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Seeing changes in the countryside

By Jerry Nine

(June 25)—My, how the countryside has changed in looks these past few weeks. In spots it looks like the grass has grown several inches in the past three weeks. In a lot of the pastures, the grass was so short and abused—and truthfully, most would have been better if they let it rest a year without anything on it. But most ranchers need an income and do not feel they can let it rest. Bred cow and pair demand has improved $300 to $400 per head these past two weeks. With calves and yearlings bringing what they are, bred cows and pairs are probably not too high yet. But most are not used to the figures they are bringing and have a hard time making that adjustment even if they are selling some at these higher figures.

On Tuesday we sold 18 Red Angus heifers that came off the cow that morning that weighed 326 pounds and brought $950 per head. This rancher was simply weaning his calves early trying to save his grass fro his cow and making it easier for that cow to get back in better flesh. Several other ranchers were starting to wean theirs early also. However, I would guess where we started getting moisture most will let them stay with their mothers now for a while. Anytime we get to a rebuilding stage for our cow herd, there are several that will buy those 3- to 5-year-old open cows to breed. A good young cow bred only two months will probably bring $400 a head more than that open cow. However, you will not get all of them bred. Our killing cows Tuesday topped at $125.50 per hundredweight and the highest bull we sold was $146.50 cwt.

There are certain times a year and also depending on moisture where a middle-aged or older cow will not go back to the country unless she is five months bred or more and on an older cow, heavy bred. However, this past week is a prime example that you should ask the sale barn manager whether to preg check those cows rather than just assuming it won’t do any good. Our 8- and 9-year-old, five-month bred cows brought $200 or more extra per head even though our killing market was the best we have ever seen.

One customer bought four calves Tuesday and as I was helping him load his calves, he said, “I had to buy something so my wife would know that I really went to the sale.” Then he said, “No, that really is not the truth, as I said to my wife that I bought a few at the sale today so you would know I was there. She responded by saying, ‘Honey, I can smell you and tell you have been at the sale all day.’” It seems to me some of you husbands have a guilty feeling! What is up with that?

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

Date: 6/30/2014



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