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The Texas side of things-July 2022

published: July 22nd 2022
by: Jim Banner

I must admit, it’s kind of difficult right now to think of something positive to write about when the temperature is above 100 degrees every day, but I’m going to try. Have you stopped to think we are only five months away from Christmas? Cooler weather, shorter days and football season…we have almost made it through the driest, hottest summer I can remember since 2011.

 

I have stated before that most ranchers don’t plan for the future. In fact, their idea of planning ahead is maybe knowing what they might get done next week. I also understand that it’s hard to make plans because many times situations can change in a heartbeat…one day everything is running smooth as silk and the next day everything on the place is broken down. It never ends--broken windmills, water pumps, trailers, fence, sick cattle, broken pipes, and the list goes on and on. It’s very difficult to make plans and stick with them because you must address the most urgent crisis the best way possible.

 

We are all in a major crisis right now with the dry, hot weather and possibly will be until this fall when hopefully, some cold fronts will start making their way down south. Until then, start culling hard on your cow herd, take the time to study your herd and see which cows have the weakest calves and get rid of them. Wean your calves early this year and either sell them or, if you have the facilities to feed them, do so. It’s time to make emergency decisions to keep as much of your herd as you can. But remember, a mediocre cow today, when you don’t have any grass, will still be a mediocre cow when we once again have green grass. Cull your bulls just as hard…older bulls go to town first. If a bull didn’t produce a good uniform set of calves this year, get rid of him because he isn’t going to do any better next year.

You might be wondering what to do with your calf crop. I have debated this question for several months now and wondered how long I should hold on before I sell them. I finally sold some lighter than normal calves this week weighing 529 lbs. and they brought $1.87…that’s $989. I intend to sell some more next week and only keep the younger 200-300 lb. calves until September.

 

The long-range weather forecast is not looking very favorable for us right now but then again, Mother Nature can surprise us at any time in the form of a hurricane or tropical storm. Let’s hope she does.

But for me, I’m making long range plans that don’t include any substantial rainfall occurring.

 

If you want to hear what the real experts have to say, then I would encourage you to attend this year’s Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled for August 1-3 in College Station. If you can, stay for all three days.  You can attend as many days as you want to, and the best part is, it’s indoors and air

conditioned. As I’ve said in the past, this is the best cattle event in the United States and it’s right here in our backyard. If you are interested in attending, please look at their ad located in the center spread of this edition and come visit us and Brian Bledsoe at our booth, see old friends and meet new ones, and learn from the best experts in the business about where the cattle business is headed in the future.

Plan to be with us on August 1-3 in College Station and see what’s in store for 2023.

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