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Judging the halter

September 13, 2019

There always has been, and always will be, three types of people in this world: upper, middle and lower class. Another fact of life is that the middle and lower class folks will do almost...


A play in a bull corral

September 13, 2019

Today’s column is a short play. The characters: a pair of bulls — Cuthbert and Bonebag — are attempting to out-bellow each other in order to impress a pair of cute heifer cows, Fiona and...


Then and now

September 13, 2019

Do you remember Prell Shampoo? Heck, gentle readers, I used to “hawk” it when I worked for Proctor and Gamble. It doesn’t seem all that long ago, but to many folks out there, it was...


Road trip to Kentucky

September 13, 2019

Well, I’ve actually joined the group of Thoroughly Modern Grandparents. By that, I mean that last week ol’ Nevah and I traveled 1,300 miles all to watch our two youngest granddaughters play three soccer matches...


The yellow plate

September 13, 2019

One of the more thought-provoking classes the extension service did in the past had a title like “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Plate.” Of course, it has to do with inheritances, making life simpler for the...


Incoming

September 6, 2019

Government officials say over 5,000 invasive species have infiltrated our ecosystem and our economy causing an estimated $120 billion in damages annually. Here’s my top 10 list of invasive species in America today. 10. Fake...


Rich farming

September 6, 2019

If wheat gets up to seven bucks I’ll hoard it, yessiree Till the grain bin’s overflowin’ Or it gets back down to three. There’s too much ridin’ on it To sell it right away, The...


Trivia Quiz Game

September 6, 2019

Batch No. 2 of Cowboy Cowgirl Trivia Quiz Game. 21 What is a beaver slide? A) Where baby beavers slide off the creek bank. B) the b-flat wail of a blues song on a clarinet....


Scholarship opportunity

September 6, 2019

Now that school is back in session I’m betting there are juniors and seniors who are wondering what they are going to do after graduation. They’ve heard all of the talk about deep student debt...


Grandpa

September 6, 2019

“Grandpa,” the sweetest, warmest greeting I could ever hear! I mean it, gentle readers, my heart melts when any one of my grandchildren say, “Hey grandpa,” or “Hi grandpa.” It’s just the way it has...


Blown away

September 6, 2019

In this day and age when astounding things happen seemingly daily, I often think to myself: “That blows me away.” Well, last Friday morning at 1 a.m. that little phony saying just about became a...


Farmers need to focus

August 30, 2019

“I run around and do 1,000 things in one day and then feel like I get nothing done,” is a common phrase for modern day farmers. We spend our days working IN our business, instead...


Halloween for adults

August 30, 2019

The only reason I can think of for going to conventions is to fill up swag bags full of free stuff at the trade show. During my career I’ve put together a world-class collection of...


A discouraging word

August 30, 2019

Gentle readers, what is that old cowboy song, “never is heard a discouraging word?” Well, by golly I reckon it just ain’t so! Nope! The discouraging word here in Colorado, at least for red meat...


Cattle, climate and the Amazon wildfire

August 30, 2019

“The Earth’s lungs are on fire. I’m so scared for this planet that I don’t even want to have children. I’m going to do my part to curb climate change by eliminating red meat from...


Snake scare

August 30, 2019

After a 3/4-inch rain a few days ago, it dried out enuf for me to plant my first fall garden (about two-weeks later than ideal) and food plots for my chickens and all the local...


Summering for a farm wife

August 30, 2019

Farm and ranch wives do all sorts of jobs — being employed in town or staying at home — it’s all work. Gals who stay at home range from working outside all day to being...


Response to Gov. Polis: Impossible Burger

August 23, 2019

As a cattle producer from eastern Colorado and president of the largest producer-only cattle association in America, R-Calf USA, I was very disturbed by Gov. Jared Polis’ publicity stunt with the “Impossible Burger” and his...


Forecast for the weekend

August 23, 2019

Monday through Friday if you were to ask me what day of the week it is there’s a 50% chance I’d guess wrong. My biological clock simply doesn’t do weekdays. One day is as good,...


Older-than-dirt clubs

August 22, 2019

As one ages, one must inevitably give up all the things that make one want to live longer. Once you’ve wandered, shuffled, staggered or achieved the status of older-than-dirt maturity (through no fault of your...