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I grew up on a diversified little outfit. Along with my uncle’s family, we ran a couple hundred range cows, a mink operation and a little dairy where we milked 30 or so cows.

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We don’t have to look far for ridiculous statements.

Election coverage is famous for it.

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Before a nation troubled with an impending pandemic, headlines of fake meat and climate-killing “cow farts” circulated the internet. Toilet paper and hand sanitizer sat neatly on store shelves, and basketball fans were eager to fill out this year’s bracket.

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I grabbed onto my saddle horn with my left hand and pulled back on the reins with my right. “Whoa, Reba, whoa.” She broke her lope into a fast trot, and the change of pattern caused my left foot to come out of the stirrup.

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The rodeo really started when Odie grabbed that rattlesnake by the tail. But that’s starting in the middle of the story, so let me try this from the top.

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It has occurred to me that we humans seem very attached to catch phrases, something short, snappy and easily repeatable. I remember when the Tyson fire happened last August, one news article called it a “black swan” and pretty soon, everyone was calling it a black swan which, personally, I think is too suave a name for something that shook up the beef industry so much. Better to call it a “black buzzard” or something equally unsavory.

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