Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster, Ron Hays, is featuring comments from Farm Director KC Sheperd’s interview with the new owner of the Woodward Livestock Auction, Ben Hale.
For the last 23 years, the Woodward Livestock Auction has been owned and operated by Jerry Nine. Now, Nine has sold the auction to Hale and his family. Hale also operates the Western Livestock Commission at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and the Comanche Livestock Auction with his family.
“About three years ago, we bought one in Knoxville, Iowa as well that we still operate,” Hale said.
During the regular sale day this Thursday, October 5, Hale said there will be a special re-grand opening for the Woodward Livestock Auction.
“Just to do an official kick-off, you know, ribbon cutting to tell everybody we are glad we are there, appreciate the business, and look forward to many years of doing the same thing,” Hale said.
Hale said this is an exciting opportunity to expand his family’s footprint in the cattle industry further in the state. Hale is grateful to have the chance to work in this business with his family, he said, as his children play an integral role in operating.
During that grand reopening on October 5, there will be a free come-and-go breakfast at the auction at 8 a.m., special programs at 9 a.m., and a ribbon cutting and sale opening for the day at 10 a.m.
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