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End of 2013 is upon us

By Jerry Nine

(Dec. 24)—The year is winding down. For most it is a time that families get together. For most cattlemen it is hard to make plans as the cattle still have to be fed. Most of our area has snow or ice or both. We definitely need the moisture.

A little farther east had mostly ice.

The cattle market has been very good with pairs and bred cows making all-time highs and still in very strong demand. It appears there will be a lot of heifers bred this spring. Whether you are saving your own heifers or buying a set, I would remind you to breed only a high-quality, gentle set of heifers. It is too easy to sell the set you have and replace them with a very nice set for not much extra. I might be conservative in some respects but giving $100 a head extra for a nice, gentle one will make you a lot of money in the long run.

I am reminded of a customer whose whole herd base started as bucking bull stock. They are extremely wild and he often brought them in a few at a time whenever he could trap them. He was complaining that his cattle did not bring even close to the top.

He said, “I can understand if they are 2 or 3 cents less but not 0 or 15!” I explained, “I have bought some wild cattle that do settle down but others will stand in the corner of the pen and get sick.” Have you ever tried to drive a real wild set of cattle up to a small waterer in the middle of the pen and get then to stand there and drink? It would be easier to convince your ex-wife that you have changed and perhaps she should lease her half of the ranch back to you.

His cattle were so nervous that they would often buckle at the ankles and nerve out and go down. I offered to buy all the wild cattle we had for him to put in the feedlot but he didn’t like my suggestion. That’s not the first person who didn’t like my suggestions.

There were three babies born at the local hospital last week. One couple came from Dallas as he was a high-priced lawyer. The other two couples were average looking with the one couple being farmers from our area in Oklahoma. As luck would have it, they got the babies mixed up. They asked the lawyer since they assumed he was smartest which kid was his. He looked at all of them and said, “I think the brown colored one.” The hospital said it was evident the other two are your complexion. He said, “I know but I don’t want to take the chance on getting an Okie.”

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

Date: 12/30/2013



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