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Read about different aspects of the industry from a variety of perspectives. Guest writers include cattle producers and beef industry experts.

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Normally, something that is 6 pounds 11 ounces doesn’t slow me down much. Throw it in my backpack while hunting, I hardly notice it, or add that to a calf’s weight, it doesn’t change the difficulty of the cesarean section much. But when it has big blue-gray eyes and thinks sleeping at night is for the weak, then it has my attention.

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Apparently, surviving the Great Recession and a global pandemic isn’t enough. Our brothers and sisters out West are in a prolonged fight for their livelihoods and very lives.

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I’m always on the lookout for inspiration for this blog. I listen and watch with ears and eyes wide open for funny things my fellow ranchers say, conundrums with our cattle and sometimes inspiring asides.

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Yeah, you heard it right. I see producers who would divorce their spouse before shipping their cattle. It seems too many ranchers forget they make their living off the land, and the cattle are simply a tool to harvest the land’s produce and transform it into a cash crop. In all reality, that’s what the cattle are: a cash crop, no different than a bale of hay or a bushel of grain when we really boil it down.

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Congratulations, you're still here!

Isn't that a little like how we all feel right now? We have hung on – maybe just by our fingertips – but we are still here.

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In country music, picking wildflowers is a euphemism for the kind of shenanigans my 8- and 5-year-old daughters know nothing about. Their earnest cries to pick wildflowers is completely innocent and 100% literal.

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