How much does a horse go for to a meat buyer?

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  1. crazy4horses212

    crazy4horses212 Full Member

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    At an auction, how much do kill buyers usually pay for a horse? Is it determined by the horse's approx. weight, or does it just go by __$/lbs ? how much do meat buyers usually pay for a horse, and how much to outbid them? Just curious
     






  2. lovemyshy

    lovemyshy Senior Member+

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    They won't go any higher than what they will get $/lb, and that is always fluctuating with the current market.
     
  3. crazy4horses212

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    When I was in AB a few years ago i went to an auction and they had a few weanlings/yearlings going for about $300. Is this a typical price in your areas?
     
  4. Fallon

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    Horses all over the US are selling at auction for mere dollars. You can buy a good horse for $35 or less at the auctions here. Yeah, some are still selling for a few hundred, but that has become the exception not the rule.

    Meat/kill buyers will pay the least amount possible. Whether that's per pound or just the overall price varies. Lately though, they aren't even paying what they'll make per pound, they're paying alot less. They also take alot of free horses every week.

    Their goal is to get the animal by paying the least amount possible, then make lots of money off it at the plants. The higher the purchase price, the lower their profit.
     
  5. annabana<3

    annabana<3 Senior Member

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    wow thats realli upsetting...
     
  6. kaitlyndzn

    kaitlyndzn Senior Member

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    that is very disturbing...sooo many horses and animals with a horrible fate :(
     
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    Meat horses the other day were going for .22 cents per pound at our local sale.
     
  8. crazy4horses212

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    wow that's crazy. It seems like a lot of the horses in the US are selling for a lot less than they would in Canada. And not just horses going for meat, but just your average horse that people would usually sell in the thousands.
     
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    welcome to the fall out of no slaughter within the US borders.

    Further away from the borders, the cheaper these horses are getting due to the cost of transporting. Many old kill buyer places have been empty of a kill buyer in a while because of it. though there are several 'traders' that still practice and pick up free to nada type prices and spend the money to get to the larger auctions that are bringing in just a bit more.
     
  10. Stormyheart6160

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    "welcome to the fall out of no slaughter within the US borders."

    OK.....let's bring back slaughter because the closing of the slaughter plants in the US caused oil/fuel prices to go up. It caused hay and feed prices to go up. It caused a lot of people to lose their jobs, their homes, and everything they worked their whole lives for.

    The slaughter houses closing did NOT cause the price of horses to drop!!!! The economy is what caused it. Too many horses and not enough buyers caused the prices to drop. Just like there's not enough corn to go around for the ethanol and livestock feed too, so that price went up!!!!

    Horses are STILL being slaughtered and worth the meat prices that Canada and Mexico pay.....which from my understanding is MORE than what the US paid for them per pound! That's straight up BS that the ending of slaughter in this country has caused the horse market to go down. There are just as many US horses being slaughtered now between Canada and Mexico, as there was when it was Canada, Mexico, and the US!!!!!

    Sorry Michelle.....I couldn't let that one go by.:rolleyez:
     
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