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As more farms are sold for forestry conversion, Shawn McAvinue asks southern bull breeders: do you think the land-use change will soften demand at your upcoming sale?
"It definitely is because we’ve already lost two bull clients who have sold to trees, so it is going to have a big impact."
"I don’t think it will have much of an effect as yet, none of the guys we normally supply bulls to have gone that way but maybe it will over time. I think over time it’s certainly going to take a few cows out of the back country."
"I’m sure it will because one of the properties we sell bulls to is going to trees so there’s one out of the equation immediately. It is going to certainly soften it all right, especially if the Government doesn’t do something about it, rather than just talk about it. The Government needs to do something about it."
"It has the potential to if you’re not offering what the client needs. I’m a consultant as well as a bull breeder and my thoughts are is it is definitely going to have an effect on it but it’s going to affect those that are probably not meeting demand. There is not a demand just for bulls, they are going to be wanting a certain quality of bull — that’s what the hope is anyway."
"I don’t think so this year, but potentially in the future."