Mid-Missouri cattle auction sales stay steady

A group of cows are shown to the Monday crowd as the auctioneer rattles off bids at the Callaway Livestock Center’s auction.

A group of cows are shown to the Monday crowd as the auctioneer rattles off bids at the Callaway Livestock Center’s auction. Photo by Dean Asher.

Despite record temperatures and weeks without significant rainfall, the cattle auction industry in Mid-Missouri has avoided flatlining — though the rains and cooler temperatures this month have helped.

Officials at the Callaway Livestock Center in Kingdom City said sales have been fair and cattle have been healthy despite major spikes in hay prices and a lack of forage.

The USDA reported on Friday that market prices for hay were ....

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