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Baxter Black: Leroy and Tom

December 4, 2019

Everybody has a Christmas that stands out in their memory like dandruff on Superman’s cape! Mine was several years ago. Bah Humbug Bill, the cow buyer made a deal on a set of cows down...


Baxter Black: Goddess of the hunt

November 25, 2019

Diana, goddess of the hunt, stands as a Roman heroine to a long line of female hunters. Even today there are many who have followed in her spoor that deserve to have their name written...


Baxter Black: An Old Story

November 18, 2019

Stop me if this sounds familiar… Jake had some trouble with his folks. So to keep peace in the family he let the ranch and headed east where his reputation hadn’t preceded him. He wound...


Baxter Black: Remains of a Party

November 6, 2019

We all have great memories of ‘the best party’. I had a party. It lasted 48 hours. I lost my socks, my dignity, two days of my life, six ping-pong balls and four pounds. I...


Baxter Black: Medical or Nutritional

October 28, 2019

One of the most important traits of a good feedlot manager is the ability to assign blame. That is the reason they often employ consulting vets and nutritionists. It keeps them from having to fire...


Baxter Black: “Climate Change” Cowboy Logic

October 25, 2019

The sea level is rising. We are in an “interglacial period” within the Pleistocene Ice Age, according to the learned. It has been melting ice for the last ten thousand years. So, we miniscule Earthlings...


A Hundred Years From Now

October 16, 2019

Life has always been a balancing act between the haves and have-nots. Less populated industrial countries use the major portion of fossil fuel while third world countries still farm by hand and recreate. The world...


Baxter Black: Farm Animals In History

October 10, 2019

Mankind from prehistory to space exploration has always depended on animals for help in their quest for advancing civilization. Granted, often as bait or as guinea pigs but we have depended on them, nonetheless. After...


Baxter Black: Gypsy Cow

October 4, 2019

I was just about to cull the cow when the boss sees me swingin’ the gate. “Hold it there, Doc, for a minute yet, ‘cause I’ve not quite decided her fate. There’s somethin’ about this...


Back to Nature

September 17, 2019

Harold has been dismantling his feedlot. He built it over 40 years ago and eventually achieved a 30,000 head capacity. You can imagine the accumulation of steel, rubber, railroad ties, nails, car bodies, pipe, chains,...


Baxter Black: In The Doghouse

September 12, 2019

It’s not easy being a missionary distributing religious pamphlets door to door. Home-owners will go to extremes to avoid listening to you. Audrey and her husband, Walter, have a ranch in British Columbia around Fraser...


Baxter Black: Rich Farming

August 26, 2019

If wheat gets up to seven bucks I’ll hoard it, yessiree Till the grain bin’s overflowin’ Or it gets back down to three. There’s too much ridin’ on it To sell it right away, The...


Baxter Black: Trolling for Buffalo

August 23, 2019

Buffalo Bob took the call on his cellular phone. I caught the last of the conversation, “and if that don’t work try a shot. No . . . not a tranquilizer, a 30-30. At least...


The Lost Chicken

August 15, 2019

Lynne parked her car in the little lot behind Cookies Du Moi. It was an odd little corner of Salt Lake City mixing pawn shops, liquor stores with barred windows and an invasion of upscale...


Baxter Black: The Feedlot Hand

August 8, 2019

Life is just a bowl of cherries to a first rate feedlot hand, All the gates swing free and easy, every day’s precisely planned. The boss is always pleasant and lavish with his praise. And...


Baxter Black: Talkin’ Dirty

July 26, 2019

In this column I have often mentioned scours, abscesses, big tits, bad bags, cancer eyes, foot rot, slurry pits, afterbirth, retained placenta, castration, heat cycles, sheep pellets and snotty noses. Over the years I have...


Baxter Black: Cowboy Wedding

July 19, 2019

When one of my cowboy friends tells me he’s getting married, my first question is “Does she have a job?” This particular wedding took place in the pines of Arizona. I thought that I would...


Baxter Black: Good Dawg

July 12, 2019

Every genuine or would be cowboy’s pride and joy is his ‘good dawg!’ One of the highlights at a Stock Show is the stock dog trials. Now, allowin’ for the fact that all my exposure...


Baxter Black: Ol’ Rookie

July 3, 2019

Old dogs. They write songs about’em and watermelon wine. They have sayings about ‘em learning new tricks. They even name feet after them, i.e., “My ol’ dogs are shore tired!” In a dog’s lifespan they...


Baxter Black: I Guess You Forgot

June 28, 2019

This year we recognized the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the end of the 2nd World War. Europe had been completely conquered except for England, an island about the size of Wyoming. President...