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Has anyone noticed the price of livestock going through the roof?

We live on a small farm and have been in the market for a hen turkey, (ours met a not so nice dog). We can not find any. I heard of a pair that sold at the local swap meat for $45.00. That is quite a bit in Illinios, usually they go for $20 to $25.

I personaly saw a group of chickens (25 head) sell at an auction for $7.00 a head. They were just plain chickens, nothing special at all.

My question to people is..... How has Y2k affected the prices around you? What items are comming up short?


-- bulldog (, May 16, 1999



Don't know. The only people around here that buy mature fowl are those growing special breeds. We have always raised our motley stock from the egg stage. Don't know of any special price increases on any livestock.


-- Z1X4Y7 (, May 16, 1999.

To Bulldog, I live in Arkansas and the price of most livestock is seasonal. The price has its ups and downs. This year it is hard to tell if it is because of Y2K. But if you want to get chickens or turkeys at a big discount contact a local laying house. I am getting 15 laying hen and one rooster this week. they are giving the hens to me free of charge. This is because these hens are only producing at about 50%, but I really do not care about that. I will be able to produce my own laying hens with the roosters help! I hope this helps you. Good Luck!



-- Ted E. Wiley (, May 16, 1999.

Turkeys are seasonal, moreso than chickens because turkeys only lay in spring. So mature turkeys are usually hard to find around now. Chickens have been going for $1-$4 depending if they are stew pot or fancy breed. Goats, pigs, and cattle prices are in the pits - a good time to buy. btw, fwiw, a local small spread cattle breeder is culling his heard down to just core.....,,,,, because of y2k potential logistic problems of feed, transportation, and protection - he is a pretty staid fellow and this culling is a big deal.

-- Mitchell Barnes (, May 16, 1999.

Definitely goats are becoming a hot y2k commodity in our area (Willamette Valley, OR) Tried to find a milking doe and was informed by the lady that she had sold many head to one person just because of 2ky, as she put it. Even though she didn't understand it she was getting buyers. Goats are up 20-40 dollars a head (especially milking does) in the last couple years.


-- EC (, May 16, 1999.

Hey, Here in NW FLA,week old turkeys are $3.00 a piece and day old chickens are 65 cents a piece,check out your local feed store. If they don't have them they will know someone who does. Good luck friend.Daryll

-- Daryll Smallwood (, May 17, 1999.

In southern Mo. Cattle is up a little due to plently of grass. People are buying feeder cattle, happens every spring. Pigs are still low, and a good goat is getting harder to find from what I hear (we have a jersey cow). It seems horses are alot lower this spring. We just got a really good buy on a three year old quarter mare, broke to ride and quiet. There were plenty of them in the horse trader paper this week, although I don't know how truthful all the "kid broke" talk is. I am certain some were not a great buy. It will be interesting to see how many are still for sale next week. Chickens and turkeys are about the same as usual here, from what I can tell. Not must time to post there days, busy in the garden! Abigayle

-- Abigayle (, May 17, 1999.

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