Adult Vaccs: Cows that are Bangs vaccinated after one year of age.
Bangs Vaccine: A vaccine for Brucellosis required in all female cattle unless they are going to a state-approved feedlot. All female cattle under a year of age not previously vaccinated will receive a Bangs vaccination from the vet prior to the sale at the seller’s expense.
Broken Mouth: A cow that has lost some of her lower teeth. Usually indicates an older cow.
Butcher Cows/Bulls: Cows and bulls that are no longer fit for breeding and sold for slaughter.
Buyer Number: All buyers of cattle will need a daily buyer number. Visit the office to register for a daily number. The number issued is only good for that sale day.
By the Head: Animals sold by the number of animals being sold instead of by the weight of the animal(s).
Commission: The percentage of the selling price taken from the seller’s check for the service of selling the animals.
CWT: Price per hundredweight. If the bid price is $123.5 (CWT), that means the animal was bought for $1.235/pound or $123.5/hundred pounds.
Feeders: Weaned calves of various weights are called feeders because they are ready to be fed and finished.
Market: Cattle are considered a commodity, so “The Market” refers to the current commodity market. Just like any other commodity market, prices fluctuate and are determined by supply, demand, recent prices, and future predicted prices.
No-Vacc: Female cattle that are over 12 months of age and have not received a Bangs vaccination. No-Vacc cattle are sold for slaughter only.
Preg check: The veterinarian will check to see if a cow or heifer is pregnant. Cows coming into the ring with a number on their hip indicates how many months bred she is. A 0 means open or not pregnant.
Solid Mouth: A cow with all her teeth intact. Usually indicates a younger to middle-aged cow.
Stock Cows: Usually beef breed bred (pregnant) cows.