Consider Diversifying Your Self-Directed Retirement Account with this Four-Legged Approach Clay Cattle Company

August 5, 2010

By Bobby Spencer, Clay Cattle Company

With the U.S. economy still in recession and the stock market as jumpy as a school bus with no shocks, where can individual investors go to diversify and help stabilize better yields on their retirement accounts? The answer may be meandering alongside a country road…literally.

Investing in cattle – or put a little differently, food for a hungry nation – can help grow your tax-advantaged self-directed IRA.

What You Should Know
The greatest thing about cattle is they’re very simple. With a little care, good feed, and some grass, grain and water, they’ll gain from two to three pounds a day. You can literally watch your investment and potential profits grow.

To help you get a bit more comfortable with the idea of investing in cattle, here are three solid tips for the novice cattle investor:

Work with professionals. The cattle industry, although massive across America, is really a close knit bunch of great people who will welcome you into the industry and do everything possible to help. Their hopes are for you to enjoy the benefits and satisfaction of reaching your goals. That’s why they’ll freely offer sound advice and share their market knowledge. Additionally, investment dollars are needed in our industry from the custom background or feedlot to the ranching sector. You might be amazed at the long-term friendships you’ll create and the care you’ll receive.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to avoid any dealings with buyers or sellers who are not bonded for your protection, or ones who won’t provide a list of references for you to contact.

Always position yourself for profit. Some investors may listen to a market analyst who’s predicting a cattle shortage in six months. Although it’s sometimes easy to think your calves could make $100 a head if you only hang on and watch them grow, those in the front of our industry cover their inventory by using “put options” or insurance, knowing their input cost and taking profits at every turn. It’s better to secure an 8% to 10% return on investment and turn one set of cattle every 90 to 120 days than to hope for a home run and tie up your dollars too long only to ride a market that may be in decline.

IMPORTANT: Avoid changing your investment approach mid-stream. Always have a game plan and stick to your original goals. Many great cattlemen buy the same weight of calves and sell them in the 90- to 120-day range, after they gain 200 new pounds. Sticking to their market plan helps lock in and turn profits over and over, providing a greater opportunity for continued success.

Take pride in your investment. Let’s be honest. How much enjoyment can you get from a Mutual Fund? (Unless, of course, you just love reading the fine print of the Wall Street Journal.) Most investors don’t really understand what their money is doing or where it’s at. So keep a picture of your steers on your refrigerator. Tell your friends or co-workers to watch your cattle sell on television. Or show them the catalog or Internet site that’s marketing your investment. The pride of knowing you’re in control and creating a great U.S. product will be both interesting and exciting. Enjoy the ride!

IMPORTANT: Never leave anything to chance. Cattle markets move up and down daily. The investor who knows profits are locked in and inventory is covered will be ahead. This creates confidence by not having to worry about losing dollars.

The Advantages of Investing in Cattle
Investing in cattle offers many advantages, but the top three are growth, security and the fact that they’re a tangible asset. Here’s more on each:

Growth – Cattle have a wonderful advantage over a lot of investments, depending on the size when purchased, they’ll gain an average of 2 – 2 ½ pounds every day. And they work for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A 500-pound steer purchased May 1 will be a 700 pound steer on August 1, ready to sell to a feedlot.

Security – Cattle are a commodity that’s here to stay. Want proof? Stop and observe a fast food chain over the lunch hour in any part of the U.S. or see how tough it is to get into a great steak house for dinner on any weekend without a reservation.

Tangible Asset – Not only can you drive to a lot to see your investment, you can drive them down an alley, call them to the feed bunk and, best of all, sell them at any time. American markets are current daily with bids for this commodity.

Who Invests in Cattle?
The cattle industry enjoys investors from all walks of life but the investor who has a love for animals and gets pleasure in watching something grow may be the best personality type for investing in cattle.

These hardworking individuals have a passion for being part of an industry that rewards them with a wonderful feeling of satisfaction. Not only did they help create a product that will always be in demand, they’re taking part in feeding a hungry nation.

How to Get Started and Where to Get More Information
You can begin investing in cattle with most any investment amount. At Clay Cattle, we match like-minded investors together to take advantage of the best load lot pricing. We’ll even work with your financial advisors to ensure tax-favorable options.

Additionally, Clay Cattle is always here to help with expert insight and educational information. We have a network of great cattlemen to help you achieve goals, plus knowledgeable staff members who walk you through the process. Our management programs are designed to get you started correctly and keep you on the right path to ensure profit without market stress. For example, we find the right load of calves at a fair price, know your expenses on the investment (such as feed costs), place them at a reputable feed lot or ranch to assure proper care and handling, and finally market them at the right time to maximize profit. To start the process, all you have to do is contact us.

With the importance of educating newcomers, there are The Cattlemen’s Associations across the country that will welcome any novice investor. I attend the NCBA National Cattlemen’s Convention each year in January and highly recommend this great organization to anyone interested in cattle.

Do You Hear the Cattle Call?
If you want more control over your retirement savings, consider investing in cattle with a self-directed retirement account. Without a doubt, our country has the best cattle the world has to offer. The industry has quality genetics and condition with programs to help you achieve investment goals.

Remember, your retirement savings is one of your most important financial assets. So if you have a little agriculture somewhere in your heart, I encourage you to put at least part of your retirement dollars into cattle within the highly respected North American Cattle Business.

Bobby Spencer is a licensed investment advisor and has helped many with IRA retirement products and sound estate planning procedures to help individuals reach their goals.

His knowledge of the cattle industry has made him the go to person for those wishing to get creative.

All Self-Directed retirement dollars are placed with the industry’s leader in IRA Custodian accounts, Equity Trust Company, which has over 36 years of experience and over 160,000 clients world-wide.

Bobby Spencer can be reached at 712-644-2222 or 712-592-2180 or Spencers@loganet.net. Invest at ClayCattle.Com.

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Superior Livestock Auction July 23, 2010

July 22, 2010

Superior Livestock Auction, July 23, 2010.

Visit Clay Cattle today to see our listings!

Broadcast via satellite from Superior Livestock Auction Office and Studio in Fort Worth, Texas and  on RFD TV – Dish Network Channel 231 or DIRECTV Channel 345. Offering over 39,000 head. 2,500 Holsteins, 13,200Feeder Steers, 6,500 Feeder Heifers, 6,700 Weaned Calves, 9,300 Calves on Cows and 1,000 Bred Heifers, Bred Cows and Cow/Calf Pairs. For more information or a representative near you please call 1-800-422-2117.

Week in the Rockies – July 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10th

June 29, 2010

We have a great selection of cattle!  Check out our listings Clay Cattle for the next sale!

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Week in the Rockies at Steamboat Springs will be 6 big days. 346,000 head and 2,635 lots.

This is the largest auction that Superior has ever had! The auction will start at 7:00 A.M. (Mountain Time) each day. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 5
Region 3/4/5/6 Weaned Calves and Calves on Cows

Tuesday, July 6
Holsteins, Corrientes & Longhorns
Region 3/4/5/6 Feeder Steers & Feeder Heifers
Breeding Stock

Wednesday, July 7
Region 1/2 Feeder Steers & Feeder Heifers

Thursday, July 8
Calves on Cows from Colorado
Weaned Calves from Colorado & Nebraska

Friday, July 9
Calves on Cows from Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming & Utah
Weaned Calves from South Dakota, Wyoming & Utah

Saturday, July 10
Calves on Cows from Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Montana & North Dakota
Weaned Calves from Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Montana & North Dakota

Superior Livestock Auction, June 15 and 16, 2010

June 8, 2010

Visit Clay Cattle today to see the great cattle that we have for sale!

Broadcast via satellite from The Ameristar Hotel and Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa on RFD TV Dish Network Channel 231 and DirecTV Channel 345. Offering over 89,000 head. 560 Holsteins, 100 Longhorns, 18,500 Yearling Steers, 12,600 Yearling Heifers, 13,200 Weaned Calves, 44,400 Calves on Cows and 305 Bred Heifers, Bred Cows and Pairs. For more information or to register for a buyer number, please visit our website!

Superior Livestock Auction, April 23 2010

April 15, 2010

Visit Clay Cattle to see what we have for sale!

Broadcast via satellite from Superior Livestock Auction Office & Studio in Fort Worth, Texas on RFD TV Dish Network Channel 231 and DirecTV Channel 345. Offering over 48,000 head. 800 Holsteins, 16,000 Yearling Steers, 10,000 Yearling Heifers, 9,300 Weaned Calves, 11,200 Calves on Cows and 580 Bred Heifers, Bred Cows and Pairs. For more information or to register for a buyer number, please call 1-800-422-2117.

Superior Livestock Auction, April 9, 2010

April 5, 2010

Check out Clay Cattle’s Listings
Broadcast via satellite from Superior Livestock Auction Office & Studio in Fort Worth, Texas on RFD TV Dish Network Channel 231 and DirecTV Channel 345. Offering over 44,000 head. 115 Holsteins, 16,300 Yearling Steers, 9,400 Yearling Heifers, 12,000 Weaned Calves, 5,700 Calves on Cows and 620 Bred Heifers, Bred Cows and Pairs. For more information or to register for a buyer number, please call 1-800-422-2117.

Superior Livestock Auction, February 26, 2010

February 23, 2010

Check out Clay Cattle listings for

Broadcast via satellite from Superior Livestock Auction Office & Studio in Fort Worth, Texas on RFD TV Dish Network Channel 231 and DirecTV Channel 345. Offering over 29,000 head. 1,550 Holsteins and Corrientes, 9,500 Feeder Steers, 6,300 Feeder Heifers, 11,300 Weaned Calves, 166 Calves on Cows and 915 Bred Heifers, Bred Cows and Pairs. For more information or to register for a buyer number, please call 1-800-422-2117.

Superior Livestock Auction, January 14 and 15, 2010

January 11, 2010

See our listings at Clay Cattle

Broadcast via satellite from The Holiday Inn Denver (I-70 & I-25) Central in Denver, Colorado on RFD TV Dish Network Channel 231 and DirecTV Channel 345. Offering over 69,000 head. 360 Holsteins and Corrientes, 25,100 Feeder Steers, 16,100 Feeder Heifers, 26,400 Weaned Calves. 100 Calves on Cows and 1,700 Bred Heifers, Bred Cows and Pairs. For more information or to register for a buyer number, please call 1-800-422-2117.

Superior Livestock Auction, November 20, 2009

November 16, 2009

View Clay Cattle’s Listings

Broadcast via satellite from Superior Livestock Auction Office & Studio in Fort Worth, Texas on RFD TV Dish Network Channel 231 and DirecTV Channel 345. Offering over 20,000 head. 387 Holsteins and Corrientes, 4,400 Feeder Steers, 2,700 Feeder Heifers, 11,300 Weaned Calves, 980 Calves on Cows and 750 Bred Heifers, Bred Cows and Pairs. For more information or to register for a buyer number, please call 1-800-422-2117.

Superior Livestock Under New Ownership

November 16, 2009

Superior Livestock Auction, Inc. is under new ownership. Superior Livestock is now owned by SLAI, LLC which is a wholly owned entity of Farm Credit West, ACA. Farm Credit West is a strong supporter of the livestock industry and is proud to be the new owner of Superior Livestock,the largest livestock auction company in the U.S. and # 1 in the livestock marketing industry.

Superior Livestock is the nations’ leader in marketing load-lots of cattle via satellite and the Internet. Committed to innovation and utilizing the best technology available, Superior leads the way in satellite video marketing and continues to take a leadership role in Internet marketing. Since pioneering video cattle marketing in 1987, Superior Livestock has been known for its financial responsibility and dependability. The success and growth of Superior Livestock Auction is the result of its reputation for honesty and integrity, its qualified and professional staff and representatives, thousands of satisfied customers, its leadership role in industry innovations and its goal to be the best, most complete livestock marketing service in the industry.

Superior Livestock continues to perform at record levels, both in terms of number of head sold and profitability. Superior offers more than 1.5 million cattle annually and to date in 2009 has sold 1.6 million head of cattle. In order to continue to build upon this success, Farm Credit West has asked Jim Odle to come back to Superior Livestock as general manager. Jim was one of the co-founders of Superior Livestock and played a significant role in building it into the livestock marketing industry leader. Farm Credit West is pleased to have a man of Jims experience at the helm of Superior Livestock.

If you have any questions, feel free to give Jim Odle a call at (800) 523-6610 or (970) 380-5566.


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