Finding replacement parts a chore, too

"Just A Scoopful" - Jerry Nine

I went in this morning to our local mechanic who is very good. There are vehicles everywhere that need to be fixed. That is also because he does a good job. But his helper said one problem we have it is almost like the pandemic again.

He thought when Barack Obama was president a lot of old vehicles were taken out and manufacturers quit making parts for some of the old vehicles. So now the older vehicles aren’t around to take parts off. In general he said parts are hard to get. They were trying to get a rebuilt transmission for my pickup, which is a 2013 Ford tonner. He thought they would find one but they were having trouble locating one.

The wheat fields are greening up and it is growing some. Nothing looks better to a cattleman than green grass or green wheat. You have probably heard the old saying green grass broke many a rancher.

You talk about optimism in the grazing cattle market. The steers weighing 500 to 540 pounds brought $330 to $350. Even the heifers weighing the same brought $276 to $292. And 50 heifers weighing 895 brought $210 per hundredweight.

Last week fat cattle in Texas and Kansas brought $182 per hundredweight. Feeder cattle futures for October were at $272.50 per hundredweight. Who knows what is too high or too cheap however you can hedge or insure some pretty good prices.

My older sister taught Home Economics for many years. In that class she taught both boys and girls how to sew, but also taught them proper etiquette. Another subject she taught them was sex education. A boy student of hers 40 years ago reminded her of that. I said, “Sandra if you would have listening instead of teaching sex ed you and your  husband would have learned a lot about sex.”

 A friend of mine got a call from the school. They said with the work your son has handed in we feel it necessary to put your son in Special Ed. He said, “I didn’t tell the teacher but I had been doing all my son’s homework for quite some time.”

Editor’s note: The views expressed here are the author’s own and do not represent the view of High Plains Journal. Jerry Nine, Woodward, Oklahoma, is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Slapout, Oklahoma.