By: Joel Leadbetter
Hall and Hall brokers and lenders John Wildin from Hutchinson, Kansas, Tom Metzger from Denver, Colorado, Monte Lyons from Lubbock, Texas and Joel Leadbetter from Bozeman, Montana attended the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention in Tampa, Florida February 6th through the 8th.
Hall and Hall had a booth at the trade show that was visited frequently by those who wanted to discuss land, ranches for sale, and financing trends. The convention and trade show were well attended by 6,200 participants from all over the country representing the various industries associated with the cattle business.
It was announced during the week of the convention that cattle numbers were at the lowest they have been since 1952. There was also a lot of discussions about current drought conditions and how it might affect profitability in the business from the ranches to the feed yards.
As always, the keynote speakers were excellent and inspiring. Sean and Leigh Anne Touohy, the family chronicled in the book and movie “The Blind Side,” gave a moving talk on giving and hope. Stuart Varney, anchor from Fox Business News, gave an informative talk on current economic conditions and what it meant for cattlemen and their families.
John Wildin has attended the NCBA convention for almost 30 years and Hall and Hall has had a presence for the last five years. It is always enjoyable to see old friends and meet new ones at this event.