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Varilek’s Cattle Call: Supply peak reached

June 14, 2019

Beef demand has held its own throughout our large supply of cattle. However, grilling season lost several weeks this year due to bad weather which we will not be able to get back. Beef sales...




Baxter Black: The Cow Committee

June 11, 2019

Once upon a time at the start of all creation Angels sat upon a cloud. An odd conglomeration Of buckaroos from near and far but not there from the city. Their job; to build a...


Lee Pitts: The Marketing Power Of Me

June 11, 2019

I’ve noticed that some of my fellow cow columnists have taken to endorsing products to supplement their income from ag periodicals and weekly newspapers who, up until now, have made it possible for all of...



Varilek’s Cattle Call: Negative closeouts

June 7, 2019

The feeder calf market remains volatile. It has had $29 break from previous highs with a small recovery last week. The rally in corn could be to blame for the washout in the feeders, but...




Baxter Black: A Cowboy Parade

June 6, 2019

You gotta hand it to cowboys. They can turn a birthday cake into a four-alarm fire! Many years ago the Napa Valley (California) County Fair and Rodeo wanted to do something to attract attention to...


Lee Pitts: Thunder Butts

June 6, 2019

I’m sure you’ve heard that Progressive Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez from New York and Ed Markey from Massachusetts have said in the Green New Deal that we need to eradicate cows from the face...



Varilek’s Cattle Call: Feeders are the Leaders

May 31, 2019

The grains took over most of the story lines for ag commodities again last week with delayed planting. There is no historical data to compare with as we have never experienced this large of a...





Baxter Black: Training New Neighbors

May 30, 2019

In rural America, farmers and “rural lifestylers” are often neighbors. Seeking a place to better raise their children, to retire in peace, or to escape the continuing anxiety of the city, they move to the...


Lee Pitts: Clothespins And Saddlebags

May 30, 2019

As a leatherworker I do a lot of restorations. I regularly repair leather-bound boxes to hold antique $40,00 carriage clocks, make knife sheaths for eBay sellers and repair bridles and other tack for cowboy friends....


Pastor in the Pasture: Rethink Keeping Silent

May 24, 2019

I got a phone call, “What are you doing the next couple of days?” At that particular time I didn’t have much going on so I said, “Not much, why?” Joe (names have been changed...


Varilek’s Cattle Call: Feed-needs scramble

May 24, 2019

The main story of the last week has turned to the grains. Beef producers have been able to go “hand to mouth” for the last several years with no major threat of a runaway market....