Jon AngellFrom the Publisher ... Jon Angell

Feedyard and Feedyard People
Commercial feedyards have always been of intense interest to me. My first experience was from my youth on a summer car trip to Dalhart, TX and the XIT Feedlot. This trip involved many firsts; first time to Texas, first time in a sandstorm, first sight of tumble weeds and first time to a huge commercial feedyard. And ever since that first feedyard I have been quietly taken in by their set up, their scale and the ballet of their daily operations.
One of the subjects that interests me more often are the stories of the people that founded and manage these feedyards. This month we feature one of those stories. I was alerted to it by a recommendation by my dad in an early morning phone call that I was to read about Johnny Trotter. This was another good recommendation from dad with several gems woven among its length.

Info Behind the Charts
On page 16 you will find a commentary from Bill Bullard about two charts on U.S. Imports and Exports. Charts, surveys and statistics are only as good as the information used to make them. Context is important. Too often we don’t know the details of what we are given. Details are important.
I think it is important to point out how divergent the two charts are when on a superficial level they each purport to represent the same thing. The intent of the presenter along with their perspective and natural bias plays a role in the results. We have all read and acknowledged that imports and exports matter in price discovery. Competing bias and perspectives are an open debate. Policies and practices are determined by such things.
As a reader, do you have any thoughts on these two charts? I found this very interesting.

We are quickly heading into the peak bull marketing season. You will find several advertisements among these pages that could be of use to you.
Few things on the farm have as much economic impact as choosing a sire for your herd. By the nature of what we ask our herd sires to do… it comes with a multiplying effect which can work in the positive or the negative. It kind of folds into the important cattle marketing message Justin gives on Page 4.
This siring decision is the foundation to future marketing results and/or maternal material for future seasons. Choose well.

It’s In the Mail
With weather and holidays, recently the office staff at the barns wanted me to pass along information on how checks are issued. Stockyard payments both incoming and outgoing are regulated by P&S rules.
Buyers are required to pay the day of sale or by check no later than postmarked within the second business day. Sellers are due prompt payment as early as shortly following the sales conclusion. On normal days this can often be done as soon as a few minutes following the finalization of the day’s sale.
Checks not picked up during the sale are mailed Friday evening in Bowling Green or Wednesday morning in Boonville. We assure you we do not hold up checks unless requested, and despite expectations that a letter should arrive on a specific day every time is unrealistic.
Our experience is out of the hundreds of checks we mail each month, the mail service is mostly remarkably efficient. But every week a couple might be delayed. When we say “it’s in the mail”, be patient it is literally “out of our hands.”
When we put checks in the mail we have no control over the delivery or timeliness. Our policy is to allow a full week before reissuing checks. This simple policy takes care of more than 9 out of 10 “lost” checks. P&S requires us to account for all checks written and reissuing multiply checks creates multiple problems.
For those in a rush to collect their proceeds we are happy to hold the check for pickup, just ask the office the day of the sale to hold check for pickup. “Held” checks if not picked up are mailed with the following week’s business unless otherwise instructed.

Cattleman’s Advocate seen out and about
I’ve been told our publication is great for use while cleaning fish and is far better than a Sears catalog in the outhouse.
This wasn’t the praise any publisher wishes to advertise much; it wasn’t what I had in mind when starting this effort.
Closer to what I had in mind was the example of reader Ben Voller who sent in photographic proof that our publication travels well. In an accompanying note he tells me that he and his wife, Teresa Snow, a local television news personality, use our paper as a point of shared reading and discussion of specific articles on occasion. On this occasion it was while on vacation in Cabo San Lucus.
Whether fish wrap or shared family literature, reader comments and photos encouraged. We’ll put them to use when we can … Thanks for reading!