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By Jerry Nine

(Oct. 3)--I was reading National Cattlemen's Magazine and saw some interesting facts. The average price for corn for 2011 was $6.20 per bushel. For 2010 it was $5.18 per bushel, and for 2009 it was $3.55. Another interesting figure for 2011--we imported 1,405,567 Mexican feeder cattle. That was 200,000 more than in 2010 and 470,000 more than 2009. From 2005 through 2011, the average carcass size varied from 762 to 779, bouncing back and forth in size from year to year. As far back for beef exports compared to imports, we exported 730,000 more than imported and that figure was based on 1,000-pound carcass weight. The average price for 450-pound steers in 2011 was $157.83 with 2010 being $130.90. You had to go back to 1999 before it was below one dollar a pound. For 2011 the average price for 650-pound steers was $137.74 with 2010 at $113.75, and you had to go back to 2003 before that figure was below a dollar a pound. Fat cattle for 2011 averaged $114.77 with 2010 at $95.32 and 2009 at $83.12. No wonder I lost so much money in 2009. The U.S. cattle herd has decreased 1,913,900 head from 2011 to 2012. With extra culling in 2012 all through the Midwest and South, this should have a big impact on the cattle industry.

This past week most of Oklahoma received from 1/2 and inch to over an inch with two or three areas not far away receiving 2 to 4 inches.

The wheat that was already planted and even the wheat that was dusted in looks good as the rain came very nice. Some irrigated wheat is 4 or 5 inches tall. All the wheat that I see is growing every day and has even put a smile on my face even as gripey as I am.

If you believe in God, remember to say thank you for the rain. Some people who claim they do not believe often become believers when they have a big problem.

My high school class came to my house for a reunion get-together this past weekend. One of the wives of a classmate said, "Your house looks great but you need a landscape decorator on the outside." Her husband looked at me, wondering what my thoughts were. I laughed and said, "I agree, but you should have seen it two weeks ago if you think it looks bad now." I'm not sure which is the worst--the two pups that drag anything and everything up in the yard, including an old dead cow's head. Or perhaps it is my four boys, who all have a medical problem--that is, they were born where they cannot bend at the waist. At least I've never seen them bend over and pick anything up to make the place look better. I asked my 17-year-old son if he drove to the next town to see his girlfriend last night. He said yes. I said, "I thought you had play practice," as he is helping with the props. He said, "No, I was sick." I said, "You were sick enough you couldn't go to play practice but not sick enough you couldn't go see your girlfriend." At least he has his priorities in line.

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

Date: 10/8/2012


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