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Baxter Black – Wanted: Cowboy

October 11, 2017 — WANTED: Cowboy. No TV, No phone. If you don't like dogs and can't tough it in the mountains, don't apply – Alamo, Nevada. I'd like to meet the ol' boy that wrote that ad. You can almost picture him in your mind. We're all acquainted

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Outside Circle: A new breed of traders, ranch rodeos, ranch rodeo finals, Hope and Healing event

October 11, 2017 — I took a trip last week down to the Minatare, Neb. area. The country from north of Hot Springs, S.D., to where I went all looked pretty good. Of course it's all in it's golden fall colors, so that just makes it prettier. I saw

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Lee Pitts: Bring back the blobs

October 6, 2017 — From the Lee Pitts archives… Eighteen states have sued the feds over some new twists to the Endangered Species Act. A species no longer has to be few in number to be listed, only its habitat has to be "endangered." There might be trillions of

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China beef deal not as good as it seems

October 4, 2017 — September 26, 2017 Dear Editor Call me a "wet blanket" or a "Debby Downer" or whatever you might think is the appropriate simile, but I am not too impressed with the China beef deal. China will not be buying that much beef, for the very

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Fall’s coming on

September 27, 2017 — Fall's coming on and it's quarter til four Everyone's up, headed out the door Horses are saddled and trailers are hooked. It's a long drive before a long ride can be took Hours later, bleary eyed kids stumble out with a yawn Cinches are tightened

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Baxter Black: Stress

September 22, 2017 — Let's say a busload of Brazillian soccer players came by your place one fine fall afternoon unexpected and took you on a three-day road trip. You didn't have time to pack your toothpaste or your own saddle! They made you play two games a day

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Lee Pitts: I’ll Let You Go Now

September 21, 2017 — I'm the last person in America who doesn't own a cell phone so when your phone doesn't ring, it's me. I have a good reason for being a telephonicphobiac… I'm a writer and I think it was Anonymous who said, "For a writer all phone

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Rain, rodeo, clinics, Black Hills Horse Expo, jackpots

September 21, 2017 — A lot of folks got some of that lovely rain last week and I am so glad. Some areas got the first measurable precipitation for the year. It's not going to grow much grass this late, but at least it settled the dust and gives

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To our TSLN Readers: Please excuse our growing pains!

September 18, 2017 — Hello! First and foremost, thank you for continuing to read and rely on us for the news and stories you need to keep up with the ag industry. We sincerely appreciate the trust you place in us as your information and marketing partner; it's an

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Baxter Black: Dog Days In The Feedlot

September 15, 2017 — Well, it's dog days in the feedlot now that summer's nearly done I been loafin' through the cattle but the steers don't suffer none They don't need much waterin', really, they just eat and drink and snooze Like a bunch of fat ol' bankers On

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BeefTalk: Calves Pay the Bills, But the Cows Make the Bills

September 14, 2017 — Breeding systems have goals, objectives and outcomes that reflect a total beef operation. Today, dairy, swine and poultry breeding systems exist and many accomplish the operations' goals and objectives. Beef production, however, is often the exception. The various stages of a good commercial beef breeding

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Kansas horses with equine infectious anemia, fundraisers for good folks, reining, cowhorse stuff

September 14, 2017 — I hope that by the time you read this, it has rained clear across the northern plains. The forecast today says that substantial moisture is predicted to fall clear across Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The fires will burn until rain or snow

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A few thoughts by John Nalivka: The new sheriff: Amazon

September 12, 2017 — You might say Amazon's entry into the retail grocery business is like saying there's a new sheriff in town. Amazon is not only going to change grocery retailing, they could well be the instigator of significant changes to the beef industry beginning with niche beef

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Lee Pitts: Non-refundable

September 12, 2017 — My friend Frank was facing an all-too-common problem: he owned a beautiful ranch that his kids wanted no part of. His son in California is a budding entrepreneur (he builds hothouses for pot growers), and his daughter is a vegan/animal rightist who hates cows and

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BeefTalk: Time to Get Serious; Small Cows Produce

September 8, 2017 — The old question kept coming back: Would the extra calves really pencil out if the center stocked 1,100-pound cows instead of 1,400-pound cows? And then more questions: Would those small cows actually carry the load? Could they be competitive with mainstream beef production? Since the

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton Maude:

September 7, 2017 — A good portion of the western United States is on fire. I agree with the numerous people blaming "environmentalist" activist groups for the current state of our nation's federal forests and the consequential uncontrolled burning that has spread to state and private lands. Due blame

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Outside Circle: Tom Miller induction, match bronc rides, Dupree rope, ride and slide, bulls, and more

September 7, 2017 — I've sure enjoyed the recent cooler temperatures. Kind of a nip of fall early in the mornings these days too. I had a good Labor Day weekend. The grandboys were here for a visit and they put some miles on their horses and got to

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Lee Pitts: Rattled

September 6, 2017 — Despite having lived in, or near, rattlesnake country my entire life I've never known anyone who actually got bit by one, let alone got bit and lived to tell the tale. Until now, that is. We've lived in our house for over 30 years and

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Baxter Black: Coyote Cowboy Observations

September 6, 2017 — -There's always time to pet your dog. -If a feller doesn't trim his own horse's feet, he's got too many horses or not enough time. -Some people do what they've gotta do to live where they wanna live. Others live where they have to live

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton Maude: In search of

September 1, 2017 — Several weeks back, while I stopped to get the mail, a man about my age in a white Chevy pickup waved and pulled up behind me in our driveway. He jumped out of his truck, hurried over, introduced himself, then immediately launched into a several

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