The fall cattle run is underway and auction marts expect to be extremely busy.

Monday was the first sale day of the fall run at Killarney Auction Mart and owner Allan Munroe said they set a record. “We put 857 head through the sales ring. I think it’s going top be a good old fashioned fall run where we are just run off our feet. Everyone knows about the pasture and hay situation and that’s going to drive those cattle to town.

Munroe added the feeder market is strong and that is also going to encourage producers to bring calves to the auction mart this fall.

“We’ll get some bottle necks, the feed lots get full and we run out of trucks so there will likely be some tough weeks and the problem is you don’t know when those are going to happen. But the fundamentals are pretty positive right now as far as the demand for the cattle.”

Munroe expects to see an increase in the number of culled cows come in as producers work to control their feed supplies. “Many guys sell half their calves in the fall and half in the spring and it sounds like many of them are going to increase how many they sell this fall.”

Grains are reasonable to buy but Munroe says its the hay and forages that are tough to find. He says the lack of moisture has many producers starting to feed cattle a lot earlier than they generally do most years.

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