June 16, 1949 - Livestock Weekly!


June 16, 1949 - Livestock Weekly!

TEXASVol. 1 -No. 19PIIGE ONEPIIRIIGRIIPHSBy STANLEY FRANKYou may h a v e noticed we'vecarried quite a little copy latelyregarding t h e Brannan proposalfor subsidized agricultural production.We haven't had anything tosay about this business ourselvesfor the very good reason we don'tknow anything about it.One of the thorns in the sideof Democracy lately is the inabilityor unwillingness of us citizensto do anything about such thingsuntil it's too late. Maybe you havetime to find out something aboutthis Brannan idea. If you can discoverwhat it will mean to youas an agricultural producer oryou as a citizen-if you can getyur Congressman to explain it inplain English rather than a lotof mumbo-jumbo which doesn'tmake sense but simply trie!l to getyou to go on about your businessand quit ask i n g embarrassingquestions-we say, if you can dothis, by all means do it.Personally, we don't have time.We've quoted Bryant Edwards,president of the Texas and SouthwesternCattle Raiser!! Association,saying he and his organizationwanted no part of it.We've quoted J. M. Jones, secretaryof the National Wool GrowersAssociation, saying wool producersfavored a "production paymentplan" which would supportwool prices at a certain level butwhich theoretically would bring aminimum of hated government con-.trol of private business.We've quoted Mark Pickell, secretaryof the Corn Belt LivestockFeeders Association, saying thevery idea of the Branan progvamhas already cost meat producersa lot of money, and that it's goingto cost 'em more. He's right ifmembers of his association believein him, because he's telling themto go easy on buying stockers andfeeders. He says a last-minute billof some kind is going to be whippedthrough Congress, that alreadyfarmers are hatching a terrificpig crop that will flood themarket and compete with sheepand cattle, and that everythingabout the whole setup is definite­!~· not in favor of risking bullishoutlays for stockers and feeders.If the people in the Corn Belttake this advice seriously, you cansee that we in the Southwest aregoing to have a hard time sellingCorn Belt farmers a lot of livestockat good prices this fall.That's why everybody needs todo considerable thinking a b o u tBrannan's proposal. It will affecteverybody in the livestock business-probably already has. We'll doour best to pass on anything wecan find that seems to throw alittle light on the road ahead, butmeanwhile it behooves every manin the land to do a lot of thinkingand watching for himself and beready to try to jump in the mostfavorable direction when the timecomes.::\faybe Brannan has a good idea.Maybe he doesn't. That's what weall have to try to decide rightaway.Joe Clayton LambsContracted At $15The Joe Clayton lambs at Ozonaare reported to have been contractedby a local buyer for falldelivery at $15 per head.Reports from Crockett Countysay very few lamb crops in thatarea have been contractc·d.SAN ANGELO, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 1949FLYING RANCHMAN-Johnny Bryan. Fort Stockton ranchman, is one of the manystockmen who fly regularly in their own planes. Johnny has a PT-19 which he findsuseful in his ranch operations, particular! y so si.nce he is 35 miles south of FortStockton, where he gets his mail.Spring LambsLower, RunsAre LighterSpring lambs were lower againin Fort Worth Wednesday. Tuesday,shippers paid $27.50 for thei!"top price, and Wednesday it was$25.50; packers paid $26 for theextreme top by mid-morning.Runs this week were much light·er than had been expected. Thiswas seen as resulting partly fromthe market break and partly fromthe rainy, cooler weather whichsome growers figured would bringadditional weight gains.One commission firm sold about400 fat clipped lambs to packersWednesday at 21 cents; a few fatones were moving at 20 cents, butmost stockers were going at 16 to19 cents per pound.Aged sheep continued a b o u tsteady this week at Fort Worth;the top Wednesday was 9 cents,but most sold at 7lh to 8% centsper pound.Packer buyers were generallyinactive where sheep were concerned,and the word · from NewYork Wednesday was t h a t thedressed meat trade was another$2 lower on lamb.Holcomb Buys CalvesFor Ranch At PecosW. H. Holcomb of Pecos hasbought 100 calves from GordonGatlin of El Paso, and one loadfrom South Texas to put on hiscountry east of Pecos. Some ranchesin the Pecos area have a lotof grass, others, missed by springrains, have very little.Contracts CalvesBuck Jackson of Pecos bought500 mixed calves from Thomasand Ratliff of Amarillo for Novemberdelivery.L. A. W einacht of Sarngosabought 264 head of steers andcows from Buck Jackson of Pecos.Womble Ships CargileEwes At $21 Per HeadAmos Womble of San Angelo.representative of John Clay andCompany, this week shipped 700blackface yearling and two-yearoldewes which he bought fromCargile and Son at $21 per head.He also bought four -doubles ofshorn yearlings from Henry Nenlof Rankin for shipment to Illinoisbuyers. Last Sunday, he shippeda double deck Of clipped yearlingsf r o m Menard at 21 cents perpound; he bought these from RussellHays of San Angelo.Clippers From LlanoBring 18 At Fort WorthWalton Kothmann of Menardhas received a string of mixPdshorn lambs from Osburn Brothersof Llano. He shipped 647 headof muttons to Fort Worth, wherPthey weighed 84 pounds and soldfor 18 cents Tuesday, and sent476 ewes to Edgar Wilkerson'sRocking Chair Ranch near Menard.Rcswell Country GetsGood Rains RecentlyThe Roswell, New Mexico, territoryhas received excellent amimuch-needed rains during the pastweek.Litte trading has been reportetifrom that section, and it was saida 20-cent offer f o r fall lambsprobably w o u I d find numeroustakers, though no offers were beingmade.Don't Try To Spell It;Say It Starts With 'D'Russell Hays is breeding 1,200solid-mouth ewes this month andwill lamb them on wheat this fall.In order to get the ewes to"buck up" at this time of year,he's having Ira Green giye themshots of a hormone. It"s called"diethylstilbestrol solution."Rain At SandersonJ o h n n y Williams, Sandersonranchman lind warehouseman, reportedhi!; water gaps washed outin a big rain Monday night.Trading ComesTo PracticalStop In NWOGDEN, Utah-(Speciall­Livestock trading in the Northwestcame to a virtual standstillthis week, and any quotations oncountry prices would be purelynominal because nobody was try·ing· very hard to sell, and nobodywas offering to buy.On the m a r k e t here, springlambs off fields and small pasturessold early thi!! week from $28.i!)down; the first arrivals of goodrange lambs from big flocks wer••expected Wednesday or Thursday,but what t h e market on themwould be nobody cared to guess.General weakness e a r I y in theweek at other markets everywherecaused everybody here to keep hisfingers well crossed.No talk of cattle trading hasbeen heard; this is particularlytrue as far as any future businessis concerned. One close observerof the cattle situation saidthis week it probably will be sometime in July before anybody beginsto feel it's time to start contractingcalves.Physical conditions are excellent.Ranges in nearly all parts of theNorthwest are very good, and livestockis in above -average condition.Mohair Continues ToMove At 38 And 58Several cars of mohair w e r esold in West Texas this week at38 and 58 cents for kid and grown,respectively. Guy Burton, w i t hForte, Dupee, Sawyer Co., boughttwo carloads (60,000 pounds) fromthe Ozona Wool and Mohair Companyat that price.E. G. Wentworth of San Antonio,with R. P. Collins & Company,bought two or more carloadsfrom the Sanderson Wool CommissionCompany at the same figures.$5 Per Year-15c Per CopyStocker AndFeeder CattleSlower, LowerCattle trading in the Southwestthis week was a bu~iness of lowerprices and ~lower movement ascompared with that of the firstpart of this month.Principal country buyers forthe most part were doing lessthan a week bC!!ore. They saidthey had to buy cattle 50 cents to$1 lower this week, and that evenon that basis it was harder to doany volume. Mo~t yearling cattlemoving now are going at 23 centsfor heifers, 24 for steers.J. S. (Smiley) Triplett of Ama·rillo bought 200 heifers at HerE'·ford this week at $23.25 per hundredweight;they were choice qualityand carried considerable flesh.He also b o u g h t 200 yearlin,::­steers to load at Amarillo thisweek at 24 cents a pound-andthese were just such cattle as hehad paid 25 cents for at Swe

THURSDAY, JUNE 16 1949 WEST TEXAS UVESTOCK WEEKLY PAGE THREE~ Big Packers Balk, Let SmallerBuyers Take Lambs Past $28CHICAGO-(USDJ\.)- Contin·uous declines on all classes fea·tured last week's trade in sheepand lambs, with big packer buyersdeclaring Friday they would notpay $28 for choice native spring·era. But small killers took thecrop all week, enforcintr declinesof $1 to $2.Sheep, mostly in the shape ofslaughter ewes, also lost $1 to $2,big-weight old crop lambs, heavyyearling wethers and yearling andtwo-year-old ewes often having toaccept sheep prices.In short, weight was a very depressiveprice factor in all classes.Smaller receipts showed up at 12markets but the effect of curtailedruns were offset by headlongdeclines in dressed lamb and mutton.Choice native spring lambs soldup to $31 early, but closed aroundKillS TICKS- o"d prottcls ogointt rtinfettotion up to14 clays, at a clilvt;on of I vol. to 140val. of wotor.KILLS HO!(N FLIES-and protects ogaittst nlnf•aJotlon up to21 clayo, at a dllvtlon of I tol. to 140eal. WaterKILLS LICE-ot o clilvt;on of I 1ol. to 13S val. waterBUYER RESULTSFOR LESS COST•USE AS$29, with big packers showing nointerest above $28. During theweek, small local killers boughtthe ' bulk of medium to choice of·ferings at $26 to $30. Culla andcommons sold at $24 down to $22.Most old crop lambs and yearlingsin load lots graded good to choice. and brought $27 to $28.50, choiceNo. 1 skin offerings, includingyearling wethers and ewes, reaching$28.50 early while equally attractve,similar-pelted lambs were$27 late.A sizable sprinkling of shornslaughter ewes showed up to closeat $10, mostly $9.50 down, heaviesselling at $7 down and bucks at$6 to $6.50. Thus, choice lambssold practically three times ashigh as choice handy ewes, a recordpremium.While running freely at Southernand Southwestern markets,springers remained scare at mostNorthern trade cente111.Le.mb Contracts RangeFrom 21 To 23 CentsIn Montana TradintPresident E. F. Galt, of theFirst National Bank of GreatFalls, Montana, reports the followingrecent lamb sales in hisSUite:June 3, in the Choteau area,1,100 whiteface m u t to Jl lambswere contracted for fall deliveryat 21 cents per pound.June 7, in the Adel area, 2,000tnixed blackface lambs vlere contractedfor fall delivery at 23cents per pound. These are guaranteedto weigh an average of 85)X'und' at delivery time.June 7, also in the Adel area,1,500 mixed blackface lambs werecontracted for fall delivery at 21cents per pound; these were guaranteedto weigh an average of 70t~ounds at delivery time.Use our classified ads for results.San Angelo's Most ExrlusiveMexican RestaurantFINE FOODS * STEAKSMEXICAN CURIOSWhere The Best People EatThe Best FoodBeaumont, Tex.-San Angelo, Tex.E. U. and Leola Fritz, OwnersMonday Sale ·-• CA TILE and HOGSFacilities for branding, dehorningSaturday Sale - -• SHEEP. HOGS and HORSESCertified scales available day or nightSan Angelo Auction Co.SAN ANGELO, TEXASH. E. McCULLOCH OSCAR WYATTAL DuMAIN-Among those who buy sheep in \Vest Texas, 44 Hatless'' AI DuMainhas long been a consistently big operator. Year in and year out, he handles scoresof thousands on order, and whether it's sunny or stormy when he loads 'em hescorns any kind of a hat. AI works out of San Angelo several months of the year,but Las Vegas, Nevada, is his home town.Dressed MeatShows FurtherLosses In I. Y.NEW YORK-(USDA)- Suppliesof locally dressed meats, .exceptpork, were generally morethan ample for requirements inthe trade here last week. Afterlimited initial demands were filledeach day's trade noticeably slumpedto an extremely low level; purchaserswent cautiously and bear·ishly, and most classes worked intolower ground, except steer beefhindquarters which ignored thelower price developments and wentto slightly hisher levels.Compared to the last Friday's-close: steer beef hin

PAGE FOUR WEST TEXAS LIVESTOCK WEEKLY THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 1949LLANO LIVESTOCK BUYERS-Phil Smith, left, and his father, D. P. Smith, Sr.,have long been prominent in Llano County livestock circles. They buy and sellsheep and cattle, shipping an impressive number each year to feeders and packersthroughout the country.Pickell Tells Corn Belt Stockmen To BewareOf Last Minute Enactment Of 'Trial Run' BillAfter appearing before the subcommitteeof the House Committeeon Agriculture on June 7,Mark W. Pickell, secretary of theCorn Belt Livestock Feeders As·sociation is still convinced there'sstrong possibility of some sort of"trial run" of the Brannan planthis fall, and that its effect willbe depressing on livestock markets.Following is Pickell's account ofhis visit to Washington earlierthis month:"We have just returned fromWashington where, as secretaryof the Corn Belt Livestock FeedersAssociation, a n appearancewas made before the sub-committeeof the House Committee onAgriculture."Although this was a sub-committeehearing, with Stephen Paceof Georgia in the chair instead ofHarold Cooley of North Carolina,nearly every member of the committeewas present, both whenSecretary of Agriculture Brannantestified and when we followedhim."We came back from Washingtonwith the conviction that somekind of a 'trial run' program willbe voted by the House cotnmitteand that it will be adopted by theHouse. Just what that programwill be we do not know. ChairmanPace completely changed the Brannanproposal, in a sharp disagree­·ment with a statement we hadmade. What will happen in theSenate is something else again.Over there, Senator Gillett, Demcratof Iowa, is chairman of thesub-committee which will hold thehearings and bring in the recommendaton.Gillett is a very ableman. He knows the livestock feedingbusiness-which neither Pacenor Cooley do. Gillett expressedopposition to the hog subsidiesthis fall, when we broached hima month ago. But in the passageof the bill in the House we believesome Republicans will join withthe Democrats in a deliberate effortto put the Senate on the spotin retaliation for the Senate in1948 having shoved through theAiken bill right at the last momentand not giving the Housetime to debate it."Regarding this Aiken bill, wegot entirely different interpretationsof it this time than wasgiven at the hearing on May 2.At that time the assertion wasml\de flatly that it granted theSecretary of Agriculture everypower that he asked for in hiscurrent proposals except to makepayments for soil conservation."But yesterday the Secretary ofAgriculture himself said that underthe Aiken bill he was expresslyprohibited from supportingprices on perishable products includingpork and hogs. Yet Con·gressman Murray of Wisconsincame down off the rostrum, beckonedus out into the corridor andpointed out to us, in the hearingof March 18, where Mr. Pace himselfhad interrupted a discussionbetween Murray and W. CarrollHunter, solicitor of the Departmentof Agric.ulture, to say, 'Whatyou intended to say, I believe, Mr.Hunter, is that the support price(on non-basic or perishable agriculturalproducts) would be entirelywithin the discretion of theSecretary from zero to 90 percentof parity.'"Mr. Hunter had said, 'That isright.' Reid Murray said thatwhen Pace made his statementthat the Secretary could not supportperishable products, he hadcalled this passage to Pace's attentionand Pace had agreed h('had been wrong."But don't you see that thissharp disagreement, almost twQyears after its passage, as to justwhat the Aiken bill means, is justanother reason why some bill isgoing to be passed.''Pickell told Representative Pacethat, because Brannan had promisedfarmers of the nation theywould get $19 per hundredweightfor their hogs, either at the timeof marketing or in subsidies, hasalready caused farmers to holdback young sows for re-breedingand will result in an enormousfall pig crop. He had a difficulttime explaining this to Pace, whoargued that farmers really didn'tknow yet whether they would receive$19 or only $16.50, which isthe support price now."What would happen, of course,"Pickett continues, "is that farmerswould breed the sows and gilts,hold thent 60 days to see what isdone, then sell if the Brannanproposal is clirried out, sell if itis turned down or the support islowered to $16.50. Hooten of Iowa,Murray of Wisconsin atid theothers from the livestock feedingareas got it immedia~ly. Pace didnot."Brannan said he thought hogs,under his plan, would decline tolevels 15 percent below the support-butthat this would not a!-feet prices of either cattle, sheepor poultry!"He said the break would comein October-right when the heaviestmarketings of cattle come, yethe repeated the assertion that itwould not affect cattle pricesandgloated that he had got thatstatement into the CongressionalRecord."Our suggestion is this-"The cattle and hog marketshave advanced as expected. Lastweek the average steer price wasabove $25. But if July is kind tothe corn crop, there will be a supplyof close to four billion bushels;price will not be far from the currentlevels of December corn, oraround $1.15. A top of cattle figuredat 15.7 times the price ofcorn would be $18 for this winter."We are of the belief, sharedby some of the best posted menof agriculture in Washington, thatsome kind of bill for a 'trial run'will be enacted, and that its tendenc;~twill ·be to depress prices."Why not plan your marketingsof finished stock and purchasesof feeders that way for the timebeing?"Boston Market ShowsSome Improvement InGreasy W orated WoolsBOSTON-(USDA)- Businessimproved last week in the Bostonwool market In sales of greasyworsted wools.A considerable volume of gradedfine French combing territorywools and a fair weight of bulkfine original bag territory woolswere sold.A fair quantity of governmentowned%s fleeces and some CommodityCredit Corporation '4-blood wools also were moved. FineAustralian warp staple wool andsome of medium grade sold ingood weight.Recent CaliforniaSheep Sales ListedAmong West Coast sheep salesreported by the current CaliforniaWool Grower were these:Blackface wool lambs weighing85 to 90 pounds have sold at 28%c('nts per pound, delivered in SanFrancisco.Shorn blackface spring lambshave been contracted for deliveryin the latter part of June at"slightly better than 25 cents perpound" f. o. b. shipping point;these include both fats and feeders.At Coalinga, in the San JoaquinValley, 1,800 shorn yearling eweswere sold at $27.25 per head. Thesewere bought from Texas as ewelambs last fall; this spring theyshear'd 11 ~ pounds of wool.At Stockton, an estate sold nstring of solid mouth ewes a~ $20per head. At Fresno, a bunch oftwo-year-old ewes sold for $28.76per head.Several sheepmen in the Sacra·mento Valley have contracted, forOctober delivery, 4,000 to 5,000Columbia crossbred ewe lambs inMontana at 25% cents per pound.CHOICELivestock TradingSlow In Alpine AreaNo sheep or cattle trades were -reported in the Alpine territorythis week.A few lamb ·buyers were i nthat area, but their offers werenot acceptable to owners. No cattlehave been reported offered forsale lately, and there has beenlittle or no talk of fall calf contracts.Recent showers have put !)0 percentof the Alpine area in excellentshape, and cattle and sheepare doing unusually well, it wasreported this week.Use our claaslfied ada for resulb.andSt. Angelus Hotel LobbyFirM n11mber in 71hone booklYearling EwesFOR SALEApproximately 4,800 head of extra goodRambouillet yearling ewes, located on excellentrange near Kent, Texas. Theseewes are unusually smooth a.n d weighabout 95 pounds. They were shorn April 1For Further Information Call or WriteL. F. SNEEDBox 584 San Angelo, Texas Ph. 6·317Plenty of rain means plenty ofgrass--alsoSTOMACH WORMSRahge conditions are ideal for ewes and lambs -protected from inrernal parasites.if they'reCall YEAGER GRIMES to drench your sheep right away -Don't let parasites keep your stock from reaping maximumbenefits from green pastures.Call him atMID-WEST FEED YARDSBallinger Highway On the Santa Fe Phone 6718SAN ANGELO, TEXAS

TliURSDAY, JUNE 16 1949 WEST T EXAS LIVESTOCK WEEKLY PAGE FIVEVorsted Mills Show Faint SignsOf Wanting Wool At Lower PricesBOSTON-The Commercial Bulletin'ssummary of the Bostonwool market last week Includedthe following paragraphs:"Actuel trading in wool herehas shown no change in the pastweek. If there was a change, itwas one purely of hopeful signsfrom the worsted end. Dealersfound nothing tangible in advicesfrom the goods market tosuggest early business in worsteds,but topmakers were show·ing somenew interest, thoughat levels unattractive to dealersgenerally."Woolen mills continued to secka wide variety of raw materialsf rom noils to low-cost sorts. Noils,with combing plants at a low ebbin operation, have constantly becomeharder to find and keen demandleaves the market very firm.This situation has contributedtoward increased demand for ~oodwool wastes, also at firm prices."Topmakers, reported to hi'looking around for some wool,apparently set their buying priceideas on a level consistent withcurrently depressed v a 1 u e s forsuch tops as a r e being sold.Dealers who own wool purchasedear lier have little that they canturn over profitably, and prac·tically no chance to secure replacementsexcept at higher cost."Some good Ohio Delaine wasreported to have sold here at 62cents, greasy basis, figured rough-': ll] :f'iif!lKILL lice, flies, grubs onlivestock. with hiqh pressurespray Over 500 cattletreated in one hourwJth this portable BEANSprayer-on the ronqe.No big toundo.c:> necessary • . no lost t "ne.Spraying Livestock Cuts CostsSturdy Bean Sprayers in skid end wheelmountedmode's ovetloble. "''' h 50· to200-:9QIIon tanks .. .

PAGE SIX WEST TEXAS LIVES'I'OCit WEEKLY THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 1949Cattle Market Reacts With GeneralDownturn After Five Upward WeeksCHICAGO-(USDA)- Followingfive consecutive weeks of progressivelyhigher prices, the cattlemarket at Chicago reacted lastweek and most classes and gradesclosed out the trading period atsharply lower levels.Receipts, locally anu around themarket circle, were much largerthan the previous week, but thiswas due in part to the fact thatthe preceding week was cut shortby a holiday. A combination ofincreased live supplies, along witha slowly declining wholesale dressedmeat trade were the main contributingfactors in the downturn.Choice beef steers and heifersfinished the week on a steady to$1 lower basis, only high-choiceto prime kinds· holding steady. Allother grades wound up $1 to $2off. Other classes shared in thebreak, with good beef cows 50cents down and other cows $1.50and $2 lower. Bulls figured 50cents to mostly $1 lower, and veallosses amounted to $1 to $1.50.Stock cattle found demand muchnarrower, these standing 50 centsto $1 lower than the precedingFriday. Dry fed beef steers continuedto make up the big end ofthe daily runs, although a fewmore grassy natives and straightgrass Southwestern& showed up.Approximately 67 percent of thereceipts were slaughter steers.Cow numbers expanded to formabout 15 percent of receipts, withslightly less than 15 percent heifers.Five percent or less comprisedstockers and feeder~The percentage of go o d andchoice beef steers in the w-eek'3receipts increased quite materiallyO\

THURSDAY, JUNE 16 1949lamb, WoolBuying Slow.In WashingtonIn a letter to West Texas Live­:r stock Weekly a few days ago,A. R. Bohoskey of the YakimaSheep Company, Yakima, Wash­_., ington, gave this summary of thesituation in that territory:"There has been very little contractingh e r e i n Washington.None by packers to my knowledge.A few blackface bands were soldat 23 cents early to a speculator.However, lambs in Oregon havebeen sold to go to California at22 to 25 cents per pound, the topprice being for blackfaces,"I understand some whitefacecrossbred Lincoln lambs were con­" tracted early at as high as 28• cents per pound, but these wereoutstanding lambs. One lot ofabout 2,000 of the same kind oflambs were contracted at 28 centsin eastern Washington by an Ida·ho sheepman who wanted the ewelambs for replacements. They areout of Sylvan Pauly ewes at DeerLodge, Montana, an d purebredLincoln bucks."The wool market has been deadthis spring. Most of the wool in~ this territory has been consignedto Portland. About 200,000 pounds• of fine wool was sold this weekto Draper Top Company; this in·eluded some of our own fine wool.The price was on the basis 52 to56 cents in the grease, landedBoston, which nets 47 Ih to 51 Ihcents here. It is estimated to cost$1.40 to $1.45 clean landed Bos·ton. This is about 20 percentlower than we received last year."Very little wool has been conytracted in this territory this year,a few clips brought around 40cents and some from 40 to 47.Wool is running about two tothree pounds per head lighter thisyear, due to the hard Wil'ltCl'• andlambing is about 10 to 20 percentWEST TEXAS LIVESTOCK WEEKLYPACKER BUYER-Jack Reid, representing The RathPacking Company of Waterloo, Iowa, checked out ofhis San Angelo hotel room Monday to seek more northernscenes of action. He went to Colorado. He stayedin West Tex-.s all spring, buying thousands of shornlambs before taking out for cooler climes. Jack is a nativeof Wyoming, but for the last several years hasbought sheep from the Rio Grande to the Canadianline. He's a bachelor who calls home wherever his companysends him.less for the same reason. Sheepnumbers continue to decline."We had the toughest winteron record here in the Northwest.Sub-zero weather prevailed allwinter to a large extent. Snowwas of unprecedented depth. Thisspring there was 20 to 25 feetof sn6w on our summer range i:lthe Cascade ~fountains."However, we the n had theother extreme, and it didn't rainall eprlng and we haven't hadwhat we would call a rain on ourwinter and spring range. Grasslias been short and dried up early."We have our sheep all in tnemountains at present, a n

PAGE EIGHT WEST TEXAS LIVESTOCK WEEKLY THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 1949Recent CattleSales In SeymourVicinity ListedSEYMOUR, Texas-The followingrecent cattle deals havebeen reported in this area:Don Martin of Seymour bought225 yearling steers from RexCarpenter of Seymour and shippedthem to the Panhandle. He sold aload of short-age yearling heifersto Dale Schooler of BarrickCattle Company, Amarillo, forshipment to Missouri, and boughta load of yearling heifers fromCletus Malone of Seymour forshipment to Nebraska.Martin also bought two loads ofyearlings from W. L. Laney, aload from Charlie Armstrong,both of Seymour, and two loadsftom John James of Memphis andshipped them to Illinois; fromE. B. Sams of Benjamin he boughttwo loads of yearling$ for shipmentto Nebraska; and fromF. L. Livingston of Westover hebought a load of yearlings forshipment to Iowa. These werebought mostly at 23 cents perpound.Martin bought one load of twoyear-aidsfrom J. H. Jenkins ofSeymour at 23 cents per pound.Howell Smith of Wichita Fallssold 800 yearling heifers to Coloradofeeders. Bill Damon of Seymoursold 700 yearling heifers togo to the same state July 1.Russell Hodgin of South St. Joseph,Mo., has been in the Seymourcountry the last few days,buying yearling heifers and fleshysteers.Dale Schooler of the BarrickCattle Company, Amarillo, boughteight loads of yearlings in thisterritory recently . They wereshipped to Illinois, the heifers at22 cents and steers at 23, weighing500 to 550 pounds.Good rain durjng the springand early summer have put thistrritory in excellent shape. Stocktanks full, gra!tter than insveral years, and cattle are gainingrapidly.Wheat is practically all bar-Unregistered Bull InA Hotel LobbyB11 A Contented CowmanWe're sitting around the lobbythe other day, me and John, whensomebody m e n t i o n s QuarterHorses. John immediately removeshis hat and rolls his eyes towardheaven."What do you know about QuarterHorses?" I ask. "I didn't figureyou ever had a horse with anykind of blood in him worth mentioning.""All I am or ever hope to be,"he says piously, "I owe to QuarterHosses. It was like this:"Back about ten, twelve yearsago I was bo broke I owed myself$3. Everybody else was dimbin'UJI out of the depression and startedmaking a little money, but sdollar bill looked to me like themap of Texas."Well, sir, I stumbled up on nnold boy away down south of herethat had a couple of hundred ofthe nicest little Latin-Americansteers you ever saw. He didn't a fella with a gold wrist watch,know much about what beef on · a gold tooth and a pair of newthe fly was bringin' and wanted $12 boots. He says he's from outato sell bad. At the same time I the state and is looking for ahappened to locate some cheap Quarter Horse stallion.grass in Oklahoma that was so "Well, sir, I don't believe ingood you could see rattle gettin' mirades but I do believe in givin'fatter by the hour on it.a miracle a chance if it's tryin'"But when I went to the bank, to happen. So I take this fellathe man was negative. I ask him out to show him a little pony Ididn't he believe in the hereafter. been slickin' up for the next ro­He said no, he just believed in the deo. He's a right nice little hos;;,heretofore. Heretofore, he says, all right, and a stud, and I figwhenhe let me have some money ure w 0 r t h about $150, whichit's plumb wore out before he ever would leave room to split withgets it back.anybody who wanted to buy him,"I'm feeling 1 ike the world's makin' him bring me around $125.against me when I leave the bank " 'What do you want for thisand about that time I bump into boss,' the man asks. I start stutvestedin Baylor County, anddespite a heavy hail which destroyedmany fields just before theharvest began, the average forthe county was about 12 bushelsper acre.Most ranches a r e only halfstocked in this area, and therewill be an abundance of grass inRepresentative Salesat San Angelo Livestock Auction Saturday and Monday1 heifer1 heifer1 heifer7 heifers1 cowJ

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