Devon Breeders,
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all!  I hope this email finds you well and celebrating the holidays with friends and family.
While you’re celebrating and thanking the Lord for all that you have, I would ask you to please keep several people in mind. First, I would ask you to think of all those who have struggled with not only lower than expected cattle prices this year, but also with record-breaking drought conditions. As we all know, it can take years to recover from such a thing, and they are just beginning. I would also ask you to keep in mind the Trantham’s in North Carolina. They have suffered not only severe drought, but recent storms created an excess amount of wind damage, which ripped down their winter hay storage facility.
I would also like to ask for prayers and good thoughts for the Yearwood family. Patrice, wife of Guille, has recently undergone breast cancer surgery. The surgery went well, but please keep them in your prayers as she recovers from surgery and undergoes treatment.
Lastly, I ask you to pray for Susan McCarty, widow of recently deceased Otto Mccarty, and her family. Otto passed on December 4th, 2016 after suffering a major heart attack. Otto fed his cattle, made rounds, and had just come in for breakfast when the heart attack occurred. Otto was an accomplished cow man and cattle breeder. Otto was also my friend and will be missed by me and so many others. The Devon breed will suffer without his input.
I am quite sure I have forgotten someone, and for that I apologize. It is only because I did not know.
It is easy to complain about low cattle prices, politics, and any number of other things, but during this holiday season I pray that we can all be thankful for what we do have.
God bless you and Merry Christmas,Jeremy A. Engh