We finally got a break in the rain pattern to where we got a few days in a row without rain. There are very few times in my life that I have been able to say that.
In the last three weeks when most feeder cattle would be coming off wheat a lot of the area was too wet to get trucks in to where they could load them. And the other big factor was the market had fallen enough that a lot of the sellers didn’t know what to do.
I’m sure some cattle went directly to the feedlot, bypassing the sale barn. While other feeder cattle stayed on the wheat fields, with a lot of customers saying they were shrinking in weight. There was a period when several sellers were simply trying to get their first cost back. Finally, at the end of the week Mexico’s government agreed to do something about all the immigrants coming through their country and entering the United States illegally.
So President Trump then said he would not put the tax on goods crossing the border. The Monday morning after that the cattle futures rallied with live cattle basically up $2.50 per hundredweight and feeder cattle up $3.50 per hundredweight.
I am sympathetic to any family trying to make a better life for themselves. But we have to be careful who all comes in.
I read a sign that said you will never see the good if you are focused on the bad.
An ole cowboy was at the bar, which also had a motel hooked with it. So he knew he was going to be late so he went ahead and got a motel room for the night. A lady was out dancing and the ole cowboy noticed she was staring over at him. So he walked over to her and said, “Ma’am, I keep noticing that you keep looking over at me but I can’t tell whether you are staring at me or my boots.”
She said, “Well, I noticed those boots of yours are the longest boots I have ever seen.” She said, “Can I ask you a question? Is it true the longer the boot the longer other parts of your body are?” He said, “Ma’am, you will just have to try to figure that one out yourself.”
So later that night they both ended up at his motel room. Early the next morning she woke up and got out $200 and gave it to the ole cowboy. He said, “No, ma’am, there is no way I am taking money for sex. I never have and I’m not going to start.”
She said, “Oh, I’m not giving you the money for sex. The $200 is so you can go buy a pair of boots that fit.”
Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Oklahoma, is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Slapout, Oklahoma.