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The Texas Side Of Things

published: January 24th 2020
by: Jim Banner

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020! Can you believe it’s been 20 years now since the Y2K scare?
    It seems like only yesterday to me.  Recently, while having lunch with two of the most knowledgeable and intellectual ringmen in the livestock industry, Mr. E.C. Larkin and Mr. Michael Sturgess were able to remind me of some of the myths and mistakes that occurred leading up to January 1, 2000. 
    The myth of the Y2K event started several years prior to the year 2000, but it wasn’t until 1997 that people and businesses really started paying attention to what potentially could happen on that date.  In the early years of computers, the 1960’s, computer memory was very expensive, so the programmers decided to only use a two-byte representation instead of four.  So, as we neared the year 2000, many believed in the possibility that all computers would stop working because they were confused with the change of date.  This, in turn, would cause a worldwide disaster because it would crash all government systems, financial systems, electric grids, hospitals, airplanes, trains, police, fire departments and even FEDEX…oh my gosh!
    In panic, people prepared themselves for the Y2K doomsday.  Worried CEO’s of major companies began hiring high tech companies to save their businesses and trust me, it wasn’t cheap.  It was estimated that hundreds of billions of dollars was spent in the U.S. and in Europe on Y2K software updates that would prevent the loss of their computer systems and information.  Citizens were buying generators, storing up fuel and water, flashlights, dehydrated food and no telling what else…oh yeah, beer!  It’s a well-known fact in Castell, Texas that you must have beer with you during a potential disaster!  
    So, what happened?  Well, most of you already know the answer to that question…. absolutely nothing.  January 1, 2000 came and went just like all the other years before it and there weren’t unusual glitches or outages and the world was once again safe and everyone in Castell, Texas had plenty of beer to celebrate with. 
    Speaking of celebrations…the 29th Annual San Antonio All Breed Bull and Female Sale is soon approaching, and I would personally like to invite you to attend.  This year’s sale is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12th and once again, our consignors have allowed us to pick to pick the best cattle set of cattle I’ve ever seen.  These are absolutely the best bulls and females we could find, and they represent some of the best cattle operations in the state of Texas.  We are always honored to represent this kind of quality cattle and thank the consignors for allowing us this chance.
    If you are inclined to come out early and watch the bull judging, it will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11th followed by a Cattlemen’s Seminar beginning around 2:30 p.m.  At 6 p.m. we will once again be providing an evening meal compliments of long-time sponsor, Capital Farm Credit. 
    The San Antonio All Breed Bull and Commercial Female Sale is always like a South Texas Reunion for most cattlemen and we hope to see you at this year’s event. If you have any questions or need information or assistance, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

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