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Sleeping with a banker…

I love this time of the year (maybe not the weather!) as it is fall female sale time in the cattle biz. As I sit at our kitchen table littered with sale catalog’s a notepad and my laptop, pouring over pedigree’s and EPD’s I wonder how other’s determine how they choose?
Is it pedigree? Numbers? Epd’s? how she looks? How she’s bred?
There are so many factors to consider-personally, I take them all into account, plus one more….whose is she? Does this outstanding future matron cow come from people who will stand behind their product? Who treat me, their potential customer or future customer, as a person rather than as an inconvenience? How have their cattle performed in other operations? Will these new cattle and this new relationship with their former owners be mutually beneficial?
We are definately hoping to pick up some fresh new genetics this fall, but also have females going to two sales before Christmas. The sales, both commercial and purebred, have been very strong so far, which is encouraging to the whole business.
I feel very fortunate that we are apart of the super breed, Simmental, with excellent fellow breeders-There are so many people I would like to purchase cattle from just because I like and respect the people so much.  If it was up to me, I am afraid our budget wouldn’t hold up.
Which brings me to a big deciding factor……$$$$$$’s. My husband reminds me frequently that just because I sleep with a banker (yes, he’s still working at the bank!) doesn’t mean I can’t stay within my budget.
Huh.
What’s the fun in that 😉

Budgets are merely guidelines.
Good luck to all of my fellow consignors in Friday Night Lights on Dec. 14, and Camrose Country Classic on Dec. 20.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted December 11, 2012 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    We can totaly relate to this Maureen. I think if added up all of the lots we would like to bid on and own each spring and fall, we would need a lot larger budget. It is so hard to decide what to try and purchase when our breed is producing so many great cattle. Good luck to you at the sales this fall and I think Eric mislead you…..the small print in those contracts gets you everytime. 🙂

    • Mappin Simmental
      Posted December 11, 2012 at 4:04 am | Permalink

      Thanks Dee! I will have to mention the small print to Eric for sure! And good luck to you guys too….Great cattle and Great people, you will do well!!

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