Jon AngellFrom the Publisher ... Jon Angell

Many times I have joked that it has been so long since we have had a normal year, I have forgotten what normal is supposed to look like. There is plenty of news to share, several opinions that are interesting, but very little of it seems normal.

On page 4, we have a letter from Allan Sharrock concerning legislation and representation. I appreciate his efforts. Grassroots efforts and calls to representatives often work. I think that there is little doubt that changes are likely in regulations. Allan and others of us calling have a chance to affect outcomes. I agree and look forward to the possibility of the 50/14 that he speaks about, as well as lifting many of the regulatory burdens from small processors will likely benefit the vast majority of us producers as well as the average consumer.

Also on page 4, Justin has some interesting thoughts, especially regarding the organized attack on our history and our shared culture. What has happened to our insti-tutions that passively allow mobs ransacking our public spaces, public monuments, a violently attack others in the streets. Have you seen how many young people are outspokenly supporting these things. As an unapolo-getic conservative, I can’t help but think we have allowed this to happen by allowing the left ideology to take over education and the broader entertainment industry virtually unopposed. Let’s face it, in large swaths of the country, leaning conservative could get you sucker punched, while being a full blown communist or leftist fascist will gain you praise from politicians, media time, and a following of useful idiots and cool kids. What a mess.

On a more encouraging note, be sure not to miss Schyler’s Youth Column on page 13. There is no doubt that our technology and connectivity has all kinds of advantages in our modern age. Yet, the downside and pitfalls are rarely discussed. I find it encouraging to see people rethinking, educating themselves, and consciously taking their time and attention in a healthy way.

We have several good market reports to look through. The sales have been pretty good. Feeder cattle with some quality, condition, weaned and shots have seen good demand. This is especially true when you look at the prices fed cattle are bringing. There are two really important times to have you calves good and weaned (45 to 60 days) when selling them. Most people realize that one of these times is in late October and through the first of December when the changing of the changing weather plays havoc on their health. The second time, less producers realize the importance of weaning is upon us here in the heat of July and August. Any time of the year, weaning is an added risk due to the stress it induces and a certain percentage will get sick and need treatment. The grass is tougher, less palat-able and the suffocating heat of the summer intensifies the death losses and treatments always seem less effective in the heat. At least that’s been my experience. “Results may vary” but this is a large part of why calves often in a “summer market” get cheaper. Weaning at home done right is rarely a bad idea.

On page 20, take note that we don’t have an auction on July 3. Also, we have had an unusual amount of bulls arriving at the market with the consigner promoting the bull as a good bull to go back home to work for someone else. Times have changed with Trich and such. If you’re selling bulls in Bowling Green please take the time to check out the policy on bulls.

Hope you have a chance to spend some time with our paper this month; thanks for reading and your continued support.