cropped salebarnFairview Sale Barn  Fairview, IL


No Sales Tues., Dec. 26 & Thurs., Dec. 28



Regular sales every Tues & Thurs...Special Sales As Follows.

Cow Sales:


Tuesday, January 9, 5 p.m. (This is the second Tuesday of the Month)

Saturday, January 27, Special Cow sale featuring Kocher Bred Heifers and other young cows

Tuesday, February 6, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 5, Pending, 5 p.m. 

Special Feeder Sales:

Thursday, December 14, Wean-Vac, noon**


Saturday, January 6, CAB sale, noon**

Saturday, January 13, Wean-Vac, noon**

Thursday, January 18, no restrictions, noon

Thursday, February 1, no restrictions, noon

Thursday, February 15, Wean-Vac, noon**

Thursday, March 8, no restrictions, noon

Thursday, March 22, Wean-Vac, noon**

Thursday, April 5, Wean-Vac Back to Grazing Sale, noon**

Thursday, April 19, no restrictions, noon

Thursday, May 10, no restrictions, noon

Thursday, June 14, no restrictions noon

**CAB & Wean/Vac Sale Criteria (click) 


 12-8-17 Market Overview

A total of 1040 cattle were sold at auction this week at Fairview Sale Barn.

192 fed steers and heifers continued their steady trend of the past three weeks with a $123.50 top. As the choice/select spread approaches the $20 mark, Packers are becoming more choosey about grade. To get figures approaching top dollar, fed cattle must grade high choice or better and this week’s run had a lot that wouldn’t do that. Even so, trade was active with good demand. High choice with a lot of yield traded from $121.50 to the $123.50. Most high yielding choice 2’s to 4’s brought from $118.00 to $121.25. Low yielding ranged from $116.00 to $117.50. Mixed select and choice were $114.50 to $117.75 and select 1’s and 2’s sold $114.00/down.  Several returned to feed weighing 900#-1150# and brought $105.00 to $120.00.

208 slaughter cows  traded definitely lower and continued the $2.00-$3.00 weekly drop consistent with each of the last six weeks. Packers are having no trouble finding plenty of cows to fill their weekly quotas. Therefore, increased inventory which is typical for this time of year has caused the usual price drop. Broken down by grade, the few premium whites had high yielding which included some heiferettes from $80.00 to $104.50 and low yielding $79.00/down. Breakers had high yielding from $57.00-$62.50, average yield $52.00-$56.00, and low yielding $50.00/down. Boner grade had high yielders from $56.00-$61.00, average $51.50-$55.50 and the rest at $50.50/down. Lean cutter grade had a market for high yielding from $52.00-$55.00, average $45.00-$50.50 and the rest $43.00/down. Several young cows returned to the farm either to feed or breed with the best from $80.00-$106.00, average $73.00-$76.50 and the rest $72.00/down.

29 slaughter bulls sold and were $3.00-$4.00 lower. High yielding brought $77.50-$82.50, average $73.00-$76.50, and $72.50/down for the rest.

4 breeding bulls of average quality brought a small premium to slaughter price in most cases.

408 bred cows and pairs sold to a big and receptive audience at the cow special. A large portion of the younger cows saw very active trade with good demand. As the quality dropped off and age increased there was only moderate demand which is normal going into the winter. Featured were 119 head of outstanding reputation 3-4-5 year old black spring calving cows with quality to burn in perfect flesh to calve. They weighed 1200 lbs and averaged $1676 with a top of $1875 for six head. A consignment of purebred Angus cows, most but not all were young, averaged $1483. Another consignment of 32 young cows somewhat lower in quality averaged $1203.

The rest of the run was very mixed in size, age, and quality. Compared to the last couple of years, the slaughter cow price is now only in the $40’s and $50s, plus lower feeder and fed cattle markets, have reduced the value of bred cows by as much as $30 per hundred weight just to go to slaughter. Bred cows just aren’t worth as much as a result of losing these supports. Many of the older, thinner, and lower quality cows brought a small premium to slaughter price. Anyone looking for replacements for their herd wants only strong top of the line cows in good calving condition. Fleshy and very thin cows are less popular.

15 + 15 cow calf pairs of mixed breeds, various sizes and ages and brought from $1075 to $1425.

169 feeder cattle sold with fully 80% of them what we call high risk, that is unweaned or short weaned, without shots, and males still bulls. Lack of overall quality was also a big factor. Prices for the kind are severely reduced because of the health risks, especially with the changing temperatures we’re having. There was not enough of any weight, or kind to establish a price trend although it was a very weak market because of the type offered. To get top prices for your feeder cattle when you sell, we emphasize and recommend as always---wean them over 30 days, give them at least one round of shots including 7-way, pasteurella, and the virals, and don’t push them on a hot ration and get them too fat. By following this script you will be doing yourself a favor and increase the number of potential buyers many fold.

Next Thursday December 14 will be our last feeder special of 2017 and features a large number of weaned and vaccinated calves with a lot of quality.

Reminder---there will be no auctions at Fairview Sale Barn the last week of the year.

The next special will be on Thursday, December 14 and feature weaned and vaccinated cattle which will sell before those that aren’t. 
We will have no sales the last week of December and are telling all our customers to plan accordingly.





Economic impact study shows livestock markets important for rural vitality; $1M in total value-added dollars to community

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A 2017 economic impact study found that livestock auction markets are important for the vitality of rural communities. The study of a standard, fixed-facility auction market revealed that the market provides approximately $1 million in total value-added dollars to its local community (population of 5,000) annually. Key findings also showed that markets create jobs and contribute substantially in taxes and labor income. (click for more)


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Well, I have officially become an author as my book has been published. Laura is strictly in charge of marketing books locally. It is now available in hundreds of outlets including Barnes and Noble, Ingram, Amazon, and Kindle. Here is the direct link to purchase a book on line:…/Bob-Fidler-Alone-But-Never-Lo…


 "Alone But Never Lonely"

By Bob Fidler

The publisher and my niece, Lori Long, have developed a web page,, to promote the newly published book. Not only does it contain information about the book, it has photos of the subject's home on Great Slave Lake along with his sled dogs.There are also several mood pictures of summer scenes on the tundra of the Northwest Territories of Canada taken by me while canoeing in the very region he trapped.

Laura has a new supply of books available at the sale barn available for purchase.


Alone But Never Lonely
by Bob Fidler

Gus D’Aoust (1897-1990) was a legend, an icon of the Northwest Territories. He was a well-known adventurer, explorer, hunter, and above all, a dedicated and passionate Barren Land trapper. In this inhospitable environment beyond the tree line, he lived his life doing what he loved. His endeavors came near the end of the late, great fur trading era when white trappers stretched across the Tundra for hundreds of miles. This is his story including labors, hardships, philosophy, and other life events and experiences as told by him to the author in 1973.

Bob Fidler, teacher (now retired), enjoyed many years of Canadian canoe tripping throughout Ontario and parts of the Northwest Territories. Born into a family of outdoorsmen with hunting and fishing a way of life, it was so easy and natural for him to become absorbed in the life of the subject.




2017 Work Champion Auctioneer and he will travel for and represent the Livestock Marketing Association for the next year. Many, many congrats to someone who we have always considered to be a Champ!


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Tuesday Sales - "Packer Day"

 10:00 a.m. - Fed Cattle, Cull Cows & Slaughter Bulls


Thursday Sales

10:30 a.m. - Hay Auction and related Farm Items  

Noon - Sheep, Goats, Cattle


Fairview Sale Barn

1120 Carter St.

Fairview, IL 61432