Bull sale season is well underway in the Sandhills region. Several Sandhills Cattle Association members have held their annual production sales in recent months. following are sale reports from some of those 2014 sales.
The Sandhills Cattle Association's 32nd Annual Educational, Performance and Carcass Contest is underway at Bobcat Feeders near Oconto, Ne. he cattle were entered in early November and the contest officially started on November 20. The cattle were re-weighed and re-implanted on February 18. The next step will be to ultrasound the cattle on March 25. Ultrasounding assists the committee in determining marketing dates and marketing groups.
There are 75 steers and 20 heifers on feed. The purpose of the contest is to allow contestants to gather performance and carcass data on some of their cattle and use that information to help improve their herds. The contest is also a fundraiser for the Association.
During the months of November and December, 2013, we once again gathered information for our annual survey of wages paid to ranch hands in the Sandhills. This year, there were nine employers who sent in a completed survey form. These employers represented 11 full time employees, five part time employees, and three foremen or managers. According to the responses, the full time employees had worked for their employers for an average of nine years. The part time employee’s average length of employment was 6.5 years. The average number of hours worked per week by employees was 53.