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Hall and Hall Auction Affiliates and Partner Make Splash at Annual Auction Conference

Hall and Hall Auction Affiliate Spanky Assiter of Assiter Auctioneers in Amarillo, TX was unanimously voted in as President of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) after serving one year as Vice President.  He was joined by his good friend John Nicholls of Nicholls Auction Marketing in Fredericksburg, VA as he was elected to the office as the next Vice President.

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Spanky Assiter of Assiter Auctioneers

John Nicholls

John Nicholls of Nicholls Auction Marketing

Larry Theurer of Theurer Auction/Realty in Wellington, KS was elected to become the President of the National Auctioneers Foundation, the funding and charitable arm of the National Auctioneers Association.

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Larry Theurer of Theurer Auction/Realty

In an expected move, Hall and Hall Auction Partner Scott Shuman who is currently serving his final year on the NAA’s Board, has announced that he will be running for Vice President in 2016.

“We have all been very blessed with individual success.  It’s time to give back to the organization that has been so instrumental in guiding us to where we are today,” said Shuman.  ”Hopefully we will be successful in passing on a little of what we have learned to the next generation of Auctioneers.”

The National Auctioneers Association (NAA) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to professional auctioneers.  The association is dedicated to providing its members with educational programming and resources to help them advance themselves in the auction profession. Members of the NAA abide by a strict Code of Ethics and are connected with an extensive network of auction professionals. As a member of the NAA, auctioneers have access to several benefits developed specifically to help them grow professionally and advance their auction careers and businesses.

 

 

 

World Wildlife Fund Proclaims Area of IX Ranch Top Conservation Asset

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the native prairie that includes the IX Ranch represents one of North America’s greatest assets and most important conservation opportunities. The massive Montana ranch covers over 126,000 acres, of which 59,809 is deeded. It boasts huntable populations of elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, mountain lion and five species of upland birds. It is also an extremely scenic ranch boasting a broad diversity of habitat types from productive meadows to rolling hills which give way to steeper mountain country with scatterings of aspens and evergreens.

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The IX Ranch lies in what the WWF describes as “one of only four remaining intact temperate grasslands in the world.”

Roughly 87 million acres in the Northern Great Plains are privately managed intact rangelands, primarily used for beef production. These private ranches provide habitat for threatened species like the greater sage-grouse, Sprague’s pipits, mountain plovers and prairie birds, which are in the steepest decline of any bird guild in North America.

Keeping private lands intact not only helps conserve biodiversity, but it also means cleaner streams, less fertilizer runoff, more pollinators for crops, and more carbon stored in the soil. Native prairie represents one of North America’s greatest assets and most important conservation opportunities, and ranchers are managing much of what remains today.

Keeping the IX Ranch intact not only helps conserve biodiversity, but it also means cleaner streams, less fertilizer runoff, more pollinators for crops, and more carbon stored in the soil.

Hall and Hall Expands in Texas

As you may already know, we’ve expanded our industry-leading brokerage, auction and lending services with a second office in Texas. Now our veteran land advisers, including Monte Lyons in Lubbock and Tyler Jacobs in College Station, are offering the high level of service for which we are known to Texas landowners.

As we continue to build our team and services in Texas, we would appreciate the opportunity to earn your farm, ranch and recreational real estate business. In addition to auction services, when property appropriate, we also offer experienced traditional brokerage services for both buyers and sellers of larger properties. If you would like a more comprehensive understanding of our services, please contact us.  We hope that your experience with Hall and Hall has exceeded your expectations and hope to develop our relationships further.

Hall and Hall Team.

Hall and Hall Team.

Bloomberg Features $725 Million Waggoner Texas Ranch for Sale

Our longtime Partner Jim Taylor is featured in a lengthy Bloomberg story about The Waggoner Ranch, a Texas ranch for sale featuring more than 1,000 oil wells, 6,800 head of cattle, 30,000 acres of cropland being offered for $725 million.

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An excerpt from the Bloomberg story reads:

 ”According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Texas pastureland last year sold for $1,580 an acre—up 9 percent from 2013 and $160 an acre more than the ranch’s $1,420. Overall, the U.S. ranch market has been robust the past two years as beef prices have risen and investors have sought havens that offer appreciation as well as income, says Jim Taylor of Hall & Hall, a rural real estate firm based in Billings, Montana, and Denver.

Taylor says the Waggoner valuation seems aggressive. Assuming smart investors won’t risk more than 10 percent of their net worth, “you’re looking for people with a net worth of $7 billion or $8 billion,” he says. “Then you’ve got to find somebody that not only wants to own a ranch but an oil-and-gas business. The only person out there would be maybe somebody who would buy it with the idea of taking it apart.”

Click here to see other Texas ranches for sale.

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Beef Producers Enjoying Week in the Rockies XXVII Livestock Auction

By: Mike Hall

Beef producers are enjoying the results of the Week in the Rockies livestock auction conducted by Superior Livestock in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on July 6- 10, 2015.  More than 260,000 head from many states throughout the west and plains states are being offered.  This annual sale is one of the largest  video livestock sales in the world and often sets the tone for fall delivery calf prices.  Up to this point, producers are seeing prices comparable to last year’s very strong sales.  Cattle producers are smiling once again! View the Superior Livestock catalog here. All five days can be seen on DISH Network Channel 232 and on the Internet at SuperiorClicktoBid.Com.

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Hall and Hall Client Creates Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center

Thanks to the generosity of the Cline family, Oklahoma State University equine students will soon be able to attend classes, conduct lab work and build experience in the Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center. OSU held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 30 at the site of the new multi-million dollar facility, which will be open for classes next spring..

The facility will provide meeting space for the Equine Advisory Committee, 4-H Horse Council, horse-owner workshops, 4-H workshops, and producer and industry meetings. The indoor arena will host teaching and training classes, hands-on labs, judging team practice, and year-round workshops, clinics and demonstrations without fear of weather issues.

The Clines created Char-Lin Ranch near Cushing, Oklahoma, in 1987. It  began with 17 horses and grew to more than 2,500 cattle and 300 horses as it became a renowned producer of registered Quarter Horses and Angus cattle. Their show horse operation earned more than 200 World and Reserve World Championships before downsizing in recent years.

Hall and Hall successfully auctioned the Char-Lin Ranch of Texas  to one bidder back in April.