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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 vet medicine where the client almost always knows more than

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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, big, nasty and fully grown. He was raised in the

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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 from those that have the attention span of a Bartlett

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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 just what I'm talkin' about. Graftin' calves. An unnatural act.

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Baxter Black: Hung Up In The Fence

October 9, 2018 — She was a pretty cow. A big polled Hereford but she was only half bagged up. So they sorted her off. These were pretty rangy cows and when they got separated from the big bunch they got nervous. Rex and Clair dropped her over into

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Baxter Black: A Minority Needs Help

September 28, 2018 — What do cable TV and "Where your food comes from" have in common? ANSWER: Television ag programming is beneficial, educational to the curious public people who eat food, and the food producers that provide the food they eat. Interesting surveys: population of U.S. 327 million

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Baxter Black: I Should’a Brought a Raincoat

September 21, 2018 — As Noah said when he went out on the deck to check the windshield wipers, "I should'a brought a raincoat." Paul's day started out with a drumroll. Every morning for months as he went into the machine shed he noticed the rusty gate hinge on

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Baxter Black: That Time Again

September 14, 2018 — It's fall on the cow outfit. Time to get out the WD 40 and grease up the handles on the squeeze chute. Maybe find the three or four syringes that work, buy some new gaskets and barrels along with a box of needles. Time to

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Baxter Black: Lawn Clippings

September 4, 2018 — The first week of August I was haulin' a load of cows to the sale. We hadn't had rain for five weeks and my pasture was pretty sorry. I'd been feedin' hay for two weeks. Along the highway I could see houses on either side.

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Baxter Black: Labor Day on the Farm

August 27, 2018 — Labor Day was created by Unions to recognize the American Worker. It did not include ranching and farming; if they did, it would destroy the ability of a farmer to get a loan. If a farmer included the cost of his daily labor on a

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Baxter Black: Predator Friendly

August 24, 2018 — A concept in protecting coyotes has been introduced by a group of Montana animal rights disciples; Predator Friendly Wool. They proposed to develop a market for wool raised on ranches where sheep are not protected from predators. The sheep raisers who do not practice predator

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Baxter Black: She Does The Books

August 15, 2018 — This is my wife. She does the books. I do the important stuff Like mend the fence and check the cows, She makes sure the income's enough To cover the cost of farmin'. She's tight as a new hat band. I need to buy a

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Baxter Black: THE VALDEZ

August 7, 2018 — Lately there has been dissension at the rancho. I have overheard murmurings in the barnyard, in particular regarding my stock trailer. The grumbling animals enlisted my teenage daughter to present their complaints. In my defense let me describe my trailer. I felt like it was

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Baxter Black: Mexican War Zone

August 2, 2018 — How would you like to live across the street from an open Mexican border? Would you be afraid? Do Americans of all races, ages and states have a right to fear an open Mexican border? Yes, but not because the illegal aliens will take jobs,

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Baxter Black: The roper’s rule

July 18, 2018 — As I look back on my career, it never did exist. I tried to ride the broncs and bulls, I truly did persist But I never won a buckle. Oh, second now and then So now that I've got older I'm a roper, born again.

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Baxter Black: CIVILIZED

July 9, 2018 — When you hear the word uncivilized, what mental picture do you form? A grizzled trapper? Atilla the Hun burning and pillaging eastern Europe? American Indians before the Puritans and the Spaniards? And when you hear the civilized, what comes to mind? English barristers wearing wigs?

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Baxter Black: A Close Call

June 26, 2018 — Talk about takin' a beating. I stood on the porch at Dale's horse farm and soaked up the view. It was deep springtime in west Tennessee. The grass was so green it hurt your eyes. The dogwoods were in bloom and two sleek and shiny

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Baxter Black: The flag

June 21, 2018 — With your permission I would like to indulge in a little naked patriotism. The United States of America, during my lifetime has become a nation like none other on earth. Not because it is the most powerful nation on earth, but because we, more times

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Baxter Black: I Know You’ll Miss This Man

June 14, 2018 — The Lord spoke to the heavy hearts that stood with hats in hand "Your sadness pains me deeply and I know you'll miss this man But, it's true what you've been hearing, Heaven is a real place. That's no small consolation. You should use that

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Baxter Black: Know You’ll Miss This Man

June 12, 2018 — The Lord spoke to the heavy hearts that stood with hats in hand "Your sadness pains me deeply and I know you'll miss this man But, it's true what you've been hearing, Heaven is a real place. That's no small consolation. You should use that

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