Three Montana Beef Network (MBN) premium feeder calf sales are scheduled for Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. The sales will be facilitated through Frontier Stockyards, Miles City, MT, an Internet/video cattle sale company, says John Paterson, Extension beef specialist, Montana State University.

The cattle will be videotaped and advertised for at least one week and then sold at market price plus a $20/head premium. Half of the premium will be paid to the producer upon delivery with $10/head in escrow at delivery. This premium money will be distributed to the producer or back to the buyer 45 days later based on morbidity and mortality standards.

Producers consigning calves must be beef quality assurance-certified. Prior to sale they must follow a weaning protocol, which includes vaccination at least 45 days before consignment. The cattle will be individually identified with electronic eartags, and MBN will make every effort to return carcass data to producers, adds Paterson.

The cattle will be shipped on a predetermined delivery date FOB the backgrounding location. Frontier Stockyard's representative will be present for delivery, weigh-up and payment to producer.

For additional information call Paterson at 406/994-5562 or Gordon Bruner (Frontier Stockyards) at 877/343-9047