Wednesday, December 2, 2015

2016 Markets?

What will the market be in 2016?  That depends upon who you talk to.  There's plenty of unrest as we move thru the current correction and everyone's concerned about the future.  Sellers are scared.  Buyers are reluctant.  Bankers are involved.  

Friday, March 21, 2014

Catching Up

Been a long time and  a lot of changes so bare with me.  Here is our new logo.

Monday, May 20, 2013


Did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? Did you know the one who takes care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most? Did you know the 3 hardest things to say are I love you, I'm sorry, and Help me. Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you to look past their smile and see how much pain they may be in. To all my friends who are going through some issues right now--Let's start an intention avalanche. We all need positive intentions right now. If I don't see your name, I'll understand. May I ask my friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Well...we've had the driest summer on record with the least numbers of brood cows on hand, preceeded by the highest bull prices on record, followed by the highest hay prices on record, and now the coldest April on record. I for one, am going "On Record" as saying I'm ready for a normal year.  What ever happened to April showers bringing May flowers?  Maybe it's April snow brings May grass that didn't grow.  Thank God for snow even if it does come in April or we'd still still be in a drought situation.  Then what?      

Sunday, April 7, 2013


I had to use the wipers coming home from a sale last night....what a novel idea!  It was only for a few miles and had it been 15 degrees colder it would have been a blizzard.  Mostly wind but enough rain to clean the windshield and thank God for that because it's hard to find a gas station with window washing supplies this time of year. 
I hope the weather app on my smart phone is telling the truth.  Looks like we could get wet several times in the next ten days.  That'd be very welcome in our part of the country!  Cows are tired of hay and cowboys are tired of feeding 'em.  Farmers are sitting at the edge of the field trying to decide whether to plant and irrigate, plant and pray, wait and pray some more, or go to town and look for a day job.  I get calls daily asking what pairs are worth.  Seems like everybody is getting geared up to pull the plug on cows if it don't rain. 
Let's hope God 'pulls the plug' on a big ole black cloud and pulls it soon.  RAIN WON'T HURT THE KIDS!

Friday, March 8, 2013


The moisture situation's looking up!  Sales have been rescheduled, buyers have showed up late,  prices have been good, roads have been nasty,  winds have been chilly,  and bankers seem to be happy.  All because of the recent changes in the weather pattern across Bull Sale Country. 
That's the good news...and to quote the late Paul Harvey, "Now here's the rest of the story".   Feed's still higher than a Woodpecker's hole in a Red Wood forest,  gas is too,  sale managers are never as happy as you'd like for them to be,  basketball tournaments take precidence over calving heifers, Congress doesn't seem to have a clue,  filabusters are back in favor, and if you live in or near Billings, Montana there's a good chance you missed getting much moisture. Thank God it's a small area and mostly inhabited by beef eating, beer drinking, city dwellers.  Rain is on it's way!

Sunday, February 24, 2013


We need moisture whether it comes as snow or rain!  Lack of demand and cautious buyer attitude for replacement heifers is driven by fear of another dry summer and recent record high feed prices.  I'm convinced that if I could figure out a way to pipe thunder and lighting into these production sale barns we could raise the price on both heifers and bulls by a good amount.
If we do get wide spread rain this spring, look out!  The prospect of ample green, lush April/May grass drives cowmen nuts!  They'll fall over the top of each other to get it stocked.  God knows they only get one chance to harvest spring and early summer grass when it's at it highest in nutrient value.  That's their pay day, they're good at what they do, and for many of them it's the only thing they know how to do.  So, let's hope for a wet spring and a break in this drought cycle.  We've got people to feed!
 It's not cool to have major storms during calving but having ample feed for the herd is a better deal than being short on feed after a good weather calving season.  Overshoes in the calving barn and a rain coat at breeding time make for a happy banker at shipping time.  Keep your fingers crossed.