Strategies for Small Producers: Strength in numbers
Marketing calves in groups, rather than as individuals, can help command a higher price at the sale barn. That’s the finding of research by Tom Troxel of the University of Arkansas.
Troxel evaluated factors that affected sale price of Arkansas beef calves as they were marketed in fifteen Arkansas livestock auction markets in 2005. He reported on data from over 100,000 head of calves sold in 52,401 lots. Several interesting price differences were noted.