This month we focus on the stocker and feedyard segments of the beef production chain. Most of our readers run cow-calf operations and sell their calves at weaning. It’s good to know something about the challenges faced by the buyers of your weaned calves.
Speaking of those calves, and when our members sell them, look at the results of our one-question, non-scientific survey in this month’s Cattle Raisers Cross Section.
The top three responses to our question, “When do you sell your calves?”, were interesting. Most of you who responded say you sell when the calves reach a certain weight and when you think the market is at a peak. The second most common answer indicates you choose to sell when drought and forage conditions tell you to. The third top answer indicates November is the top month for selling weaned calves, followed by September and October.
Thanks for participating in these informal surveys. Your input and interest in providing feedback helps us to assemble information for this magazine, our websites and our educational programs that will help our members.
Speaking of being of help to our members, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) leaders and our government and public affairs staff members are preparing for the challenges that landowners will be presented with by those who are strong on good intentions, but less well-grounded in the practical knowledge of the business of ranching and natural resources management.
The 86th session of the Texas Legislature will open in just a few short months. So many issues important to cattle raisers are affected by the actions of our state senators and state representatives.
Attend the TSCRA Policy Conference Sept. 19 to 21 at Lost Pines, between Austin and Bastrop. Lend your voice to the development of Cattle Raisers policy and learn about the issues for your own benefit.
You will want to hear Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune, give an inside look at Austin and Washington, D.C., politics. He will also give us a preview of the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature.
Each TSCRA committee will meet during the Policy Conference. All TSCRA members and guests are welcome to attend.