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Lee Pitts: A rare bird

May 11, 2018 — The closest town to mine is a well known bird sanctuary and once a year "birders" migrate to the big bird bash where they fill up the hotels, dine in local restaurants and put a smile on the face of the fine feathered folks at

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Lee Pitts: Making The Change

April 11, 2018 — It's come to my attention that lately there's been an influx of dairymen into the cattle business due to low milk prices. For many, making "The Change" has brought great joy because some dairymen felt there always was a cowboy or cowgirl hiding inside a

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Lee Pitts: The Cowboy Arts

April 11, 2018 — I'm proud to say that I was a vocational student, even though the rest of my high school looked down on us and we were quarantined far from the regular campus. Teachers and school administrators weren't used to straight A students and the smartest kid

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Lee Pitts: The Devil’s Hat Band

April 11, 2018 — As far as I am concerned, Joseph Glidden was the most miserable SOB that ever breathed a breath. I curse his memory every October 27th because that's the day Joseph got the first ever patent for barbed wire. Joseph Glidden is known as "The Father

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The New Head Catch

April 11, 2018 — It was a fairly nice day for Cut Bank in early April. A little breeze blowin' off the reservation, the sun about the color of skimmed milk and the creek startin' to show the runoff. That afternoon Myron had spotted one of his cows with

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Day Writing: What’s her deal?

April 5, 2018 — Perhaps you work with one, perhaps you're married to one. Maybe you see her in the grocery store, sporting muddy shoes, dark circles under her eyes and a heaping cart continuously being reorganized by a toddler or two. She may have blown by you on

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Baxter Black: A Love Story

April 5, 2018 — This is a love story. In a small ranching community in the west there lived a man, his wife and four children. They were no different than their neighbors, they ran cows, built fence and did their part to keep their little town alive. The

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Lee Pitts: Soymanella Poisoning

April 5, 2018 — I don't know about you but I became a little irritated when I read that two of the three largest meat processors have made sizable investments in upstarts that produce fake meat. So, in addition to all the other things we have to worry about,

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BeefTalk: Herd Vaccination Protocols are Critical

April 5, 2018 — Prepping calves for market next fall starts now with a herd vaccination program for cows, bulls and calves. An annual operational goal should be 100 percent healthy cattle. As producers working with the living, we know, on occasion, that not all will make it to

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Baxter Black: Ol’ Buddy

March 29, 2018 — Ernie's an artist. He's a rawhide man. He plaits California vaquero-style headstalls, romals, reins, reatas and other fancy stuff. When you ride with Ernie you always feel like yer in a parade. But like any artist who is self-unemployed, he has plenty of time to

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Lee Pitts: The Backyard Conservancy

March 29, 2018 — Attention wealthy widows, leftover 1960 hippies, greedy multi-national corporations with a guilt complex and other politically correct people with too much time and money on their hands… First of all a word of congratulations on helping us lock up the entire western United States. Thanks

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BeefTalk: Time for a Managerial Report Card

March 29, 2018 — Spring calving time is the most intense time in cattle operations. It also is the time to "grade" the managerial success. In school, we knew very well where we stood. If not, the pending parent-teacher conference refreshed one's memory. An "A" was good, a "B"

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Billy and the Butcher Hog

March 23, 2018 — A few days back, one of our butcher hogs made her way to the neighbors. Thankfully we have good neighbors and they chuckled about the situation before helping us load her. It made me recall the last time this happened… A few years back we

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Baxter Black: OL’ BUDDY

March 22, 2018 — Ernie's an artist. He's a rawhide man. He plaits California vaquero style headstalls, romals, reins, reatas and other fancy stuff. When you ride with Ernie you always feel like yer in a parade. But like any artist who is self-unemployed, he has plenty of time

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Baxter Black: A pox on this column

March 16, 2018 — A man in Wahoo, Nebraska said he ate all the eggs he could. He felt it was his contribution to beef sales; every egg he ate was one less chicken! People take chickens personally. My brother Bob had a rooster named Oscar. They hated each

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: International Women’s Day

March 9, 2018 — I'm not much a modern feminist, but as we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, I can't help but admire the many unique traits of women in ag. Not many women can: Recite the dosage instructions of the vast majority of both general child

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Baxter Black: Lorraine

March 8, 2018 — To supplement farm income, some get their wives jobs in town. Others expand their hobbies, i.e. making saddles, braiding horsehair or running for county commissioner. Some, in desperation, get a real estate license! I chose the conservative, low risk venture of making a home video!

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Baxter Black: A pox on this column

March 1, 2018 — A man in Wahoo, Nebraska said he ate all the eggs he could. He felt it was his contribution to beef sales; every egg he ate was one less chicken! People take chickens personally. My brother Bob had a rooster named Oscar. They hated each

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Ag Olympic Glory

February 20, 2018 — "Welcome to the 250th anniversary of the U.S. Ag Olympics! I am Don, and my cohost Chris and I are very excited to bring you an unprecedented day of foot events, made all the more interesting by the cold, snow and ice across much of

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Baxter Black: Jekyll and Hide Cattle Company

February 19, 2018 — He's kind to his wife when the market goes up His children think that he's neat. The implement dealer sits by him in church And his banker waves on the street. Salesmen treat him like he was a king The hired man asks for a

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