good customers/friends got out of
South Dakota ahead of their anticipated
snow storm in order to get to the
sale and it was good to visit with them.
THURSDAY, MARCH 14TH
Sale Day! Up early!! And yes, it’s
still windy… up to 50 mph winds.
All the heaters in both the barn and
machine shed going. Coffee pots in
both locations. Arrival of all our helpers,
etc., by 7 a.m. Green beans cooking.
The machine shed goes completely
dark! And then we realize the barn
went dark too. Lights in the house are
on. Never happened before. Scrambling
to see what the issue is. Andy on the
phone with a friend who is an electrician
and has done most of the work
in our barns. He suggests turning the
heater off in the med room in the barn.
Pulls a lot of “juice”. It works! Then we
worry when the Silencer needs to be
turned on to re-tag a few bulls that it
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will take the system down again… but
it doesn’t! Whew!
Neighbor Val Brack always helps
clerk the sale, so she is set up and
ready to register buyers in the clerking
area. Emily, our daughter, will be in
the auction block and another friend,
Ann Sankey, will be clerking with Val
and I. Thankfully these ladies all have
cattle backgrounds and are the best
customer service reps you could ask
for! We go over a few details regarding
check-out and buyer’s gifts.
The guys sorted and penned pulls.
Andy & Emily hauled hay to all the pens
and fed the bulls. Tyson shuffl ing people
from vehicles to sale site in Gator and
helping anyone that needs help. Our
John Deere dealership pulled in with a
new John Deere Gator that had doors
and a heater… what a surprise!!!! Such
a nice gesture and defi nitely needed to
haul some folks needing help getting to
the sale site… a lifesaver! Sure hated to
see it leave the next day!
11:45 a.m. Food line started up.
12:50 p.m. Everyone fed… 300+ folks.
1:00 p.m. Sale began! Welcome/
2:55 p.m. Sold 122 lots! Averaged
Hadley Boman (10
from Burrton, KS)
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MCCURRY ANGUS ARCHIVES
$4294. 40 commercial two year-old
pairs averaged $2109.
Continue to check-out customers in
clerking area. Bulls loaded out. Outof
state bull info to vet for health
papers. We are a certifi ed herd with
KS for Trich.
Tear down what we can. Washing/
putting up/cleaning food area.
Dinner again tonight in the machine
shed with “left overs”!
Head into house… tired.
FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH
Day after the sale. Everyone is
numb! Tear down starts. Load up
all tables/chairs and return them to
rental store. Return heaters. Clean up
continues for most of the day. Some
folks show up to load bulls. Back to
routine of feeding & calving.
Hope you have enjoyed a “behind
the scenes” glance at the frenzy before
a purebred production sale… it’s what
we work for all year long!
EDITOR’S NOTE: The author’s father, John Sanford
Smith, began his Angus herd in 1955. A founding member
of NCBA, active in TLA and the Angus associations,
he served on the Board of Directors of the American
Angus Assn. during the timeframe the Certifi ed Angus
Beef program was initiated.
54 I WORKING RANCH I JUNE / JULY 2019