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Howdy friends and neighbors.  So who do I vote for in Oklahoma’s governor’s race?   Jari or Mary?  That’s the question.  Democrat or republican, liberal or conservative, blond or blond, I think.  Well, let’s just look at what’s going on around my place this year and see which way I should vote.

Oh, it’s been a good year for Tucker Cattle Company this past year.  We had wheat pasture last spring and the price of feeder cattle got close to a record high.  The wheat market rallied in the summer to a respectable level and we got just enough rain to make a hay crop and grow some grass.  I’m pretty sure neither the D’s nor R’s had anything to do with cattle or wheat markets or the fact that it rained.  So what’s next? (more…)

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Howdy friends and neighbors.  Fall is here!  This is my time of year.  I like it when you start the day off wearing a light pullover.  The sun is peaking over the eastern horizon, steam is floating over the creeks and ponds, and freshly weaned calves are starting to bawl.  The old diesel feed truck takes a bit more care to get her started.  The summer grass is starting to fade to a lighter brown as I think to myself that the feed route, with a stop at the coffee shop, will soon be routine.  Out to the pens I go to check on the new crop of calves that are becoming accustomed to life on their own.  I sip some Dr. Pepper as the calves wander around with the sun shining on them and steam lifting from their backs.  A brave one comes forward to get a good smell of the cow dog standing guard under the pipe fence.  “Pepper” just can’t stand the fact that the juvenile bovine is invading his personal space and takes a quick snap at him. (more…)

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Howdy friends and neighbors.  After much consideration, I have fully evaluated my risk portfolio and determined that I need to take fewer chances in life.  In doing so I have decided to quit feeding cattle in a commercial feedlot and turning stocker cattle out on wheat and grass.  I’m going to chase tornadoes instead.  I know, I know I’m such a pansy but the risk of having cattle on feed or on pasture just seemed too great and the laid back life style of a storm chaser seemed to be the easy street I was looking for!  Yep, I’m gonna sell my tractor, plows and cake feeder and invest in one of those armored cars with an anemometer on top so I can sit back, relax and cruise into 250 mph winds with softball size hail and tree stumps the size of VW bugs flying all around.  Oh, just the thought of leaving the Chicago Board of Trade, cattle slides, shrink, parts counters, post drivers and margin calls for super cell thunderstorms, dry lines and wind shear is like having my toes in the white beach sands and Jimmy Buffet’s Cheese Burgers in Paradise softly playing in the background.   Goodbye sorting gates! Hello hook echo and debris! (more…)

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Howdy friends and neighbors. I’ve got a totally organic, all natural story for you.  It seems that no matter what the ad is for nowadays, the trendy thing to do is intertwine into the mix the buzz words, “all natural,” “organic,” “eco-friendly,” and “green.” Well, here is my “all natural and organic story.” (more…)

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Howdy friends and neighbors.  To jet, or not to jet, that is the question!?!  Now, when I ask this highly philosophical question, the first thing that pops into the mindset of today’s folks is travel.  Or, maybe airports, 737’s, parking, baggage, security lines, no pocket knives, take off your shoes, $5.58 Dr. Peppers, and I wonder if I will ever have to actually use those oxygen bag thingies.  But NO!  When one says to jet or not to jet in rural cattle country we are talking about water well pumps… (more…)

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Howdy friends and neighbors.  Well, veterinarians are about to get really busy!  Our non-representing representatives just rammed government health care down our throats!  So, now I guess we can get medical treatment paid for by China at the speed of the post office with the compassion of the IRS and the red tape of the USDOT!  But, I’m not scared, according to all the census ads that are on the radio every other commercial, if I hurry, fill it out and send it in, we can ride on an un-crowded bus through our new tunnel, over a new bridge with extra traffic lights around the new school on our way to the poor house…  Makes me wonder just what Will Rogers would say about all this? (more…)

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Howdy friends and neighbors.  It’s SPRING BREAK!  Get the sun tan lotion and the ski wax.   

Or, maybe load up the hog, goat, sheep and fat calf along with the shavings, the show box, the boom box, the FFA or 4-H jacket, the oat groats, beet pulp, and all sixteen buckets of some sort of magic dust that every past grand champion used, the fan, the blower and sixty-eight miles of extension cords.  Be sure and load the starch for the jeans and the blocking chute.  Call the vet and get the health papers, call the coach to coordinate show times and ball game times and be sure and book us for that marriage retreat in two weekends!  Oh, did anyone call the hotel and ask for a late check-in!!?  Where in the world is the spare tire and 4-way for the trailer?  (more…)

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