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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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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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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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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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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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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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Baxter Black: Advice Column

February 16, 2018 — As a fellow veterinarian, I am hoping you can help me. My wife Nancy has two cow dogs that will readily obey commands to sit and stay until they get near a cow. Then they chase the critter and can't hear a word we say.

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Baxter Black: Heifer’s Hood Ornament

February 8, 2018 — I read somewhere that the average "practice life span" of a large animal vet is eight years. After they quit L.A. practice they go into small animal practice, government work, industry, university, research or some other less hazardous profession. Every L.A. veterinarian you know can

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Baxter Black: The Mountain

February 2, 2018 — Nobody rides the Mountain top when Winter's locked her jaws. The Mountain bears the brunt alone, his shoulders to the claws. She carves great gashes down his flank like butchers flensing sheep And howl, you cannot know the word. She never lets him sleep And

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Baxter Black: What’s Christmas to a Cow?

December 13, 2017 — I know you've prob'ly asked yourself, what's Christmas to a cow? You've not! Well maybe, just perchance I've got you thinkin' now, When we march out on Christmas morn like nothin's goin' on, Has Yuletide struck the night before and disappeared by dawn? Were plastic

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Baxter Black: The Dog and the Rabbit

December 6, 2017 — Have you ever been embarrassed by yer good dog? Me either! I've got a good dog. An Australian shepherd with one blue eye and I believe he loves me. I believe I love him. He'll go with me anywhere. When I say, "You wanna go?"

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Baxter Black: Hunting Camp Cook

November 28, 2017 — Fall is hunting season. Airports from Bozeman to San Antonio are filled with men in camouflage suits carrying gun cases out of baggage claim. They are here to stalk the fleeting deer and the wiley elk. And, they bring with them millions in revenue, part

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