Cattle market is very good
By Jerry Nine
(Oct. 9)—The cattle market is very good. It is always hard to predict the future. We could actually sell a lot more good bred cows than what we have available. After culling hard during our drought three years ago, it appeared maybe we were climbing out of the drought with some moisture early the next year then fell back in a drought again. But that next year there were several more states that were added to this drought area. We have been fortunate finally to grow some grass most places. In fact our area received rains for only three or four weeks but the grass grew great and headed out. There are some definite dead spots out there in places. Bred cows are in strong demand. However, last week one seller sold some 800-pound steers right off the cow that brought over $1,150 per head.
Land prices have improved a lot over the last several years. I just talked to a young man who had just bought his first land. He was excited and I was happy for him. He said the auctioneer had his bid and it appeared that perhaps no one else was going to bid. He said he was thinking to himself, “Say ‘sold.’ Sell it. Sell it.” Finally the auctioneer said, “Sold!” I remember the same feeling as a young kid when buying a calf when Dad had walked out of the ring. I remember my heart pounding very loud as I knew I was going to have to holler out my name. I also remember going to Dodge City to the sale when I was about 20 years old. I bought a few heifers and the auctioneer said, “What is your name?” I hollered out, “Nine!” He said, very sternly, “No, not the way you want to charge them, just your name.” Shorty Quigley was working there, and he hollered, “That is his name!”
Cattle are a good price. My steers this past week averaged 823 pounds and brought $1,292 per head. One of the buyers called me this past week and sarcastically said, “Well, were you happy with what your cattle brought?” Perhaps he thought if I was happy then everyone was happy. If they weren’t they are too greedy!
Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Okla., is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Laverne, Okla.
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