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Oklahoma tornado puts other problems in perspective


By Jerry Nine

(May 22)—Monday and Tuesday we made a rally in the cattle market as far as the futures, which felt good for a change. I am not a worrier but I would admit it has been very tiring with the decline in the cattle market. Then throw a drought on top of that and it can be challenging and costly. However, west of Woodward we think we are dry but if you get 100 miles west it is extremely dry. We are selling some pairs and bred cows every week from Colorado and New Mexico along with cows from western Oklahoma. It is a good time to switch cows and sell middle-aged and older cows and buy a young bred cow and pair. I am sorting my cows and selling any cow that is open that has a big enough calf to wean. And also culling any questionable udders along with any females with an attitude and buying younger cows. But it is going to have to rain or I will have to cull more.

We think we have problems with the cattle market then after seeing the tornado problems this past week we soon realize that we do not have any problems at all. It would be very devastating no matter how much money you had to try to gather your belongings out of the rubble mess that I have seen on TV and basically have it all in your hands. The only thing worse would be to have your family under the rubble. It was very sad when they interviewed one kid on TV as other parents were picking up their kids and he had not seen his parents. He said, “I think if my parents are still alive they will come and take me to a hotel, as I think our house is gone.” Things like this are hard to understand. Oklahomans do a great job pulling together in a disaster with several large oil companies donating a lot of money. They also said Kevin Durant, who plays NBA basketball for the Oklahoma City Thunder, donated one million also. That is a class act person. No one is going to leave this life and take any money with you. But what you do with your money while you are here can make a difference. Please pray for all the tornado victims and also pray for rain for all this drought area. I hate to see anyone have to sell cattle because of a drought.

A friend of mine has a 5-year-old boy who is playing baseball this year for the first time. His dad was explaining to him if you hit a home run you have to run around the bases and touch every base. His boy said, “Dad, do I touch them with my hands or feet?”

My 17-year-old son weighs about 220 pounds and plays on the line in football. In track, one kid got hurt so they put my son on a relay. His coach said to me, “You are probably wondering why we have him on the last leg of the relay, as we normally put the fastest one there.” He said, “That was because all the others on the relay said he is running the last leg as none of us are going to take a handoff from him. There wasn’t enough room in that lane when he was making the handoff during practice.” It’s never dull.

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

Date: 5/27/2013



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