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By Jerry Nine

(Nov. 7)--It is Wednesday morning and we just got the election over. I would be lying to you if I didn't tell you I feel like I have the flu. I said more prayers on Tuesday than I have said all year long and simply hoped and prayed it would work out how it was supposed to. Either God did not answer my prayer, or perhaps he did and I just do not realize it. Whatever the case, we live in the greatest land of all. And for too many times we take for granted all these freedoms that we have. I don't really know why I was so fortunate to be born in America while a lot of others will never be able to experience real, true freedom. Even though a lot of us might disagree on a lot of different ideas, we are all Americans with hopefully the same goal in mind that we want America to do well.

I just walked out of the cafe this morning and my cowboy friend who is 98 years old was there also. He yodels and sings and is still very good for his age. It's a yodeling song that sounds like, "Yo de lady oh de lady oh de lady." At least that's what I said back to him. Then he changes the verse and said, "I love the lady ole oh the lady oh and the daughter too." I love to see someone older with a good sense of humor. Another lady who I admire had a daughter that joined a cult group 40 years ago, which has been very trying for that family. Then she loses her oldest daughter to cancer. And then her husband took his own life. But she still is doing better than most women her age. Still out in the public and doing her best to make the most of it. She's a very neat lady. And here I mope around because cattle went down for a day, or like last night stubbed my toe on a chair and hop around in circles trying to remember every cuss word I have ever known.

Our area definitely needs a rain. A lot of the wheat had a good start but appears is going backward. If we could get a good inch of rain that covered the state then we would have at least quite a bit of calf picking for the winter. But this is not the first time we have been dry and hopefully won't be my last or else I will not live very long.

There is still a good demand for nice, quality young bred cows or pairs. And that demand would really get strong if we would get moisture between now and spring. The killing cow market showed more strength this past week. The cattle numbers are only moderate with feeder cattle being limited and between 50 percent and 60 percent of our normal calf run because of the drought last year. The feeder steers I sold this past week that came off grass and liquid feed looked better as far as flesh than you would think for this time of year. Another cattleman said, "I never thought I would sell $1,100 per head feeder steers that would lose money." He said it was that calves were high when he bought them. Then death loss, cost of medicine and pasture bill all added together for a loss. It's a tough business.

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

Date: 11/12/2012

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