Winter is always a challenge
By Jerry Nine
(Jan. 29)—A neighbor was using a high lift jack to pick up a trailer and the handle slipped out of his hands, knocking out several of his front teeth. Then this morning a cowboy friend clarified the inventors of high lift jacks. He said it was two people. A dentist and the makers of WD-40. Because WD-40 is the only way you get a jack like that to work—and lots of it.
I am on six radio stations twice a week for the sale barn. A rancher from Kansas texted me this morning. He said, “I never thought I would say this to an Okie—but would you talk a little slower on your market report on the radio?” He said the air time must be as high as the cattle market.
I texted him back and said, “OK—I know I am wound too tight.” He said that ain’t all bad. And I said that depends on whether you are talking to my kids or not.
It is a little cold and the first of the week we got an inch of snow. You know it is getting dry when you hear me say, “A snow wouldn’t be bad—if it would warm right up.” Our cow and bull killing market was several dollars hundredweight better this week. It was cold the day before as far as moving cattle, but I think our numbers will be very limited for quite some time.
Most ranchers would like to be in the same rebuilding stage as far as their herd, but we are going to have to get some moisture this spring for that.
A lady went to the doctor for a checkup. The doctor said, “I need to get you off some medications you are taking.” He said, “For one there is no need for you to be still taking birth control.” She said, “It helps me sleep better.” The doctor said, “There is no information that says birth control will help you go to sleep.” She said it definitely does. She said, “I crush one up every day and put it in my 16-year-old granddaughter’s drink whom I am raising and it definitely helps me go to sleep.”
Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Okla., is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Laverne, Okla.