Pricing: Border and Registered Cattle prices

Sampling of average regional pricing for sold REGISTERED cattle (July 2016):

SouthWest

  • 1yr heifer registered: $1,250 – $1,750/head
  • 3 yr cow registered: $2000 – $2,500/head;
  • 2yr bull registered: $2,500 – $3,500
  • Steers: $1,100 – $1,200/head

SouthEast

  • 1 yr heifers registered: $1,250-$1,500/head;
  • 3 yr cow registered: $1,750 – $2,250/head;
  • 1 1/2 yr bull registered: $2,000 – $2,500
  • Steers: $1,000 – $1,100/head

North/NorthWest

  • 1 yr heifers registered: $1,500 – $1,700/head;
  • 3 yr cow registered: $1,500 – $2,000/head;
  • 2 yr bull registered: $2,000 – $2,500
  • Steers: $1,000 – $1,100/head

Sampling of pricing for sold GRADE cattle

Hamilton Commission Co, Texas Roping Cattle Market Report:

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Andy’s Roping Cattle Sale, Meridian Livestock Commission Market Report:

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Turn in your recent registered sale prices here: Contact Office. Please include name, region, date sold along with pricing. You may be contacted by the office to verify information.

The “price at the border” refers to an average price on the day posted for #1 Corriente steers purchased at the U.S./Mexican Border. The price generally refers to the cost per steer when purchased in quantity, often by a professional stock contractor. #1 steers have the body size and horn length to rope at the time of purchase. Potentials are either a bit too small to start roping hard, or the right size but thin and/or weak.

When steers are purchased at the border, there is additional expense to the buyer who must pay for trucking to another location which can be hundreds, if not thousands of miles away. A death loss is also often incurred due to the stress of hauling north in Mexico, the inspection process to enter the U.S., and further travel to the final point of destination. In many instances steers also require time to become acclimatized to a new location regardless of their health.

In addition, there are stringent federal and state regulations relating to testing for tuberculosis in cattle of Mexican origin. If US bred steers are intermingled with Mexican steers, these regulations then apply to all of them and can effect certification for interstate shipment.

Consequently, the “price at the border” gives U.S. buyers and sellers a base price, but it is often lower than that for most U.S. bred #1 steers. Native U.S. steers have added value due to their good health, location, and consistent breeding for the characteristics of an ideal roping animal.