Beneficial rain fell in parts of northwest Oklahoma

Amy Langvardt minds the cattle at the May Beef Month proclaimation event May 12 near Manhattan, Kansas. Lyons Ranch hosted the event where Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed the proclamation. (Journal photo by Kylene Scott.)
"Just A Scoopful" - Jerry Nine
“Just A Scoopful” – Jerry Nine

Most of our area received some very much needed rain this past week. It varied from just a little to 2 inches, with most of us getting under an inch, but it was much appreciated.

I know some grass in places I have was looking yellow with a slight green tint, but other places are mostly green yet.

I was in Oklahoma City this past Sunday, and I heard a woman say, “Wow! You mean it is even going to rain on Mother’s Day?” I could tell by her tone of voice that she was hoping it would not. I think a lot of city people do not have any idea how dependent we are on moisture and how much that affects our profit potential. However, I know there are some ranchers in the east part of the state that have had all the rain they need for a bit.

I had a friend trying to buy me some long-weaned, thin grazing cattle, and he just sent me a video of them. I texted him back and said, “Wow! Were you drinking?” Those calves look too good to me.

It had been a few weeks since I had seen the killing cows and bulls sell at the auction. I was very surprised to see they are still bringing a very good price. Several bulls sold in the mid-$160 range and more with most cows with a little meat to them bringing $138 to $142.

On the area where we had the grass fires, I decided that the boys and I would rebuild the new fence. The youngest two were with me. I told them, “We will have to set a dead man over there.” They both looked at me funny. I don’t know whether that terminology is just from our area or nationwide, but in case you don’t know, that is where at the lowest point down a hill you put something under the ground with wire attached to pull the fence down. No, I didn’t shoot a man and have the boys trying to help me bury him in the fence line.

This past week I was invited to a surprise birthday party for a gal who just turned 40. Where does a cowboy shop for a gift? He shops at the truck stop. The truck stop didn’t have any birthday cards; however, I did find a bumper sticker that was appropriate.

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.