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NETBIO holds July sale, awards scholarships

by Taylor Nye

Three of the nine 2022 Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization (NETBIO) college scholarship recipients were at the NETBIO cattle sale Friday to receive their awards. Presenting the awards was Kregg Slakey, left. Receiving the scholarships, from left, are Makenzie Newton of New Boston, Brook Jester of Bivins, and Ashlyn Sanders of Leesburg./ Paul Bailey

5,287 head of cattle sold at July NETBIO sale

A total of 217 NETBIO cattle producers sold 5,287 head of pre-conditioned calves and yearlings at the Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization’s sale held Friday (July 15) at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction.

“We had a good sale and the market on all classes was good,” said David Fowler, co-owner of the livestock commission. A total of 34 buyers paid $903.38 per head for the cattle.

Three buyers from the very active Internet viewing audience purchased 1,197 head of the pre-conditioned cattle. Fowler said very few of the calves will go to graze. “Most all of them are going to growing yards or feed yards,” he said.

Grass is in short supply in all parts of the country, and a lot of cattle are selling everywhere, so Fowler added that we are fortunate to still have a good market.

Three more NEBIO Pre-conditioned Calf and Yearling Sales are scheduled this year. The next sale will be held on Friday, September 16. The booster shot deadline for cattle in this sale is August 16. Another sale will be held on October 21 with the booster shot deadline of Sept. 21.

Auctioneer and Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission co-owner Joe Don Pogue sells a pen of pre-conditioned cattle during the NETBIO sale Friday/ Paul Bailey

The final sale of this year is the anniversary sale, slated for November 18. Producers need to wean those calves by Sept. 18 and give the final booster shot by Oct. 18. The anniversary sale includes a BBQ lunch with all the trimmings. All the sales are held at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission, and they begin at 1 p.m.

The first NETBIO pre-conditioned Stocker and Feeder Calf sale for 2023 has been scheduled and will be held on Friday, January 20, 2023. Cattle to be sold in this sale will need booster shots by Dec. 20, 2022.

Producers who plan to sell cattle in one of the upcoming sales should call the market center and reserve their ear tags. That number is 903-885-2455.

The NETBIO Pre-Conditioned Stocker and Feeder Calf Sale gives producers/members of the organization a market to offer their pre-conditioned calves and yearlings in load lot quantities. It is the marketing arm for members of the organization. NETBIO holds eight pre-conditioned calf sales per year.

Cattle producers and buyers attending the Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization (NETBIO) cattle sale at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction Friday also witnessed the presentation of college scholarships to students majoring in agriculture.

NETBIO awards these scholarships each year to young college students from the Northeast Texas area that are interested in completing their degrees and returning to the area to practice their agriculture-related trades.

The scholarships were established in honor of Veterinarian J. D. Norris and cattleman Jim Jacobs, both of whom were instrumental in organizing NETBIO. The organization also awards scholarships in honor of its retired and longtime CEO Dwyatt Bell

NETBIO CEO Kregg Slakey presented nine scholarships and introduced the recipients to the livestock sale audience. Receiving the two Dwyatt Bell scholarships were Brook Jester of Bivins, TX, who is attending Stephen F. Austin, $1,500, and Ashlynn Sanders of Leesburg, TX, who is attending TAMU-C, $500.

Receiving the four J.D. Norris scholarships were Ashlie Thompson of Lindale, Texas Tech undergrad, $1,500; Hunter Grant of Pittsburg, TX, a TAMU undergrad, $1,500; Ty Salisbury of Wills Point, TX, TAMU undergrad, $1,000, and Kailey Clarke of Bullard, TX, TAMU undergrad, $1,000.

Receiving the three Jim Jacobs NETBIO scholarships were Makenzie Newton of New Boston, TX, TAMU 1st year masters, $1,500; Macie McCollum of Bellevue, TX, TAMU junior, $1,500, and Claire McCracken of Mt. Pleasant, TAMU junior.

Speaking for the membership, Slakey said NETBIO members are proud of the young people seeking agriculture degrees and glad that through these scholarships NETBIO member/producers can help them attain their dream.

NETBIO was organized in 1996 to promote pre-conditioned stocker and feeder calf production and to hold sales offering producers the opportunity to sell their cattle in truckload lots. Eight sales are held each year in Sulphur Springs.

For more information about the NETBIO, call the Sulphur Springs Livestock office at 903-885-2455 or visit their website at www.sslivestockauctions.com.

Paul Bailey contributed this report.


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