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Big Macs and Whoppers

January 17, 2020

No doubt most of you in the livestock business have a certain “family affection” for the fast food chains. Particularly those restaurants whose main attraction is the often disguised but still All-American hamburger. It also...


Cowboy Vegetarian Cookbook

January 10, 2020

When beef gets short, a lot of cowboys are forced to do without. The cook must come up with meatless meals. The following recipes are from the Cowboy Vegetarian Cookbook. TENNIS SHOE TONGUE Select an...


Cow disturber

January 3, 2020

McGraw posed an interesting question. If a cowboy herds a herd of cattle, we call him a herder. If a sheepman herds a flock of sheep, he’s still a herder. Why isn’t he called a...


Thumbs up

December 27, 2019

I confess to not owning a tractor. I have plenty of friends nearby with tractors. In a lapse of good judgment I borrowed one to brush hog a patch of weeds. Experienced farmers, even an...


Testimony

December 20, 2019

Christmas is the most joyful of seasons for Believers … when publicly we are closest to God … birth of Christ. It is also a time when we can open our hearts and remember the...


Little Christmas cowboy

December 13, 2019

He got his first horse at Christmas this year from good ol’ Uncle Stephen. For Wrangler-in Charge, he looked pretty young but looks can be deceivin’. He topped out his bronc ‘fore cook lit the...


Leroy and Tom

December 6, 2019

Everybody has a Christmas that stands out in their memory like dandruff on Superman’s cape! Mine was several years ago. Bah Humbug Bill, the cow buyer made a deal on a set of cows down...


Goddess of the hunt

November 29, 2019

Diana, goddess of the hunt, stands as a Roman heroine to a long line of female hunters. Even today there are many who have followed in her sport that deserve to have their name written...


A Sheep Thanksgiving

November 22, 2019

For some reason this Thanksgiving, I’m thinking of sheep. The sheep industry is havin’ a fair year. One factor is lamb being included and advertised in specialty dog food. The sheepman’s equivalent market to fast...



Medical or nutritional

November 8, 2019

One of the most important traits of a good feedlot manager is the ability to assign blame. That is the reason they often employ consulting vets and nutritionists. It keeps them from having to fire...


‘Climate change’ cowboy logic

November 1, 2019

The sea level is rising. We are in an “interglacial period” within the Pleistocene Ice Age, according to the learned. It has been melting ice for the last 10,000 years. So, we miniscule Earthlings are...


A hundred years from now

October 25, 2019

Life has always been a balancing act between the haves and have-nots. Less populated industrial countries use the major portion of fossil fuel while third world countries still farm by hand and recreate. The world...


Farm animals In history

October 18, 2019

Mankind from prehistory to space exploration has always depended on animals for help in their quest for advancing civilization. Granted, often as bait or as guinea pigs but we have depended on them, nonetheless. After...


Gypsy cow

October 11, 2019

I was just about to cull the cow when the boss sees me swingin’ the gate. “Hold it there, Doc, for a minute yet, ‘cause I’ve not quite decided her fate. There’s somethin’ about this...


Noah’s dispersal sale

October 4, 2019

To: Residents of Mt. Ararat School District Ref: Noah, visionary and livestock hauler recently returned from an exotic cruise, will be holding his first apré cruise yard sale. Many items will be offered to tickle...


Back to nature

September 27, 2019

Harold has been dismantling his feedlot. He built it over 40 years ago and eventually achieved a 30,000 head capacity. You can imagine the accumulation of steel, rubber, railroad ties, nails, car bodies, pipe, chains,...


In the dog house

September 23, 2019

It’s not easy being a missionary distributing religious pamphlets door to door. Homeowners will go to extremes to avoid listening to you. Audrey and her husband, Walter, have a ranch in British Columbia around Fraser...


Horse psychology

September 13, 2019

Some people are just flat good at handlin’ horses. They’ve got that good “horse savvy.” Matter of fact, there are people actually makin’ a livin’ trainin’ horses! I admire these folks’ ability and special talent....


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...