Napoleon Livestock co-owner Paul Bitz says while the demand is there for the fall feeder cattle run, the calf numbers aren’t. “I think it’s one of the quietest falls in North Dakota; there’s just not a lot of calves moving through sale barns.” Bitz blames the drought, last year’s herd reduction and the very wet spring. “I really think we’re going to sell the least number of calves we’ve ever sold in North Dakota this year.” The drought in the Southern Plains is preventing buyers from seeking northern cattle as well. “The feeder cattle would go further south if they had feed and the corn basis in the south is really high so that’s caused some hesitance in the market.”
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