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NDAA's Annual Bull Test:
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01-26-2015  
Sodak Angus Ranch 58th Annual Bull Sale:
   Sodak Angus Ranch 58th Annual Bull SaleVaughn & Lois Meyer FamilyJanuary 26, 2015At the RanchRev . . . . . MORE INFO >>
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01-23-2015  
Mill Bar Angus Production Sale:
   Mill Bar Angus Production SaleMick & Marlene Cox & FamilyHays Center, NETri-State Livestock . . . . . MORE INFO >>
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AS I SEE IT

As I See It 1-29-15
Publish Date: Thursday, 29 January, 2015
As you look through the various magazines, predictions seem to be in order. One after the other is attempting to predict what kind of a year 2015 is going to be.
I can address each and every one of them with a common statement. But first we need to know the answer to these questions: Who are they writing their predictions for? Who's going to benefit from their suggestions? Is it the company they are talking about? Is it their industry they're talking about? Is it the weather they're talking about? Is it themselves they're talking about?
I have an idea that an awful lot of the success or failure in these predictions has to do with the person writing them. I don't think they can help themselves; it seems as though it sneaks right in there, the outcome of what they feel is going to be turning in the future for them this year of 2015.
A vast number of things - in the personal, private, and corporate world -- are controlled by and contained in the weather than anything else. As far as our business, the cattle business is concerned, everything has to do with the weather. Moisture, hot wind, drought, tornados, too much rain at critical times, not enough rain at the critical times... all these factors have everything to do with the outcome of agriculture and crops and cattle and markets. Yes sir, weather is a big item that cannot and has not been reliably predicted to date. There are many educated guesses that turn out well, but it is a lot of guessing, a lot of wondering, a little praying, and a whole lot of luck.
I for one think the livestock industry and those in the production of animal protein are going to be one of the better industries to be part of in the next decade or more. The world demand for animal protein has never been larger, and the supply available at the present time is one of the lowest since the early 1950s. So if supply is short and demand is up, don't worry, it is very easy to figure the outcome.
I'm positive that those in the cattle business, if Mother Nature gives us grass and hay and feed and a good growing year and a good marketing year. Yes, it will be a fine year, and I think it's for real. I don't think it's a guess, I think it's for real... but Mother Nature hasn't told us what she is going to do the rest of the year, and she isn't about to tell us what she's going to do the rest of the year. And you can make a bet that a certain amount of it will be a surprise for many of us when it does come around as far as moisture, storms, drought, tornados, you name it, that some of the country is get.
The weather is unpredictable, that's for sure. There's something else we have to take into account, something that is far more predictable. I for one am attempting to prepare for the worst of the worst. And the worst of the worst is that the Lord is going to clamp down on the morality of this country, and when He clamps down on the morality, you'll see a great change in every facet of business in this United States. As He clamps down, it could make for better times, but if He pulls the strings and says, "Enough is enough," we as human beings will experience some fearsome things. This great country called the United States must correct itself in morality. If we do, we will see great changes. I hope we're all around with the right frame of mind when it does come around because this country is sorely in need of a morality change at all levels -- the presidency, the congress, and all aspects of business.

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