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Lee Pitts

California cattleman Lee Pitts provides his brand of humor on issues surrounding the ag industry.


I love feeding animals. No, I’m not talking about absentee feeding, where you pay way too much for a load of hard-doing 8-weight chronic steers, send them to a feedyard, get feed bills and death slips every month and sell them on the rail for less than you paid for them to begin with.

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Have you ever noticed how bad luck always travels in threes? I’m warning you, if the cows get out on the road and then the water well goes dry, I’d stay in the house, pull your shades and not answer the phone if I were you. Be very, very careful.

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I’ve learned a few things from cows and cowboys over the years, such as good veterinarians are hardly ever on time.

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Ranch brandings in the future will take on an all-new look thanks to squeamish animal rightists who get ill just thinking about all the despicable things we do to our animals to keep them healthy and safe. PETA and their ilk want you to treat your cattle like humans.

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The soundtrack of my life has been the chant of an auctioneer.

In the past 43 years, I have attended thousands of auctions and have seen auctions from every angle as a consignor, buyer, ring man, clerk, auctioneer, gate man and announcer of a video auction company for 20 years that sold nearly half-a-million head per year.

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“Why are you walking with a limp?” I asked my friend ReRide.

“It’s a long story. Basically, it’s because Honey Bunch and Archibald came for their annual visit.”

“That’s your sister-in-law and her wimpy third husband, isn’t it?”

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