Program helps producers reach out of state markets for heifers

Producers have the opportunity to buy bred and replacement heifers at 1 p.m. on Nov. 16 during a special internet video sale, according to state agriculture officials. The program, a joint venture between the University of Wyoming’s Animal Science Department and the Wyoming Business Council’s Agribusiness Division, is designed to develop and market heifer calves certified under a standard set of guidelines. In the first three years of the internet sale, premiums have been anywhere from $22 to $81 per head over regional prices for other video or barn sales. Buyers hailed from Texas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and points beyond. Buyers can register at or call 307-532-3333. “This program helps producers reach out-of-state markets, and certifying heifers provides added value for their cattle,” said John Henn, livestock and meat marketing program manager for the Business Council. “Buyers will find some of the best replacement heifers in Wyoming.” More than 600 head of cattle will be on sale. Buyers can find the certification requirements, video and other information about the cattle at “Buyers will know how heifers have been managed, vaccinated and bred,” Henn said. “It creates confidence, integrity and assurance for the buyer and the producer.” The sale is managed by Torrington Livestock Markets. h/t Jim Champion #shortgo