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Spotty rain has continued to be the story


By Jerry Nine

(Nov. 6)—A lot of our area has good wheat pasture, but there is a good share who need another rain. We had a good chance for rain earlier in the week, however, like it has been for quite some time. East of Woodward got rain and any neighbor that borders my land got little or none. At least most of neighbors tell me that is the reason we are dry—me!

Cattle prices are very good. In fact all the way from bred cows to calves and feeder cattle. Killing cows and bulls are not as high as they were six weeks ago but there is still a good price. In our area there is a big demand for bred cows of all ages. For a long time we could not sell a smooth-mouth cow to go back to the country unless she was about to calve. Now if she is toothless and will bred three or four months or more, she will more than likely go back to the farm.

All sellers need to preg check all cows for a while. There is at least $200 difference between an old cow not preg checked and a bred cow. If there is that much demand for bred cows over a big area, then killing cows and bulls should get higher.

This time of year the yield of a thin cow and bull goes down fast unless they are on wheat or getting enough protein.

A man that was raised on the farm but doesn’t farm or ranch now likes to joke a lot. He is always kidding his friends about getting their subsidy check or welfare check, as he calls it, for their farm operation. The other day he walked up to his friend and reached in his pocket and handed him a pocketful of change. His friend said, “What is that for?” He said, “There is no reason for my money to go all the way to Washington, D.C., and then come back to you so I will just give it to you directly.”

Another farmer and the coffee shop referred to another farmer who is known to be very slow in planting and in harvesting always behind his neighbors a month or two. He said, “He is so slow he has his own rotation.”

The other night we got home from ballgames very late in the middle of the week. I had seen my 13-year-old’s teacher and she said if he doesn’t get his homework done tonight—have him come to school early in the morning, about 7:30, and I will help him. As I dropped him off I said, “Hurry and get in there as your teacher said she will help you this morning.”

He could not have walked any slower toward the school—swaying from side to side. I had to laugh as I was driving away.

One of the cowboys at the café the other morning asked another cowboy “what kind of beer do you like?” He answered by saying, “A full one.”

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

Date: 11/11/2013



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