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A*L*O*T - September 2007 ||
Are you producing widgets? by Steve Suther ||
Fall Female Sale Information
Bo Rogers, 492 CR 4284, Simms, TX 75574 , 903-543-2125, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ernest Shelton 909 Hwy 82 West, New Boston, TX 75570, 903-628-2178, email@example.com
Learon Roberts 2650 West Ferguson, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75554, 903-572-1857, firstname.lastname@example.org
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James Brown 3698 MC 6, Doddridge, AR 71834, 870-691-3039
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H. P. Roberts 49 Barbara Lane, Farmerville, LA 71241, 318-368-9642
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Darrin Marical Rt 1 Box 274, Tecumseh, OK 74873, 405-997-5729, email@example.com
Bill Stone 649 Shenandoah, Bells, TX 75414, 903-965-4282, firstname.lastname@example.org
Allen Steen 6302 FM 118, Greenville, TX 75401, 903-450-0856, email@example.com
A*L*O*T - September 2007"The American Dream" was the theme of the National Junior Angus Show held in Tulsa, Oklahoma July 1—7, 2007. Oklahoma and Arkansas shared the duties of Host and what a fantastic week it was! The week was filled with the members showing their cattle, participating in cook-offs, answering questions in the Quiz Bowl, displaying their skills in photography, public speaking and essay writing. So much talent! Seniors, you are training the juniors well and they will represent what is good in America in the years to come. Everyone can be proud of these young people. YOU ARE GREAT! It is always a pleasure for A*L*O*T to help with this group of youth
A*L*O*T received a special thank you note which reads: "We appreciate your help in sponsoring a meal for the 2007 National Junior Angus Show held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Through your generosity, we were able to feed 679 exhibitors as well as the contestants and all families. Thank you for supporting our Juniors. Sincerely, Arkansas-Oklahoma National Junior Angus Show Committee."
Semen donations auctioned at the spring sale in May benefited the 2007 National Junior Angus Show. At the Board of Directors meeting just prior to the sale, the directors voted unanimously to donate the proceeds of the Semen Donations to benefit the 2007 National Junior Angus Show. Barbara Leetun of BALI and Martin Metzner of Metzner Angus donated the semen. A*L*O*T thanks these two very generous members for their kindness, and support to A*L*O*T and to the youth of the Junior Angus organization. Please let these two know how much you appreciate their generosity!
10 Straws of MM Futures Right 704, Reg # 14174960, donated by Metzner Angus, Tyler Texas was purchased by Rogers Brothers Angus, Simms, TX and H&S Ranch, Mt. Vernon, TX. 10 Straws of DCF Texas Frontier 4703, Reg #14965239, donated by Barbara A. Leetun, Inc., Abbot, TX was purchased by Roden Angus, Grandview, TX and Jerry Lehmann, Lake Ozark, MO. The semen auction returned $1000.00 which was donated to the Oklahoma and Arkansas Junior Angus Associations for the 2007 show held in Tulsa 1-7 Jul 07.
Thank you members for your encouragement and support of the Junior Angus Association.
A*L*O*T also helped with the Texas Junior Angus Show as a sponsor. This show was held in Fredericksburg in June.
Whether the youth are showing locally or at a National Show, being around the Junior Angus members is a treat. You don't hear anyone complaining about their dress, their language, their manners, or their knowledge. They are outstanding and represent America well.
Rain was the predominant topic of conversation in May, June and July because we had so much. Now, in August, it is the topic of conversation because we haven't had much. What about the hay? Will we get any, how much, and when? Ever wonder where the old adage "make hay while the sun shines" came from? Last year, no hay, this year, wet hay, and now some pretty good hay. Always a change.
Are you producing widgets? by Steve Suther
By Meg Shelton [ Back to Index ]
Reprinted with permission from Black Ink Basics, Cab(Certified Angus Beef)Partners.com, August 2007
Are you producing widgets? by Steve Suther
I wonder where Mack is today. When I knew him, he was a human-resource manager at a big publishing house. He once told me, “Magazines are like widgets. We produce a certain number and sell them through subscriptions and advertising.”[ Back to Index ]
Part of Mack's job was to fire people who showed too much creativity or tried to break the widget mold, and replace them with more suitable yes-persons. Fortunately, as management also broke the mold, he left publishing. I think he went back to the widget industry, but he could have taken up ranching somewhere.
Too many ranchers think a calf is a widget, albeit a living one that can get sick if you keep it after weaning. That comes from having too few calves to care for, or too many for the time and resources allotted.
In the beef industry, widgets are commodity calves. Nothing sets them apart unless it is something bad, such as sickness. There will always be widget-calf specialists who want to buy such animals, provided the price is low enough.
On the other hand, Mack has no authority over you if you decide to break out of the commodity mold and add value. If you are a small producer, you can think about an earlier time when cattle were valued by individual appraisal. Part of ranching is to understand that you produce them to eat, but it's OK to name calves if it helps lift them above the ranks of widgets.
On bigger farms and ranches, the market once forced producers to sell as if all cattle were approximately the same, so many dollars a head at first, and then so many cents a pound. But that was a century ago. Reputations based on buyer experience began to differentiate calves by source a few decades ago.
Buyers began to specialize in higher-value cattle, for which they always paid a price higher than the widget base. We have the genetics and technology today to deal individually with large numbers of cattle, adding information and value.
--- 2007 & 2008 Dates ---
Titus County Fair Facility,
Mt. Pleasant, TX
Spring Female Sale
2007 Fall Bull Sale Info
All bulls consigned to the fall Bull Sale must have been born after November 24, 2002.
- All cattle delivered to sale site must be accompanied by a health certificate signed by a veterinarian. In addition to information required for interstate shipment, the papers should include the results of the Breeding Soundness Exam.
- Bulls must have passed a Breeding Soundness Exam not more than 30 days prior to sale day.
- Bulls must have a negative Brucellosis test within 30 days of the sale, or if your herd is certified Brucellosis free, include your certification number along with the last date tested on the health certificate.
- All Cattle over 12 months of age must have Individual Production EPDs (BW, WW, YW, Milk, YW). Sire and dam EPDs will not be used in the catalog.
- Begin conditioning your bulls now. Well conditioned cattle sell better than poor cattle. Bulls that do not score at least 15 on the LSU scale will not go through the sale ring.
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Dear Consigners: Please make sure your consignments are complete when you mail them to our sales secretary. We cannot accept your consignment for the sale unless the following rules are adhered to:[ Back to Index ]
Appropriate consignment fees and the original registration certificate for each consigned animal must accompany consignment applications. Applications received without either of these items will be returned to the member and will not be added to the priority list.
There will be a consigner's meeting with the auctioneer and the sales managers before each sale.
We look forward to having you participate in A*L*O*T sales. See you at the A*L*O*T Sales with your cattle... the cream of the crop.
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