|February 2008January 26 sale - The
big news of the weekend was the blazing loose horse trade - right back on track and bucks
better than it has been in three months - right here at Billings Livestock.
The loose horses reclaimed their
lost ground and gained some - as the top selling loose horse brought $2,200 and the top 20
averaged $823. Horse for horse, the loose horse sale averages tell the story - $386 per
head average on 118 head - thats up nearly $150 per head over Decembers
Here is the breakdown - Top five averaged
$1,380, top 10 at $1,053, top 20 $823, top 50 brought $606, and the top 100 averaged $427
- and the entire loose horse sale - 118 head, averaged $386.
Top five - $2,200, $1,500, $1,250, $1,050,
Right smack dab in the middle - 59 from the
top and 59 from the bottom - that horse brought $350.
All markets were represented in addition to
Read the complete article inside this issue
of the BLS Horse Sale Update!
Our next loose horse offering is 9 a.m. Sunday, February 24.
LOOSE UPDATE - By Bill Parker, BLS Horse Sale
The loose horse market came alive and showed
a lot of strength at our January 26 horse sale.
One hundred eighteen horses were offered at
9 a.m. on Saturday morning to a full house of buyers.
The prospect market was extremely strong
with several outfitters on the seats and buyers shipping horses to the eastern and
southern United States.
Several prospects were sold in the $1,000 to
Buyers were on the seats representing all of
the major foreign pakcing plants and the weigh up market was on fire.
The market was a full $10 a hundred higher
on all classes of weighup horses and in some cases, up as much as $15 a hundred over our
December horse Sale.
I fully expect this market to stay strong
for the next 60-90 days.
If you have loose horses to sell, it's time
to think about it.
Remember - quality and condition will always
bring top dollar on any market.
So - whether you have riding horses or loose
horses to market, have them in the best flesh possible when you bring them to town.
We at Billings Livestock Horse Sales promise
to continue to work hard to ensure your horses bring the most dollars possible and look
forward to your business in 2008. Call me with your marketing questions and - Come see us!
December 3, 2007
Jann, here could be answers you could give folks who
might contact you wondering what to do. Ive contacted Nancy Robinson at LMA and
shes going to find out if money could be sent into a fund to Rep. Stenholm, OK who
is our counsel there in Washington, DC to see if he could get some extra pressure started
getting this resolved.
As far as what these people could write to their Congressmen, a couple of points that are
imperative to bear down on other than what are we going to do with these
horses or its totally unfair. It is very, very necessary for them
to pound home is this:
1. It flies in the face of First Amendment that any rule could make it impossible for
people to sell their livestock as they see fit under constitutional law. Its private
property. Just as anyone who owns a horse has the right to bury that animal in the back
yard or they can move it on at their discretion to slaughter channels. This is private
property, they should have, under constitutional law, the privilege to do that.
2. There are three words in the law FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. All this says,
should this stay enacted is that these same vegetarians and free-wheelers could take after
the beef cattle industry, the hog industry, the poultry industry, any item that the
vegetarian movement sees fit not to eat as a human diet. This flies in the face of the
first Amendment. What were dealing with here is a bonafide First Amendment situation
and legally the industry across America can and should preside in any federal court in
America with the above major arguments.
Dont give up, were going to need your money, we are going to need your input.
We need examples of losses.
Editorial by Pat Goggins,
October 29, 2007
You Must Help!
WHAT DO WE DO? ANYTHING? SOMETHING? SO LONG AS WE JUST DON'T SIT THERE. IF WE SCREW
IT UP, START OVER. TRY SOMETHING ELSE. IF WE WAIT UNTIL WE'VE SATISFIED ALL THE
UNCERTAINTIES, IT MAY BE TOO LATE. Lee Iacocca
Our three day horse
sale for October was a very good horse sale in most all respects. There were problems with
the loose trade - there are problems nationally across America within the loose horse
The loose horse market situation is a
First Amendment Right problem, and you folks who get this publication in more than 36
states must act. All of you have two Senators and some of you have several Representatives
in Washington, DC. This is where the problem lies, and if were going to get this
First Amendment Right settled, it has to be from you and me and all the other folks
interested in our individual rights.
I understand there are quite a few
folks around the country who have a favorite horse or two, that they wouldnt think
of putting down in a slaughter situation. That is OK, that is your First Amendment right.
You own the horse, you should be able to do with that horse what you see fit. If you want
to put the horse down and bury him in the back yard, thats sure fine, but there are
many, many across America who are in the industry in a rather large way who must move the
cull stock on.
This keeps a safety-net under your
industry that is not going to help the total industry if we lose it. There is a huge
demand for horse meat in much of the world.
When I was a kid I rode in a wagon
for quite a few falls helping during a roundup of some 15,000 yearlings in a huge, huge
area. We are out on a wagon from daylight until dark for several weeks. The owner was very
frugal and he put down a two year old or so, a nice fat one and that is what
we would have to eat. I liked it. I, for one, enjoy horse meat. A lot of folks dont
like to think about it but believe me folks, its very good.
When you go to France or Belgium or Italy,
and in many of the European countries, when you go to a fancy restaurant that will charge
you high prices for food. If its meat, you can bet your bottom dollar that most of
it is horse meat. Itšs very tasty, very tender, doesnt have much fat in it and it
is very much preferred by the great gourmet cooks around the world.
Be that as it may, it is a situation
of free enterprise and First Amendment Rights for all of us. So, if you as a horseman
chose to move your cull stock into the auction, that is your prerogative. If you own it
you should be able to do with it what you care to.
But, here is the problem:This
situation that we are into doesnt have a lot to do with slaughtering
horses, but it has everything to do with vegetarianism and folks with big, big
dollars coming through the Humane Society, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals), Friends of the Earth and other organizations. Their main drive is to attempt to
keep people from eating meat in their diet.
When vegetarianism becomes a
religion, and it has, we must act. We who demand First Amendment Rights,
we who demand free enterprise, we cant just stand back and talk to each other. We
have got to put our money where our mouth is, we have got to get a hold of our
Representatives and Senators and if necessary, put together a conclave on a given day and
arrive on the steps of Washington, DC and make demands.
This will require getting excellent
counsel. Lawyers are not cheap but neither is your business. It is a very enterprising
business. We, at BLS, have proven that and we want to continue.
So, Im telling you, you have
got to help. You can not just talk to each other about it and make threats. That
doesnt do any good.
We had a great sale for October. For
instance, our top 100 horses averaged $4446 compared to $3576 last year. And last year we
had a top horse of $42,000 which made a difference in how the averages play out. This
year, we had a top of $27,000 very respectable, we thought. In the loose horse market
we lost about $250 a head just because the horses had to be moved further, they had to be
moved out of the borders of the United States. With the cost of moving stock and losing
competition, the sale on loose horses acted accordingly.
We must act and we must act now.
But I want all of you horsemen to
understand that a young, thin, unattractive horse that doesnt weigh much,
doesnt have much muscle yet, he will not bring very much money. He never has, you
know, but if hes a prospect and has some pedigree behind him, there are folks who
are looking for this kind. It might be good for you to go ahead and feed out some of those
young horses, those thin horses, get some weight on them and let this thing cool down a
little because they are the horses that suffer. I think all you horsemen know that.
We must act. Wešve got to protect
this industry, one of the greatest free enterprise industries in America and we here at
BLS, our horse sales are right at the top. And we propose to keep it there. We have got
involved in making this a better business but we cant do it alone. Weve got to
have you, the leading horse folks of this great country to help. You get this publication
you must act.
Thank you very much. We'll see
you at Billings Livestock for our next horse sale, November 24-25.
News! September 25,
BLS September loose market
trumps Sept '06
Amazing - even with the
unannounced closure (again) of the last U.S. processing plant on the Friday afternoon
prior to the
September sale weekend, the BLS loose market maintained it's strength AND - was actually
$126 per head BETTER on the top 100 than in September one year ago!!
about that??!! The top 100 in September 2007 averaged $653 per head - the top 100 in
September 2006 averaged $527 - the comparison on the top 50 is even more astounding - in
September 2006 they averaged $643 per head, while September 2007 they brought $838 per
head - now that's $195 MORE!!!Top market prices ARE paid at Billings Livestock - rhyme and
reason - a full slate of buyers are in attendance at BLS - from top-end to bottom-end -
from prospects to recipients - from riders to buckers - the buyers are on the seats to buy
them "as is, how is". Your loose horse is marketed to a full sale arena.
Comparing September 2007 against August 2007
prices (when one U.S. plant remained in operation) - the top 100 brought $692 per head in
August vs. $653 in September.
HONESTLY - It's worth the gamble and
coggins test (if nec) to bring them to BLS - you stand a good shot of your loose
consignment exceeding current market value. It's not a secret at BLS - we
publish the averages!
Here are the stats for September 2007: 469 head offered
loose; top five averaged $1,260; Top 10 came in at $1,003; Top 20 averaged $817; top 50
brought $643; and the top 100 averaged $527.
Next loose offering: Sunday, October 28 at 9
October 1 2007 - John
Scott's Billings, Montana based
"S RANCH" wins
AQHA Remuda of the Year Award!!
John Scott Jr.s father was
raising quarter horses long before there was an American Quarter Horse
Association. On September 25, Scotts S Ranch, headquartered in Billings, MT,
received the coveted AQHA/Bayer Best Remuda Award.
The Quarter Horse is noted for its Western
Heritage and preserving that heritage is what the John Scott Ranch is all about,
said Scott (pictured), who has registered more than 1,500 horses with AQHA. Our
goals are to raise quality horses to be used in competition, including cutting, rodeo,
barrel racing, reining and, of course, for use on the ranch.
Cattle and horses far outnumbered people when
Scotts great great-grandfather, a friend of Davy Crockett and a Mississippi Supreme
Court judge, settled in the Republic of Texas.
At that time, they didnt work the country
with a (chuck) wagon, Scott pointed out. Theyd just take a pack horse
and three or four of them would gather cattle. They called that a cow hunt.
In 1925, John Scott Sr. purchased 10 daughters by the
Hickory Bill son called San Antonio Sorrel to supply his Texas remuda with mounts. By the
1930s he was raising his first crops by the Harmon Baker son Jazz.
After serving in World War II, John Scott Jr. moved
to Montana to expand the familys ranch holdings by 120,000 acres, in partnership
with his brothers and father. In 1959, Scott acquired his own ranch and by the late 1960s
employed 25 cowboys; owned a feedlot that held 30,000 head 50 percent of which were
S Ranch cattle; and ran 10,000 mother cows. In 1969, he held what was at the time the
largest one-brand, one-owner cattle sale in U.S. history with 5,300 head selling for
Today, the S Ranch is still owned and operated by the
Scott family John Scott Jr., John Scott III, Maggie Scott Brown and Sissy Scott
Croft are all general partners of the 227,000-acre ranch operation. The Billings ranch has
58 mares, three stallions and 78 geldings; the 23,000-acre S Ranch keeps 4,000 head of
cattle in its feedlot, runs 4,000 head in their cow/calf operation, and feeds about 1,600
head of stocker cattle.
We always broke and rode the fillies and
geldings, said Scott of the S Ranch Quarter Horse program. For years, we rode
mares only on the Powder River ranch and geldings on the Billings ranches. We drew our
replacements for the broodmare band from the better mares, as we needed them. We tried to
breed the best of the mares to the best studs and over the years, I have added a few mares
from the Burnett Ranches in Texas, the Ronald Mason (Cross J) Ranch in Nowata, Oklahoma,
and the Gill Cattle Co. in Arizona and Montana.
The S Ranchs current remuda has been greatly
influenced by Doc O Dynamite, who has sired the earners of more than $650,000 in NCHA
competition, and Paddys Irish Whiskey, a Peppy San Badger son whose offspring have earned
$800,000 in NCHA, NRHA and NRCHA events. Earlier sires of importance included One Eyed
Hippy, Bill Van Vactor, Texas Gill, Desecho, and Eddie 40.
I really feel that the Eddie 40 horses were the
best that we ever raised, noted Scott. They had everything a cowboy could want
- lots of cow, easy to ride, good balance, soft mouth, and heart that would not
S Ranch will be presented with the Best Remuda Award
in November, at the Working Ranch Cowboys Association Championship Ranch Rodeo in
Ranches such as S Ranch have contributed to our
nations greatness and helped build the American Quarter Horse Association into what
it is today, said AQHA executive director Bill Brewer. With this Award, we
honor American Quarter Horse ranches that continue the traditions of the past.
August 29, 2007 - NEW
IMPORT LAWS FOR STALLIONS
It's new, it's important,
and it's the law!!
As of September 7 the STATE OF MONTANA
DEPARTMENT OF LIVESTOCK has imposed mandatory EVA testing on all stallions 13 months and
older entering the State of Montana. Here is the official statement: - As of Sept 7th,
the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) is requiring testing for Equine Viral Arteritis
on stallions 13 months of age and older imported into the state of Montana. These horses
need a negative test from an approved laboratory within 30 days of import. Horses imported
for exhibition are exempted from this official order. For additional questions, please
contact the Department of Livestock at (406) 444-2043 or visit the DOL web site at http://mt.gov/liv/animalhealth/index.asp.
Editors Note: Consignors - please plan!
The test takes a week or so to run and get the results back...We do have a listing of the
labs that are approved to run the test here at BLS - just give us a call, we'll fax them
to you or your veterinarian. Thanks!
July 25, 2007 - COURT RULES
CAVEL CAN RE-OPEN
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday
(July 18) that Cavel International can resume processing horses in it's Dekalb, Ill,
facility while it awaits a final decision on it's appeal of a state law forbidding the
Cavell attorney J. Philip Calabrese said
an injunction was granted Wednesday that allows Belgium-based Cavel, which has been
shuttered since June 28 to operate while the appeal is being heard.
"It allows Cavel to operate pending
resolution of the appeal", he said. "I imagine it's going to take a little
bit of time to get everything together, but they'll reopen shortly".
The plant "will be operating
soon", Cavel Manager Jim Tucker said Thursday.
Cavel's courtroom saga began May 25 when
it challenged a new state law forbidding the processing of horses for human consumption.
Cavel ships most of the meat overseas to
diners in Asia and western Europe ghough a small prition is sold to US zoos.
The company was granted two temporary
restraining orders that allowed it to keep operating while the case was being heard in
federal court, the last of which expired on June 28.
On July 5, U.S. District Judge Federick
Kapala ruled that Cavel had failed to show the law was unconstitutional.
Cavel appealed the decision last Friday.
No court dates had been set in the appeal as of Thursday morning, Calabrese said.
reprinted from the Western Livestock
Reporter, July 25, 2007
July 9, 2007 - CAVEL
INTERNATIONAL TO REMAIN CLOSED
Cavel International, DeKalb, Ill, the
last U.S. horse processing plant will remain closed.
Last Thursday, July 5, a federal judge
threw out the plant's latest challenge to the state law that shut it down.
The judge sided with the state, saying
it has a legitimate interest in regulating food for human consumption and ensuring the
humane treatment of animals. Cavel's attorneys reportedly are considering whether or
not to continue the court battle.
May 10, 2007 - COURT GRANTS
The U.S, Court of Appeals in the
District of Columbia decided 2-1 this week to grant an emergency request from Cavel
International to resume its horse processing operations while the company considers an
appeal of a lower court ruling that shut it doors March 28.
In that court case, a federal judge
decided that an arrangement in which processing plants were paying USDA to cover
inspection costs was illegal. The suit was filed by the Humane Society of the US, an
animal acitivist group.
The two plants in Texas are currently
closed as a result of an unrelated 1949 Texas law.
CALL YOUR SENATORS!!! This affects
all of us in the horse business - all levels of quality - our government needs to hear
from us. S.311 is currently pending in the Senate. Main Capitol switchboard
202-224-3121 ask for YOUR state's SENATORS! Go, Go, Go!!
July 2006 - NEW HOST HOTEL!
With the closing and sale of the Howard
Johnson's Inn, Billings Livestock is proud to announce that BILLINGS HOTEL &
CONVENTION CENTER will be the new host hotel offering a special "Horse Sale
Rate" of $59.99. Reservations can be made on-line www.billingshotel.net or call 406-248-7151.
They offer a full service restaurant, casino and lounge, indoor pool and waterslides,
acres of parking, complimentary limo and shuttle. EXIT 446.
BEST WESTERN CLOCKTOWER INN is located
downtown at Exit 452. They are a totally remodeled facility located in the heart of
downtown Billings. It is very well done and first class. "Stellas"
restaurant and bakery is located on premise. They offer complimentary shuttle
service and special "Horse Sale" rate of $64.99. 406-259-5511.
A Celebration for a
Champion - Clay Tryan
2006 - We're proud of Montana's first World Champion Team Roper, Clay Tryan!
Billings Livestock hosted a reception in his honor on Thursday evening, December 29
attended by over 200 friends, fans, and family.
Tryan, along with partner Patrick Smith,
captured the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associations 2005 Team Roping World
Championship at the NFR in Las Vegas Dec. 2-11. Tryan and Smith pocketed $71,683 during
the 10-day Finals Rodeo, bringing their 2005 earnings to a grand total of $167,204 apiece.
In addition, the duo set a new NFR arena record - posting a 3.5 second run in the ninth
On Thursday evening, Tryan, with his wife,
Bobbi, his dad Dennis Tryan and mom Terri Kaye Kirkland, and other family members
surrounding him, sat quietly as accolades were laid on him.
As his NFR television coverage played
overhead on the big screens, Scott Breen, sportscaster for KTVQ-2 congratulated Tryan and
complimented him on a job "well done".
Joe Kusek of the Billings Gazette concurred,
saying "Our World Champion is exemplary - he is a worthy champion and a testatment of
what is good about rodeo."
BLS owner Patrick K. Goggins opened the
program by welcoming everyone. He recalled back in the mid '90's when Clay was playing
basketball at Shepherd High School. Goggins said Clay and his brother Travis would miss a
few games or leave early because they were going roping.
"We said at the time, well you better
decide what you want to do, rope or play basketball," Goggins said, adding,
"Well, I guess you did."
BLS Horse Sale Manager Bill Parker knows
Tryan well. He watched him grow up while roping with Tryan's dad, Dennis.
In addition, Clay's last
"punch-the-time-clock" job was at Billings Livestock Commission Horse Sales -
the winter before he qualified for his first NFR.
Parker said he admired Clay for joining the
great world champions and also because "You have always been and still are a good
Steve Miller of Montana Silversmith's,
Columbus, MT creator of the gold buckles for the PRCA World Champions, said "I kept
telling them in Columbus to go ahead and put 'Tryan' on the World Champion team roping
buckle because I was pretty sure one of them was going to win it."
Family friend and roper Levi Britton said he
is working with Montana Highway Department officials to get a highway sign which states
that Billings is the home of Clay Tryan, World Champion Team Roper.
Way to go, Clay - rope on!!!
(Becky Tescher Robison contributed to this story)