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Baxter Black

Baxter Black tackles ag issues with a strong funny bone. Black is an American cowboy, poet, philosopher and former veterinarian.

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As I weave my way through life there are things that I count on. They are stepping stones in my path that I don’t worry about, like:

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Early in my veterinary career I developed a respect for the machinery used to restrain large beasts. No, I’m not thinking of ropes, twitches or even classic music in the dairy barn, although at one time or another I have used them all.

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In 1988, prezactly 20 years ago, I wrote a column predicting what the livestock industry will be like 50 years later: 2038.

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He was a good Dakota rancher with the stubborn Norwegian determination that allowed him to break even in the unforgiving country north of Mobridge.

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It is not uncommon to see real cowboys in the communities where cattle are part of the economy. I don’t mean posing in the street like gunfighters in Tombstone or passing out casino flyers on a corner in Las Vegas during rodeo week, but real cowboys in the middle school parking lot picking up their kids, in the latte drive-up or at the lumber store.

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Parents magazine polled readers about which of the 2008 presidential candidates would make the best babysitter.

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