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By Jerry Nine

(May 7)—We are all saddened at the sale barn, as one of our workers lost his son in a four-wheeler accident on Sunday. The boy was 7 years old and had the cutest smile with a beautiful tan complexion. He would sometimes come to the sale with his dad and ride in the feed truck with him. The boy was always smiling and I would often say to him, “How you doing, little Franky?” which was his dad’s name, and he would grin from ear to ear. He was full of energy, bouncing around his mom as she cleaned the inside of the barn. He reminded me a lot of my oldest son, whom I got at age 6­—in fact, to me they both looked a lot alike. It is hard to understand why. In fact, I would say a person will never understand something like that unless you get to heaven and can look at it from God’s eyes, and that will be the first day it would finally make sense. Our heart goes out to this family­—the mom, dad and sister. If you are a believer, the only satisfaction I can get at all is the fact that all kids who die at a young age will go to heaven.

We need rain in a big way. Bu what has been worse these past two weeks has been these huge grassland fires. I went by one large pasture this morning that burned the day before and absolutely looks like a desert in the worst way. The only thing I could see for several miles was an occasional sage brush stub. That area is sure to blow bad. There have been a lot of fires across the state. A day or two ago part of the state was under a burn ban. If you are considering a controlled burn, please think twice and consider the risk compared to the gain. Two men got burned badly yesterday. One man lost his life. If you see or know of someone starting a fire, report them immediately. It might be the difference between life and death.

Our cattle market was probably the most active market I have seen since I have owned the auction these past 14 years. Our 800-pound to 950-pound yearlings were $6 to $8 per hundredweight higher in an already very aggressive market. Don’t pop your cattle off in the country, or you might ought to consider what 3 percent is in this market.

At the coffee shop this morning they were talking about these fires. One commented he would hate to die by fire. I agreed. I asked one cowboy, “Would you rather die by fire or be shot by a jealous husband?” He said neither one. I said, “If you had your choice, which would it be?” He said, “One thing for sure—if I was shot by a jealous husband, it would dang sure be in the rear.”

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

Date: 5/12/2014



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