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Lee Pitts: My Best Idea Yet

October 9, 2018 — I've tried everything to make a living in the cow business. I bought expensive replacement heifers when the grass was green and the price was high only to have to sell them for beef eight months later when the grass and the market both dried

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Lee Pitts: Save The Ice Cube

October 1, 2018 — I have lived for most of my life within 10 miles of San Luis Obispo, CA, or SLO as it's known. Normally I hate cities, long lines and traffic jams so I tend to stay away from places with stoplights, but as towns go, SLO

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Lee Pitts: Everybody Looks Better In A Cowboy Hat

September 17, 2018 — When I taught myself how to engrave silver conchas I practiced on coins. Most of it was foreign coinage but occasionally I'd practice on U.S. coins. And yes, it's legal as long as a person doesn't try to defraud anyone. Turning nickels into quarters would

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Lee Pitts: Name Your Poison

September 12, 2018 — Today's lesson is about poisonous plants, dangerous delectables and fatal feedstuffs. I'm talking nightshade, lupine, milkweed, and the poison used to kill Socrates: hemlock. Water hemlock is said to look a lot like parsnips and a human can die in half an hour just by

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Lee Pitts: Slow Moving Traffic

September 5, 2018 — If all the cars in the world were placed end to end… they'd probably be behind a slow moving cattle truck. Everyone is in such a hurry these days they don't have time to waste behind a Gooseneck filled with cattle. So they pass with

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Lee Pitts: Don’t Eat The Bait

August 27, 2018 — The Cigarette Act of 1965 required labels on packages to warn consumers about the dangers of smoking. Although, if people who inhaled smoke all that smoke didn't realize it was unhealthy I doubt they were smart enough to read the labels to begin with. That

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Lee Pitts: A Losing Battle

August 24, 2018 — We've turned the corner on beef consumption and it's back on the rise after more than a decade of falling like a sack of hammers. I attribute beef's decline to the plethora of diets urging folks to skip the meat in favor of melba toast,

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Lee Pitts: I Don’t Brake For Cows

August 15, 2018 — I don't know why my friend Joan sent me Allen Swift's obituary, other than the fact he was the oldest living owner of a vehicle that had been purchased new. I suspect it's because she thought I held that title because I drove a truck

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Lee Pitts: He/She Cowpeoples

August 7, 2018 — If I may be permitted to do so, I'd like to come to the defense of one of my favorite places on earth: the wonderful state of Wyoming. The busy-bodies with nothing better to do, who always go around looking for something to be offended

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Lee Pitts: Papered People

August 2, 2018 — There's a distinct difference between commercial cattlemen and those who raise registered cattle. The biggest contrast is purebred people dress differently and use after shave. Go to a fancy hotel at the same time purebred breeders are holding their annual convention and you won't know

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Lee Pitts: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

July 24, 2018 — I've read countless articles written by farm advisors and college professors on how to determine if you should raise your own hay or purchase it. Usually these include a formula or Internet calculator where you plug in all sorts of numbers like depreciation, variable costs,

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Lee Pitts: The Outback

July 24, 2018 — Parts of Montana are as close to the Outback as we 'Yanks' will ever get. They had given me directions in the Hell's Creek Bar. Next mornin' I was tryin' to decipher my scribbling from the back of a napkin. I turned off the paved

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Lee Pitts: Rest in Pieces

July 18, 2018 — If the obituary of our country is ever written, this is how it might read: United States of America, July 4, 1776- November 4, 2046. 270 years of age. The last of the great super-powers died quietly at home surrounded by 350 million greedy, spoiled

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Lee Pitts: How Sick Is She?

July 9, 2018 — One of the things that a good cowman has to have, besides a good banker, is an early detection system for determining when an animal is sick. This is important so you can take corrective measures either with medicine or by fixing something that's mechanically

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Lee Pitts: Don’t Be These People

July 5, 2018 — I've been in some form of the auction business for 45 years and have viewed auctions from all perspectives, from buyer, consignor, ring man, auctioneer, clerk, sale manager, etc. So I speak from some experience when I say there are some folks we'd just as

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Lee Pitts: The Difference Between Cats And Dogs

June 26, 2018 — If you asked a random sampling of 100 Americans if they dislike dogs or cats only 4 out of the 100 would say they dislike dogs. But a whopping 28 would turn up their noses and tell you that they are violently allergic to cats.

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Lee Pitts: I Wish I Was A Cow

June 21, 2018 — Sometimes I wish I was a cow because they lose their teeth by the time they're ten and they never have to go to the dentist. I hate to admit this but I'm afraid of dentists. I've been opened up by surgeons from stem to

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Lee Pitts: You May Be A Dude If…

June 12, 2018 — In the sorting alley it's easy to separate the dudes from the real cowboys. You may be a dude if… There are sheets on your bed in the bunkhouse. The camp cookie is a three star Michelin chef. When you set out for the day's

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Lee Pitts: Real Fakes

May 30, 2018 — I don't know about you but I got really irritated when I learned about the legal battle in which test tubers and tofu fabricators are arguing that they should be allowed to label their product as "meat." What's next, are we going to see top

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Lee Pitts: The No-Tel Motel

May 24, 2018 — As a travelin' man I spent my life in hotels and motels. I preferred motels to hotels because they were usually closer to my car so I was more mobile and I could escape being incarcerated, which is how I felt every time I stayed

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