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No Stimulus for Rodeo Vendors

The Houston Rodeo is officially underway. Each year, thousands of people to flock to Reliant Park for three weeks of food, music and of course, bull riding. But with the economy down this year, things may be different…or maybe not. Bill Stamps reports.


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If you’re one of those people who says I know the economy is affecting other people, but it’s really not affecting me. Then you have something in common with Patrick Cone. Cone raises Brahmans [cattle]. If you’re not from Texas may no have ever seen or heard of one before, it’s kind of like a cow with a big camel type hump on its back. So Cone says the economy hasn’t effected his Louisiana ranch but:

image of Brahman cattle“They closed down four chicken plants around where my house was last week. And you’re looking at four thousand people getting laid off, plus four thousand people won’t get workman’s comp.”

Since I’d never heard of a Brahman before, Cone let me try some good ol’ rice and beef as he called it, made with Brahman of course.

“If you don’t like this something’s wrong.”

Bill Stamps: “It looks good.”

Micheal Scheu brings his cattle to the rodeo each year, but unlike Patrick Cone, Scheu says the economy is affecting his business…and so this year he didn’t’ bring as many animals.

image of cattle“We’re cutting back some . We’re not feeding as many cattle. We’re not showing as many cattle cause’ we don’t have as many people.”

When you’re at the rodeo you’ll see lots of people wearing cowboy hats. Even the cowboy hat business can be impacted during a down economy. But Dianne Bishop, who hopes to sell a lot of them at Rodeo, says she not expecting much of a change.

“We sell to the cowboys and the ranchers and the rodeo crowd and the horse people. And they don’t seem to be feeling the economy like a lot of places. I mean, ranchers have the same amount of money whether the economy is good or bad and a hat is a necessity to them.”

While doing these interviews one of the Brahmans got free and ran wild for awhile before its owner caught him. It was a quick rush of excitement for the ranchers and their crewmen…much more exciting than talking about a down economy.

Bill Stamps, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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