All the weather pundits are predicting a dry summer but I like to "give thanks" for what I already have. And we have certainly been blessed with some good winter and spring rains. We are way ahead of what we were this time last year with our pastures green and growing, our stock ponds going out the spill ways, Cypress Spring full, and Bob Sandlin back up to the sea walls and still rising.
It is amazing what 200 pounds per acre of 46-0-0 will do to rye grass when we get good rains. I caught Henrietta tying bicycle flags to our heifers so we could locate them in the pasture. It is tempting to put more cows on the grass because the few we have are not making a dent in it. Last summer when everyone coming into the store was taking about either selling out or scaling back their herd numbers due to the drought, I wrote in the July newsletter stating with all the culling, selling, and not keeping replacements, it seem logical for the price of cattle to go up. I think my prediction has proven to be correct. I have a good friend who is a cattle buyer and he related a story about a person calling him last summer saying he was selling out his entire herd. They were 4 year olds with 3rd calve at side. With no pasture and no hay he felt he couldn’t hang on. This year the same man called my friend back and wanted to replace the same number. Guess what? What he sold last year for $8 to $900 is costing $1300 and up. And if Uncle Sam decides to assist folks who sold out with some type of Disaster Assistance Program the prices may really soar. I guess sometimes it pays to be the last man standing.
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