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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Four-year Checkup

July 19, 2019

This week was my son’s four-year checkup. If you’re a regular reader, you may recall we have a history of…interesting interactions with his pediatrician. This visit was no exception. She is a very nice lady,...


Loco En La Cabeza

July 19, 2019

I think I may have a slight problem. My wife thinks I’ve reached the point of being borderline crazy. I’ll give you just one small example and let you decide. I’ve always been highly organized....


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...





Cattle Call by Scott Varilek: Feeder Prices Impress

July 12, 2019

At our halfway point through the summer, cash feeder prices had a better than anticipated start. The rumor is feedlot owners are using a breakeven of $120-$125 when making feeder calf purchases. That was taking...


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...




No Gifts Please

July 11, 2019

I was talking with a friend about things people collect when he told me about a fellow who collected running shoes that belonged to famous runners. His collection was world class and he was only...





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...


Lee Pitts: Hear It Roar

July 3, 2019

My environmentalist neighbor has a real dilemma on his hands. He spent a wad of money covering the roof on his house with solar panels to generate enough electricity to power his house, lower his...


Stockton: Ag Secretary Purdue putting the cart before the horse

July 2, 2019

Most cattle producers have probably not paid enough attention to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s recent announcement that adult cattle in interstate commerce will be required to carry RFID tags. This includes all cattle vaccinated...



Lee Pitts: Gone But Not Forgotten

June 28, 2019

My friend Woody always has been forgetful. In fact, it’s why he got fired, but I’ll let him tell the story. “I had this real good ranch job working for an absentee owner who lived...


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...