The Wyoming Premium Heifer Program closed its first year of sales yielding positive results for livestock producers who participated in the initiative, according to a news release.
Two combined Internet video and live sales were conducted for 772 bred heifers and 774 replacement heifer calves at the Torrington Livestock Market and the Buffalo Livestock Auction in November and January.
Certified bred heifers at the Torrington sale brought $22 more per head than the market average for commodity Wyoming bred heifers during that same time. Certified bred heifers at the Buffalo sale brought $81 more per head over the market average at the time of that sale.
The Wyoming Premium Heifer Program is a joint venture with the University of Wyoming Animal Science Department and the Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Division. It is designed to develop and market bred and replacement heifer calves that are certified under a standard set of guidelines and that would ideally demand a higher price per head at market.