Open the gate and here we go boys!

Published on: 14:58PM Feb 20, 2009

I love to hear the call of the opening of a cattle sale—and it doesn’t hurt that my favorite one is voiced by a certain retired auctioneer in Missouri. That call embodies how I feel as this blog begins. I’m ready to see the best, learn the most and see good things come through the process.
Right now, I know it’s tough to look at the cattle in the pasture and the hogs in the barn and wonder what is going to happen in a year. Do you bid on that next group of heifers or bring another load of kill cows next week? My advice—take a breath and remember why you began raising livestock in the first place. Does that reason still justify the work you do every day? 
It’s time to be smart. Get a handle on where you are—know your profit center and your cost corners. Look for ways to trim those corners while keeping the profit center intact. If you have great ideas to share, send me an e-mail.
Like many of you, I know the challenges you face everyday. My parents and brother raise cattle, hogs and row crops. I am still involved in the farm operation and active in the local 4-H and FFA programs. There is nothing more inspiring than watching young people get excited about the future of agriculture. And nothing is more comforting than knowing there are other farmers with the same concerns as you.
It is my goal to inspire discussion and explore the topics related to the livestock industry. I would greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions.

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