Rain falling or dirt blowing, seem to be the only choices we have had lately! It is amazing how we can go from plenty of moisture and everything green to dust and wind and grass turning. Of course, that is only normal for this time of year, and everyone expects it, but it is still a little like diving in cold water, you know it is going to feel cold but it is hard to get used to until you are in the water for awhile.

With all the advances in technology, advances in medicine, upgrades – if that is what you would call it- in genetics, and just plain experience, it seems like we could figure out how to take care of calves in the fall. In this part of the world, there has been four seasons since man showed up, so why is it always such a surprise when the weather changes? A little luck, some hard work, and tender loving care will sure make those calves’ lives, and ours, a little easier.

Even with the wind and dust blowing, which is mostly from the tractors in the fields, there is going to be some great chances to run cattle this year. Calves are not too high, grains and input costs are a whole lot cheaper than last year, and people as a whole still like beef! With the emphasis on health, it would seem like folks would want to eat more beef not less!

Maybe the new government can try to fix the fat market while they are trying to fix the economy, the health care, the car industry, the Olympics, etc.! It might be better or it might be worse, but at the moment it sure does not seem like there is a fat cattle market. How can it be called a market if 650,000 go to the packing plants every week, yet only 200,000 to 400,000 cattle actually get sold in the open? When we talk about captive supply, is it the cattle or the cattleman who is captive?

The big runs of calves are coming! Every week there should be more calves available for everyone to turn out. Of course, there is all the captive calves every year too. Ever wonder why calves always seem to bring less in the fall? Is it because of weather, field work, supply, demand or the fact that so many of the “better” calves are already spoken for? It is always amazing, if not mind boggling, how the big strings of calves can be contracted or bought based on what their odd brothers and sisters bring at the auctions. It just does not make sense to buy a brand new car based on what a used one looks like.

Our economy is still strong, our nation is still the best and although things can be tough, it sure looks like we should all strive to make it better. However, that is going to take some work, integrity, and common sense, not socialism. Take advantage of the fact that you can run whatever cattle you want on wheat, whether its cows, small calves, big calves or yearlings. The opportunity is here!

COMING TO WINTER LIVESTOCK IN ENID:
OCTOBER 13, 2009 SPECIAL CALF AND YEARLING SALE
NOVEMBER 3, 2009 SPECIAL WEANED CALF AND STOCKER SALE
NOVEMBER 17, 2009 SPECIAL WEANED CALF AND STOCKER SALE
NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THANKSGIVING SPECIAL!