow from the dairy I deal with IF he has any to cull?

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Eleven- Jersey's are the ones to have (IMO). Would you be interested in a cow from the dairy I deal with IF he has any to cull?
That would depend upon how far it is from here, I am near West Plains.
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i just bought a few for $60 a piece. from everything i saw i got a decent deal on them.

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Old 12/19/11, 08:57 PM
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According to google maps it would be about 45 miles / 1 hour 6 mins, north, northwest of you.

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Geez, ya'll are all paying a fortune for calves where you are. I can get Holstein bull calves around here from a certified organic dairy for $40 a pop. Jersey bull calves are as low as $20 a head. Females are some higher and can only be found at auction, between $50 and $75 a head.

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InvalidID, it's all about supply and demand. we have a fairly good supply around here, but we have even more of a demand because folks in this area still want to raise bumper calfs.

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If you can go to the dairy sale(s) at Norwood, MO you can get bull calves ranging from $10-50. Heifers will average $75-200. If you have to go to a beef salebarn or craigslist to get some bottle calves they're gonna cost ou $125+.
I am curious, does cutting a Jersey calm them mean critters down any?

What is the normal disposition of a Holstein?

What is the dairy breed makeup there in Norwood? Mostly Holstein?
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If you can go to the dairy sale(s) at Norwood, MO you can get bull calves ranging from $10-50. Heifers will average $75-200. If you have to go to a beef salebarn or craigslist to get some bottle calves they're gonna cost ou $125+.
Where do you go in Norwood? Is it a sale barn or someones farm? That might be worth taking a ride up there.
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Old 12/20/11, 03:11 PM
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Norwood has a sale barn right by the exit from Hwy 60-- can't miss it. Mt Grove is close to it also and it has an auction too. Years ago when I was young I bought calves at Mt Grove and it was a huge sale, but I am told it isn't very big anymore.

Here is a link to the monthly dairy auction report from Norwood. I think they also do a weekly sale, but I can't find the report online for it.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/jc_ls130.txt

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The Springfield Livestock Center has a monthly dairy sale which I prefer to the Norwood sale. It's just West of Springfield on the North side of 44, clearly visible from the highway.

http://www.springfieldlivestockcente...ry-sale-market

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They do a weekly sale in Norwood on Thursdays but they do a special Heifer sale the second Thurs of the month and that the is the report you will find online.

There are mostly holsteins at the sale but you will find some jersey calves - but not many.

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