For the past 2 months, my father & I go almost every Wednesday to a local livestock auction. Mostly just to watch, but I did buy a buck goat to mate with my does. Anyway, lately I've been watching the calves selling as a coworker wanted me to watch for a Jersey heifer calf. Very few Jersey's show up, and what do seem to be mostly bulls. However, at last nights sale, there was a 46# Holstein calf (didn't hear whether it was male or female) that ended up selling for $.06 / pound. That is correct, someone paid a total of $2.76 for this calf. Most other Holstein calves sold for anywhere from $.30 / pound up to $2.60 / pound for heifers. My question is why did the 46# calf sell so cheap. It was up and walking ok. Now granted, most of the Holsteins were anywhere from 72# up to 116#, so yes, it was small. Was it a "runt" and most likely wouldn't gain weight as much as the others, something "wrong" with it that most likely it would die, or what? I understand getting anything from a livestock auction you are taking chances on buying a sick animal, or one that is unproductive etc. Or you can get a healthy animal that "picks up" something from the sale barn. Am I missinig something here on this calf that it sold so cheap?