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The Texas Side Of Things

published: September 20th 2019
by: Jim Banner
I don’t know about you, but I’m really glad that the summer of 2019 is just about over…at least, I hope so!  In years past, I’ve always taken some time off and beat the heat by traveling in the mountains or at least somewhere it’s cool.   But it just so happened that this year my daughter was having her house remodeled in Mason, so I felt as if I needed to stay around and make sure that things were going right.  And wouldn’t you know it, I picked the hottest summer since 2011 to hang around 100+ degree days for over 50 days and watch the green lush countryside turn into brown, barren pastures.  Oh well, at least my cows need and love me more when its dry than when they have plenty to eat.
For me, this week is the beginning of sale season.  From this point forward, I will be on the road going to different cattle sales every weekend and even a few on weekdays, all the way up to Christmas.  For most folks, this type of schedule would sound horrible, but for me, I’ve always enjoyed the fall sales because it’s an exciting time of the year.  I enjoy the opportunity to go to the numerous bull sales and visit with my friends in the commercial business.  Normally, this is the only time of year I will get to see them other than at the Texas A&M Short Course and some don’t take the time to attend it.  It’s an opportunity to catch up and visit about their personal operations, talk about future plans and share tidbits of information that probably don’t need to be revealed in this column.  I also like going to the registered sales and having the opportunity to sell the future seedstock bulls and females that will someday change the breed either for the good or bad.  Most of all, I feel comfortable when I’m at these sales because I enjoy the people. I look forward to meeting new breeders, some of them I will soon be good friends with, and some will be just an acquaintance.  But no matter which breed of cattle of you choose, it’s the type of people in that breed that makes the difference and I have been very fortunate to meet some wonderful individuals throughout the years.   
I’ve been very fortunate in my 36 years of working sales and have had the opportunity to meet CEOs of large companies, celebrities, athletes and a whole bunch of good, everyday people.  I began working auctions in 1983 when I was fortunate enough to land a job with Gulf Coast Publishing here in San Antonio, Texas.  Now 36 years later, I still look forward to going to sales because it’s just like deer hunting…you never know what you’re going see, or in this case, meet.  I’ve met CEOs of large corporations, celebrities, athletes, doctors, lawyers and a whole bunch of good, down to earth folks.  People that I would never have had the opportunity to meet or gotten to know if I weren’t in this interesting business.  
The cattle business is like a big family scattered across Texas and other states too, and it just continues to grow each year.  That’s why I still like going to cattle sales after 36 years.  I don’t know who I’ll meet at the next event or how that person will affect my life but, I look forward to the opportunity to find out.

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