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By Jerry Nine

(April 10)—The Northwest Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association had its spring all breed heifer, cow and bull sale at the Woodward Livestock Auction this past week.

The best 2-year-old pairs brought $2,025 with some thinner ones with smaller calves bringing $1,600, and 3- and 4-year-old heavy bred black cows brought $1,350. They were medium flesh. Breeding bulls topped at $2,700. NWOCA does a very nice job donating all of its profit back to scholarships for students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Later Tuesday afternoon we had a blizzard come in with hail and sleet a couple inches deep. If you do not like the weather in Oklahoma—stick around. Luckily, sorting these pairs for this special sale most all had matching ear tags. But it still takes a lot longer than you think. I always made them nurse to make sure they were a pair and luckily the ones I had paired were gentle, which made it a lot more pleasant. If the cow is trying to knock you down while you are trying to tag her calf—that will even make a preacher cuss.

There is a very wealthy man that I know who comes to the sale every week. He does not have any kids but any time you see him—his dog is always with him. His dog had gotten very old and finally died. He found the Baptist preacher and asked him how much he would charge him to preach a funeral for his dog. He said “this dog was like a son and I want church music and flowers and a casket so people can view the body.”

The Baptist preacher was very nervous about this idea and told this man he was extremely busy and suggested he go down the street to the Catholic church. So he found the priest and explained the same situation. The priest was trying to think of a way he could say no without offending the man. So the priest suggested he go down the street to the Methodist church. As the old man was walking out of the Catholic church he opened the door and said, “All I wanted to do was have a nice service for my dog.” He said, “I was going to a pay the preacher $20,000 for performing the funeral.”

The priest quickly hollered at the old man and said, “Wait a minute. Come back. I didn’t know you said this dog was Catholic.”

Date: 4/15/2013

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