November  2011

Fall is my favorite time of year.   The cool brisk mornings where a jacket is needed, and the smell of oak wood in a fireplace means fall is finally here. Sweet.  After such a long, hot summer, I can hardly wait for the first frost.

Fall is also the start of hunting season.  This year I went on my first Elk hunt in New Mexico. A big thanks to State Wide Distributing in Oklahoma for inviting me. November 5th is the opening day of white tail deer season in Texas.  Good luck to all the hunters.

Its hard to believe its Show season as well. The schools are receiving their pigs, goats, and other livestock animals.  Last week Teresa and I and Cassandra and Caitlin from the Azle store attended the annual Azle FFA Alumni Beans and Cornbread fund raiser. This fun event includes great food,  a silent auction,  raffle,  and a live cake auction.  Special thanks to Hannah Hansen’s mom, Kelley, who baked an incredible Russell Feed and Supply cake.  We were happy to be the top bidder for this beautiful cake.

FFA has a very special place in my heart.  I got my start in the feed business more than 36 years ago because of FFA.  Russell Feed & Supply will soon pass the $100.000.00 mark in donations to FFA and 4-H at the Jr Livestock shows in Tarrant and Parker county.

It’s also the time of my favorite feeder meeting. Our annual cattle meeting takes place at Russell Hall at 6pm  on November 17. The address is 5708 Jacksboro Hwy. Join us for a great beef dinner, guest speakers, door prizes and special pricing. If you have cattle please plan on attending. RSVP to 817-624-6224

Hay Report November 2011

The growing season is over. The rains were welcomed, but too late to grow more hay. However the pastures sure greened up and the stock tanks got some much needed relief.

Round Bales: Coming out of Florida and Alabama. The quality is not what wanted but is all we can find.  Additional deliveries due early this month may be a bit better.  This may be the last month we have round bales, hopefully I am wrong.

2 string coastal : Supply is ok. We just absorbed a .50 cent per bale increase.  Additional increased will be passed along.

2 String Alfalfa: Surprisingly we have been able to secure several loads.   I am somewhat excited as we are expecting up to 3 loads from North of Red River New Mexico next week. I hope its as good as they say.

3 String Bermuda: This product drives me crazy. We know there is supply but the hay farmers are holding onto it.  The experts tell me the growers are sitting on supply waiting for the price to increase to $350.00 a ton. We are lucky to get a load a week, and we have to beg for it! Price moved a dollar a bale higher this week and I expect more price increases.

3 String Alfalfa: Supply is Ok. Trucking is still an issue.

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving.  See you around the barn,




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November 2011