Livestock are animals that are bred and raised to keep the producer
broke, the commission man confused, and the buyer crazy.
Livestock are born in the spring, pastured in the summer,
mortgaged in the fall, and given away in the winter.
They vary in size, color, weight, and grade. The man that can guess
nearest to the weight and market grade is called a buyer by the public,
a robber by the rancher, and a poor business man by the
banker. In talking to buyers and sellers, some say the market will
go up and some say it will go down. Whatever you do will
be wrong. When you have light cattle, the buyers want heavy ones; when you
have heifers they want steers and vice versa;
when they are thin they should be fat, and when they are fat they should be thin.
There is one thing you can depend on, the
commssion man will always say,
"YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE YESTERDAY."
A CATTLEMAN'S PRAYER
Now o Lord please lend thine ear, The prayer of the Cattleman to hear;
No doubt many prayers to thee
seem strange, But wont you bless this cattle range?
Bless the round-up year by year, And dont forget the growing steer;
Water the land with brooks and rills, For my cattle
that roam a thousand hills.
O Lord, wont you be good, and give our livestock plenty of food;
And to avert a winter's woe, Give Italian skies and little snow.
Prairie fires wont you please stop, Let thunder
roll and water drop,
frightens me to see the smoke, Unless it's stopped, I'll go dead broke.
As you, O Lord, our herds behold- Which represents a sack of gold-
I think at least five cents per
pound, Should be the price of beef year round.
One more thing and then I'm through, Instead of one calf, give my cows two.
I may pray different than some
others, but then I've had my say, and now amen.