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By Jerry Nine

(Feb. 20)--There is a 93-year-old cowboy who comes to the sale every week. This man is very spunky and has a girlfriend. He talks about taking her out to eat but then refers to the hamburgers that are so good, "and by the way have you tried them?" he often says. They are only a dollar. We kept telling him that he needs to take his girlfriend out for a steak. He came to the sale this week and said, "I almost died last weekend." He said, "I took my girlfriend out of town for a steak, and I must have eaten something that made me very ill." He said, "I was sick for four hours and finally got better after I threw up." All of his buddies at the sale were visiting and wondered if he got food poisoning. Then he finally told us that those steaks cost $44 each. Then we finally realized that this wasn't food poisoning at all but instead the $44 that made him sick.

As of Wednesday morning, we have received an inch of snow with more to the north of us. There is supposed to be more coming tomorrow. Forecasters predict all the way from 3 or 4 inches of snow to a foot, with some saying 1 or 2 inches of moisture. Sometimes I think I should have been a weather forecaster. It looks like it would be easier throwing out a guess of what the weather was going to do than predicting the cattle market.

This morning eating breakfast at the cafe I looked out the window and it was snowing hard. I said, "Well, good Lord." The lady beside me said, "I should slap your hand for saying that." I said, "I just said, 'Good Lord.'" She said, "Yes, but you said it with a negative tone." I said, "Maybe God didn't recognize that negative tone." She assured me he did.

I am very thankful for the moisture. It is so hard to make any money in a drought.

Not very long ago I was getting ready to board a plane. Then they made an announcement that they would not be serving peanuts, as there was a passenger who was allergic to peanuts. As I handed my ticket to the lady I said, "I took a survey and no one getting on the plane was allergic to steak." Needless to say, we got pretzels.

This spring is setting itself up to be very interesting. For those coming off wheat now it is frustrating with what calves cost, and now that the feeder price has fallen some will only break even at best and some worse. On the other hand with this moisture coming there should be a lot of demand for grass cattle and also cows. Our grass will need a lot of rain to get the situation back to good. But at least this is a start. Stay positive. Nobody likes to talk to a grouch.

Date: 2/25/2013


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