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Baxter Black: Foreign Language

May 21, 2019

A medical doctor friend of mine was recounting his experiences in Africa as a volunteer for a church missionary program. He said it was very satisfying for the soul but his biggest problem was communicating...


Lee Pitts: I Can Explain Everything

May 21, 2019

Any day now I expect to get an e-mail from one of the many editors of the magazines and newspapers who run this column informing me they no longer want my essays because I can’t...


Varilek’s Cattle Call: Large supply continues

May 17, 2019

Last week’s cattle market action was a little more of a sideways chop as opposed to the recent slide. The packer still maintained leverage, but basis has improved for the past two weeks. An abundant...




Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Holly Mae

May 16, 2019

My sister Holly celebrates her 24th birthday on May 18. She was born three months premature, with Down syndrome, and we still take her birthday’s seriously. Her request, each year, is a party with her...


It’s What I Do

May 14, 2019

A cowboy is the way he is because he works with stock. He’s learned it’s best to ease along To find the rhythm in their song And not to fret if days are long ‘cause...



Lee Pitts: Enough Is Never Enough

May 14, 2019

The folks in white lab coats and low shoes with letters after their names are up to their old tricks again in attempting to build the super cow of the future. And please note I...



Varilek’s Cattle Call: Market on the slide

May 10, 2019

One of the unwritten quotes of market movement is, “take the stairs up and the elevator down.” The cattle futures continue to try find a bottom as the break continues. The packers took advantage of...


Baxter Black: Three Wheel Roping

May 10, 2019

I’ve always sorta figgered the reason there is more cowboy poetry than there is farmer poetry has to do with horses. Most cowboy poetry is about wrecks. One person plus one cow equals a wreck...


It’s the pitts by Lee Pitts: Don’t Call Me That

May 10, 2019

Don’t call me a rancher. I don’t deserve it. Even though I’ve owned cattle since I was a sophomore in high school I’ve never been a “rancher.” I had my first “cow herd” as a...


Will Ellsworth compensate for water pollution?

May 10, 2019

A while back South Dakota’s congressional crowd was in Rapid City, cheering on the chamber of commerce crowd announcing that the B-21 bomber would be coming to Ellsworth Air Force Base. However, probably not until...






The coffee can blues

May 2, 2019

I always liked traveling with Tom. There was never a dull moment. Tom raised and trained horses, trying to feed his family by doing what he loved best. It was a struggle. He had a...