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By Jerry Nine

(Jan. 30)--Last week I called the feedlot and asked the manager how it was going. He responded by saying, "All the packers have come by and looked at the cattle I have for sale this week. But there must be something wrong." I said, "Why is that?" He said, "Because every one of the packers liked your cattle."

This past week to the east of us about 100 miles some areas received a very good rain. I am very happy for them. That last rain we received around the first of the year helped some but it would sure be nice to get some more. With the cow herd size down in our area to 50 to 60 percent of normal, several are willing to buy those younger bred cows and pairs at a price that some would say is high. However, it does not take a very big calf to bring $900 per head. And most of the talk is if we get some moisture in the next two months, prices could get extremely good. These past two weeks we have sold some very nice bred cows from $1,600 to $1,775 per head. I've heard of some 2-year-old pairs trading for $2,300. Our 400-pound steers that were weaned with shots brought from $208 to $219 per hundredweight. With it still being dry I know of a few customers who had saved back heifers to breed and decided they would bring enough per head that they were going to sell them instead. Our grass pastures in our area are extremely short and we definitely need moisture this spring for us to have any chance of recovery. This is an interesting year.

A salesman came to the house the other day. As he got out of his car, he said, "Does your dog bite?" I said he never has. About that time the dog bit him very hard. He seemed very mad and said, "I thought you said your dog doesn't bite!" I said, "My dog doesn't bite. That's my son's dog. Mine is the one beside him."

A cowboy friend of mine went into the lumber yard. About all he has done all his life is be a cowboy and ride a horse. He said, "I need some 4 by 2s." The lumber yard man said, "You mean you need 2 by 4s." He said, "Yeah, that will probably work." The lumber yard man asked, "How long do you need them?" He replied, "I am going to build onto my house, so I will need them for a long time."

A few weeks ago I bought 16 cows for a 98-year-old cowboy. He wanted three or four more. I saw him this morning and told him I didn't get him any more yet, as they were higher than he wanted. He said, "Those others sure are nice and gentle." I was teasing him and said, "I will try to get at least one or two wild ones, as you always liked the wild females." He is very spunky for his age. He said, "Yeah, that is right but remember to check those udders."

Date: 2/4/2013


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