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Texas Side of Things-Jan. 20, 2023

published: January 20th 2023
by: Jim Banner
source: Southern Livestock Standard

As we begin another year, I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or busier, but it appears that my merry-go-round of life is spinning like a top these days. On Dec. 19th, I turned 65, and as some people say, the golden years of my life I can now see clearly. Hmmm, I don’t know about that! But the bright side is that I am still inspired to work because of several people I know and respect, who happen to be older than I am, and they are still wheeling and dealing like they are in their 30's.

The first three I can think of are my friends, Tommy Brandenberger, Bill Howell and Anthony Mihalski. Although they aren’t all that long in the tooth, they have more aches, pains and creaking bones than I do, yet they still get after it when it comes to working hard and staying busy. I also admire another close friend of mine, E. C. Larkin, owner of Gulf Coast Publishing. E.C. could slow down and sit around reading emails all day long and doing nothing...oh, wait a minute, that is what he does...but instead he still works long days at horse sales all over the United States and is considered one the best ring men I’ve ever known. The next person on my list is Jim Corporron. Since the first day I met him many years ago, Jim, who will soon to be 89 in March, has been a true friend and runs his ranching operation near Schulenburg like a ship captain navigating the oceans. Okay, maybe he can’t run a squeeze chute anymore, but I promise you he still knows when his expenses have increased and wants to know why. Jim C, as I call him, is always glad to hear from me and numerous times has shared his wisdom with me and its always comforting to know I can call him for advice at any time. The last person I want to acknowledge is my father-in-law, Jim Moore, who recently turned 96 years young on Jan. 7 and fortunately, got his driver’s license renewed with flying colors. This man has worked hard all his life and trust me when I say he can still do it. He is considered a celebrity in Llano County because he has been interviewed for videos sponsored by Lyssy & Eckel Feeds and you can find his stories on their website https://lefeeds.com. Jim shares many of the stories of his early life growing up in Llano County and tells some wonderful tales about how the times have changed from the 1930’s to present day. Jim still drives, feeds cattle, fishes for catfish and is a true inspiration for me. There are many others I could have listed, but my point is this - I’m not dreading the fact that I’m growing older, because I admire the men I have mentioned and hopefully will remain as active as they are, even though my merry-go-round is spinning faster and faster each year.

So, as we enter the New Year what can we expect? Let’s face it, 2022 was definitely a tough year for all of us cattle producers in Texas. I would like to say we are used to it by now, but I don’t know if we ever get used to drought. Somehow, we have learned to live with it as best we can and survive. As most of the men I just mentioned would say, don’t dwell on the past, look to the future. So, as we enter 2023, I honestly believe we will have a much better year because all indications show we should receive more moisture than last year, plus, economists are predicting higher calf prices and hopefully cheaper fertilizer which would make everything a lot easier when it comes to making a profit. These three things alone will make things a lot better if only trucks, trailers and beer could somehow do the same! Only time will tell but I hope 2023 is a profitable year...we can all use it.

Don’t forget that the San Antonio All Breed Sale is set for Feb. 15th and will once again have a special section in the next SLS highlighting the bulls and females consigned to this year’s sale. We have been traveling all over the state screening this year’s consignments and trust me, you won’t be disappointed in the offering. If you would like a catalog or more information, please contact our office and we will be more than happy to send you one.

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