Five Flat: Protecting your roping cattle investment with Austin Robertson
As told to Bob Welch James Phifer Photos
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT How to get the most from your roping steer money
Robertson Hill Ranch started our Corriente operation about seven years ago. I put on a couple ropings and one thing led to another and now we send cattle to nearly 70 events a year. We run around 1,000 Corrientes through our operation each year. We provided cattle to the George Strait, the Windy Ryon, the Wildfire Open to the World all the way down to the #9 ropings in Texas. We provide cattle for ropings of all levels. We also do numerous ProRodeos here in Texas.
Five years ago, a roping steer cost $400. Today, that same steer is $1,200. As a producer, you’ve got to get as many runs as possible out of a steer without him getting sorry. While the price of steers has tripled, what a producer is getting paid hasn’t changed. Used to be, it took me four months to get my steer paid for, now it’s taking six, nine, 12 months to make that work.