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By Jerry Nine

(Jan. 16)--Last Tuesday I bought 16 bred cows for a 98-year-old cowboy. I think that is great. The next morning I said, "Did you look at them yet?" His son had driven him in for breakfast. He said, "I can't really see them all that well, but we will go feed them in a little bit." I wished I would have had more customers like that when I was order buying cattle before I bought the sale barn. Unfortunately, all the people I bought cattle for could see very well!

One customer at the sale had fairly wild cattle several years ago. I commented to another sorter that I can't believe how much he has gentled those cattle down with one cross to the Red Angus bulls. A neighbor said some of those calves are two generations crossed with Red Angus. Whatever the case, he has really improved their cattle's disposition and the quality still looks very good.

A friend reminded me a year ago this spring that we sold pairs as high as $2,500 and bred cows as high as $1,800 after it finally started raining in January to February and March 2012. Who knows what will happen if we continue to get moisture. The market is very good now considering a very dry area.

A friend was eating breakfast this morning. He is a large guy. He got his food and then was sprinkling powder on it. We asked him what he was putting on his food. He said, "This is supposed to make you eat less." He said, "And I also have to cut out one meal a day on this diet." A friend said, "Oh, no--now you will only get four meals instead of five."

A couple of months ago my oldest son was working at the sale barn. That night there was a high school football game. He already graduated so he took a shower and we were going to the game from the sale. He looked fine all cleaned up except for his boots were what he wore all day. They were covered with manure. I said, "Do you not have a better pair of boots to wear than that?" He said, "No, this is the only pair I have." I said, "Here is a blank check. Go to the western store and get a good pair of boots." The next morning I saw the boot box. I opened it up. They were red on top and very pretty. I looked on the bottom. It said $400. I thought, "I have never bought a pair of boots that cost $400 in my life!" And then I thought, "I have now."

Date: 1/21/2013

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