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04-27-2015  
NDAA's Annual Bull Test:
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02-23-2015  
NDAA 27th Annual Bull Test:
   NDAA 27th Annual Bull Test
Weights taken February 23
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02-23-2015  
Hart Angus Farms 40th Production Sale:
   Hart Angus Farms 40th Production Sale
Brad & Shawn Hart Family. . . . . MORE INFO >>
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02-21-2015  
Varilek Angus 63rd Annual Angus Bull Sale:
   Varilek Angus 63rd Annual Angus Bull Sale
Mick & Lynn Varilek Fami . . . . . MORE INFO >>
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02-20-2015  
Dietz Family Angus Annual Production Sale:
   Dietz Family Angus Annual Production Sale
Kevin & Marnie Dietz. . . . . MORE INFO >>
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AS I SEE IT

As I See It 2-26-15
Publish Date: Thursday, 26 February, 2015
I saw a big fat robin today, and there are signs of spring and spring fever all over the place. The MATE (Montana Agri Trade Exposition) show was held here in Billings a week ago, and golly, the ranchers and farmers came through in droves to view the exhibits featuring a tremendous display of farm equipment, livestock equipment, you name it. Everywhere you looked, people were talking about what they're going to seed, what they're going to grow, what they're going to do, etc. Yes sir, the evidence of spring fever is certainly in the air all over Reporter Country! Adding to the excitement are the sale reports from our advertisers... the prices their cattle are bringing is phenomenal.
Then you look at the reports of the feeder cattle and the bred cows and so forth, and away it goes! There are a tremendous amount of cattle selling and selling well! We're seeing a lot of $2,000 as high as $3,000 a head for outstanding commercial bred heifers. It isn't everywhere, but we're sure seeing it in Reporter Country. It's all, in my opinion, a sign of spring fever. Ranchers are excited about the new year as they watch this new calf crop get going. Certainly, the people at the MATE show were a positive indication, and you top that off with a big fat robin that don't show up until spring... and the spring season is at hand!
I'm so thrilled about the cattle business and the trend we're in. Boy, oh boy, in all the years I've been around, never have I seen more opportunity available to people who have some "go" to them and some "workability" and what I call "WT" in them. If you've got some "Want To" in you, there is probably as much opportunity right today. And if you've got a ranch and a place to run cattle, oh look out, there's opportunity knocking for you. It's just a matter of you with "Want To" and you with opportunity to get it done. This is not one of those times when you're going to walk yourself into a disaster, in my opinion. I think there's opportunity, but you have to recognize it, and you have to sit back in your chair near the barn and say, "Hey, self! Get with it. This thing is good." There are a lot of these short term cows that are going to calve in the next month or so, and the way these calves are looking, if people see good cows with something to them and genetics behind them, they're liable to fetch anywhere from $500 to $800 and maybe more. The 550 weight calves, I'm telling you, they might be rolling $1,500. So get with it. It's springtime. It's time to be upbeat. It's time to be with it on your outfit. It's the WT (Want To) that makes every endeavor in life worthwhile. Without it is cause and disaster. If you don't have the Want To, it'll just be a so-so year for you. But if you want to get something done, it's there. Opportunity is waiting.
I'm so enthused. Yes, the big red robin turned me on this morning, and by golly, I'm ready for it, and I know you are too.

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