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Lee Pitts: How Sick Is She?

July 9, 2018

One of the things that a good cowman has to have, besides a good banker, is an early detection system for determining when an animal is sick. This is important so you can take corrective...


Lee Pitts: Making The Change

April 11, 2018

It’s come to my attention that lately there’s been an influx of dairymen into the cattle business due to low milk prices. For many, making “The Change” has brought great joy because some dairymen felt...


Lee Pitts: The Cowboy Arts

April 11, 2018

I’m proud to say that I was a vocational student, even though the rest of my high school looked down on us and we were quarantined far from the regular campus. Teachers and school administrators...


Lee Pitts: The Devil’s Hat Band

April 11, 2018

As far as I am concerned, Joseph Glidden was the most miserable SOB that ever breathed a breath. I curse his memory every October 27th because that’s the day Joseph got the first ever patent...


Lee Pitts: Soymanella Poisoning

April 5, 2018

I don’t know about you but I became a little irritated when I read that two of the three largest meat processors have made sizable investments in upstarts that produce fake meat. So, in addition...


Lee Pitts: The Backyard Conservancy

March 29, 2018

Attention wealthy widows, leftover 1960 hippies, greedy multi-national corporations with a guilt complex and other politically correct people with too much time and money on their hands… First of all a word of congratulations on...


The Trump Bump and Cattle

October 19, 2017

What’s that foreign feeling in the air at your local livestock auction? It’s a strange euphoric feeling we haven’t felt since the good old days way back in 2014. Could it be, nah, it couldn’t...


Lee Pitts: Six Degrees of Friendship

August 14, 2017

Six Degrees of Friendship There are six degrees of friendship… (#6) Facebook Friends- In most cases you couldn’t even pick out this “friend” in a police lineup because you’ve never actually met. For all you...


Lee Pitts: The special ones

August 9, 2017

I’ve always laughed at city folks and their duded up dogs and fully clothed cats but I can relate to them on some level. I can even sort of understand the bleeding hearts trying to...


Lee Pitts: Droning On And On

August 1, 2017

You can’t pick up an ag publication these days without finding a story on how drones will revolutionize the cow business. Supposedly, they’ll do everything from checking on float valves to spotting a trespassing hunter....


Lee Pitts: Raccoon Relocation Project

July 24, 2017

The average cartoon watching child in this country has been led to believe that the raccoon is a polite, intelligent, highly hygienic member of the animal kingdom. Well, I am here to tell you that...


Lee Pitts: My Most Memorable Vacations

July 18, 2017

It’s summer and many Americans are on vacation. But not my wife and I. Other than a day at a bit and spur show we haven’t had a vacation in 25 years. I tell my...


Lee Pitts: Get Along, Little Dogies

July 13, 2017

Among the many things I enjoy about raising animals is watching their interpersonal relationships. If there was such a thing, I think I’d have made a very good cow, sheep, pig or horse psychologist. Wisely,...


Lee Pitts: Mr. You-Know-Who

July 5, 2017

Pardon me but I’d like to use this column to take care of a little correspondence I’m behind on. My friend, who we’ll call Mr. You-Know-Who, has a bevy of ranching brothers scattered from one...


Lee Pitts: The He/She Dilemma

June 27, 2017

On the front page of our weekly newspaper there was a picture of a very masculine bull that the writer called a “cow.” To 98 percent of our population every bovine is a cow, even...


Lee Pitts: Old Crows & Wild Turkeys

June 20, 2017

“Do you happen to know what kind of bird that is sitting on the back of your cow there?” asked the trespassing tourist, peering through a pair of high dollar binoculars. “Around here we call...