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By Jerry Nine

(Nov. 14)--The Northwest Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association had their fall sale on Tuesday following our regular sale. They sold 95 Angus bred heifers that were very nice to calve from the last of February to April 15. They brought from $1,475 to $1,800 per head. The better bred cows from 3 to 5 years old brought $1,385 to $1,475. I would still recommend switching heifers to breed and selling what you have and buying a good gentle set if that would improve your herd. You can do so with very little extra cost and net a lot of extra profit every year.

Last weekend we received a little rain around. Mostly it was only a very small amount. There were a few small areas in a 100-mile radius that received an inch but that was few and far between. If it tells you anything about the way I have been living. My neighbor just 2 miles away from one place received seven tenths of an inch and I received none. OK. I will try to clean up my act.

There are still very nice people around. One of my workers at the sale barn works outside and helps sort to keep the sale going. She and her husband both work there along with their oldest son. She has a very distant cousin who was in much need of a kidney transplant. A lot of people like myself think of nice things to do but for one excuse or another never do them. She has two sons at home and would have every reason not to volunteer or donate one of her kidneys to this man in his 50s. I just think good deeds deserve to be noticed. Her name is Tori Laverty. Both she and Joe are doing fine and immediately after the transplant her kidney started making urine for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with both of them, and it is nice to know we still have nice people in the world.

Even though we are somewhat dry, you do not see near as many hay trucks on the road this year. Some may have been able to raise a little hay. And part of the reason is our cow herds are only half the size they were before. Cattle on feed estimates are on feed to be 94.6. Placements in the feedlot are projected to be at 87.3 percent with marketings to be at 102.6. That report will be out on Friday.

There are five of us from the sale barn who are entering a marathon race this weekend, which is 26.2 miles long. Among some of this group is one of our veterinarians, an auctioneer, a lady working in the office, her brother, and the head flunky of all--myself. If you do not read our names in the obituary, then you will know we survived. I have had a few customers that wished I would kick the bucket. Time will tell.

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

Date: 11/19/2012



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