Five Flat: Pro­tect­ing your rop­ing cat­tle in­vest­ment with Austin Robert­son

As told to Bob Welch James Phifer Photos

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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.

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