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By Jerry Nine

(Oct. 24)--I think it is great when married couples can tease each other. I walked into an office the other day that had a TV on, which helps pass your time while you are waiting. I sat down waiting my turn and there was a cooking show on. Then a 70-year-old couple walked in and sat down also. The husband said, "You probably want to sit where you can see the TV." It was a commercial so the lady said, "I'm not sure what is on." I said, "It is a cooking show to teach you how to cook." The husband said, "Oh, she already knows how to cook. But she uses the smoke alarm for the timer."

We are one rain away from having some calf picking as far as wheat pasture. And that has pretty much been the story of our life. That is just one rain away from making money. And I am just one oil well away from being rich--that is a good one.

There is an organization called Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. The main objective for this organization is to retrieve stolen cattle and property for the individual rancher or farmer. In Texas and Oklahoma they are also a licensed police officer. I first got acquainted with this organization about 20 years ago. The wheat pasture was very good toward the center of the state and I had an agreement with an individual who bought calves out of Florida to not only buy some calves for me but also put some I had at home on wheat in his area. This appeared to be a good deal for him and myself. So I sent my calves there and also told him how to brand my calves that he was going to purchase and run on wheat there. I went there once in the winter to look at these calves, but it had rained a little and he assured me the land owner did not want us making tracks. I am a very trusting guy until someone gives me a reason not to trust him. To make a long story short--or perhaps longer--I picked up my calves but the ones be bought for me he kept postponing. Finally he admitted he never bought those calves with my money but instead paid some old debt to someone else. I was very impressed with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. I was not a member at the time but still they came and pursued it like I had been a member for a long time. The officer working for the TSCRA found this calf buyer and interviewed him under oath. The officer was a very large man and literally had him scared to death. I am not sure where this calf buyer came up with the money but I did get paid back. I definitely could not have stood a huge loss at that point in my life and was very grateful to this organization. There is a meeting this Monday night at the Woodward Livestock Auction put on by TSCRA. If interested call 800-242-7820, ext. 192. I like this organization.

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

Date: 10/29/2012


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