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Cattle and Sheep Markets – There’s an App for That!

Kathy's Grandpa Voth checks the news at lunchtime while listening to the market prices on the radio.
Kathy’s Grandpa Voth checks the news at lunchtime while listening to the market prices on the radio.

In the “Olden Days” I remember sitting with my Grandpa at the breakfast table listening to farm market reports on the radio.  Then we’d do it again at lunch, and sometimes in the evenings too.  Now there’s a new-fangled way to get the same information:  Smart Phone Apps!

Here are a couple that are new and getting good reviews.  If you use these, remember that your constructive feedback matters to the developers.  If you have problems or would like the app to provide additional information, write a review or send a note to the developer.  It’s highly likely you’ll get what you want.

Cattle Talk Mobile is a free application for Android smart phones and iPhones.  It  helps cattle producers monitor current auction prices across the United States. This app displays market reports produced by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service as well as reports produced by local livestock markets. Where available, users can view reports on feeder steers, feeder heifers, feeder bulls, slaughter steers, slaughter cows, and slaughter bulls.  Just added to the app is a tool to help estimate the value of a calf.  Not all states are covered, so before you download it to your phone, check to make sure your state is listed.  (If you’re in Tennessee, you’ll want the Tennessee Cattle Market Mobile App.)

The app gets a 4.7 out of 5 by the 27 reviewers who responded.  On the plus side folks said it was easy to use, and provided the information they needed.  On the downside, not all areas are covered, though the developer notes that more states are being added periodically.

Get the Android Version Here

Get the link to the iPhone Version Here (From this link, select “View in iTunes” for installation.)

unnamedASI Market News is for all you sheep producers.  It is produced by the American Sheep Industry Assocation to help you

 stay informed on current market conditions. This app displays 6 national as well as 7 auction barn reports for locations across the United States. The report data is compiled by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.  This app just hit the streets on August 2, and the American Sheep Industry appreciates producers’ feedback on the usefulness as well as any additional information that you’d like the app to include.  Peter Orwick, ASI executive director says, “This is a work in progress and we want to provide you with the best possible product.”


Get the Android Version Here

Get the link to the iPhone Version Here  (From this link, select “View in iTunes” for installation.)


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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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