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Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Apr 8, 2013 01:10 PM CDT

All Jeffrey Straley wanted was a heifer from 44 Farms out of Texas. Nearly a year later, he's convinced he had a bid run up on him and distrusts online cattle auctions.

It was Straley's first time to venture into the world of online bidding. He had spent days before the auction wondering if he could even afford a heifer from 44 Farms. He considers their cattle to be some of the top bloodlines in the Angus breed.

"I'm just a middle class guy with about 50 head," says Straley, who ranches in Campbellsville, Ky. "I don't get an opportunity ...

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