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By Jerry Nine

(Feb. 13)--Normally I have always referred to snow as one of those bad four-letter words. But this past week we received from mostly 5 to 7 inches of snow that fell perfectly with no wind. In fact, you would have thought you were in the mountains. It was a very wet snow with most saying that in this snow 5 inches would equal an inch of moisture. This could be our salvation for the wheat and also a good start to help the grass get started in a couple of months. It is still a four-letter word, but this time the word would be nice. I have heard several ranchers say that they couldn't remember the last time we got a snow like this.

The cattle market has gone down in price several dollars these past two weeks. There have been several times in the past 10 to 15 years that I thought we were at a very critical time to where the smaller feedlot or individual cattle feeder had to make money and very soon. We have to keep the smaller cattle feeder in the mix feeding cattle in order for us to have a healthy competitive market. We have 10 to 15 main feeder buyers at our sale every week, which makes it very competitive. I do not want to still own the sale if we ever get to where there are only three buyers buying feeder cattle. For the past two or three years there have been very few times that cattle made money. Maybe if there is any positive news about this market going lower--sometimes it takes enough aggressiveness out that these cattle actually make money.

One of the guys who works at the sale has a son that helps there also when he isn't in school. The boy is probably 14 years old. He got in trouble at school for chewing gum. The teacher made him write 100 sentences that said, "I will not chew gum in school." His dad was not very happy with him and the boy said, " A lot of the other teachers do not care if you chew gum or not." He said, "I don't care--if she doesn't want you to then don't do it." He took the 100 sentences in the next morning. She looked at them and said, "Do it over. You did not number them." The student said, "Well, can you not count?" Needless to say, the teacher was not impressed with that remark, so the next day he got to write 200 sentences. All of us who work with the dad said it sounded exactly like what the dad would have said. My mouth has gotten me in trouble a lot in my life too.

Be sure and be thankful for the moisture. I do not like this drought that we are in.

Date: 2/18/2013



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