THE PLAYGROUND.   THE BEST PART OF SCHOOL WHEN I WAS YOUNG WAS RECESS (OR THE PLAYGROUND).  I WAS SO EAGER AND HAPPY TO GET OUT OF THAT CLASSROOM, AND I ALWAYS ANTICIPATED A FUN TIME ON THE PLAYGROUND. IT NEVER SEEMED LIKE IT LASTED LONG, BUT AS THE OLD SAYING GOES, “WHEN YOU ARE HAVING FUN, TIME FLIES.”  WELL THE MERRY-GO-ROUND, IT LOOKED FUN! NOT MY CUP OF TEA!  ONE ROUND AND I WAS DIZZY.  I DID NOT WANT TO STAY ON, BUT COULD NOT GET OFF.  I CAN REMEMBER THE EXIT WASN’T VERY SMOOTH EITHER.  NOW I LOVED THE SEESAW!  THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THAT WAS THAT I WAS TWICE AS HEAVY AS EVERYONE ELSE.  THE SEESAW HAD NO MERCY ON A FAT MAN.  THERE WAS ALWAYS SOME MONKEY BARS. OH NO, NOT FOR JOE! I COULDN’T HANG ON.  BUT NEVERTHELESS THE PLAYGROUND WAS ALWAYS FUN IN SOME WAY!

         LIKE THE SEESAW, OUR BUSINESS IS UP AND DOWN. WHO CAN GO FIGURE WHERE WE ARE HEADED NEXT.  AND LIKE THE MONKEY BARS, HOW LONG CAN WE HANG ON?  WELL PLEASED WITH OUR MARKET RESULTS HERE AT SOUTHEAST.  YES, WE WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE SEEN IT BETTER, BUT WE REALIZE IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE!  SLAUGHTER COWS WERE A LITTLE MORE AGGRESSIVE.  I JUST CAN’T WRAP MY HANDS AROUND STOCKER COWS AND COW/CALF PAIRS.  SEEMS TO ME THEY SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT MORE.  RULE OF THUMB IS THAT A GOOD BRED COW WILL BRING 2-3 TIMES WHAT A GOOD CALF IS WORTH.  I KNOW PRODUCERS HAVE PLENTY GRASS, LOOKS LIKE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR BUYERS!  CALF AND YEARLING PRICES ARE SURE IN LINE.  DO WE WANT MORE?  CERTAINLY! BUT LET’S JUST STRESS ON BUYERS TO BE CONTINUOUSLY POSITIVE, INSTEAD OF BREAKING THEIR POCKET BOOKS.  DEFINITELY IT WAS BULLISH FOR US, THAT MEANS POSITIVE FOR US. DOUBLE DIGIT PERCENTAGES OF BEEF LESS THAN A MONTH AGO – THERE YA GO MAN!  THAT’S HELPING OUR BEEF MOVEMENT.  THERE IS 5-6% LESS TOTAL MEAT IN COLD STORAGE, INCLUDING PORK AND POULTRY.  THE NEXT DAY, THE ON FEED REPORT CAME OUT.  THERE WAS 1% MORE CATTLE ON FEED THAN PREDICTED AND 1% MORE PLACEMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY.  BUT MARKETING WAS A PLUS AND THAT WAS POSITIVE.  NOW THAT WAS LAST FRIDAY AND GO FIGURE THE MARKET WAS LIMIT UP MONDAY.  GUESS WHAT?  AS I AM WRITING THIS LETTER, IT’S ALMOST LIMIT DOWN TODAY! HOW YA LIKE THAT SEESAW MY FRIEND?

         AN INTERESTING WATCH THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS: WORK OUT ON THE MONKEY BARS, SO WE CAN HANG ON.  IT’S TIME TO LOOK DEEP INTO YOUR MANAGEMENT.  CONSIDER YOUR RESOURCES, YOUR TIME CLOCK AND ESTIMATE YOUR TIME ‘TIL YOU NEED TO COME TO THE MARKET. MOST OF YOU DIDN’T START YESTERDAY.  USE YOUR PAST KNOWLEDGE IN JUDGING WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.

         HEY!!! IT’S 4TH OF JULY COMING UP. MOST OF US WILL BE WORKING IN SOME FASHION OR FORM, BUT DON’T LET AN HOUR OR MOMENT PASS THAT WE DON’T BOW AND RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR INDEPENDENCE.  AND MY HANDS ARE UP AND MY HAT IS OFF TO THOSE WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE!  THANK YOU PRODUCERS. YOU’VE MADE THE FIRST PART OF THE YEAR AT SOUTHEAST A WONDERFUL SUCCESS.  YES WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK BUT AS USUAL MY PHONE WILL BE ON 24/7 SO DON’T HESITATE TO CALL IF YOU NEED ANY HELP.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS, LOYALTY, AND SUPPORT!                                                                                                      

                                                 RESPECT YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS,


                                                  JOE JOHNSON       

 

P.S.   LET’S PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY, OUR LEADERS AND FOR EACH OTHER! THERE ARE SO    MANY UNSPOKEN PRAYERS AND SO MANY NEEDS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE WORLD! GOD KNOWS THE NEED AND WILL PROVIDE.

 

WE WILL BE OPEN ON JULY 9TH FROM 8AM TO 10PM TO CHECK IN LIVESTOCK FOR OUR SALE ON MONDAY JULY 10TH.

         JUNE 26, 2017

​​Ok Santa, Let me figure out why your calves didn't bring as much....(short???)

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