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Black: Lawn clippings

September 7, 2018 — The first week of August I was haulin' a load of cows to the sale. We hadn't had rain for five weeks and my pasture was pretty sorry. I'd been feedin' hay for two weeks. Along the highway I could see houses on either side.

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Black: Nitwit wisdom

May 11, 2018 — Nitwits are partial to wisdom that's usually corny and trite. But the worst part of nitwit wisdom is when the nitwit is right! I's ridin' pasture for Brimhall, checkin' for bad eyes and such. He'd hired this nitwit to help me. He never did like

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Black: Officer in need of assistance

May 4, 2018 — Clair hired out to Bob punchin' cows. Clair soon realized it was more like working at a wild game park than a cattle farm. Two square miles of rollin' western Minnesota pasture. Bob never knew how many cows he had. "It doesn't matter if you

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Black: Classified Ads (Interpreted)

April 27, 2018 — HELP WANTED COWBOY (at least own a hat), REMOTE CAMP (applicant must be able to work a parachute), SELF STARTER (rooster furnished). NO PROBLEM DRINKERS (wait! On the other hand, you might fit right in). MUST SHOE (if you can't shoe we'll furnish you with

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Black: I was only trying to help

April 20, 2018 — It is a wonder that some vet students don't get discouraged. I don't mean from the grueling hours of study, the four years without sleep or the daunting specter of trying to cram 10 metric tons of knowledge into a six-ounce brain. No, I mean

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Black: The day the ranch changed hands

April 13, 2018 — I first met the crew in the bunkhouse the day that we bought the four D's. I'd come in that night after supper and found 'em all takin' their ease. My job was to count all the cattle and stay till the transfer was done.

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Black: The new head catch

April 6, 2018 — It was a fairly nice day for Cut Bank in early April. A little breeze blowin' off the reservation, the sun about the color of skimmed milk and the creek startin' to show the runoff. That afternoon, Myron had spotted one of his cows with

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Black: A love story

March 30, 2018 — This is a love story. In a small ranching community in the west there lived a man, his wife and four children. They were no different than their neighbors. They ran cows, built fence and did their part to keep their little town alive. The

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Black: Ol’ Buddy

March 23, 2018 — Ernie's an artist. He's a rawhide man. He plaits California vaquero style headstalls, romals, reins, reatas and other fancy stuff. When you ride with Ernie you always feel like yer in a parade. But like any artist who is self-unemployed, he has plenty of time

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Black: A pox on this column

March 16, 2018 — A man in Wahoo, Neb., said he ate all the eggs he could. He felt it was his contribution to beef sales; every egg he ate was one less chicken! People take chickens personally. My brother Bob had a rooster named Oscar. They hated each

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Black: Lorraine

March 9, 2018 — To supplement farm income, some get their wives jobs in town. Others expand their hobbies, i.e. making saddles, braiding horsehair or running for county commissioner. Some, in desperation, get a real estate license! I chose the conservative, low-risk venture of making a home video. After

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Black: Jekyll & Hide cattle company

March 2, 2018 — He's kind to his wife when the market goes up His children think that he's neat. The implement dealer sits by him in church And his banker waves on the street. Salesmen treat him like he was a king The hired man asks for a

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Black: Advice column

February 23, 2018 — Dear Baxter, As a fellow veterinarian, I am hoping you can help me. My wife, Nancy, has two cow dogs that will readily obey commands to sit and stay until they get near a cow. Then they chase the critter and can't hear a word

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Black: Heifer’s hood ornament

February 15, 2018 — I read somewhere that the average "practice life span" of a large animal vet is eight years. After they quit large animal (L.A.) practice they go into small animal practice, government work, industry, university, research or some other less hazardous profession. Every L.A. veterinarian you

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Black: The Mountain

February 9, 2018 — Nobody rides the Mountain top when Winter's locked her jaws. The Mountain bears the brunt alone, his shoulders to the claws. She carves great gashes down his flank like butchers flensing sheep And howl, you cannot know the word. She never lets him sleep And

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Black: Pig tales

February 2, 2018 — Pigs are funny. Nobody would argue about that. There are people that collect them. Pictures of them, memorabilia, statuettes, door stops, curtains, pig clocks, wallpaper, pig tails, piggy banks, pigweed, pig stickers, piglets, pig-eyed piebalds and pygmies. In the homes of a pig collector you

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Black: DIY kit

January 26, 2018 — This notice was found on the side of a first calf heifer at the sale barn: CALF KIT INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLY 1. Remove calf from shipping crate. The shipping container is equipped with an automatic unloading device. If, for some reason, this unloading device jams

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Black: What is it about the mountains

January 19, 2018 — When I was but a preteen, my folks made every effort to take my older brother and I somewhere in the mountain states. It might be Ruidoso or Red River, N.M., or somewhere in Colorado. At the very first sight of the mountains off in

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Black: Old bulls

January 19, 2018 — If our wives had picked their husbands with the care we buy a bull There'd be a lot more bachelors on the street. We'd be bucked up in the willers with the other mossy horns Just waitin' for a straggler still in heat. They would

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Black: Braymer bait

January 12, 2018 — I started out in the cattle business south of the Little Ear Parallel. That line that runs approximately from Fresno to Atlanta. South of that imaginary boundary cattle with 'a little ear' do real well. Braymer and braymer cross is what we're talkin' here. They

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