A Day at the Sale Barn

| June 22, 2012 | 7:17 am
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Muffled sounds and dust kick up from the parking lot when the car door swings open.  From outside there’s a subtle hint of the aroma but it’s when you walk through the door there’s no denying the smell of the best garden fertilizer.  Echoing from the back of the barn are the whistles and hollers of cowhands as they bring the next bunch of cows up to the ring.It’s the atmosphere of just about any livestock auction on sale day, but this time it’s the New Cambria Livestock Market.  Larry and Nancy Duncan have owned the barn for the past five years.  Since they stepped into the ownership role, thousands of animals have passed through the loading chutes.  The front office is one of the “have-to” stops for anyone doing business.  The almost peaceful location has its busy moments as buyers and sellers step in to finish paperwork.  One of the friendly faces is Nancy.  Like anyone in agriculture, she wears a couple hats.

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Larry and Nancy Duncan purchased the New Cambria Livestock Market 5 years ago.

Nancy Duncan is one of several friendly faces who assists customers in the front office.

Field Representative Doug Lock has been a part of the operation for several years. He spends his time meeting with cattle producers and making arrangements leading up to sale day.  As he looks at herds across the region there is one thing he hopes more farmers will consider doing….

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On the other end of the bidding spectrum are cattle buyers like Leonard Witt of Falls City, Nebraska with T&M Cattle Incorporated.  Witt has spent a lot of years in the business…

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While it’s commonly thought that black hided cattle are the preference, Witt is looking for something more solid to bid on.

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Leonard Witt of Fall City, Ne attends each sale at the New Cambria Livestock Market. Witt is as cattle buyer for T & M Cattle Inc.

Larry Duncan (middle top) keeps the crowd posted on what cattle are in the sale ring.

On a side note, while Witt travels to north Missouri on a regular basis for the cattle auctions, he’s no new comer racking up miles.  During the drought in Texas last year he ventured south to the Lone Star State…

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As for the sale barn experience, just watching the ring as cattle come through one door and exit out the other can be interesting even to an outsider.  The chant of the auctioneer offers some play by play details though you have to listen closely.  It often seems they’re speaking a foreign language, but it’s not.  It may take a trained ear, but those in the business are there to conduct business just like they do in sale barns across the country and like they’ll do next Thursday at the New Cambria Livestock market.

The animals are sorted by seller and size.

The sale barn has been a part of the Macon County community for decades. This aerial photo hangs in the front office.

 

 

 

 

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