Rain plentiful in many areas
By Jerry Nine
(Aug. 14)—Our area does not even look the same compared to a month ago. To the east of Woodward 50 miles one rancher told me he had received 20 inches of rain and I think he said that was just in the last month. That is the most I have heard but a lot of areas received at least 5 inches. They tell me in one area of eastern New Mexico the grass changed from looking like a desert to at least green. I am in the business to sell cattle but I never like to see anyone have to sell because of a drought.
You could tell by a rancher’s voice this past summer from areas in New Mexico, Colorado and the Panhandle of Oklahoma that selling their cow herd was more than a profit or loss thing. It was having to sell something that a lot of them had spent years building up. It was a very hard decision for many but buying hay and cane for a cow year around can get soon get very costly. I was just thankful that our drought didn’t last another year or a lot of herds would have been completely liquidated. And we have a lot of extremely nice cow herds in our area.
As I picked up the two younger boys at the sitter last night there was a show on television the other night called “America’s Got Talent.” Well let’s just say some of them do and some don’t. One group was six drummer men and the seventh man in the group weighed about 400 pounds and they used his belly for one of the drums.
This conversation came up this morning at the coffee shop, and I was demonstrating this act using the table for the drums, and well my babysitter just happened to be next to me and as I came down the table and turned to her acting like I was going to use her belly so they could get the full impact. She immediately folded her arms for protection. One rancher said to her, “You were protecting a little higher than the belly.” And she said “I wasn’t sure where the drum sticks were going.” Most everyone laughed.
Then I was talking about my 13-year-old son. I said I think he is going to be a very big man as the calves of his legs are a lot bigger than mine. And then, of course, I could not help myself. I said well the calves on his legs are almost as big as the babysitter’s. This was all in fun. I didn’t really think she was paying attention, but she was as there was some sign language aimed in my direction.
We have a good crew at the sale barn. One gal rides a horse and pushes cattle to the ring along with two or three other guys, and they are always kidding each other and often sarcastic. One day the men decided, “Let’s not say anything negative but only compliments.” So the first rode by and said, “That sure is a pretty horse.” The next rode by and said, “Your horse is sure working good.” The next said, “Good job,” as they rode by. After about five minutes she said, “What are you all up to?” Don’t try that on your wife or she will think you are having an affair.
Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Okla., is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Laverne, Okla.