The economy has always been a mystery. I saw some receipts from the late 60s and early 70s and I can remember prices. Hay was $25 a ton. Cull cows were about $.22 a pound. I don't remember what Dad got for calves but I remember bulls were about $1000. I bought my first registered cow for $300. Bread was about $.29 and so was gas. Diesel was even cheaper. You could even buy penny bubble gum. These days I don't know if a penny buys anything. A couple of years ago we were paying $200 a ton for hay. Calf prices were a little over a dollar. Cull cows were about $.70 or $.80 I think. I paid $5,000 for the last registered cow I bought. Bread was close to $4.00 and so was gas and diesel. Now we have to have insurance for everything cause everyone is charging way to much for everything even so called health care and you have the chance of getting sued for anything. A pickup costs more than a house did then and the expense of fixing them with a $100 an hour mechanic is outrageous. People with no skills, no work ethic and no get up and go want $15 to flip burgers. I doubt anyone in our profession makes $10 an hour much less $15 and look at all the skills each one of us have just to ranch. And a lot of it came from the school of hard knocks, blood, sweat and tears and lots of reading and neighborly advice.Well we are in for interesting times. It's tempting to sell all the calves and not keep any bulls. Heck it's tempting to sell all the cows. It's no wonder there are fewer cows in this country than there were in 1940. How many young people go off to the city for an easier way of life with a better paycheck. If prices stay up maybe we can talk a few more of them into trying to make a living doing what we do.