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Baxter Black: He Wondered How He’d Tell Her

January 22, 2020

The rancher told his foreman, “Looks like things are gettin’ tough The price of calves is deadly, heck, there may not be enough To pay the note this winter, I’m already overdue What with buyin’...


Lee Pitts: The Herd Heard

January 22, 2020

I’ve always been a very curious fellow. I think it was my curiosity that made me a writer as the poet Alastair Reid wrote, “Only the curious have a tale worth telling.” One of the...


Ganje: Don’t look for the gold, look for the gravel

January 17, 2020

In the natural resources, mining and geological fields, the ‘experts’ are reluctant to call gravel a mineral. It matters not whether they are a lawyer, judge or geologist. But I set aside this ridiculous game...




Prairie Memories by Gary Heintz: My Favorite Horse

January 16, 2020

It’s funny, when you think about it. We never named the best horse we ever had. We just called him “the brown gelding”. We bought the nine year old gelding as a team roping heading...


Wacker ‘2019: Monumental Year for Montana Ranchers’

January 15, 2020

We’ve reached a pivotal moment for Montana farmers and ranchers, as three critical trade deals are finalized and implemented. The benefits here are enormous, and I strongly believe Montana’s agricultural industry can look forward to...



Cowboy Vegetarian Cookbook

January 14, 2020

When beef gets short, a lot of cowboys are forced to do without. The cook must come up with meatless meals. The following recipes are from the Cowboy Vegetarian Cookbook. TENNIS SHOE TONGUE: Select an...


Lee Pitts: The Greenlash Has Begun

January 14, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, the Greenlash has begun. All along the urban/rural interface the peasants are revolting. Those who used to cuss the farmer now flock to farmer’s markets. They cursed cows until the cow pastures...



Varilek’s Cattle Call: Decreased Cow Herd

January 10, 2020

The slaughter trend from the last half of 2018 continued through 2019. That trend is another increase in heifer slaughter year over year. In my opinion, we are at or past the peak of inventory...


Heather Hamilton Maude: Planners

January 9, 2020

I bought a planner for 2020. The kind with tabs for each month, and a space under each date to fill in with to-do’s and schedules. With two kids, a busy husband, farming, ranching, boards,...


Baxter Black: Big Macs and Whoppers

January 9, 2020

No doubt most of you in the livestock business have a certain “family affection” for the fast food chains. Particularly those restaurants whose main attraction is the often disguised but still All American hamburger. It...


Lee Pitts: Rural cleansing

January 9, 2020

I could never be a homemaker. It’s waaay too much work and too much of it is of a repetitive nature. Take dusting furniture, washing dishes and vacuuming the carpet for example. You do it...



Prairie Memories by Gary Heintz: FOLLOW THAT TRAILER!

January 9, 2020

Many years ago Bob Oliva and I made monthly trips to Aberdeen for meetings. The trips were usually uneventful, miles filled with stories of golf and insurance. This trip was different. Much different. We left...