Nebraska Edition | May 28, 2020

PRSRT STD U.S. Postage Paid Permit #36 OMAHA, NE POSTAL CUSTOMER May 28, 2020 Vol. 24 Issue 8 NEBRASKA EDITION arm R anch markets Grain, Hay & Cattle...........................................2 ranch Life .......................................................................4-12 Salute to BEEf .....................................................................13-17 Museum of Nebraska Art .....................................................................17-18 classifieds .....................................................................21-23 MARKET GLANCE Livestock and Products, Weekly Average Year Ago 4 Wks Ago 5/22/20 Nebraska Slaughter Steers, 35-65% Choice, Live Weight..............* * * Nebraska Feeder Steers, Med. & Large Frame, 550-600 lb.......168.64 160.88 164.63 Nebraska Feeder Steers, Med. & Large Frame 750-800 lb......... 145.13 128.00 136.57 Choice Boxed Beef, 600-750 lb. Carcass...................................220.64 272.33 405.40 Western Corn Belt Base Hog Price Carcass, Negotiated..............75.82 * * Pork Carcass Cutout, 185 lb. Carcass 51-52% Lean.................. 83.66 75.28 99.03 Slaughter Lambs, wooled and shorn, 135-165 lb. National.........155.58 162.25 N/A National Carcass Lamb Cutout FOB...........................................393.43 408.60 410.06 Crops, Daily Spot Prices Year Ago 4 Wks Ago 5/22/20 Wheat, No. 1, H.W. Imperial, bu...................................................4.10 4.28 3.95 Corn, No. 2, Yellow Columbus, bu............................................... 3.84 2.76 2.84 Soybeans, No. 1, Yellow Columbus, bu.........................................7.34 7.66 7.68 Grain Sorghum, No.2, Yellow Dorchester, cwt..............................6.14 5.64 6.13 Oats, No. 2, Heavy Minneapolis, Mn, bu......................................3.24 3.02 3.46 Feed Alfalfa, Large Square Bales, Good to Premium, RFV 160-185 Northeast Nebraska, ton.....................................* * * Alfalfa, Large Rounds, Good Platte Valley, ton...........................105.00 90.00 87.50 Grass Hay, Large Rounds, Good Nebraska, ton......................... 90.00 85.00 80.00 Dried Distillers Grains, 10% Moisture Nebraska Average............121.00 193.33 N/A Wet Distillers Grains, 65-70% Moisture Nebraska Average..........42.75 56.65 N/A For daily agriculture news, updates and local happenings, visit www.farmandranchnetwork.net Proud Supporters of farmandranchnetwork.net Your source for ag news that affects Nebraska and the Plains region. F arm R anch NetworkServiceCo Ranch ties run deep By Todd Smith, Farm & Ranch Network If you look across the landscape of the Plains region, you’ll see a lot of open space and very few people. The people are so few and far between that you wonder if they actually ever interact, but find an event, a sale, or drop into a church service and you’ll immediately realize that despite geographic remoteness, there is a patchwork of ties that bind the region together. Many of those ties are family ties. In a recent conversation with Lex Madden of Torrington Livestock Markets, I found that his sister is Jody Haythorn, who along with her husband Craig, manage the famous and historic Haythorn Ranch located in Keith and Arthur counties. It had been a long time since I had driven by the sale barn in Torrington and off the cuff I asked Lex, “There’s something unique about the sale barn? It’s circular or something isn’t it?” He said, “You are probably thinking of the roof. It has that funny roof on top, which makes it unique. It was built in 1934, so it’s been there a long time.” The market has an incredible 86 year history. It was indeed built in 1934 by the Petsch family from Scottsbluff. Mac Swanson purchased it in the early 1940s, then sold it to L.W. Maxfield in 1949. Through the years, Maxfield did extensive remodeling to increase the capacity of the building and yards. In the mid to late 1960s, the installation of a ring scale helped to increase the speed and efficiency of this market. Maxfield continued to build on this business for 35 years, making it the largest auction in Wyoming and ranking third to fifth largest auction in the nation. Continued on page 5 From left: Sage Haythorn, Mark Goodman, and Ethan Oberst at the Haythorn Ranch in Keith County

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