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By Jerry Nine

(May 1)—Would someone please tell Al Gore that I am not buying this global warming theory? We have already had two freezes late in the season and now we are supposed to have two more nights below freezing this week. Most farmers were skeptical after the first freeze. Then we soon had more pessimists after the second. And now with a chance for snow most will probably lose what faith they had. I would guess there will be a lot of hay and silage put up instead of running a combine. A lot of farmers in this area do not have a lot of faith in weathermen for their prediction as far as moisture. But when they say we are going to have wind—they almost always hit that right.

Last week at the sale we had a group of calves that were fairly sorry and perhaps inbred looking. I put a price on those calves. Not really wanting them, I backed up and put a second price on them. Still no bidders so I took another look and no, they had not gotten any better quality than they were so I put a third price on them. Finally, someone bid. An older cowboy friend was giving me a hard time about backing up on the price. And I said, “Yes, I did back up but there is one thing I did not back up on those calves.” He said, “What was that?” I said, “the commission.”

As I ate breakfast this morning one rancher said, “I guess you all know it is going to be very windy today.” Then he looked at this friend of mine and said to him, “You better put some rocks in your pocket so you do not blow away.” I quickly spoke up and said he would not need any rocks in his pocket because he has got plenty of lead in his butt to hold him down.

Another neighbor had some bulls for sale. I went by to look at them and wrote down the numbers of two bulls that I wanted. The next morning I saw him at the coffee shop and told him which two bulls I wanted. He said, “You can have that one bull but number 121 is already sold but not delivered yet.” I was kidding him and said, “Have you not ever heard of switching ear tags?” I was meaning taking number 121 out of the bull I wanted and putting it in another bull. And maybe that other bull buyer wouldn’t notice. The next day he delivered my bull to the pens at my house. He said, “Did you see your bull?” I said it was dark. He said, “I started to do what you suggested, only I started to switch your bull’s ear tag and give you a sorry bull.” I guess I had never thought about that.

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

Date: 5/6/2013


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