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Peoria Stockyards closed

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Senior Contributor

Re: Peoria Stockyards closed

Are all of the independent hog producers gone? 😢

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Re: Peoria Stockyards closed

Pretty much Craig.  To be independent they can`t make it on salebarn prices, you need a natural niche market or a crazy amount of volume to deal with the packers directly.  On Craigs List there`s alot of individuals that still sell 20 hd of feeder pigs or freezer pork.

 

It`s only a small amount of hogs sold on the open market, probably 2% but that`s what the contracts are based on, so as these markets are lost it`ll be harder for them to judge a contract on.  It seems these stockyards only get a small number of odd butchers so that makes it hard for them to keep going too.  Then some days on the market reports they`ll say "no numbers to report due to market confidentiality".

 

But yeah it`s changing and has changed.  Like one of the articles mentioned to peak number of hogs going to Peoria was in the 1980`s.  Well you look at that everyday all those livestock trailers, straight trucks and pickups with stockracks coming to town and those guys with manurey boots would go and eat uptown, pick up a few items.  All that is gone now, semis haul +200hd out of the 2500hd barns.

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Re: Peoria Stockyards closed

Poultry, hogs, cattle feeders and soon, dairy. One day, the cow-calf independents, too. 

 

Hired hands on their own farms. 😦

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Trips to He stockyards in So. St. Paul and Sioux Falls are great memories.

 

Up on the overhead walkway, seeing the handiwork of all of those good livestock feeders, breeders and stockmen. It was exhilarating.

 

So much "fiber" has been lost.  Saw a panoramic picture of the St. Paul yards on a visit to The Minnesota History Museum and could only glance.  Had to walk away.

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In a way the strength of the stockyards parallels the strength of the nation.  Seeing a line of pickups with 16` bumperhitch trailers and ton and a half straight trucks waiting to unload, whether or not we knew it at the time was as good as we`d ever have it.

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Amen. Now, agriculture is being a cog in someone's machine. Smiley Sad

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Honored Advisor

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Craig, here`s Tomi Lahren ♥  talking with R-Calf USA ceo Bill Bullard about what has happened to the American livestock farmer and the meat the consumers buy in the supermarket.  Tomi ♥ is a ranch girl from South Dakota.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu79G3H124I

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Re: Peoria Stockyards closed

I can remember the '' PEP TALKS ''  from extension ed. about  the  $$$  saved  from  NOT  paying Commission  -  seeing  how  that  has  worked out  ---

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