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Posted December 8th, 2012 — Written by: Bud Williams — Filed in Bud’s Musings, Marketing
This is a direct quote from an article I read awhile back.
“The name of an article in a non-farm magazine was “Gulf hypoxia thought to be caused by agricultural run off.” Yet this year it was 33% the predicted size and no one knows why science failed to be right.”
No, it was not that science failed to be right, it was that they guessed wrong, and that is not science. Guessing is what people who have an agenda “call” science. Science is when something is studied until they know that it is right and it can be proved. There is so much guessing about things in the future that to try and make the guessing legitimate they call it science, and then try to have it accepted as proven.
This is much like the livestock markets. Most people want to guess what the prices will be in the future. These guesses often fail to be right then it is blamed on something else. Always deal with real things not guesses or hopes. The things that are real are today’s prices not what they may be in the future. There is one thing about today’s prices, they are easy to prove. That must be very scientific. It will be very hard to prove that prices in the future are right until we get there, that must not be very scientific.
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I completely forgot to take a camera for a photo for this blog. Good grief. Nevertheless, today was one of our few ‘paydays’. Cattle prices are excellent so we brought home a nice cheque. These past couple years have been a real blessing to get a decent return on working hard all year.
The cattle all handled well – the only hiccup was when Rick’s trailer broke an axle north of Purdin. Fortunately, he was paying attention and saw the black smoke from the tires rubbing together and had the mind to pull off onto a gravel road as quickly as possible. Not only that, but chose the safer of the two choices since he knew we’d have to back another trailer up to his to switch the calves onto the other trailer. Thankfully, Allen was just coming back from Milan with the empty trailer and he and Rick moved the calves to his and Allen took the calves on up to the sale. Rick’s dad was also coming back from hauling a load up, so he did some bandage repairs and limped it home for a better fix.
A light potload of Allen’s calves topped the market – selling very well. The remainder of his calves also sold well. My top end sold as well as i could have expected, but due to various mistakes through the year, the rest of the calves were not the quality to bring top prices. They sold for what they were worth. Hopefully, next year’s calves will be better top to bottom.