Boy 2016 sure has been an interesting year with many challenges, but also a lot to be thankful for. Starting around Thanksgiving of last year and then in mid-December we got two big storms that dumped a lot of snow, and little did we know that snow was going to save our spring and summer since we got practically no moisture in April, May, and June.
Then in mid-August, we started getting rain just a few days in front of the CMSGA Ranch Rodeo. Since then, we have received close to seven inches of moisture this fall, really putting a bloom on the calves in the final two months prior to weaning. Although calf prices are nothing to brag about, it was nice to see everyone’s calves coming in on the heavy side rather than light.
Looking forward to 2017, many questions come to mind. Will cattle prices rebound? Will we get better spring moisture this next year? How much will the new presidential administration affect our industry? A lot of things seem to be beyond our control, but if we focus on things we can control we can take some uncertainty out of the new year.
This next year CMSGA will be working with the extension office as always to keep our membership and community informed and educated about issues affecting the livestock business. Stay tuned for upcoming events, from cattle-handling clinics to ranchers roundtable discussions to educational seminars. We don’t know much about 2017 yet, but one thing is for sure, we will meet the challenges head-on!
Finally a great big thank you to Marc King and Kandi Schuman at the MSU Extension Office for all the help and guidance they provide. We as a group could not function without them!
Here’s to a great 2017,