Jun 22, 2012
by WLJ
COMMENTS Hard work vital to success

The week of June 11 proved to be an exciting and very busy week on the West Coast. So many aspects of this industry held events, many of which were advertised in the Western Livestock Journal. I felt it worthy of noting these events IPSEN throughout the week and felt they should be shared with you.

Monday was an excellent day for Ray-Mar Ranches, Oakdale, CA, as they dispersed their entire commercial cowherd through Cattlemen’s Livestock Market (CLM), Galt, CA. The top end of the cows reached $1,900 per head with the full-mouth cows averaging close to $1,600 on almost 400 head. The bred heifers settled in just a notch higher on almost 150 head. Strong demand for volume at this sale had us wrapped up with the dispersion in nearly 90 minutes. The cows were solid black, except for a few red Gelbvieh-influenced cows scattered throughout the offering, and bred to start calving in August and September. This sale would mark one of the first commercial cow sales through the auction markets this summer and is a great start to establishing another strong market throughout the fall season. Congratulations to both CLM and Ray-Mar Ranches on an extremely successful event.

Tuesday, Producer’s Madera held their annual county cattlemen’s special feeder sale. Manager Tim Sisil was extremely pleased with the offering, including a high percentage of age- and source-verified lots, plus a few natural loads of calves had the market set to command solid figures in each weight class throughout the day.

Wednesday through Friday, the California Cattlemen’s Association held their annual midyear meetings at Harris Ranch, Coalinga, CA.

Meeting participants came from around the state. Ron Gill, College Station, TX, was a featured speaker and focused on beef quality assurance. Nearly 200 cattlemen and cattlewomen showed up to continue their focus of legislative regulation throughout the state.

Turlock Livestock Auction Yard (TLAY) had the opportunity to host the 2012 Livestock Marketing Association’s Annual Meeting and World Livestock Auctioneer Championships. Friday evening, nearly 1,000 people attended the dinner and banquet that was held in nearby Stevenson, CA. Max Olvera, the Cozzi family, and the staff at TLAY held a first-class event and should be commended for their efforts and success. Saturday was the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship finale as all 33 contestants were able to sell live cattle to the packed audience both inside the auction barn as well as the tent just outside. It was reported that the event not only drew a large crowd of people, but over 6,400 head of cattle showed up for the live auction, which would rival the largest sale offering ever at TLAY. The 2011 Champion, Charlie Cummings, took the role as emcee to introduce the contestants and Max Olvera introduced the cattle being sold.

As from a spectator’s perspective, a huge attraction to the sale was just after the contestants had performed and the judges were tallying their scores, all the former contest champions who were present were then able to take the stage and sell a few drafts of cattle as the sale progressed. Champions such as H. Skinner Hardy, Ralph Wade, John Rodgers, Rick Machado, Max Olvera and several more were able to show the crowd why they were named a World Champion Livestock Auctioneer. Congratulation goes to Bailey Ballou, Elgin, OK, for being named this year’s World Champion.

So as I sit down to write this column, I am reflecting on the events held this week that represent so many vital aspects to this industry to help sustain a competitive, progressive, and successful livelihood for so many ranching individuals. I congratulate all those involved in this week’s events because their hard work truly paid off. — LOGAN IPSEN