It’s not that no one knows food prices are going up, even the least of us interested in cooking kinda knows that. But, last evening Renter came over and wanted know if I was interested in allowing him pasture this grass season.
I allowed as how we’d talked it over last fall and he’d said he’d have calves on the grass by 12 April, and wondered, I said, what had happened to his plans.
He had the grace to seem a bit embarrassed he hadn’t brought the calves as promised nor notified me that he wasn’t using the grass this year, thereby allowing me to rent to someone else.h
Now Renter is acquiring a small herd of good stock – he’s making plans for his retirement years, after he quits the aircraft plant. So he’s spent some time (years, actually) selecting a bull and cows of good quality.
Over the winter I had occasion to view the small herd and watch the fall calves. Good critters all. Renter has a good bull and some of his cows I had on my grass as calves. Very big creatures, to be sure.
Anyhow, getting back to Renters not bringing calves yet, he explained that the calves I’d seen last fall and over winter and I’d thought I’d be getting had been sold. He told me he had his uncle looking for more calves and he’d probably put them on my grass when he bought them.
I told him I was agreeable to that as I hadn’t rented to other as yet, and asked how the ssale of his fall calves had progressed.-r
He told me he’d received a price for the heifers that was totally un-realistic. He said the sale of his calves was better than selling a full grown animal. In fact, he said, he could pay less for a bred and caught cow for less than he’d received for one of the least of his fall calves.
He was most amazed at the prices and I winced thinking that if a calf brought the pricess he claimed (and I don’t doubt his claim) then next years retail prices will be almost a third higher at the store than they are now.
That’s a spooky thought.
From the reaches,