John Down, owner of Southern Cattle Company, called Rachel a few days before Houston and said he’d like to sell out his Brahman cattle. He named his price. Rachel said, give me 30 minutes to call Brandon, but I’m giving you my word that we are 99% going to do this deal. We felt this was God’s divine intervention putting this opportunity in our path.
We took out the largest loan of our lives and purchased the majority of the Southern Cattle Company Brahman herd, embryo inventory, and semen inventory. This acquisition added over 200 head to our program and gave us interest rights in Mr. V8 604/7, Mr. V8 194/7, and Mr. V8 279/7. The addition of these bulls and the Southern program brought our numbers to over 350 head of purebred Brahman cattle owned directly by Brandon and Rachel. We paid off this debt in less than 2 years.