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BeefTalk: Why Push a Chain Up a Hill?

January 25, 2018 — The recent January thaw has helped cows into their generally relaxed routine in which they're essentially finding shelter, eating, drinking and returning to shelter. The slow days of late gestation are eminent. In another month, many cows will be calving. Producers have time now to

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Baxter Black: Pig Tales

January 25, 2018 — Pigs are funny. Nobody would argue about that. There are people that collect them. Pictures of them, memorabilia, statuettes, door stops, curtains, pig clocks, wallpaper, pig tails, piggy banks, pigweed, pick stickers, piglets, pig-eyed piebalds and pygmies. In the homes of a pig collector you

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Lee Pitts: Social Insecurity

January 25, 2018 — m November 17, 2017 was a BIG day in our lives. It's a day my wife and I have been working towards since we were teenagers. It's the day we signed up for Social Insecurity. I've paid into Social Insecurity since I was 16 years

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Day Writing: New Babies

January 19, 2018 — What an exciting time as we look around at all our friends who are expecting their first, or adding another, child. While we certainly haven't learned it all, here are a few things we've picked up on that may make it easier for others as

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Lee Pitts: Ladycrats and Republimans

January 19, 2018 — World War III isn't going to be between the United States and Russia or the Mideast, it's going to be between men and women. And it won't be fought with guns and bombs because women are too smart for that. Instead they'll try to starve

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Baxter Black: Do It Yourself Kit

January 19, 2018 — Do It Yourself Kit This notice was found on the side of a first calf heifer at the sale barn: CALF KIT INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLY 1) Remove calf from shipping crate. The shipping container is equipped with an automatic unloading device. If, for some reason,

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BeefTalk: Shop Around; Cattle Eat More Than Hay

January 12, 2018 — Managing feed resources is the biggest challenge when winter weather changes daily, and so do cattle feed needs. This year's challenge for the beef manager is finding the balance among winter demands, feed inventory and cattle inventory. Because of last summer's dry weather, hay is

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Lee Pitts: In Theory

January 12, 2018 — I used to have this theory, now debunked, that postulated that if you added up the IQ of a person with the IQ of their dog the total would be exactly the same in every case. For example, if you add up the IQ of

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Baxter Black: Braymer Bait

January 12, 2018 — I started out in the cattle business south of the Little Ear Parallel. That line that runs approximately from Fresno to Atlanta. South of that imaginary boundary cattle with 'a little ear' do real well. Braymer and braymer cross is what we're talkin' here. They

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Day Writing: A Holiday Recap

January 5, 2018 — I am holding onto the holiday mindset a little longer than usual this year. This could be the result of having a toddler and enjoying all that entails over Christmas, or the fact that all my decorations are boxed, but still sitting in the middle

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Lee Pitts: Fastidious Farming

January 5, 2018 — Farm wives will like this bit of news that farming may soon go dirtless, at least according to a company called Indoor Farms of America. There will be no more dirty clothes to wash or messes to clean up when your hubby forgets to leave

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Baxter Black: Things you can count on:

January 5, 2018 — § As soon as you load your horse in the trailer he will take a dump § Any 4th of July rodeo will get rained out § The more a new pair of boots cost, the quicker you will scuff a big chunk off the

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BeefTalk: Keeping More Heifers Turned Out Well

January 4, 2018 — How do you cut cow numbers in half and maintain the same number of cows calving? That seems like a strange question, but the question surfaced as the Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC) prepped for the current drought on this year's feed supply. The answer

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BeefTalk: Rolling Out Hay is Rolling Out Dollars

December 28, 2017 — As the year ends, reflecting on the past year is good. The obvious point this year is the lack of forage and how, as producers, one responded to the challenge. The Dickinson Research Extension Center needs more than 1,000 1,300-pound bales to make the stretch

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Baxter Black: 2017 – A Year To Forget

December 26, 2017 — "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." – President John F. Kennedy, 1962. The U.S. at that time has been remembered as a "royal" time. It was the age of Camelot. His wife a queen,

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Lee Pitts: The best present ever

December 26, 2017 — Like the coming of winter he arrives every year about this time. Much the same as the shopping mall Santa, the Donkey Man is a seasonal ornament. And quite a colorful one too. The Donkey Man makes himself at home at the city limits and

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BeefTalk: Will the Hay Inventory Feed the Cows?

December 22, 2017 — Cow herd inventory is the working asset for beef producers, and maintaining that inventory is an important component of a successful beef operation. A walk through the Dickinson Research Extension Center calf pens checks the health and vigor of the calves. The challenge is keeping

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Day Writing: There will be problems

December 21, 2017 — "There will be problems," the pastor on the tv said last Sunday. "You'll likely want this information to share with someone between now and Christmas," he continued. This was stated toward the end of his sermon, but it struck me how true those words are

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Lee Pitts: The Absolute Worst

December 19, 2017 — "Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?" George Carlin I spent 40 years of my life driving 50,000 miles per year going to and from cattle auctions. During that time

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Baxter Black: Down On The Farm

December 19, 2017 — It's Christmas time again in the city. Street lights, store windows, parties, jolly songs are being sung, tv and radio commercials are pronouncing its coming! Most of the attention centers around giving and receiving gifts, cards, trees, eggnog, turkey dressing, decorations and company coming. And

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