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By Jerry Nine

Sometimes with four boys you never really know what to expect. Basically the boys are doing very well. I went to work at the sale the other day and left the three younger ones at home. I gave them specific instructions that I wanted the yard mowed and I wanted all three of them out there at the same time doing something. About an hour after I left the oldest of the the three called and said, "Dad, do you want us to paint that fence around the yard?" I said that would be great but I still want the yard mowed. Later that afternoon the oldest of the three called and said, "I left a little while ago but I told the youngest one to put the lid on the paint after he painted those last two sections. Then he said, "I guess he didn't put the lid on because those two pups got into that paint and got quite a bit of paint on them. That makes you feel real good--wondering whether there is more paint on the dogs or the kids or worse yet in the house. When I got there the youngest had his new boots and a good pair of jeans on. And at least he wore clothes that matched. At least they did now as they had big white spots on both. The youngest said, "I did all the painting." The 12-year-old said, "I did all the mowing." I said, "What did the 16-year-old do?" They said, "Oh, he pulled a few weeds." I decided right then that this 16-year-old has a lot of management skills and I will be very lucky if someone doesn't try to hire him out from under me.

We finally got some moisture. It was very spotty but very much appreciated. In two separate rains together it went from under one-half inch to 5 inches. However, mostly it was one-half inch to 2 inches. Whatever the case, I have even seen a few farmers and ranchers smiling this week. What we really need very soon is a good rain all the way north to keep this corn from going any higher. Not that I resent the farmers from getting more for their grain but it has taken quite a bit out of the feeder cattle market this past two weeks. Some southeast U.S. calf sales showed calves from $10 to $20 per hundredweight cheaper.

The only one of my boys that really likes school is my youngest. The others like sports and being around the girls there, but let's just say studying is not at the top of the list. In fact it may not be on the list at all. My youngest said the other day that he wished it was time to go back to school. My 12-year-old gave him a dirty look and then he looked at me and said, "He is retarded."

Editor's note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Okla., is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family's ranch near Laverne, Okla.

Date: 7/16/2012


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