ADVERSITY.  ADVERSITY IS A NOUN THAT HAS BEEN A PART OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE FOR OVER 800 YEARS. IT LITERALLY MEANS “TURNED AGAINST,” AND FIGURATIVELY “HOSTILE OR UNFAVORABLE.”  WHEN THINGS SEEM TO BE AGAINST YOU – CIRCUMSTANCES OR A STROKE OF BAD LUCK – YOU ARE FACING ADVERSITY.

          I THINK WE’VE ALL ENCOUNTERED ADVERSITY THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES AND I WOULD HAVE TO SAY WE’VE ALL FIGURED OUT A WAY TO GET THROUGH IT.  MAYBE IT’S SAFE TO SAY, SOMETIMES IT COMES; SOMETIMES IT GOES.  HAVE YOU EVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE IF WE WERE ALL THE SAME AND WE NEVER FACED ADVERSITY THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES?  WHAT WOULD WE BE?  HOW WOULD WE ACT?  WELL, THE LIVESTOCK PRODUCER IS DEFINITELY NO STRANGER TO ADVERSITY!  WHAT SETS HIM APART IS HIS ABILITY TO OVERCOME ADVERSITY AND SNAP BACK STRONGER THAN EVER.  THE RESILIENCY OF THE LIVESTOCK PRODUCER IS ADMIRABLE AND INSPIRING TO US ALL.

          I DON’T REALLY HAVE TO EXPLAIN THE MARKET TO YOU ALTHOUGH STOCKER COWS AND PAIRS JUST SEEM TO BE AT A STANDSTILL OR LESS RIGHT NOW.  IT JUST DOESN’T SEEM TO ME LIKE THEY ARE IN SYNC WITH WHAT OUR CALF MARKET HAS BEEN DOING.  BLAME SOME OF THAT ON OUR DECLINING SLAUGHTER MARKET, AS YOU CAN SEE, FOR THE LACK OF INTEREST FROM PRODUCERS TO INCREASE NUMBERS.  SO DOES THAT TELL US WE HAVE A BIGGER CATTLE INVENTORY THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT?  MAYBE SO!  CALVES AND YEARLINGS HAVE STILL GOT MY HEAD IN A TAIL SPIN WITH NO LEGITIMATE REASON IN SIGHT, THEY WERE SURE CHEAPER COMPARED TO LAST WEEK.  MAYBE IT WAS BECAUSE THEY WERE OVER-CORRECTED LAST WEEK.  DEFINITELY SOME OF IT IS HEALTH PROBLEMS FROM A BUYERS PERSPECTIVE.  BIG NUMBERS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE AREAS AND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD; I HAVE TO TELL YOU QUALITY PREVAILS!

          LET’S JUST SKIP THE FUTURES FOR THE WEEK.  I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WRAP MY HEAD AROUND IT.  OK PEOPLE, I’M NOT REAL BOASTFUL OR ONE TO BRAG BUT I HAVE TO DO SO FOR NOW.  AS YOU WILL SEE, WE HAD A BIG NUMBER OFFERED FOR SALE TODAY.  I’M SO PROUD OF MY CREW – THEY HUNG IN THERE FROM START TO FINISH AND MADE ANOTHER COMPLETE AND SUCCESSFUL SALE AT SOUTHEAST.  GIVE THEM A PAT ON THE BACK IF YOU GET THE CHANCE.  THEY LOVE YOU AND THEY WORK FOR YOU – PROBABLY JUST AS HARD AS YOU WORK TO MAKE THIS ASSOCIATION A SUCCESS!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS, PRAYERS, SUPPORT, AND LOYALTY.

                                                               GOD BLESS 
                                                            JOE JOHNSON    


 

P.S.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER AND THOSE UNSPOKEN REQUESTS!  GOD KNOWS THE NEED!

NEXT MONDAY WE WILL HAVE A SMALL SELECTION OF GRAY BRAHMAN HEIFERS FOR SALE.  THEY WILL WEIGH APPROXIMATELY 500# WITH SOME F-1 CROSS ALSO CONSIGNED FOR MONDAY’S SALE.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

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

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