AgDay Daily Recap -May 22, 2017

07:57AM May 22, 2017
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 22, 2017


HEADLINES
FEED YARD FORTUNES ROLL BACK INTO THE BLACK. PLUS, USE OF THE H-2 PROGRAM IS ON THE RISE. IN AGRIBUSINESS...PREPPING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD. MACHINERY PETE SAYS COMBINE PRICES ARE CLIMBING. AND PROOF YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO BUY SOMETHING NEW.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

FEEDYARDS IN RECOVERY
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. FEEDYARD MARGINS SEEING A  COMPLETE 180 IN 18 MONTHS, WITH OPERATERS REFERRING TO THE BUSINESS  AS A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. BUT AS TYNE MORGAN REPORTS EVEN WITH  STRONG MARGINS, FEEDYARDS ARE STILL IN RECOVERY MODE FROM 2015. FOR HARTLEY, TEXAS FEEDYARD OPERATOR RYAN MOOREHOUSE, 2017 IS OFF TO  A GOOD START.  OUR INDUSTRY IS A ROLLERCOASTER AND RIGHT NOW WE'RE AT THE TOP. I THINK WHEN YOU WERE HERE  BEFORE WE WERE AT THE BOTTOM. BUT WE'LL JUST TRY TO TGAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT AND TRY TO REGAIN  SOME OF THE EQUITY WE LSOT BACK THEN."LAST TIME WE VISITED IN 2015, THE PICTURE WASN'T AS GREEN.  STERLING PROFIT TRACKER SHOWED IN OCTOBER 2015, FEEDYARDS WERE  LOSING AN AVERAGE OF $500 PER HEAD.  AND WHILE IT MAY NOT LOOK MUCH DIFFERENT, CATTLE WERE FED TO HEAVIER  WEIGHTS, JUST ADDING TO THE PAIN. TODAY, IT'S A COMPLETE 180. STERLIGN PROFIT TRACKER SHOWING FOR THE  WEEK ENDING MAY 12TH, FEEDYARDS SAW $536 PER HEAD GAINS... AND WITH  MORE ATTRACTIVE  PRICES, THESE FEEDYARDS ARE PACKED WITH LIGHTER  CARCASS WEIGHTS AS CATTLE ARE PULLED UP GREENER.  I THINK THE WHOLE INDUSTRY IS. THE BASSIS HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING FOR HEDGERS, ADN THEREFORE IT  INCENTS FEEDERS TO PULL THEIR CATTLE FORWARD AND SELL THEM SOONER.WHILE TODAY'S PROFITS LOOK GOOD ON PAPER, MOORHOUSE SAYS THAT'S NOT  THE CASE FOR EVERYONE. I THINK PEOPLE ARE STILL MAKING GOOD MONEY IN THE CATTLE FEEDING BUT IT'S NOT JUST A CASH TO  CASH. FOR THE MOST PART PEOPLE HEDGED SOME MARGIN IN THEM, BECAUSE THEY'VE HAD SUCH A  ROUGH TIME BEFORE, BUT WE'RE GIVING A LOT OF THAT BACK. BUT I THINK IN THE END, IT'LL BE GREAT FOR  CATTLE FEEDING.BUT WITH CASH CATTLE PRICES LEADING THE WAY, THE BASIS HAS BEEN GOOD. WE'RE EXPERIENCING FANTASTIC BASIS RIGHT NOW. THE CASH MARKET HAS BEEN REALLY GOOD.  HOWEVER, WHEN YOU COMPARE THE CASH MARKET TO FUTURES, WE'RE CONSIDERABLY HIGHER FROM A  CASH STANDPOINT THAN WE ARE IN FUTURES.DRYER SAYS IF BOXED BEEF REMAINS ON THIS IMPRESSIVE RUN, HE'S  CONCENRED BEEF WILL PRICE ITSELF OUT OF THE MARKET AGAIN.  GOING FORWARD THE QUESTION WILL BE WILL CASH COME DOWN TO FUTURES? OR VICE VERSA> BUT THE OTHER FACTOR DRYER IS CONCERNED ABOUT IS OUTSIDE MONEY.  THE FUNDS HAVE A MASSIVE LONG PSOTIIN ON LIVE CATTLE. RIGHT NOW. AND I MEAN REALLY THEIR  POSITION IS AS BIG AS IT WAS WHEN WE WERE BACK AT 170. SO WITH THAT MASSIVE LONG POSITION,  THE NEXT QUESTION IS WHEN WILL THEY DECIDE TO REDUCE THAT POSITION.BUT DRYER SAYS WHILE MANY ARE QUESTIONING HOW HIGH THESE CATTLE  PRICES CAN GO, HE WANTS PRODUCER TO BE READY IF AND WHEN THE MARKET  FLIPS.  AS WE CAME OUT OF 2015, A LOT OF PRODUCERS SAID I'M NOEVER GOING TO HAE THAT PROBELM  AGAIN. I'M GOING TO MANAGE THAT RISK. WELL, WE'RE IN ONE OF THOSE TIMES WHERE IT'S VERY EASY TO  SAY WELL THE MRAKET IS UP AND I'M ENJOYING IT. WELL, THAT'S GREAT, HOWEVER, THERE'S STILL A  TREMENDOUS AMOUTN OF RISK.FOR NOW, MOORHOUSE IS LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD.. IT'S ALWAYS A CHALLENGE. NOT A BORING DAY VERY OFTEN.KNOWING IT'S ALWAYS A BUMPY RIDE.  ANYTIME YOU'RE A MARGIN OPERATOR, YOU'RE GOING TO GET BIG SWINGS. IT SEEMS LIKE THE MARKET  IS A LITTLE MORE VOLATILE THESE DAYS THAN IN THE PAST,AND YOU CAN'T LET IT PULL ON YOU TOO HARD  BECUASE IF YOU DO YOU WON'T STAY IN THE BUSINESS VERY LONG. BUT FOR NOW, HE'S BUCKLING UP, AND READY FOR THE WILD RIDE OF 2017  BECAUSE IF CATTLE PRICES CONTINUE ON THIS PATH, IT COULD BE HIS BEST  YEAR YET.  MOORHOUSE SAYS THEY SAW ABOUT A FOOT OF SNOW TWO WEEKS AGO, BUT IT  WASN'T A DISASTER, SINCE HE DIDN'T EXPERIENCE A FREAK BLIZZARD LIKE HIS  COUNTERPARTS SAW IN KANSAS. 

H2A VISA APPILCANTS
NEW DATA FROM THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SHOWS THAT FARMERS SOUGHT  MORE WORKERS THROUGH THE H-2A VISA PROGRAM IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF  THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY. FROM JAN. 1-MARCH 31, FARMERS FILED MORE THAN 41-HUNDRED APPLICATIONS  TO HIRE NEARLY 71-THOUSAND GUEST WORKERS THROUGH H-2A - THAT'S UP 36 PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO.  REQUESTS BY FLORIDA FARMERS ACCOUNTED FOR 16 PERCENT OF ALL APPLICATIONS, FOLLOWED BY GEORGIA AT 13 PERCENT AND NORTH CAROLINA AT  10 PERCENT, LABOR DEPARTMENT DATA SHOWS. IF AN AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS WANTS TO EMPLOY FOREIGN WORKERS UNDER  H-2A, IT MUST FIRST SHOW THAT IT CAN'T FIND WILLING AND AVAILABLE  WORKERS, THAT THE HIRING OF TEMPORARY WORKERS WON'T ADVERSELY  AFFECT WAGES OF U.S. WORKERS AND THAT THE JOB IS SEASONAL. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN HAS A LOOK AT CROP COMMENTS THIS MONDAY MORNING. MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  LAUREN TURLEY IS CHECKING CATTLE AND PASTURES WITH HER FARM DOG IN  STURGIS, KENTUCKY.  SHE SAYS -- AND GRANT CURTIS IN SCIOTA, ILLINOIS SENDING US A PICTURE OF HIM PARKING  THE SOYBEAN PLANTER AND REPLANTING CORN AT MIDNIGHT. HE SAYS 'IT'S ONE  OF THOSE YEARS.'  USDA WILL RELEASE ITS UPDATED CROP PROGRESS REPORT LATER THIS  AFTERNOON.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  VISIT FARM JOURNAL PRO.COM.  TRUSTED ANALYSIS, PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT. FARM JOURNAL  PRO.COM. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL SIT DOWN AT OUR MONDAY ROUND TABLE WITH BOB  UTTERBACK AND JIM BOWER-- THEY'RE GETTING US READY FOR THE TRADING  WEEK AHEAD. PLUS MACHINERY PETE "STAY TUNED FOLKS COMING UP WE'RE  GOING TO TALK USED COMBINE VALUES." AND LATER MEET BOBBIE BLESH-- AT 88 SHE'S STILL SEARCHING FOR NEW LIFE  EXPERIENCES-- ONE BID AT A TIME. AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS..MOLINE-BASED DEERE & CO. REPORTING FRIDAY IT'S FISCAL  SECOND-QUARTER NET INCOME. AT $802 MILLION IT WAS MORE THAN 300-MILLION HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO. WORLDWIDE NET SALES AND REVENUES INCREASED 4 PERCENT FOR THE FIRST  SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR. DEERE SAYS Q2 SHOWED SIGNS THE MARKET IS STABILIZING.  HOWEVER, THE COMPANY SAYS INDUSTRY SALES FOR AGRICULTURAL  EQUIPMENT IN THE U.S. AND CANADA ARE FORECAST TO BE DOWN ABOUT 5  PERCENT FOR 2017. LET'S SEE HOW MARKETS FINISHED LAST WEEK AFTER A FEW TURBULENT DAYS.WE HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO FOR DETAILS. TODAY IN SOYBEANS WE HAD SOME TECHNICAL BUYING COMING IN. IT REALLY  HAD A GOOD RECOVERY TODAY. IT'S BOOSTING FUTURES AND THE PRICES WERE  UP ALMOST 8 CENTS. WE HAD KIND OF A GOOD BUYING BOUNCE AFTER  YESTERDAY'S THREE PERCENT SELL OFF. IT KIND OF SPOOKED EVERYONE BUT  THE MARKET STARTED TO COME BACK. NOW, WE'RE FULL SWING INTO A  WEATHER MARKET. WE'RE EXPECTING A LOT MORE VOLITALITY GOING FORWARD.  THERE'S OUTSIDE INFLUENCES THOUGH COMING OUT OF BRAZIL. THE UNREST IS  HELPING THE U.S. PRICES HERE. FARMERS ARE HANGING ONTO THEIR SOYBEANS  AND HAVEN'T PUT THEM OUT INTO THE MARKET SO THAT'S KEEPING PRICES A  LITTLE BIT HIGHER AND THAT'S BEEN HELPFUL. ALSO, THE DOLLAR INDEX IS  BULLISH NEWS FOR THE GRAINS REALLY ACROSS THE BOARD.  HOGS TODAY WERE VERY STEADY WITH FUTURES HOLDING A 3 MONTH HIGH.  THAT BODES VERY WELL FOR PORK PRICES AND FOR THE HOG FUTURES AS THEY  WERE BECAUSE THEY WERE IN THE BASEMENT FOR QUITE AWHILE AND FOR THE  LAST MONTH THE MARKETS REALLY STARTED TO BUILD UP SOME STRENGTH. THE  TALK IS SOME OF THE HOG SUPPLIES ARE GOING TO SLOW DOWN SOMEWHAT.  THAT'S DEFINATELY GOING TO KEEP THE MARKETS A LITTLE BIT HIGHER.  THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME. I'M VIRGINIA MCGATHEY. 

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK ON THE MONDAY MORNING WE HAVE BOB UTTERBACK UTTERBACK MARKETING JIM BOWER. BOWER TRADING GENTLEMEN. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. LET 'S TALK ABOUT THE  WEEK AHEAD. JIM . WE'LL START WITH YOU WHAT YOU LEARN LAST WEEK AND WHAT. WHAT 'S GUIDING YOUR  DECISIONS AS YOU START A NEW WEEK WELL WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON IN  BRAZIL AND AN ONGOING STORY THAT THAT 'S GONNA BE COMPLETED FOR SOME TIME THAT THAT WHOLE  SITUATIONS AND TURMOIL HOPEFULLY WE CAN GENERATE SOME BUSINESS OF OUR OWN IN THE UNITED  STATES FROM WHAT THEIR LOSS IS THE THING IS WHAT THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR NORTH THE NORTH EAST  CHINA PLAIN'S OK AT THE AREA 'S BEEN A DRY THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO GET SOME RAIN OF THE  WEEKEND WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE HOW MUCH A THEY DID OR DID NOT GET THAT AREA IS A MAJOR  PRODUCTION AREA AND THEN OF COURSE AS A TRADER I'LL BE WATCHING THE SPREAD TO SEE THE SPREAD OF A TIGHTENING WHICH INDICATES THAT OF A BULLISH BIAS ARE IN THEIR WIDENING THE KIND OF A  NEGATIVE BIAS ON BOARD CORN AND BEANS ON THE SPREAD OF THIS. JUST ABOUT ANY COMMODITY RIGHT  BOB WHAT DO YOU THINK WHAT DID YOU LEARN LAST WEEK WHEN HE LOOKING FOR TO I I THEY WERE AT A TIME PERIOD WHERE THE OPPORTUNITY EXISTS TO MARKET DUE TO ROUTE OK AS A BEAR AND GOING INTO  HIBERNATION AND ON AND WAITING FOR THE BALL ON AND I'LL BE WATCHING ONE SEASON BEARISH NEWS  AND BULLISH REACTION. OK I WOULD LIKE TO START SEE AND CAKE AND TAKING UP PREVIOUS WEEKS. I'D LIKE TO SEE IT ON GOOD VOLUME GAPS. AND IF I CAN START SEEING THAT I THINK YOU BUY WEDNESDAY THE I WOULD HOPE THE MARKET WILL CONFIRM YESTERDAY 'S THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 'S ACTION WAS A SHORT TERM REVERSAL AND WEEK OUT WE GET A NEGATIVE REPORT ON MONDAY AND WE CAN'T BREAK AND WERE MOVING HIGHER ON TUESDAY WEDNESDAY. I THINK THAT WOULD BE THE TONE. IF YOU'RE  GONNA BUY IT FOR FEED NEEDS BUYBACK CASH CORN I THINK ISN'T KIND TO DO IT NOW OR FORGET ABOUT IT  AND WAIT TO SELL THE SUMMER. HIGH REAL QUICK JIM WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT SOME OF THE  FUNDAMENTALS OUT THERE 'S ANYTHING TELLING US THAT WE CAN RALLY HERE OVER THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS  WELL. YOU KNOW WHATCH CHINA DOES I KEEP GOING BACK AND CHANTING AS THEY THAT THE LARGE  SCALE CONSUMER DEMAND PULL OPPORTUNITY IN HERE WAITING TO COME IN AND LOOK AT CRUDE OIL  NATURAL GAS OF BEEF SOYBEANS THEY THEY'RE IN THEIR KIND OF THE FLOOR TO ME. BUT IT IS AS BOB SAID  THE NEXT TWO OR THREE WEEKS WAS GOING BE REALLY CREATIVE. YOU CAN MAKE A DECISION DON'T  WAIT TO LONG BE READY TO BE PREPARED FOR WHAT YOU DO IT. YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS FAR MORE PRICING.  OK. GENTLEMEN. THANK YOU FOR BOTH FOR BEING HERE WILL BE BACK MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE.  TO TALK WITH BOB ONE ON ONE CALL UTTERBACK MARKETING SERVICES TOLL  FREE AT 800-832-1488. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK WITH MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE LOOKING AT RAINFALL OVER THE LAST WEEK OR SO LOOKS LIKE  REALLY YOU CAN TELL THE MIDDLE THE COUNTRY SAW THE MOST RAIN. YEAH, THE WESTERN CORN BELT. THE  NORTHERN PLAINS STATES DEFINITELY ENDED UP WITH A FAIR AMOUNT OF RAIN FROM LAST SATURDAY THROUGH THIS PAST FRIDAY AND EVEN PARTS OF FLORIDA AND GEORGIA GETTING A  LITTLE RAIN MAY BE KEEPING THE DROUGHT FROM GETTING ANY WORSE. BUT REALLY, THE HEAVIEST IS FROM  NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS TO OKLAHOMA BUT FROM NORTHERN KANSAS EASTERN NEBRASKA ACROSS MUCH OF  THE CENTRAL AND NORTHWESTERN IOWA AND LOOK IN THE POCKET EARNED BETWEEN MINNEAPOLIS AND MADISON AND LACROSSE WISCONSIN AREA. I MEAN, THE FIVE TO EIGHT INCHES OF RAIN SHOWING UP ON OUR OUR  ESTIMATED RAINFALL, THIS IS ALL COMING FROM RADAR SYSTEMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HERE 'S THE JET  STREAM AS WE START THIS WEEKEND. WELL THAT'S COOLER WE'VE HAD OUR  WARM SPELL FOR THE CENTRAL  AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY FOR NOW. A BIG RIDGE OUT WEST STARTING THE WEEK HEADING  THROUGH THE WEEK THEN SEE HOW THIS JUST KIND OF SITS THERE AND ROTATES WEDNESDAY A CUT OFF   OVER THE LOWER GREAT LAKES BRINGING THE CHILLY AIR ALL THE WAY TO THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THEN WE KIND OF FLATTEN OUT A LITTLE BIT SO WE START TO SEE A MORE PACIFIC AIR FLOWING ACROSS THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY  THAT'LL START TO WARM UP THE PLAINS LATER ON THIS WEEK AND THEN WE SAY THINGS FLATTEN OUT A LITTLE BIT MORE SO SHOULD  SEE THINGS WARM UP AT LEAST  ACROSS THE PLAINS BY NEXT WEEKEND AND BY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WITH BUT THAT STILL LOOKS ON  THE COOL SIDE TO ME. FOR THE GREAT LAKES IN THE NORTHEAST AS WE HEAD TOWARD MEMORIAL DAY ITSELF. LOOKS PRETTY HOT  THOUGH WEST TEXAS INTO PARTS OF NEW MEXICO. TAKE A LOOK AT TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK. OVERALL  WE'RE GOING TO GO BELOW NORMAL FOR REALLY THE EASTERN TWO THIRDS OF THE COUNTRY MOST OF  EASTERN CANADA AS WELL, ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO THE PANHANDLE OF FLORIDA AND MUCH OF TEXAS. ABOVE NORMAL OFFER. THE WEST COAST AREA AND AGAIN AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK,  WE'LL START TO SEE  WARMER TEMPERATURES BUT IT WILL BE SO FAR BELOW NORMAL IN THESE WESTERN  PLAINS AREAS THAT I THINK YOU STILL END UP SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL FOR THE WEEK AS A WHOLE.  PRECIPITATION THIS COMING WEEK THEN WITH THE SYSTEM HEADING UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD. SO FROM TEXAS THROUGH THE GULF COAST AREA AND RIGHT UP THE EAST COAST ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED.

TEASE
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A COMBINE, MACHINERY PETE HAS BUYING ADVICE AND  PRICING TRENDS RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK. AND LATER, THIS FIRST TIME CATTLE BIDDER WASN'T BORN YESTERDAY. A CITY  GIRL GONE COUNTRY ONE COW AT A TIME.

MACHINERY PETE
AS WHEAT HARVEST GETS INTO FULL SWING, MACHINERY PETE SAYS COMBINE  PRICES ARE ON THE RISE. WELL I KNOW IT SURPRISES PEOPLE WHEN I SAY USED COMBINE VALUES HAVE  ACTUALLY BEEN UP JUST A LITTLE BIT THE LAST 18 MONTHS NOW HERE'S A LOOK  AT THE TREND WITH MY MACHINERY PETE USED VALUES INDEX QUARTERLY REPORT ON COMBINE VALUES THIS IS BASED ON ALL THE AUCTION SALE PRICE  DATA I'VE BEEN COMPILING 27 PLUS YEARS AND YOU CAN SEE GOING BACK TO  FOURTH QUARTER 2015 USED COMBINE VALUES UP JUST A LITTLE BIT NOW MORE  PROOF OF THAT CAME IN LATE LAST WEEK ON A FARM AUCTION LAST THURSDAY  IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA SALE BY MY FRIENDS AT THE STEFFES GROUP  WHERE THIS 2011 JOHN DEERE 9770 STS COMBINE 1814 ENGINE HOURS SOLD  FOR 152 THOUSAND DOLLARS NOW HOW DOES THAT STACK UP WELL THAT'S THE  SEVENTH HIGHEST AUCTION PRICE I'VE SEEN THE LAST 17 MONTHS ON A 2011  MODEL 9770 AND IT REMINDED ME OF THIS ONE ANOTHER 11 MODEL THAT SOLD  ON A FARM AUCTION DECEMBER 3RD IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA 1247 ENGINE  HOURS ON IT BROUGHT 154 THOUSAND BUCKS AND AGAIN THAT WAS RIGHT  WHEN USED COMBINE VALUES WERE GOING UP JUST A LITTLE BIT NOW ANOTHER  WAY TO LOOK AT THIS TREND IS WITH SEARCH TRAFFIC DATA TO OUR MACHINERY  PETE DOT COM WEBSITE WHERE WE'VE GOT ABOUT 6600 USED COMBINES  LISTED FOR SALE AND THE NUMBER OF SEARCHES IN MAY OF 2017 VERSUS MAY  2016 IS WAY UP NOW WILL THIS TREND CONTINUE THROUGH THE SUMMER STAY  TUNED. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK A TEXAS WOMAN IS CHECKING OFF HER BUCKET LIST -- WITH A TRIP TO THE SALE BARN. HER STORY..NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  CHECK OUT KUBOTA'S RTV-X-1140, A RUGGED  UTILITY VEHICLE WITH SEATING FOR FOUR.  SYOP BY YOUR LOCAL DEALER TODAY, OR VISIT KUBOTA.COM.  YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. AND THAT'S JUST WHAT 88- YEAR-OLD BOBBIE BLESH IS DOING. A SELF-PROCLAIMED CITY GIRL... SHE'S STEPPING OFF THE PAVEMENT AND INTO  THE PASTURE...ONE BID AT A TIME. GARY JOINER WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU HAS HER STORY. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE FOR A FIRST TIME. BOBBIE BLESH IS 88 YEARS OLD. AND TODAY IS A FIRST. THE FIRST  TIME SHE'S BOUGHT A COW. "I CAME TO BUY A COW. MY FIRST COW."  MS. BLESH IS A SELF-PROCLAIMED  CITY GIRL. RAISED IN DALLAS. AS A YOUNG CHILD SHE SPENT SOME TIME ON HER FATHER'S FARM OUTSIDE  FORT WORTH BUT MOST OF HER LIFE WAS CENTERED AROUND THE METROPLEX. BUT LATELY SHE'S BEEN  STEPPING OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS. RECONNECTING TO HER RURAL ROOTS. HER SON WARREN GOT AN  EMAIL A FEW WEEKS AGO. SHE WANTED TO SPEND HER TAX RETURN ON A COW. WARREN WASN'T  SURPRISED.  AND THE ADVENTURE BEGAN. "I'M NOT SURPRISED WHEN I GET ANYTHING FROM MY MOTHER  IN AN EMAIL. I CALLED KEN JORDAN DOWN HERE AND SAID MOM WANTS TO COME BUY A LONG BRED  COW, AND SO TODAY WE GOT UP. WE MADE THE TRIP, WE GOT OUR ACCOUNT, SHE BOUGHT THE COW, IT'S  GOING TO LIVE ON THE RANCH." KEN JORDAN—OWNER OF JORDAN CATTLE AUCTION IN SAN SABA— CONSULTED WITH MS. BLESH BEFORE THE BIDDING STARTED. ONE OF KEN'S EMPLOYEES BART  LARREMORE, WALKED WITH HER THROUGH THE HOLDING PENS TO HELP FIND THE PERFECT COW. BART ALSO  SAT WITH THEM DURING THE AUCTION TO GIVE HER THE SIGNAL WHEN IT WAS TIME TO BID. BOBBIE BLESH:  "THEY ARE ALL VERY HELPFUL, VERY FRIENDLY, NICE AND EASY TO GET VISIT WITH. I ENJOYED IT. IT'S AN  INTERESTING EXPERIENCE." MS. BLESH IS NOW OFFICIALLY IN THE CATTLE BUSINESS. SHE IS THE PROUD  OWNER OF A SEVEN MONTH BRED COW. AND IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE HER FIRST CALF IS BORN. THE COW  IS HEADED TO WARREN'S RANCH NEAR GOLDTHWAITE. WARREN ALSO GREW UP IN DALLAS. BUT  MEMORIES OF VISITING HIS GRANDPA'S RANCH AS A CHILD CULTIVATED IN HIM A PASSION FOR  AGRICULTURE. HE AND HIS WIFE DORI BOUGHT A RANCH IN MILLS COUNTY IN 1996. THAT PULL BACK TO  THE LAND SEEMS TO RUN IN THE FAMILY. BUT MS. BLESH HAS DECIDED TO LEAVE THE DAY TO DAY CARE  OF THE COW TO WARREN.  WARREN BLESH: "SHE HAS A PRETTY GOOD DEAL ON THE GRAZING RIGHTS AND  THE FEED COSTS." THIS IS NOT THE FIRST…FIRST FOR MS. BLESH. JUST TWO YEARS AGO WARREN GOT  ANOTHER EMAIL. HIS MOM WANTED TO GO ON HER FIRST HUNTING TRIP. BOBBIE BLESH: "I WENT HUNTING  AND SHOT A BLACK BUCK THE FIRST SHOT. ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS LATER I WENT HUNTING AND SHOT A DEER FIRST SHOT. SO I'M THROUGH HUNTING I DON'T WANT TO RUIN MY RECORD." WARREN HOPES HIS MOTHER'S  STORY WILL INSPIRE PEOPLE AT ANY AGE TO FOLLOW THEIR PASSION. WHEREVER IT LEADS THEM. AND HE'S  SURE FOR HIS MOM MORE ADVENTURES AWAIT.  WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU, GARY JOINER, SAN  SABA.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS.  

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