A Frosty Mid America Sale

Another great Simmental weekend in the books..

 

The Mid America Sale held at the Illinois Beef Expo is the product of a vibrant state breed association. Friday evening the Illinois Simmental Association held their annual meeting and awards banquet. Many outstanding breeders and supporters were recognized for their efforts. While everyone was enjoying the evening the snow began to fall, and boy did it come down quick! By the time the meeting adjourned there was already several inches on the ground. The snow continued through the night but it didn’t stop a packed house of buyers on Saturday morning. A big thank you to the sale chairman Jim Stoutenborough for his hard work, the Illinois Simmental Association Board of Directors, and all of the consignors and buyers.

IL State Fairgrounds on Friday evening.

 

The top open at $11,900 was a Combustible sired half-blood from Jackson Lashmet Farm and was selected by David Dillon & Tyler Diffey, MS. The top bred was from Sunny View Farm, a striking Montecito daughter bred to Combustible was taken home by Circle M Simmental, IL for $5,000. A Broker son from Frost Brothers/Fairow Farms took the top bull spot at $6,900 and went to Roger Ruppel, IL. The popular set of embryos of the day were out of SF/DF JLo’s Reba and WLE Big Deal were selected by the progressive Indiana breeders, Knapper Cattle at $1,000 each.

45 lots averaged $4,256     Click Here for the full report

 

This week..

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Ending on Tuesday February 24 at 8:00pm EST the Family Traditions Online Embryo and Semen sale over at www.dponlinesales.com. This group of breeders led by Sunset View Farm have always provided proven genetics that work in the real world. Take a minute to check out the offering of not only embryos, but also semen from the SVF bull battery, it even includes some hard to find Built Right semen.

 

In addition to the Family Traditions Online Sale going on this week, the group is having their annual bull sale this Saturday February 28, 2015. As always there is something for any type of operation in the offering. Take a look at the entire set. Don’t hesitate to call any of the consignors, or any DP Sales team member for further assistance. The sale will be live on DV Auctions- so don’t miss it.

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Don’t forget to let us know how your purchase(s) from our sales are doing. E-mail us, text us or tag us in you show photos or calf photos.

 

-DH

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Back at it..

We’ll as many of you know when you have an 11 month old in the house it’s hard to get things done, and that among other reasons has lead to a lapse in our blog posting…

 

It’s Spring Sale Season… and it’s off to a great start

Last weekend, the Dixie National had several highlights including a One Eyed Jack son setting a new Dixie record at $15,000 for Trennepohl Farms and selling to Fenton Farms, MS. That bull later went on to be Division Champion in the show the next day. The top bred female at $9,000 was a BC Classic heifer bred to GSC All In from  J&C Parker Farms, TN and was selected by Clear Water Simmentals, IN. Thatfemale too went on the next day to be Division Champion. An American Pride sired open female from Bramlet/HTP was selected by Triple C Farms, TN for $8,500. Gerdes Show Cattle selected a flush lot out of sale on the female that went on to be Champion Percentage female in the Sunday show. The 57 lots averaged $3,641, we would like to congratulate all of the consignors and buyers for a fantastic Simmental event! A special thank you to the Mississippi  Simmental/Simbrah Association for all of their hard work to ensure the Dixie National Show and Sale goes off without a hitch. Check out the complete sale report click here.

On to this weekend…DP Sales Management, LLC is very excited to for the first time work with IL Simmental Association and assisting it’s members with the Mid America Sale. If you haven’t taken a look at the offering you should! This outstanding group of consignors have really swung their gates. So many outstanding cow families are in this offering including: Nicolette, Sheza Dandy, Miss Knockout, Jessie, Cream Soda, Queens Lucy, No Joke, J-Lo, Dixie Erica, She’s Glamorous, Victoria and many more. There are also some early progeny out of several younger sires like Uprising, One Eyed Jack and Combustible. We hope you are making plans to be with us in Springfield this weekend however if not, the sale will broadcast live on DV Auctions.

The IL Assn. has also done a great job assembling a top-notch set of semen to be offered at the annual meeting on Friday on the fairgrounds. Check out the back couple of pages in the catalog for the complete listing. Top bulls include: Uprising, Upper Class, Wheelman, Quantum Leap, W/C Bullseye, One Eyed Jack, Ignition and several more. Call any member of the DP Sales team, Justin Alwardt, or any IL Simmental board member to leave a bid. View Sale Catalog

 

Lastly we’d like to hear from you..

Let us know how your purchase(s) from our sales are doing. E-mail us, text us or tag us in you show photos or calf photos.

-DH

 

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Introducing DP Online Sales!

Technology is ever changing our world. Like it or not it has changed the cattle industry over the years. As most cattlemen, farmers, and ranchers have found out you must adapt and go on, or it can quickly leave you behind.

The same can be said for the sales management business. Who knew that there would be things like online catalogs and apps just to name a couple. I guess the saying, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way,” can be used when talking about a lot of things, but especially when it relates to how technology changes things.

So, DP Sales is taking the leap. We are launching DP Online Sales, LLC; your place for Simmental focused online sales. No, we aren’t straying away from the good ole’ live auction because that is where our heart is and will always be centered. Plus, we still believe it is one of the best ways for price discovery and to market your operation. We have listened to our clients and have responded are simply branching out and embracing technology. Online sales have become very popular in the last two years, and will likely continue that trend in the future. We recognize to serve our customers to the best of our ability we need to travel all avenues of marketing. Online events are a great place to market embryos, semen, and small groups in a fast and cost-effective manner.

DP Sales has proudly worked hard to build a reputation as one of the top sales management firms in the Simmental industry, and now we are brining that same great customer service and knowledge to the web. Our customer base already established in the Simmental industry will help pinpoint potential buyers right for your auction. We believe our software is easy to use and follows the format of a sale catalog – so no need to go hunting for information.

We are now booking online sales for the fall. We would love to talk to you about your future online sale, and what we can do to help market your genetics. Feel free to contact any of us to discuss the possibilities with DP Online Sales.

 

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Eastern Regional Results

Judge: Chris Mullinix, Manhattan, KS

Champion Steer: 2A sired by GCC Whizard exhibited by Kristen Buck, IN

Champion Bred & Owned Simbrah Heifer: CLANTONS Show Time  sired by Black Vengeance exhibited by Lamar Clanton, MS

Champion Simbrah Heifer: SSS Bluebell 528A sired by 6G/LMC Ragjin Canjun exhibited by Marie Clanton, MS

Champion Percentage Cow/Calf Pair: BRS 928Z Strike 3 J-Lo sired by Flying B Cut Above exhibited by Josh Bray, NC

 

Champion Purebred Cow/Calf Pair: Mojito 23W sired by ACC1 Hustler 2N exhibited by Luke Herr, IN

Reserve Purebred Cow/Calf Pair: Salley’s Ms Polly sired by SVF/NJC Built Right exhibited by Olivia Branum, MS

 

Champion Bred & Owned Percentage Heifer: AKP-RP Whoopie A039 sired by RP/MP Mo Magic 312X exhibited by AK Phillips, KY

Reserve Bred & Owned Percentage Heifer: MS MLH American Girl sired by Flying B Cut Above exhibited by Cooper Canada, KY

3rd Overall: 3TRS Star Struck sired by Flying B Cut Above exhibited by Lily Swain, KY

4th Overall: RP/MP Valetine A002 sired by RP/MP Mo Magic 312X exhibited by Morgan Phillips, KY

5th Overall: AAS Smokin Hot sired by Smokehouse exhibited by McCall Griffith, MD

 

Champion Percentage Heifer: 3 Aces Shadoe A213 sired by Remington Secret Weapon exhibited by Justin Teeter, NC

Reserve Percentage Heifer: E/T Alexus 368A sired by Mr. NLC Upgrade exhibited by Dylan Chastain, GA

3rd Overall: Miss CCF Glitter Z309 sired by BC Lookout exhibited by Steven Cooper, GA

4th Overall: STF Zoey AN53 sired by WAF Zorzal 321U exhibited by Lindsey Miller, OH

5th Overall: DGT Jasmine 401A sired by C Bar Master Design exhibited by Macy Favorite, TN

6th Overall: AKP-RP Whoopie A039 sired by RP/MP Mo Magic 312X exhibited by AK Phillips, KY

7th Overall: MS MLH American Girl sired by Flying B Cut Above exhibited by Cooper Canada, KY

8th Overall: 3TRS Star Struck sired by Flying B Cut Above exhibited by Lily Swain, KY

9th Overall: RP/MP Valetine A002 sired by RP/MP Mo Magic 312X exhibited by Morgan Phillips, KY

10th Overall: Partisover Macy 344Z sired by Mr. NLC Upgrade exhibited by Cindy Cooper, GA

 

Champion Bred & Owned Purebred Heifer: RP/MP Built to Love A021 exhibited by Morgan Phillips, KY

Reserve Bred & Owned Purebred Heifer: AK/NDS Sassy Snazzi sired by Remington Lock N Load exhibited by Chris Hart, GA

3rd Overall: RRFS Blue Belle sired by Flying B Final Cut exhibited by Zack Hones, VA

4th Overall: M-R Coco Chanel sired by Mack AF W273 exhibited by Kyle Brinkman, OH

5th Overall: RRFS Fancy Face sired by M2C Conan exhibited by Zack Jones, VA

 

Champion Purebred Heifer: RP/MP Built to Love A021 exhibited by Morgan Phillips, KY

Reserve Champion Purebred Heifer:  Kriz/SVF Reddy Z16 sired by SS/PRS High Voltage exhibited by Bella Swain, KY

3rd Overall: AK/NDS Sassy Snazzi sired by Remington Lock N Load exhibited by Chris Hart, GA

4th Overall: 307A sired by CNS Pays to Dream exhibited by Macy Favorite, TN

5th Overall: OBCC Perfect Summer sired by AJE/PB Montecito exhibited by Cooper Canada, KY

6th Overall: MF Arabesque sired by MCM Top Grade exhibited by Emily Ivey, TN

7th Overall: FBFS Adriana 065A sired by Make it Rain exhibited by Rachel Dickson, OH

8th Overall: HS Neon Sky A37U sired by Gunslinger exhibited by Thomas Willis, WV

9th Overall: AK/NDS Miss Confussion sired by SVF Steel Force exhibited by Justin Teeter, NC

10th Overall: CLRWTR Ms. Knockout sired by W/C Wide Track exhibited by Luke Herr, IN

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Working Center Stage

Throughout the sale season, whether it be spring or fall, you get used to seeing the same faces working the ring. Being a ring man is a profession many try, but only the cream of the crop succeed at. A great ring man can certainly help your sale in many ways. Steve Sellers is and always will be one of the finest ring man that will ever work the ring.

On Saturday, September 21, Steve Sellers worked his last sale as an employee with EDJE Technologies. Many of you might not know that Steve has taken a different job with Auction.com to focus more on staying home and spending time with his granddaughter.

To many of you, Steve Sellers has been a long time fixture in the Simmental breed. He has always been a great advocate for the Simmental breed. Steve was the face of the ASA Eastern Region as he travelled working sales, taking pictures, working the ring, and selling advertising. After many years of service to the ASA, Steve joined the staff of EDJE Technologies;  however he still remained connected to the Simmental breed.  We, at DP Sales, of course, enjoyed having him every weekend at our sales working center stage.

More than that, Steve and his family have been friends for many years. I can vividly remember staying at Steve and CeCe’s house where his daughters, myself, and some other girls performed some sort of musical number. Steve even took Drew and I’s engagement photos. There is not a better friend than we could have imagined to capture those moments.

One couldn’t help but be sad at the KenCo Family Matters as it was Steve’s last hoorah. I felt like we should have gotten him a cake or something to show our appreciation for his years of ring service. Instead I took this photo on sale day to celebrate his last day.

Like I said, Steve usually always works center ring. I’m not sure if this was on purpose or not, but at the Family Matters Sale Steve worked the side and Shane Ryan worked center. I noticed this throughout the sale. I’m not sure if it was a passing of the torch to a younger ring man, but it felt that way to me. Jered Shipman, auctioneer made a nice speech about Steve as he introduced the ring man that day. He mentioned that Steve is one of the best ring man he has had the pleasure to work with, and I believe that many would agree.

From the New York Newsletter:

After much thought and research I have accepted a position with Auction.com as their C2C Online Sales Manager. Auction.com is the largest online real estate marketplace in the world and I will be managing a relative new division dealing with online consumer to consumer residential auctions as opposed to their larger foreclosed and REO home auctions.
This will end my tenure with EDJE Technologies, effective September 18, 2013. I have enjoyed the opportunity to watch this company grow and develop. It has been my pleasure to serve your advertising and marketing needs through the use of EDJE products and other services like photography and ring service. I will fulfill a handful of ring service and photography obligations in September, but after that will generally no longer provide those services.
I’m excited about the prospect of new opportunities. Though this new position eliminates most of my travel, I look forward to continuing our friendship in other ways.
Please know that you can contact me anytime. My phone numbers will remain the same and my current email (ssellers@edje.com) will remain active for a few weeks. I’ll forward a new email address when available.Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Steve Sellers 770-957-6145 office 770-546-1307 cell

 

This weekend at the Head of the Class we will begin the sale without Steve Sellers working the center. And boy, it will sure be different.  No matter what though it will be a “Oh la,la kind of day!”

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Fall Sale Chat

On Monday, we participated in a Fall Sale Chat (#fallsalechat)  put on by Focus Marketing Group. We have had the chance to work with Kyla and her team on different occasions and really like they work that they are doing. So when we were asked to give advice on putting on a sale, we were excited to join in! The chat lasted for several hours on Twitter, where they posed various questions one might have when thinking about putting on a sale.

Twitter only allows you to put so many characters (words) out there to the world, so we wanted to post the questions and our full answers for our readers and followers to see. All questions were given by Focus Marketing Group and answers by DP Sales Management.

1. What’s the first step in planning a fall sale?
So you have decided you want to have a sale! Now what?! Once you have decided you want to have a sale, first off you will need to decide on the format (live, private treaty, or online). After that you will want to sit down and choose a date. You want to choose a date that works best for you, but also showcases your cattle are the right time. What will you be selling and when will they look their best? Also think about the time of year and what people are looking for. In the spring time, juniors are looking for open heifers to show throughout the summer and into the fall. Think about your weather. You might not want to have a sale in South Dakota in the middle of winter. If you are looking to hire sales management, you will want to make sure the date you choose is available with the sale manager. All of these things are factors that influence the perfect sale date for you and your operation.
2. When should I take the pictures for my sale?
When you are deciding when to take photos for your sale you should work closely with your photographer, advertising formats, and catalog production. You will need to know when ad deadlines are for your chosen outlets. Most of the time though you will take your photos  at least 2 months before your sale. If you are doing early advertising you might want to take a handful of photos earlier to entice buyers and use for ads. If you are doing an online sale you might be able to get away with taking them later, but you would want to check with the company operating your sale.
When you do decide to take your photos – make sure your animals are in good shape and are represented the way you want them to. These photos will be a direct reflection of your operation and genetics. Make sure they are clipped, washed, and maintained.
3. Why should I advertise my sale?
Advertising is essential to a cattle sale. Because we all don’t live in the same town or state as our buyers we want to be able to reach a large target market. If it is your first time having your sale – you might want to advertise a little heavier than you would a sale that has been going on for years. You want to get your name out there as much as possible. Remember that your advertising is the image you are building to showcase yourself and your operation. Try to follow through with your image in all forms of advertising.
4. What are the best forms of advertisement?
Once you decide on your sale date, you will want to sit down and plan out your advertising schedule and budget. Think about which magazines reach your target market. If you are a club calf breeder, you wouldn’t want to advertise in a purebred publication. We like to advertise in a national publication, but also run something in your state cattlemen’s association publication or newspaper. Print advertising will always be an important part of livestock advertisement no matter how much we rely on the internet.
Another resource we like to use closer to sale time is an E-Blast. These can be sent out through your breed publication or advertising & marketing agencies. With everyone using the internet and e-mail; you can send an ad out to thousands of people at the click of a mouse. Your E-Blast should link to your website or sale page where they can get additional information on you and your sale.
5. Do I need to take videos as well?
Videos are very important to marketing your sale not matter if it is live, private treaty or online. Because of advertising deadlines we have to take photos atleast a month and half to two months before the actual sale. Cattle change a lot from the time photos are taken to the time of the sale. Videos allow you to wait until closer to sale time, allow those animals to develop more, and then put them out there. Buyers can evaluate the animals for what they truly are. YouTube helps make these videos easy to put out there, and for potential buyers to find. Remember to put information about finding the videos in your sale catalog, Facebook page, or website. We had a bull sale once that a potential buyer watched the videos and decided to bid on a bull he said he wouldn’t have if it had not been for the video. Both pictures and videos work together to successfully market your sale and your animals.
6. Can I take my own pictures?
This is a tricky one. With the availabilty of camera phones and nice cameras these days, most anyone thinks they can be a photographer. Yes, you can take your own photos. But before you do, think about the image you want to portray of your operation. Sometimes a photo can bring in a ton of viewers or it can send them away just as fast. Professional pictures look uniform, are edited correctly, and will be the correct format (high resolution) needed for catalog and web production.
7. Should I create a FB or Twitter account for my farm or ranch?
With the major prescence of social media has in our lives today, it is helpful to great accounts on widely used social media applications. Facebook is not just for young people anymore – people of all ages are using it. Facebook is a great way to get your photos of your animals out there to potential buyers. Post a sneak peek photo of the offering to entice lookers before posting all or a portion of the photos on your page.
8. Do I need an internet presence for my farm/ranch?
Yes – a farm/ranch or sale needs a strong internet presence these days. There are several ways to do this with technology today. A professional looking website with up to date information can be a great asset to your farm. Remember to keep it updated. Potential buyers don’t want to go to your website only to find things from last year or later still on your website. Again – this is the image you are portraying to people. You don’t let your lawn or pasture get overgrown because of what people might think, same goes with updating your website. It shows you are organized and doing things for your farm or sale in a timely manner. Hiring a professional company that specializes in websites and advertising will be a great asset to you.
Along the lines of internet, if you are having a live sale at your farm/ranch, I would recommend looking into broadcasting online. We have several sales throughout the sale season that utilize it, but when that one sale doesn’t, you better believe everyone is calling to ask if they can watch online. On average we have around 200 watchers online. Maybe they aren’t buying anything that day, but you have made a connection with them and they could be a possible customer in the future.
9. Do buyers prefer live, private treaty or online formats?
Personally I don’t think buyers prefer one over the other. Buyers who are seriously involved in the cattle business and are looking to purchase quality

seed stock are going to no matter which avenue it is. Of course it is easy to log on the internet and buy cattle, but you want to make sure you do your homework first on the breeder and the animal you are looking to purchase. There are only so many weekends in a year for cattle farms/ranches to host a sale at their farm, but with the internet you can have them any day of the week, at any time.

10. Which is easier to put on?
All formats of a sale take a lot of planning, advertising & marketing, and organization. None are easier than the other if you are trying to do a good job and convey an operation that is offering outstanding cattle. For purebred breeders, Our company believes that the live sale will always be a preferred method. Live cattle sales is not just about the cattle you are selling, but also the relationship you are building with other breeders and potential buyers. You want customers to come to your farm, feed them a good meal, and show off your operation and genetics. You are building a reputation with these people and within your breed.
11. What one piece of advice would you give to any livestock producer about putting on a sale?
When people buy cattle and are building their herds, they are quick to jump in to have a sale. A sale is a huge undertaking, but also can be a big reward for your operation. Make sure you have the number of cattle to sustain a sale, but that will not jeopardize the number of quality genetics you are keeping back in your herd. You could have a great sale the first year, but if you sell all your outstanding genetics the first year, what will you build upon after that? Be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
If you have any questions about putting on a sale, please feel free to contact us. We would love to help you! Thanks again to Focus Marketing Group for allowing us to be a part of this!
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Stars & Stripes consignors author book

 

This past weekend was the Stars & Stripes Sale held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The sale site, at Mountain View Farms, is just minutes away from where the action took place at the Battle of Gettysburg. We tell everyone that if you are going to attend one sale all spring, it should be this one. The area is rich with history. Of course, if you flipped through the sale catalog you might have seen that they offer tours on Friday afternoon before the pre-sale dinner. This isn’t your boring, run of the mill tour. This is a personalized tour just for you!

Dr. Carol Reardon has done the tour for the past few years, and is absolutely wonderful. Last year we found out that her and Tom Vossler, owner of Mountain View Farms and retired Colonel has been commissioned to write a book together on Gettysburg. So this year; with the release of their book coming soon, they did the tour together! It was definitely a treat for the 18 individuals who went on the tour.

Of course, we wanted to have the two celebrities signing books on sale day, but it isn’t available quite yet. So the next best thing we could do was hand out these cards with all the information about the book. And we want you to know where you can get it! I even bet if you get it and bring it to the sale next year you can get it autographed!

Here it is!

 

The Field Guide takes you through 35 ( I believe, but don’t quote me) stops throughout the battlefield. You can literally take the book and travel through the battlefield and Tom and Carol will tell you what happened. Not only does it tell you what happened there, but what real civilians went through during the war. Like losing their homes, barns, and animals. People tried to get the government to help them out afterwards, but many never saw a dime.

If you are interested in learning more about the book, how to order it, and when it comes out you can visit  here. It is definitely exciting to know that our friends Tom & Carol authored this amazing book about history. It definitely makes you have one of those, “Hey, I know them!” moments.

So order your book and bring it with you to the 2014 Stars & Stripes Sale the first Saturday in May!

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The Little Things….

If you look back a post, you might have read about Matt Koverman. Matt was a young consignor we had the chance to meet and work with at the Ohio Beef Expo. The other day before we left to head to the Virginia Beef Expo, the mail came. As we were going through the stack looking for the new magazines and catalogs I came across an envelope. You could tell the handwriting was precise and well thought out.

And then you saw what was inside. A handwritten, thoughtful note from Matt. It was so incredibly sweet and thoughtful. Not many young people would do something like he did – just a small gesture of gratitude that will leave a lasting impression.

 

The last week there has been so many bad things happen in our country. So much sadness and hurt, but it is things like this that make you remember that there are good people in the world. The Koverman’s are raising a great young man!

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Young Consignor

Ya’ll know how much we love helping young people. I find that I have so many people that have helped me out, shaped me into the person I am, and gave me guidance that I have to do the same in return. Of course, in this business we get plenty of opportunties to do so through the American Junior Simmental Association and state association events we are affiliated with. Not to mention the FFA which is very near and dear to our heart.

Meet Matt Koverman.

The youngest consignor at the 2013 Ohio Beef Expo!

Matt consigned a daughter of Cinderella and Trademark to the Ohio Beef Expo. He even filled the nomination form out online all by himself. His heifer sold for $4,100 and went to Gonsior Simmentals in Nebraska. His family is super nice and supportive. This is one of their first ventures into the Simmental breed, so we hope that Matt is hooked! We hope they continue to be apart of the Ohio Beef Expo and the Simmental industry for a long time!

Dad also employeed him for the next 5 years at the Ohio Beef Expo. I think by then he will be 15.

He couldn’t leave the Ohio Beef Expo without a new DP hat. He was pretty excited about it. Thats what it is all about – making the young kids excited about the Simmental breed!

 

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DP’s birthday

Most everyone around here birthdays fall during some type of cattle event. DP #2 (Debbie)’s birthday is always during Denver. Mine falls during Fort Worth. Drew’s is during the Kentucky Beef Expo.

And DP’s always falls during the Ohio Beef Expo.

We love the Ohio Beef Expo because we have some favorite restuarants to go eat at. This always gives us a great opportunity to go out for DP’s birthday. This year his birthday fell on the day before the sale so we went out to McCormick and Schmick’s which is a great seafood restaurant.

Happy Birthday!

Thanks to social media and all of our customers and friends out there; his birthday got lots of well wishes on Facebook. People would even call him to wish him Happy Birthday, and when he asked how they knew – facebook! He always tells me not to put things about him on Facebook (do I listen?), but I know he liked everyone sending him love that day!

The best surprise though came on Saturday after the sale. Our dear friend CJ Brown (www.cjbrownstudios.com)is a great artist, and we love her work – just walk through our house. We own CJ Brown prints, we are in CJ Brown prints, our dogs are in CJ Brown prints, and we have a custom sheep print. We’re fans. One of my favorite things she does though are these small pencil drawings of subjects. Not really with any background – just simple pencil drawings.

Which brings us to this photo. 

This is one of DP’s favorite photos. This is SVF Sheza Star N902 at the National Western Stock Show. She later sold to Clear Water Simmentals for over $70,000.

So knowing that this is one of his favorite photos and admiring CJ’s pencil work I asked her to do this photo for him for his birthday. CJ always has a booth at the Ohio Beef Expo so it would work out just perfectly. On the morning of the Simmental sale we were suppose to head over to her booth where she would have it hanging. Well the day just got away from us and we never made it over. So it hung all day in her booth and people knew it was him! I was afraid someone would come by and say, “Hey, great photo, ” but luckily no one did. So CJ delivers it to us at the end of the day as we were finishing up clerking. She gets it out of the wrap and says, “Hey Doug, I want to show you a new piece I did and see what you think. I call it “The Great Simmental Showman.”

 

He was speechless at first. It turned out so good. The beam in the back with the fabric is just enough to let you know that it is the NWSS.  She signed the back “The Great Simmental Showman.” He is a great showman. He also knew that I was the culprit behind it because he says I am always trying to do special things like that.

Happy Birthday DP! And thanks CJ for sharing your talent with us once again!

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