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The Texas Side of things

published: February 23rd 2018
by: Jim Banner

The 2018 San Antonio All Breed Bull & Female is officially done and I think the best way to describe how I’m feeling right now is best said in the lyrics from the song by Willie Nelson titled Me & Paul.  “Its been rough and rocky traveling but I’m finally standing upright on the ground.  After taking several readings, I’m surprised to find my mind’s still fairly sound.”  After 26 years of co-managing this sale, its very rewarding when its over but I don’t recover as fast as I used to.  I truly admire those like Anthony Mihalski and the other sale managers and auctioneers that conduct sales daily, weekly, and monthly, for all the time and hard work they must put into a fast paced, professional sale. 

This year’s sale was once again exceptional, especially when you listen to the cattlemen and hear their concern for the lack of pasture moisture.   Unofficial-ly, we sold 54 Bulls for an average of $5,365 and 540 females for an average of $2,792.  We sold 210 head of open heifers for an average of $2,486, 95 bred heifers for an average of $2,613 and 235 cow/calf pairs for an average of $3,137.  In my opinion, the best part of this year’s sale was the consistency of the overall prices.  In other words, we didn’t have big highs or lows in the different breeds of cattle.  For instance, when we sold the F-1 pairs they averaged around $3,000 each, Brangus pairs averaged around $2,900 and the Santa Gertrudis pairs around $2,950.   So, the sale prices this year were very consistent which is the way it should be for the consignors and buyers, as well.  The market on the bull sale was a little bit different than the female sale.  There were some breeds that sold higher than others but once again, the average sales prices among certain breeds were consistent. We will have a complete and detailed listing of how all the breeds did in this year’s sale in the next SLS issue along with photos of all the class winners.
Next week is the beginning of the 2018 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.  Going to Houston is always an exciting time when it comes to cattle sales because so many breeds’ sales are held there. Brah-man, Red & Black Bran-gus, Beefmasters, Santa Gertrudis and Simmental always host some of the biggest and best sales of the year during the Houston Show.  The highlight for me each year is the Houston All Breeds Bull Sale and Commercial Female Sale because it is the granddaddy of all the Texas Stock Show special sales. The sale mangers, Gulf Tex Live-stock Marketing, always do a great job of selecting and selling some great cattle.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed if you attend the sale because you will find the best bulls and females that the consignors can produce from all over the United States. 
I would like to thank all the buyers and consignors of this year’s San Antonio All Breed Bull and Commercial Female Sale for making it a very special event.  Also, a grateful thank you to all the San Antonio Stock Show volunteers that put in three hard days at the auction facility for making this event the best sale in Texas.  I hope to see many of you in Houston next week and if there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to call.  Once again, if you have a problem or a complaint about the sale please call Anthony Mihalski.

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