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Just Your Standard Bull

published: August 10th 2018
by: Michael Sturgess
August is here, and as usual it’s hot & dry! And there is no better way to start out the month than to attend the annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course. At the time of this writing, I am sitting here in our Southern Livestock Standard booth, in the air-conditioned comfort of Rudder Tower on the University campus, visiting with both current and potential subscribers, current and potential advertisers as people are streaming in and out of different sessions of all different topics. 
There are numerous reasons for us to be optimistic for at least the current future. First of all, our own meteorologist Brian Bledsoe is calling for some much-needed rain in August, with a wetter fall to look forward to. Secondly, Cattlefax is predicting an increase in beef consumption which can bolster future cattle prices. Both are reasons for optimism.
August also marks the first month of retirement for my wife Lauren, who retired from 31 years of service as a claims specialist for State Farm Insurance. It is still hard to believe that July 31st was her final day. It’s becoming more difficult to find anyone who has spent that amount of time working at the same place. It is our hope that she can now travel more with me. Of course, that would be when she is in between all the projects she has planned for retirement.
Speaking of retirement, we just attended a reception in honor of Dr Larry Boleman, who is retiring after 54 years of service to Texas A&M University. What an achievement! Dr Boleman has been serving as the Texas A&M AgriLife associate vice chancellor for strategic outreach and initiatives. In the past, he has served in many ways and has played many roles. In 1990, he was charged with revitalizing the Beef Cattle Short Course. 28 years later, it has become on of the premier annual gatherings with attendance records being set year after year.
I first met Dr Boleman in 1984 when I went to work for the Texas Brangus Breeders Association, headquartered at College Station at the time. Dr Boleman was one of the first to make me feel welcome there. I spent two very enjoyable years in College Station. Thanks Dr Boleman, and I hope you enjoy retirement!
And as for my wife Lauren, I’m very proud of the work you did for State Farm. They were lucky to have you. But it’s time for you to unload all the stress and leave the deadlines, crazy phone calls, hurricanes and hailstorms behind. I kid with her about now changing her wardrobe for something more suitable for the cow pens. I also joke with her about taking in outside laundry and mowing yards. But all kidding aside, it will be good to have schedules that are more in synch and spend more time together. Although there is still even money that in two weeks time, she’ll be ready for me to hit the road again!
Happy retirement dear!

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