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It’s What I Do

May 14, 2019

A cowboy is the way he is because he works with stock. He’s learned it’s best to ease along To find the rhythm in their song And not to fret if days are long ‘cause...


Baxter Black: Three Wheel Roping

May 10, 2019

I’ve always sorta figgered the reason there is more cowboy poetry than there is farmer poetry has to do with horses. Most cowboy poetry is about wrecks. One person plus one cow equals a wreck...


Baxter Black: Three Wheel Roping

April 29, 2019

I’ve always sorta figgered the reason there is more cowboy poetry than there is farmer poetry has to do with horses. Most cowboy poetry is about wrecks. One person plus one cow equals a wreck...


Baxter Black: Inheriting the Family Farm

April 22, 2019

The latest statistics show that less then 2% of the population is directly involved in production agriculture. It is a function of an increasing overall population and a limited amount of farm ground. Technology is...


Baxter Black: Cow Polygamy

April 14, 2019

I was visiting with Lisa after their bull sale this spring. She remarked on the overabundance of bulls for sale around the country this year. Competition is stiff. She said she counted the number of...


Backwoods Wisdom

April 8, 2019

“Age-in’ a cow is ‘bout the thing I hate most. Seems like they can tell the instant you cross the line into the strike zone.” We all nodded sympathetically with Jeff’s pronouncement. Each cowman in...


Baxter Black: Two Jumps

March 31, 2019

Two Jumps said he used to ride bulls. In spite of his name, he tried. He had grit, determination and bravado on his side. Unfortunately, he lacked skill. He was naturally inept And as life...


Baxter Black: 90% Taxes is Nothing New

March 19, 2019

This year I’m having a déjà foo. I remember learning in high school social studies that the maximum income tax then was 90%! I was stunned! Over the years I watched President Kennedy reduce the...


Baxter Black: The Rookie DVM

March 4, 2019

How many of you have ever had a new veterinarian out to your place? You think you’re scared! One of the hazards of a livestock veterinary practice is that it is the one specialty in...


Baxter Black: The Hunter’s Son

February 25, 2019

This is the poem of the hunter’s son as he tracks the woods alone And the beaver’s revenge when he seeks to avenge the hunter’s gauntlet thrown By choosing to pair with a grizzly bear,...


Baxter Black: Pull My Finger

February 21, 2019

ATTN: This is addressed to teenagers, tuba players and grown-ups in the news media who have gotten great giggles out of the story that cow flatulence is a danger to mankind! It can be expected...


Baxter Black: Graftin’ Calves

February 10, 2019

I was ugly when I was born. How ugly were you? I was so ugly they had to tie my mother’s legs together so I could nurse! If you’ve ever grafted a calf you know...


Baxter Black: Cow Attack

January 28, 2019

“What happened to your pickup seat? Is that buffalo track?” Well, I guess you had to be there. We had a cow attack. It all began when me and Roy went out to check the...


Baxter Black: Bentley, the Born Again Bull

January 22, 2019

It was one of those two o’clock mornin’ calls: “Looked like everything was comin’ jes fine, Doc, then he got stuck! Could you come?” On the way out to the ranch I put the truck...


Baxter Black: Cowboy’s Grace

January 17, 2019

Dear Lord, Yer lookin’ at a man who never learned to cook unless you count pork & beans And a flowery grace like you’d read in a book is really beyond my means But You...


Baxter Black: Prejudice

January 4, 2019

Prejudice is a funny thing. When a city slicker or a dude comes meanderin’ into the Montana bar in Glasgow he’s liable to get a lot of hard stares. But, I’m here to tell ya,...


Baxter Black: The Emperor’s New Clothes, California Style

December 26, 2018

The television paralyzed watchers as the horrendous flames burned California to ashes. The governor in command puffed and pounded, claiming that he and his ENVIRO-DENY-ERS took NO BLAME, NO BLAME, NO BLAME! Hans Christian Anderson...


Baxter Black: It’s Never Easy To:

December 20, 2018

1. Trim the hind feet of a short horse 2. Change a split rim tire 3. Patch an aluminum stock tank 4. Get the cockleburs out of your dog’s coat 5. Buy your spouse somethin’...


Baxter Black: A Christmas Tree

December 13, 2018

A Christmas tree is one of those things Like popcorn balls or angel wings That children make in the snow. Things with beauty unsurpassed That touch our lives but never last More than a week...


Baxter Black: TANGO SED

November 28, 2018

It doesn’t make much difference how fast a horse can run if the jockey doesn’t cross the finish line with him. Annie is a jockey and horse trainer of good reputation. She passed along this...