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The Texas Side Of Things...

published: October 20th 2017
by: Jim Banner
Here we are in the middle of October and oh, how I miss the months of June, July and August.  Now don’t get me wrong…I love October!  The days are getting shorter, football, baseball and basketball season are either in full swing or will be soon and cattle sales are every weekend.  So, why do I miss the days of summer? Because it’s a good time for me, along with all the other ring men, sale managers and auctioneers to rest up and relax before the fall sale season begins.  But each year someone will call me and ask, “What have you been doing?”  Of course, my response is always the same, “Honestly, nothing at all and I deserve it!”  Trust me, in our line of business, we stay extremely busy traveling for nine months beginning in September and ending in May. In fact, I’m guessing that over 95% of our business is conducted during these nine months and when we do finally reach the beginning of June, we take every opportunity to take off and rest.  For me, it’s also a great time to catch up on a lot of neglected work at the ranch and so most of the time that’s where you will find me.  But when September rolls around, I will once again start attending a cattle sale every Saturday and even a few during the week until the first of December.  Meanwhile, I will be working late hours until November 15th completing the renewals for the 2018 PRF insurance policies.  
Next, I will start the screening process for the cattle nominated for 2018 San Antonio All Breed Sale plus attend a college graduation and somehow celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.  And the crazy thing is-- right after the first of year, I will start it all back up again until June 1st.  That’s why I don’t mind telling you in the summer that I’m not doing a darn thing and I mean it! 
So far, all the cattle sales in September and October have been very strong.  The annual bull sales that started in the first week of October have shown a strong demand from the commercial producers and the prices have sure reflected it.  The Hereford, Charolais, Red and Black Angus bull sales so far have been as good or maybe even better than last year which is a sign of confidence for the industry.  Meanwhile, the demand for registered and commercial females has equally been very active and the prices I’ve either witnessed or heard from others has been very impressive. In the next two months, some of the other breeds of bulls will be selling and I’m confident they will sell just as well as the English and Exotic breeds.  A large selection of ear bulls representing Beefmaster, Brangus, and Santa Gertrudis will be tested and from what I’ve been told by a lot commercial producers, they are now wanting to add more Brahman influence back into their cow herds.  It will be interesting to see which breed they choose to get the job done.  
Let’s face it, though…. 2017 has been a great year to be in the cattle business with all the rainfall that has been spread throughout the state.   Then, if we factor in a strong and (most of the time) steady calf market, I think you would have to say it’s been a very good year.  Hopefully, we are positioned to finish the year with an absolute bang and then get prepared for the next year.  I guess time flies when you’re having fun and before I know it, my time off period will once again begin.  Ugh! Seven more months!

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