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Feeder cattle market improving

By Jerry Nine

(July 3)—What does freedom mean to you? It is probably something that most all of us take for granted most every day. Would you be willing to give up your life so that others might be able to enjoy freedom? I doubt many of us can truthfully answer yes to that question. I am very thankful and proud to be an American. And if you are like most Americans, we are constantly criticizing what our government does wrong and needs to change. I am thankful that we do not live where there are bombs going off every day. I am thankful to live in an area that is safe without much crime. Remind your family how lucky they are to be born in America. I’m not sure why I was so fortunate while some are born to where they will never know freedom. Be thankful for it. Within some of our borders not far away, families live in constant fear. I hope it is never that way in America.

The feeder cattle market has improved every week for the past several weeks from $1 per hundredweight to $4 cwt. One farmer told me his steers brought $14 cwt. more last week than they brought one month earlier. That was $121 per head more. I kept thinking we should rally but was about to give up on the idea. With what feeders are bringing today and with the price of fat cattle—it still looks risky. I do not like to feel that way as every segment of the cattle industry has got to make money overall for this business to stay healthy.

Finally, our area west of Woodward at least looks partially green. Most of these wheat fields and grass pastures looked very brown three weeks ago and now things finally look better. Any negative farmer or rancher will quickly tell you that it may turn extremely dry soon. And that is right but at least we have some green and actually have a chance for our grazing cattle and cows to do some good for a while. It was getting fairly depressing with no rain for quite some time; however, we were far better off than to the west 100 miles.

A female who was raised on the farm retired from teaching and moved back home. She is somewhere around 40 years old but I haven’t mouthed her so that is a guess. She bought a load of heifers and ran them on wheat. She said she had names for them and after I said we will probably name them too, she said, “Mine are all nice names.” She asked my nephew to haul her heifers to the sale and warned him she would probably cry all the way there and also wanted to ride in the semi with him. She said, “Please do not whip them. They will move if you go shoo, shoo, Sweetie.” She said one was named questionable but soon had a calf so no longer was questionable. We had a lot of fun kidding her. I had lots of cattle dealings with her grandpa. As we were selling them last Friday I thought Grandpa was smiling in heaven that day.

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

Date: 7/8/2013


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