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Baxter Black: The Cost of Recycling

June 20, 2019

We try to be faithful recyclers around the house. I make regular runs to town with the pickup full of newspapers, bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard boxes and tin. I take old pipe and steel to...


June 17, 2019

One of my biggest regrets in life is that I never got my pilot’s license. I often wonder what kind of career I’d have had if I took the money I spent on getting a...

Varilek’s Cattle Call: Supply peak reached

June 14, 2019

Beef demand has held its own throughout our large supply of cattle. However, grilling season lost several weeks this year due to bad weather which we will not be able to get back. Beef sales...

Baxter Black: The Cow Committee

June 11, 2019

Once upon a time at the start of all creation Angels sat upon a cloud. An odd conglomeration Of buckaroos from near and far but not there from the city. Their job; to build a...

Lee Pitts: The Marketing Power Of Me

June 11, 2019

I’ve noticed that some of my fellow cow columnists have taken to endorsing products to supplement their income from ag periodicals and weekly newspapers who, up until now, have made it possible for all of...

Varilek’s Cattle Call: Negative closeouts

June 7, 2019

The feeder calf market remains volatile. It has had $29 break from previous highs with a small recovery last week. The rally in corn could be to blame for the washout in the feeders, but...

Baxter Black: A Cowboy Parade

June 6, 2019

You gotta hand it to cowboys. They can turn a birthday cake into a four-alarm fire! Many years ago the Napa Valley (California) County Fair and Rodeo wanted to do something to attract attention to...

Lee Pitts: Thunder Butts

June 6, 2019

I’m sure you’ve heard that Progressive Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez from New York and Ed Markey from Massachusetts have said in the Green New Deal that we need to eradicate cows from the face...

Varilek’s Cattle Call: Feeders are the Leaders

May 31, 2019

The grains took over most of the story lines for ag commodities again last week with delayed planting. There is no historical data to compare with as we have never experienced this large of a...