“The Final Episode”
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DISPERSION – WHY NOW?
"The time has come"
After 40+ years of breeding and raising purebred cattle, including 31 years of hosting an annual bull sale, "the time has come" to share the current and final "fruits of our labor" in a complete dispersion sale on November 12th and 13th, 2021. 900+ head of registered Angus cattle will be included in the offering. This has been a difficult decision but with every endeavor there is a beginning and a culmination (don't really want to use the word "ending").
Why now? There are lots of reasons really but there are 3 main reasons that are at the top of the list and ultimately it has a lot to do with timing.
I will be 64 years old this coming December. Retirement is commonly referred to as the "Golden Years" and while we are not fully retiring yet at this point, we certainly do want to experience some "Golden Years" sooner rather than later. There will be plenty to do to continue to operate and manage the land on the family ranch. We have always worked hard to move forward and upward with each new year and up to this point, that has sure happened. So, with the desire to be at the "top of my game" till the very last of our purebred career… "the time has come." I personally long for the time and freedom to be able to pour myself into our family at this point in life and so… "the time has come."
Sandra and I are extremely thankful for a wonderful family. We all love each other and love being together and at this point, Dad is the one tied down the most. A strong work ethic and desire to "do your best at whatever you do" was developed "back at the ranch" and because of that background, each of our children and their families are doing very well in the occupations and paths they have chosen. We have 9 wonderful grandkids and more time spent with them and their activities is what I long for and so... "the time has come."
The GVC inventory
Our inventory of cattle is large, at least by our standards. I had been making plans to transition into mostly fall calving in order to be able to handle the work load and not have to calve in the winter months, which has sure been a challenge these last few years. In light of all of the circumstances the decision was made to go ahead and disperse the entire herd. While the inventory is large, it also contains some of the most elite genetics in the entire Angus breed. So, with the desire to "finish well" in this chapter of our lives and to reach the climax at the "top of our game"... "the time has come." While getting ready for this final offering seems like a huge project and it certainly is, I will give it my all along with the help of our family, our employees, and everyone else who is a part of the team that is working together to make it happen.
It usually really "hurts" to offer the very top end of the female inventory because you know that you are letting go of some very important building blocks that affect your future production. This time is different. We hope you can join us on November 12th and 13th at the ranch!
We are excited to welcome R.P. Smith to the ranch on Thursday evening, Nov. 11th, at 5:30 p.m. R.P., a rancher, humorist and cowboy poet (Broken Bow, NE) says his material is inspired by his family and what's going on at the ranch, giving his work an authenticity and down-to-earth quality that strikes a familiar chord with his audiences regardless of their occupation. He has found that humor and a firm faith that God is in control are mighty important tools to have when life takes an unexpected turn.
For several years, R.P. has been supplementing his ranching habit by entertaining folks throughout the country. He has performed hundreds of times, sharing the stage with some of the top names in Western and Country Western entertainment.
A Word From R.P. Smith:
What an honor it is for me to be included in the festivities of the Green Valley Cattle dispersion. While I am a little sad to see a lifetime of work dispersed, I also recognize that this is an opportunity for future generations of cattlemen to carry on a tradition, not only of quality genetics, but of the integrity that has been a hallmark of the Garwood family.
Being chosen as a pallbearer is an honor, but being asked to entertain by fellow cattlemen at the culmination of a career is even better. I am excited for this opportunity to share my humor and cowboy poetry with the Garwood’s friends and neighbors. I look forward to talking cows and celebrating with you in November.