A couple months ago I posted this picture and told you this one was special. It appears OTHERS thought so too.
Yesterday, she sold for $57,000 for Hobbs Farms in Indiana, an 'ole buddy of mine for many years. This heifer actually went back to a show heifer I had bought for them out of my father-in-law Larry Drake's sale several years ago.
I made about three phone calls on this heifer.....they were 3 of the 5 in on her after $45,000, and actually next to last bidder. I love it when people listen to what you say, and then find it to be true in REAL LIFE after they get there. I've spent a life time working on trust and this type of stuff really makes me glad.
It makes me GLAD, because several years ago when I was having the Pasture to Purple sales, Hobbs Farms had my high seller one year. A $16,500 Direct Hit. My footnote for him was simply......WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!
Little did we know how TRUE those words would hold. You see, the guy that bought him, ended up being a CROOK and the check bounced! And after several phone calls and a visit to his Missouri farm, I realized we were screwed. I think he eventually done jail time.
The only thing to come out of Hobb's mouth was laughter. Laughter about how SNAKE BIT both of us were, and how we really shouldn't even be friends 'cause it seemed like only bad things ended up happening when we joined forces. That didn't stop us though.
Well fast forward a decade, and it looks like their reward has come. They were offered a BUNCH of money, by several before the sale, to make a "DEAL" on this heifer. But in typical Hobb's style he said....."I've NEVER done it before, and I'm NOT gonna start now.
That looks like a pretty good move NOW. There was still four groups in after $50,000, and I'll guarantee you if they'd have smelled a rat....that WOULDN'T have happened. Congratulations Hobbs Farms. You couldn't have handled it any better and for once it appears nothings gonna blow up in your face. (Oh, WAIT. I guess she does have to BREED. Stay Tuned!) LOL
I wasn't joking about the SNAKE BIT part. I once sold Hobb's a shorthorn steer. He was pretty good, and even ended up Reserve Horn at the Hoosier Beef Congress. That steer ended up with a rare form of ring worm, nothing NEW for show steers, BUT he passed it on to SCOTT.....who fought it for 1 YEAR on his body. I think the medical bills ended up being more than the steer cost.
All I can say is...."I HOPE this heifer NEVER had WARTS!"