In this issue, we focus on the production segments that beef calves enter after being sold off the ranch — the stocker and feedyard phases.
Larry Stalcup brings us an interesting interview with Paul Defoor, co-CEO of Cactus Feeders, based in Amarillo. Stalcup writes, “The cattle feeding giant also operates what is likely the world’s largest beef cattle research operation. It takes pride in working directly with cow-calf producers and stocker operators to develop the highest quality feeder cattle that will satisfy the needs of packers, retailers and, ultimately, consumers.”
Mike Barnett provides us an article on retained ownership. It’s worth a read if you have ever wondered if your operation was ready to consider the possible increased income, and increased risk, associated with owning those calves further into the beef production segments.
For the last few years, we have included a white-tailed deer hunting outlook from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in this issue. We thank Alan Cain, TPWD white-tailed deer program leader, for providing the 2019-2020 hunting season forecast.
With all the rain we have enjoyed across the state, conditions are good for a great hunting year in all of Texas’ ecoregions.
Cain mentions several websites in his article. Web addresses are notoriously hard to type in, correctly, from a printed article to a smartphone or computer. We have simplified this task for you. Go to thecattlemanbuyersguide.com (and bookmark it so you will never have to type that web address in again) and then enter “Texas Parks and Wildlife” in the search box.
All the links from Cain’s article are in a handy listing we have set up for TPWD.
While you are on The Cattleman Buyer’s Guide site, browse around. You might find other goods, services and news of interest.
Finally, we hope to see you at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Policy Conference this month, Sept 25 to 27, at The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio. Details about this important meeting for TSCRA are available at tscra.org/policyconference.