Since early May, Stockmen’s Livestock Exchange in Dickinson, North Dakota has been selling cow-calf pairs due to the drought. “It’s slowed down compared to May, with a few sales with 500-to-700 pairs. We hope we’re close to where the calves are big enough that owners will hang onto them longer and wean those calves early,” said Larry Schnell, owner, Stockmen’s Livestock Exchange. “On Thursday, we sold some good, young two-year-old pairs at $1,850 and there were three-year-olds bringing $1,800. That’s where we’ve been the last few weeks. We’re not seeing the very best cattle coming to town.” Schnell said the Dickinson area received much-needed rain recently. “We did have rains two weeks ago. Our last major rains prior to that was September 2019, when we had 11 inches, which is very unusual for western North Dakota.”
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