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12-13-2014  
Stars of Montana Angus Female Sale:
   Stars of Montana Angus Female SaleCurrant Creek Angus, Roundup, MTIdland Cattle Company, Circle, MTS . . . . . MORE INFO >>
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12-11-2014  
Paint Rock Angus Ranch Annual Bull Sale:
   Paint Rock Angus Ranch Annual Bull SaleDecember 11, 2014Hyattville, WYAuctioneer: Joe Goggins, Billi . . . . . MORE INFO >>
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12-09-2014  
Armstrong Angus Ranch Fall Production Sale:
   Armstrong Angus RanchFall Production SaleChad & Trista Armstrong & familyMelvin ArmstrongDec . . . . . MORE INFO >>
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12-08-2014  
Jacobsen Ranch Annual Production Sale:
   Jacobsen Ranch Annual Production SaleWade Jacobsen & familySun River, MTDecember 8, 2014Western . . . . . MORE INFO >>
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12-08-2014  
Cross Diamond Cattle Company 9th Annual Production Sale:
   Cross Diamond Cattle Company9th Annual Production SaleDecember 8, 2014Bertrand, NESale Hosts:Cross D . . . . . MORE INFO >>
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AS I SEE IT

As I See It 12-18-14
Publish Date: Thursday, 18 December, 2014
The prices that these bred commercial heifers have been bringing along with their year or two older mates have absolutely shaken the industry to the core. Finally, people are starting to realize the shortage of these beef females, and that realization is hitting the markets across the whole nation and, in fact, the whole world. Where are we going to get our replacements to raise our calf crops, people are asking themselves.

The truth is that the people who have a good herd of cows around them right now are riding an awful good horse. They are leading the way to prosperity in American agriculture. I have felt this coming on for some years, and now it's here. You people out there who own a herd of cows, guard them with care!

The happenings in the stock market the last week or two have also got people's attention because the investment people are now thinking, "Well, wait a minute, where are we going to get some cows to put on our new ranches and our new farmlands?" It's a good question, but they're going to have to really search and pay through the nose to fill their orders... but it's still better than running them open or renting their land out.

It looks as though these good young cows and bred heifers are going to continue to be good property. But they better have a program ahead of them, and they better have something that will answer the question, "How have these cattle been selling? What price structure have they been at?" If that kind of an answer can't be set forth, then maybe this won't be quite as exciting as it could have been.

Land is no different in this country than anywhere else in the world. They don't make any more of it. There's a certain amount of it, and it's shortened up. We don't have near as much as we thought we had, and an awful lot of it is owned and controlled by the government of the various countries. So you see, many of it is up for grabs through leases or terminations. The fact remains that land is a very saleable and prosperous gem to have in your treasury chest; it always has been, and I'm guessing it always will be because that's about the only way to grow much of the food we need. Protein foods... you can't grow your total needs from the ocean and the water; much of it has to come from the land and what it produces in order to have a big, large population survive.

You ask yourself now, "Is this the beginning of the survival of the fittest?" Well, it could be because there are more and more people being born each and every year, and it doesn't appear that there's going to be more and more land available each and every year to produce food. So, that's why I say and firmly believe: you need to keep your livestock around you, keep some land around you, and make sure that the balance is correct in between.

The break that Wall Street went through the last week or so should tell us all something. There's a lot of money that's been invested by banks of all sizes to shore up their own needs, and now, all of a sudden, the lack of this oil line could create a problem for energy for the United States in a big, big way. Petroleum and crude, gasoline and diesel are all part of the equation now and have been for some time. It's more than most people had realized. But it's the land that will be in control forever!

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