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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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Dally is a cattle buyer who lives in Colorado. He had spent a week in Illinois looking at confinement feeder operations and was heading home for three weeks, then planned to return to the Midwest.

O’Hare Airport in Chicago, where he had booked tickets, had long-term parking – but the cost was outrageous. Thinking to outsmart the city boys, Dally found a Holiday Inn and made a deal.

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Back in the days before satellite TV, cell phones, video players, Netflix and laptops, many ranchers in the West were isolated from civilization.

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One of the biggest upheavals in food production in the last 10 years was the result of one of the tiniest imaginable scares.

It would be comparable to one single Aborigine threatening the U.S. with a flyswatter, and our government issuing every homeowner a 50-caliber machine gun to defend themselves.

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The cattle business today has evolved into several distinct segments. Each draws certain people whose personality, skill and savvy make them best suited to that segment.

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When I’m asked where I get ideas for this column, I explain that in my travels among the agricultural masses, everyone has a story to tell … and they tell me. Almost always, they include getting bucked off, run over or humiliated in some form by large domestic mammals.

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Uncle Joe was makin’ his rounds this spring checking the horses and cows to make sure everything had water.

When he got to the bull lot, one of his prize young Charolais bulls had managed to crawl through one of the round-bale feeders and was lying down, happily chewing his cud.

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