(March 27)—A rancher from western Nebraska called and asked about our cow market. He was telling me that they were as dry now as we were two years ago. He said that a lot of South Dakota and Colorado was equally as dry. He said unless it started raining a lot and very soon, there would be a lot of cows sold out of that area. In our area we have received about 5 inches of moisture in the last two months. However, we are going to have to have a lot more rain to continue to grow grass. I am very thankful for what we have received, but if you listen to the coffee shop weathermen, there are several who are there to tell you it is supposed to turn off dry by summer. I try to stay away from those people. I wonder who will buy those cows from that dry area. In our area the grass is almost nonexistent but should at least grow some. Some in our area will buy some cows while others may let the grass rest. Whatever the case, I am simply hoping for more moisture.
The feeder cattle market is firming up some with numbers slowing down very fast. The calf market fell some but all in all still is very good if we have to sell them as feeders on today’s prices.
A friend of mine has struggled like most of us financially to make any money with the cattle business like it has been. He had a barn with some horse stalls so he decided that he would start boarding horses to try to make his land payment. So he started advertising and the first one that called was a woman. She asked him what he charges to board a horse. He said, “Ma’am, I charge $300 per month plus the manure.” She went into a tizzy fit like you have never seen and told him how ridiculous it was trying to charge $300 per month. He finally said to her, “OK, I will charge you $200 per month and the manure.” Again she started hollering and accused this friend of trying to rip off a woman and then said, “You would not charge a man that much.” Finally, this friend was about to explode. The lady said, “Surely you can do it cheaper than that. How much will you charge me?” This friend said, “$100.” The lady said, “Well, what about manure?” And he said, “Ma’am, for $100 there won’t be any.”
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