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Horse trailer trends and toy haulers

January 17, 2020

Times are changing, growing up with horses, thought everyone wanted a horse. Now with urban sprawl and zoning changes, it’s not always easy to enjoy horses at home. To stimulate the market, I think we...


Scientific facts vs. Internet rumors

January 17, 2020

It puzzles me why non-agrarian/city people think they can tell farmers and ranchers we have to be more “transparent” and “open” about the way we do our work. The fact is no matter what we...


Makin’ tracks

January 17, 2020

Last week, gentle readers, I went to the big box store and bought me a new recliner. It’s a little bulky, too expensive and has a remote control, but doesn’t everything now a days? While...


Aggie limericks roll on

January 17, 2020

I’m on a roll with aggie limericks. So, let the good time’s keep rolling. • • • A fat arthritic farmer named Gant. Bought braces to hold up his pants. Told his friends with a...


The Greenlash has begun

January 17, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, the Greenlash has begun. All along the urban/rural interface the peasants are revolting. Those who used to cuss the farmer now flock to farmers’ markets. They cursed cows until the cow pastures...


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...


Rural cleansing

January 10, 2020

I could never be a homemaker. It’s waaay too much work and too much of it is of a repetitive nature. Take dusting furniture, washing dishes and vacuuming the carpet for example. You do it...


The wild rag

January 10, 2020

What is a “wild rag” you might ask. Hey, it’s okay to ask that question as most of the folks I come in contact with when I’m being a social butterfly have no idea. If...


Therapeutic healing found on the farm

January 10, 2020

The past year will be cemented in our memories for many reasons; 2019 was a difficult one, marred with the challenges of extreme temperatures, late season blizzards, spring and fall flooding, ongoing trade wars, market...


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...


January: 2020, the year of vision

January 3, 2020

The phrase “20/20 vision” refers to normal eyesight vision; according to many ophthalmologists, “…a person with 20/20 vision can see what an average individual can see on a standard eye chart when they are standing...


Miracles of plant modifications

January 3, 2020

When many readers were growing up, did you frequently hear, “Clean your plate. There are starving children in Africa?” One man it took it upon himself to do his best to alleviate that hunger. Born...


Inside out

January 3, 2020

There really are only two kinds of people in this world, those who prefer being inside and those who prefer being outside. I have devised this little test to see which kind you are. 1....


Growing up is hard to do

January 3, 2020

I remember as a lad of 10 or 11 years of age standing in the doorway of the little bathroom in our little company house as I watched my dad lather his face and then...


Enjoy these limericks

January 3, 2020

It’s been a spell since I’ve had any aggie limericks in my column. And, since I happen to believe that the limerick is the most fun form of poetry, I’m gonna correct that oversight with...


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...


Dronegate

January 3, 2020

Last week I was mildly annoyed when I read about the mysterious drone activity over Colorado, and the fact that nobody was taking responsibility for the unmanned aerial vehicles. This week, I’m downright angry over...


Wake me up when it’s 2020

December 31, 2019

As I write this it is not quite 2020, but I think many of us would like to put 2019 in the rearview mirror. The weather, trade relations, prices all combined to make for a...


Serving hard time (Best Of)

December 27, 2019

The justice system sentenced me to a day in their custody last week. I got called for jury duty. There were a couple reasons I didn’t call in sick. Number one, I thought it was...


‘Tis the season to give back

December 27, 2019

It’s that magical time of year again. The season where holiday cheer envelopes the community and well wishes and “Merry Christmases” float around the air like snowflakes. It’s the time where families and friends come...