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Recent Stories by Lee Pitts, Columnist

Pitts: I don’t brake for cows

August 17, 2018 — I don't know why my friend Joan sent me Allen Swift's obituary, other than the fact he was the oldest living owner of a vehicle that had been purchased new. I suspect it's because she thought I held that title because I drove a truck

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Pitts: He/she cowpeople

August 13, 2018 — If I may be permitted to do so, I'd like to come to the defense of one of my favorite places on earth: the wonderful state of Wyoming. The busy-bodies with nothing better to do, who always go around looking for something to be offended

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Pitts: Runnin’ on the rims

July 27, 2018 — The single most important economic trait in beef cattle today is not milk production, frame score, birthweight, weaning weight, yearling weight or the size of an animal's reproductive parts. We have EPD's for weight, milking ability and calving ease but not one breed association has

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Pitts: Rest in pieces

July 13, 2018 — If the obituary of our country is ever written, this is how it might read: United States of America, July 4, 1776 – Nov. 4, 2046, 270 years of age. The last of the great super powers died quietly at home surrounded by 350 million

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Pitts: Don’t be these people

June 29, 2018 — I've been in some form of the auction business for 45 years and have viewed auctions from all perspectives, from buyer, consignor, ring man, auctioneer, clerk, sale manager, etc. So I speak from some experience when I say there are some folks we'd just as

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Pitts: I wish I was a cow

June 22, 2018 — Sometimes I wish I was a cow because they lose their teeth by the time they're 10 and they never have to go to the dentist. I hate to admit this but I'm afraid of dentists. I've been opened up by surgeons from stem to

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Pitts: You may be a dude if

June 15, 2018 — In the sorting alley it's easy to separate the dudes from the real cowboys. You may be a dude if: There are sheets on your bed in the bunkhouse. The camp cookie is a three-star Michelin chef. When you set out for the day's work

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Pitts: White truck syndrome

June 8, 2018 — My wonderful wife is the picture of perfect health with only one known ailment: she suffers from what is known in the medical community as "white coat syndrome." At home, my wife's blood pressure hovers right around 110/75 but when she goes in for her

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Pitts: Real fakes

June 1, 2018 — I don't know about you but I got really irritated when I learned about the legal battle in which test tubers and tofu fabricators are arguing that they should be allowed to label their product as "meat." What's next? Are we going to see top

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Pitts: A rare bird

May 18, 2018 — The closest town to mine is a well-known bird sanctuary, and once a year "birders" migrate to the big bird bash where they fill up the hotels, dine in local restaurants and put a smile on the face of the fine-feathered folks at the local

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Pitts: The rumor ranch

May 11, 2018 — I'm not one of those greenies who believes that humans are a cancerous growth destroying the planet, but I'll admit it's getting a little too crowded in my neck of the woods. The old sale yard is gone that had been there so long it

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Pitts: When animals sell bulls

May 4, 2018 — High tech has destroyed businesses, turned Main Street into a ghost town, and driven your Fed Ex and UPS delivery person to sheer exhaustion. Forget the mall, Americans are shopping on their cell phones. One of the few industries high tech has not tipped over

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Pitts: The Devil’s hat band

April 27, 2018 — As far as I am concerned, Joseph Glidden was the most miserable SOB that ever breathed a breath. I curse his memory every Oct. 27 because that's the day Joseph got the first-ever patent for barbed wire. Joseph Glidden is known as "The Father of

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Pitts: The cowboy arts

April 20, 2018 — I'm proud to say that I was a vocational student, even though the rest of my high school looked down on us and we were quarantined far from the regular campus. Teachers and school administrators weren't used to straight-A students and the smartest kid in

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Pitts: Making ‘The Change’

April 13, 2018 — It's come to my attention that lately there's been an influx of dairymen into the cattle business due to low milk prices. For many, making "The Change" has brought great joy because some dairymen felt there always was a cowboy or cowgirl hiding inside a

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Pitts: The Meatless Wonder

April 6, 2018 — "Do not condemn the judgement of another because it differed from your own. You may both be wrong." — Dandamis The biggest problem I had when leaving high school was that for four years the FFA had consumed my life and then, suddenly, I had

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Pitts: Soymanella Poisoning

March 30, 2018 — I don't know about you but I became a little irritated when I read that two of the three largest meat processors have made sizable investments in upstarts that produce fake meat. So, in addition to all the other things we have to worry about,

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Pitts: If butt for a name

March 23, 2018 — There's a fad occurring in the western world that I'd like to encourage. Ranch people are naming their kids rodeo-inspired words. I'm not talking about names like Freckles, Ote, Tibbs, Ty, Tuff, Trevor, Tomkins, Luke, Lane, Beaver, Monty, Mahan, Shoulders, Charmayne, Ace, Jake or Walt.

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Pitts: Poco not so bueno

March 16, 2018 — As we continue to unwind the double DNA helix, more and more genetic diseases like HYPP, GBED, HERDA and PSSM are popping up that can turn a valuable stud into horse meat for Frenchmen. For example, I used to think highly of the Quarter Horse

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Pitts: The bankruptcy book

March 9, 2018 — We've all heard of Chapter 11, and millions of folks have lived through chapters seven and 13. But where is this bankruptcy book from which these chapters come? From what I can tell, no one has ever read the entire tome. I know when I

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