Today’s cattle business is way more than cowboys
BBC World Service
Every Wednesday at noon, in Bastrop, Texas, a lot of young steers are at the Hills Prairie Livestock Auction, getting ready for the feed lot. The scene feels a little bit like a miniature rodeo. Cattlemen sit in the balcony and watch the steers waltz back and forth on the stage. When Clint McDonald isn’t auctioning off the cattle, he’s out in the hall running his hand along a screen projecting the futures market.