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Johnson: Don’t need a horse to be a cowgirl

January 20, 2017 — While I was watching the horse events at the National Western Stock Show, I was reminded of a time when I was a young girl growing up on a farm near Edinburg, N.D., and wanting to be a cowgirl. But I didn’t have a horse. […]

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Yield: Some Reader mail and words from Jay Esse

January 20, 2017 — My little observation last week about driverless farm, ranch and commercial vehicles in the Fly-Over Nation struck a chord with some of my discerning readers. All that I heard from agreed with me — which is a bit unusual in its own right. One reader, […]

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Black: My unlucky buddy Dale

January 20, 2017 — One slow summer afternoon I was down at the calving shed near the river. For two months each spring it was like salmon spawning at rush hour! Hundreds of heifers, covies of calves, never ending nights, dozens of days, aches, dings, scratches, sutures, sleeves, scours, […]

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Sanders: My surprise trip to see my granddaughter

January 20, 2017 — After thinking it would be months before I saw the new granddaughter, I ended up going to Ann Arbor for a week to help take care of her. Although I remembered how small a two-week old is, it is still an awakening to see those […]

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Jacks: My time running a Colorado mountain ranch

January 20, 2017 — Gentle readers, have you ever had to go through the humiliation of being FIRED? I have, and in this particular case it was like a heavy load had been lifted off of my weak shoulders. It was only eight months ago that I had moved […]

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Pitts: My letter to the farmers and ranchers

January 19, 2017 — Farmers and ranchers, I was thinking of you today. You hardly ever write any more. When I started writing this column 35 years ago I got lots of letters. Paul Harvey once sent me a box of 1,400 letters addressed to me. But not so […]

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Pitts: Teaching a young dog old tricks

December 28, 2016 — My shrewd buddy Everett came by for a visit today. I haven’t seen him for a while because he’s been hauling stock, driving his John Deere and learning how to operate a backhoe. Everett came by because he got a new saddle and he needed […]

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The strength and resilience of rural America

October 5, 2016 — I’ve spent most of my life living in big cities. But the truth is, a lot of what’s shaped me came from my grandparents who grew up on the prairie in Kansas. They taught me the kind of values that don’t always make headlines, let […]

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Baxter Black: Here’s what the auctioneer really means in a sale barn

November 2, 2015 — John B and I were discussing how hard it must be for an auctioneer to say somethin’ good about every thing that walks through a sale barn ring. For the novice, we offer the following explanations for these rather ambiguous descriptions. ■ “Ain’t she the […]

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Don’t miss this one

October 16, 2013 — I get a lot of horse sale catalogs and to hear them tell it, none of the horses ever took a wrong step. Just once I’d like to read something like this: Lot #1- Frisbee, a buckskin consigned by Trader Joe. So named because he’s […]

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A serious suggestion

October 16, 2013 — The hearts of all folks in the Heartland of America are with the unfortunate folks in Moore, Okla. We have empathy for them for the personal and property losses they suffered from the massive tornado that ripped through their community becuz we know it could […]

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Steve Suther: Black Ink 3-18-13

October 16, 2013 — “That’s real money!” It seems like I’ve heard that exclaimed a lot lately. In presentations and sales pitches, it’s the popular way to illustrate the value of using a management strategy or product. Even the nightly news shows feature stories on how a consultant helped […]

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Steve Suther: Black Ink 1-14-13

October 16, 2013 — Some presents were wrapped in gold paper with a big red bow. Others were less elegant, but showed they were packaged with love. Some givers are even known for their ability to dodge traditional wrapping by handing over a shopping bag with the present inside. […]

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Steve Suther: Black Ink 1-14-13

October 16, 2013 — Some presents were wrapped in gold paper with a big red bow. Others were less elegant, but showed they were packaged with love. Some givers are even known for their ability to dodge traditional wrapping by handing over a shopping bag with the present inside. […]

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Tom Theobald: Notes from the Beeyard 7-23-12

October 16, 2013 — The sunflower leafcutter bees are done and gone, but the squash bees showed up this past week, I’ve written about them in previous years. There are two closely related genera, Peponapis and Xenoglossa, that have evolved in the Americas with the family of squash, melons, […]

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Hanging with the Blondes

October 16, 2013 — The snowstorm last Wednesday came as expected, just as I was finishing last week’s column. I spent the day in the Honey House doing a candle run with duck-feather snowflakes sifting down through the air outside the windows. I knew that the next day would […]

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Back at it again

October 16, 2013 — Home again. It’s always interesting to go back and read the column from the previous week before I start another, I often read things, little details, that are already fading away and I remind myself that putting your thoughts and observations down at the moment […]

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Halfway there

October 16, 2013 — Well, we’re here, and what a wild ride it turned out to be, at least through the first half of Wyoming. We were hoping that the storm would have passed before we left Thursday morning and it had, but just barely. The snow had stopped […]

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Bees and cows

October 16, 2013 — After several warm days when the bees were flying in the afternoons and bringing in the “mystery” pollen, the first of spring, we’re back in the deep freeze. We had a couple of inches of snow over the weekend and it got down to 7 […]

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Winter inspections — good news, bad news

October 16, 2013 — As I’ve said before, it’s interesting to go back and read last week’s column before I start on another. It is often like “dear diary,” and I’m reminded of what has changed in just a week. When I sat down to write a week ago […]

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