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Baxter Black: A Sheep Thanksgiving

November 13, 2019

For some reason this Thanksgiving, I’m thinking of sheep. The sheep industry is havin’ a fair year. One factor is lamb being included and advertised in specialty dog food. The sheepman’s equivalent market to fast...


Lee Pitts: Old News

November 13, 2019

I have a friend who worked for a livestock newspaper for 40 years who has newspaper ink clogging up his veins. Recently he’s been involuntarily checked into cell block 314 of the Old Farts Senior...


Hanes: Beef Checkoff, where your dollar goes

November 13, 2019

Created 34 years ago through a vote of producers all over the country, the Beef Checkoff launched to add support to the industry through promotion and research to ultimately grow beef demand. After all, if...




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...


Lee Pitts: Stage Fright

November 6, 2019

One unattained goal in my life was to have my own antique stagecoach and learn how to “handle the ribbons” to control the the four or six horses I’d need to power it so I...




Varilek’s Cattle Call: Into the fall run

November 1, 2019

We are into the fall run with feeder calves heading to the feedyards. The amount of calves is creating a high demand for trucks. I had one cattle buyer tell me not to bid unless...


Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Weaning

October 31, 2019

The trucks are long gone Help went home Rancher walks the pen of calves Silent and alone He unsaddles his horse Checks every gate Says goodnight to all A responding chorus of deafening bawls Heads...


Stockton: Captive Supply Reform

October 31, 2019

Feeders and ranchers alike have every reason to be upset at the hit cattle prices took following a fire in a Tyson slaughter plant back in August. We can’t call this downturn a collapse because...


Fake Out

October 30, 2019

It seems like everything is fake these days: fake news, fake ice cream, fake money, fake teeth, fake knees, fake hips and fake identities. Bald guys are wearing toupees, women are getting fake boobs and...



Prairie Memories by Gary Heintz: Fall in Harrold

October 30, 2019

Fall in Harrold was a time of beginnings and endings, full of events looked forward to each year. School started, for some reason, the same week the State Fair began. As a student, I always...



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...