Bull and replacement female sale to aid in restocking Crossroads cattle herds
Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:20 a.m.
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As Crossroads producers emerge from dry conditions, a Jackson County group is working to help ranchers rebuild.
Plans are in the works for a Premium Bull and Replacement Female Sale the Jackson County Cattle Raisers will host in February. The goal is to assist producers looking to replenish their herds post-drought, said Lynn Utz, the sale's coordinator.
"There's a huge demand and a shortage of replacement cattle out there," he said Friday. "There's not enough to go around."
The cattle raisers group planned to host its first sale in 2010 but, due to time constraints, decided instead on a trade show. Last year's drought once again pushed back plans for a sale.
The February event will include a trade day with speakers and vendor booths as well as the sale, Utz said. He encouraged those interested in consigning cattle or sponsoring the event to contact the group early on.
Goliad County Extension Agent Brian Yanta agreed that, with the drought's end, the sale comes at a good time for the Crossroads. Other sales are also in the works, he said, noting a tri-county event taking place in Beeville this April and the DeWitt County producers sale.
Such events benefit producers, he said, because they bring high-quality cattle directly to the Crossroads.
"Time is real precious and a lot of people don't have time to run up the road to look at cattle," he said.
Even when ranchers do drive up, oftentimes they aren't willing to return home with empty trailers, Yanta said, explaining they might end up purchasing animals they don't necessarily want.
"This can really be a great service," he said.
Jackson County's Texas AgriLife Extension Agent Mike Hiller said he hoped those benefits extended to the producers who consign cattle for the event.
Cattle prices are currently up, he said, noting the sale committee hopes to see the trend continue through February.
"For those who consign, I don't think they'll be disappointed," he said. My committee thinks this will be very beneficial to Jackson and the surrounding counties."