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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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Fierce competition during the market steer show at NWSS

January 20, 2017 — It was easy to tell the sixth class of the market steer show at the National Western Stock Show was a competitive one. It took nearly 45 minutes before the judges picked the top two steers of the class. “This is the best class of […]

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It was a crowded field during the hog show at the NWSS

January 20, 2017 — With one year of eligibility left, Katie Pettit figured this would be the year to enter the National Western Stock Show. The 18-year-old from Pierce, Colo., showed two hogs at the market show on Jan. 18. Her younger brother, Colton, also showed hogs. “With it […]

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Petting zoo at NWSS was popular with small children

January 20, 2017 — It was an enclosed area full of small children, their parents ands grandparents, who could pet barnyard animals to their hearts’ desires. The petting farm at the National Western Stock Show is one of the few activities that puts the kids right with the animals. […]

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Marketing bulls is a dynamic business with a Hollywood feel

January 20, 2017 — The bulls on display on the purple shavings in the shadow of the old Exchange building at the National Western Stock Show aren’t necessarily the answer for the commercial cattleman. They are, however, responsible for the elevated heart rate of many a club calf breeder. […]

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Rural Tractor Brigade to be part of inauguration parade

January 20, 2017 — A Rural Tractor Brigade sponsored by RFD-TV will be part of the Presidential Inaugural Parade that begins at 3 p.m. EST on Jan. 20 and will be broadcast on numerous TV outlets. RFD-TV said Jan. 19 it had invited tractor manufacturers to participate and had […]

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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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Auction update – Jan. 23

January 20, 2017 — Jan. 23 Martin Ranch Annual Bull Sale 1 p.m., Ogallala Livestock, Ogallala Neb., (308) 726-2855 Jan. 24 Ken Haas Angus 36th Annual Right Combination Bull Sale, 1 p.m. MST at the ranch, LaGrange, Wyo. Jan. 25 Consignment Auction, Brush, Colo., (970) 842-5575, http://www.ama-auctions.com Jan. 27 […]

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Students receive scholarship from Colorado Farm Show

January 20, 2017 — The Colorado Farm Show will award eight graduating high school seniors and two college students a total of $23,000 to help with their higher education goals. Six $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $4,000 renewable Colorado Farm Show Scholarships, two $1,500 Colorado Farm Show Secondary […]

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Zinke gets the thumbs up from ag groups

January 19, 2017 — With the senate hearing for the Secretary of the Interior nominee Ryan Zinke completed, those most affected by federal lands management in the west are giving Montana’s sole congressman a nod of approval. Throughout his opening statement, Zinke reiterated his willingness to meet with people […]

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Governor, state officials to speak at Governor’s Forum on Colo. Ag

January 19, 2017 — Joining a myriad of other speakers at the 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown will each be stepping up to the podium at the event. Hickenlooper and Brown will help lead a forum that this year […]

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National Biodiesel to expand Washington office

January 19, 2017 — Taking the position that the biodiesel industry is still an “underdog” that needs to convince Congress and the Trump administration that it needs help to expand, the National Biodiesel Board said Jan. 18 it will expand its Washington staff. At both an opening general session […]

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Chinese ethanol, DDGS moves prompt plea to Trump

January 19, 2017 — China last week increased punitive tariffs on imports of a U.S. distillers’ dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn and ethanol byproducts, raising complaints from the U.S. corn and ethanol industries and a plea to President-elect Donald Trump to take quick action. “The ruling is […]

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Dairy groups, NASDA write Trump on Canada dairy policies

January 19, 2017 — The National Milk Producers Federation, the International Dairy Foods Association, the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture wrote President-elect Donald Trump on Dec. 11 that Canada’s dairy trade policies are “intentionally designed to block imports from the United […]

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Dairy groups applaud House members urging FDA to restrict meaning of ‘milk’

January 19, 2017 — Dairy groups applauded when Reps. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Peter Welch, D-Vt., recently led a bipartisan coalition of 32 other House members in a letter to urge Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf to restrict the use of dairy terms on labels of plant-based […]

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Champion says the NWSS is his ‘honey hole’

January 19, 2017 — Starting his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rookie season in 2012, Texas bareback rider Richmond Champion showed up to the National Western Stock Show that year and won a round against top-flight competition. It was a portent of things to come. In 2013, Champion won the […]

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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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