Are You Optimistic About 2013?

A new year is traditionally a time for rededication and fresh hopes. With the new year rolling around on Tuesday, this week’s online poll asks the question: “Are you optimistic about 2013?”

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Anonymous
on Jan 5, 2013

2012 was a year for records -prices, cost, and drought, all of which put farmers and ranchers to the test. Weather will again be the driving test for 2013, over which we have no control. We must continue to be opistimic and manage to the best of our ability and hope for the best.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Fuel costs are higher, feed pricess are higher, fertilizer prices are higher and our cattle sales averaged $0.01/lb higher than 2011. After 45 years in the business, I continue to do it. I have to maintain other jobs in order to do what I love.

Anonymous
on Dec 31, 2012

If we were not optimistic, we wouldn't still be doing what we do after all this time. Our plan was to have a big sale in 2014 or 2015, to celebrate the herd's 50th anniversary. Looks like we will just be bumping that up a year or two. We learned a lot in previous drought years about how to cope: Record droughts in 1999, 2000, 2002, shorter ones in 2003, 4 & 5, more record-setters in 2007, 2010 and then 2012, which was the worst drought ever in our farm's history. Still, even after culling deeply during drought, we have more cattle to sell in 2013 than ever before; they are higher quality and better-adapted to hardships than ever before. We will need to reseed pastures, sell about half of our herd, dig out a couple of shallow ponds, extend our water system and then start over with our own well-adapted genetics. Prices are up, and our cows and calves have been selected to get by without any expensive grain. With a halfway "normal year" (whatever that is!) we're pretty sure that we and our herd can survive.

Anonymous
on Dec 31, 2012

Best to be optimistic.....must have the faith that rains will come and the grass will grow!

Anonymous
on Dec 31, 2012

Based on the analog years for the spring 03, 07,10 northeast Colo. should have spring herbage

Anonymous
on Dec 31, 2012

Based on the analog years for the spring 03, 07,10 northeast Colo. should have spring herbage

Anonymous
on Dec 31, 2012

HERE IN CENTRAL TEXAS WE HAVE HAD FIVE DROUGHT YEARS IN THE LAST SEVEN WITH THREE YEARS REALLY BAD. I HAVE MADE ENOUGH HAY TO BE ABLE TO HANG ON TO HALF MY COWS. WE WERE DUE TO GET A DROUGHT PAYMENT,BUT NO FARM BILL, NO PAYMENT.

Anonymous
on Dec 31, 2012

The drought did not respect the state line between OK and AR. We are still dry this winter and if we don't get ENOUGH rain this winter and spring I will forced to sell out and that is the last thing I want to do. I kept my cows back in the summer but it cost me a lot of money on feed because of no grass.

Anonymous
on Dec 31, 2012

what part of ar and ok

Anonymous
on Dec 31, 2012

Cattle people are always optimistic. 2012 created challenges and some of the results of the drought will carry over and need to dealt with in 2013 but we will survive.

Anonymous
on Dec 31, 2012

You need to keep the faith.

Anonymous
on Dec 30, 2012

WE'RE DOWN 50% ON COW NUMBERS-HANGING ON TO THE BEST ONES-IF NO EARLY RAIN-GRASS AND PONDS WILL DICTATE NEXT MOVE. ALWAYS TRY TO BE OPTIMISTIC BUT GETTING HARDER IN SW OKLAHOMA

Anonymous
on Dec 30, 2012

Need lots of rain and/or snow in order to keep the cow herd together.

Anonymous
on Dec 30, 2012

IT WILL RAIN AGAIN, PASTURES MAY NEED RESEEDED, PONDS ARE CLEANED OUT, COWS HAVE BEEN CULLED, PRICES ARE UP.
WE ARE THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE-BECAUSE IT COULD BE WORSE.

Anonymous
on Dec 29, 2012

No.

Anonymous
on Dec 29, 2012

I expect 2013 to be worse...with the idiots in Washington who created the economic mess we are in, there is very little reason to believe these chuckleheads are capable of fixing anything.

Anonymous
on Dec 28, 2012

Sure we need some rain, we are always two weeks away from a drought. Now maybe just one week. but spring will come and you will know it. we have more hay than last winter, and i am 20 Lbs over weight, and everyone in our family is healthy. Cows and stockers look good. Life in southeast Oklahoma.

Anonymous
on Dec 28, 2012

I think of it more as trusting in God, whatever He has in store for us will come and we pray for the strength to handle whatever happens. His promises are true.

Anonymous
on Dec 28, 2012

Having ranched all of my life it is just my nature to be optimistic.

Anonymous
on Dec 28, 2012

I expect it to be worse, because of the drought in Texas and because of the economy. Cattle prices are up, but so is everything else you buy to maintain your ranch and herd.

Anonymous
on Dec 28, 2012

Here in central Nebraska we desperately need rain. I believe that good Lord will send us some when he thinks are ready for it. To be in the cow business you have to be a optimist big time. I can say I can not think of anything I would rather be doing.

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