CAMPBELLFORD — Bad weather and a decline in beef prices led to a lower average sale price at this year’s Choice Angus and Simmental sale, run by Indian River Cattle Company and held at Hoard’s Station at Campbellford.
The average sale price at the Nov. 17 sale was about $2,200, $500 less than last year’s sale. A winter storm the day before and a month’s worth of winter weather leading up to the sale brought down the overall attendance.
“The cow calf market is really poor right now and that’s probably the biggest driver,” Indian River Cattle Company owner Billy Elmhirst said. “People are used to going ahead and shipping an old cow and replacing it with a younger one, but they’re getting not very much for their old cow.”
The top seller was Curraghdale Barbara 36E, consigned by Curraghdale Cattle Corp. at Uxbridge in Durham County, which sold for $3,900.