FAMILY VALUES CONTINUE AT F&T LIVESTOCK MARKET
F & T Livestock Market is one of the oldest operating livestock markets in the state of Missouri. As Farmers and Traders Commission Company, Inc., we were first incorporated in 1934. F & T Livestock Market has taken our 80+ years of experience and built a successful business around the consignor and purchaser.
Our facility is one of the newest and most modern of any livestock markets in the Tri-States. F & T Livestock Market comes from a rich history and sticks by our long-time clientele while also embracing new technology and resources. They include our website, email and direct mail newsletters, market text alerts and real-time Internet sale broadcasting. We want to best meet your livestock needs whether that be by phone, in person, or online.
We offer services seven days a week for receiving, loading, and caring for livestock consigned to or purchased from our market. F & T Livestock Market’s team are not livestock dealers or traders, but livestock brokers. We work with direct producer consignment as our goal, and we offer aggressive advertising that includes print, radio, and Internet ads.
F & T Livestock Market comes from a rich family history. The Browning Family (W.L. Fat) purchased a half interest in Farmer's & Traders Commission in 1951. At this time the sale was located just two blocks west of the of the courthouse and across the street from the Robey-Robinson Lumber Company on the Zoller lots in Palmyra, Mo. By 1978 the market had grown to consume most of the city block. That’s when the Browning family now owned by second generation son Ronnie, set out to build the new facility just four miles south of Palmyra. The first sale was held there on Monday, November 27, 1978, and 1,113 cattle were auctioned off. Ronnie and Evelyn sold all the shares in Farmers and Traders to their six children in March of 2000, effectively passing the torch to the third generation. Ronnie continued to guide F & T Livestock Market clear up until his death in 2002. For the last decade Browning brothers Jim, Tim and John have been owned and operated the livestock Market.
In March 2019, the Browning's sold F & T Livestock Market to Al and Katie Dames. Al is no stranger to the livestock market. His dad Ferdie worked at F&T for many years under Doc Womack and Dr. Robinson and Al's been buying and selling at F&T Livestock Market as a local cattleman for the last decade. Al was born and raised outside of Palmyra. Al & Katie also own and operate Hidden D Cattle Company, a local backgrounding and feeding operation in rural Palmyra. Al and Katie have four kids, Olivia, Brylee, Ty and Wyatt. Al and Katie are passionate about the need for local price discovery through livestock auctions for both the small and larger cattlemen in the Tri-State area. Al and Katie look forward to working with your family operation.