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NETBIO Celebrates 20 Years With November 14th Sale

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The cattle industry in Northeast Texas will celebrate a milestone at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission on Wednesday, Nov. 14 when the Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization (NETBIO) mark the 20th year of operation for this pre-conditioned cattle producer’s organization.

            NETBIO is a group of independent cow/calf producers and agribusiness representatives who launched the organization in November 1998 to improve, promote and enhance the beef industry in Northeast Texas. The organization is recognized across the State of Texas and the Southern United States as the leader in its reputable offering of pre-conditioned calves.

To kick off this special anniversary event and sale, the annual meeting of the NETBIO organization will be held under the “big-top” located in front of the sale barn beginning around 11 a.m.

The annual business of the organization will be conducted under the direction of CEO Dwyatt Bell, followed by a barbecue lunch for the member sellers, buyers, their families, friends and NETBIO supporters.

Nearly 8,000 head of cattle have been consigned for the sale and auctioneer Joe Don Pogue will begin selling cattle at 1 p.m. 

            Helping keep the NETBIO organization and the largest pre-conditioned cattle sale in Texas going for 20 years are the producer board members and the agribusiness board members. On the producer board are Brian Cummins of Canton, president; Henry Potts of Emory, Rodney Lennon of Point, Ben Lamborn of Como, Mike Thompson of Mt. Pleasant, Grant Sadler of Alba, Greg Spigener of Omaha, Teresia McKay of Commerce, Colt Hall of Gilmer and Byron Prince of Brookston.

            Agribusiness board members are Dwyatt Bell, CEO; Mario Villarino, DVM, Ph.D, Texas Agrilife;  Joe Don Pogue, David Fowler, Marchall “Bo” Dunlap, David Black, DVM; Kevin Gray, DVM and Chris McClure, Chris Brown, Executive Director of ARK-TEX Council of Governments. The Academic board member is Douglas Eborn, PhD of A&M-Commerce. 

            Bell said the NETBIO board of directors continues to look for new ways to add value to their cattle and ways to grow the organization with increased participation from beef producers throughout Northeast Texas and in adjoining States. 

The NETBIO organization holds eight pre-conditioned cattle sales a year for its members, and all the auctions are broadcast on the Internet via the website. The Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction accepts the bids during the auction. Internet buyers should register in advance in order to bid.

Call the Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission at 903-885-2455 for consignment and sale information.  

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Author: Staff Reporter

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