The Abingdon Fedder Cattle Association is helping load calf lots to bring in higher prices

Load calf lots are bringing cattle producers higher prices, and those in southwest Virginia are receiving the benefit. The secret, which is not much of a secret anymore, is the Abingdon Fedder Cattle Association.

Basically, people who do not have a load can get lot prices through the association. The process starts on the farm, where producers wean and precondition their calves according to guidelines set by the Virginia Quality Assurance.

Two to three weeks before the sale, a grader from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and a country agent come out to the farm and estimate both the weights and grades of the calves.
After the sale, each calf is weighed, graded, and sorted into truck load lots and then shipped off.

Each calf on a truck gets the same price per hundredweight.

Agriculture Shows
From soil to harvest. Top Crop is an all-new series about four of the best farmers in the world—Dan Luepkes, of Oregan, Illinois; Cory Atley, of Cedarville, Ohio; Shelby Fite, of Jackson Center, Ohio; Russell Hedrick, of Hickory, North Carolina—reveals what it takes for them to make a profitable crop. It all starts with good soil, patience, and a strong planter setup.
Champions of Rural America is a half-hour dive into the legislative priorities for Rural America. Join us as we interview members of the Congressional Western Caucus to learn about efforts in Washington to preserve agriculture and tackles the most important topics in the ag industry on Champions of Rural America!
Farm Traveler is for people who want to connect with their food and those who grow it. Thanks to direct-to-consumer businesses, agritourism, and social media, it’s now easier than ever to learn how our food is made and support local farmers. Here on the Farm Traveler, we want to connect you with businesses offering direct-to-consumer products you can try at home, agritourism sites you can visit with your family, and exciting new technologies that are changing how your food is being grown.
Featuring members of Congress, federal and state officials, ag and food leaders, farmers, and roundtable panelists for debates and discussions.
Host Ben Bailey hops in the tractor cab, giving farmers 10 minutes to answer as many questions and grab as much cash as they can for their local FFA chapter.