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Howdy friends and neighbors.  My buzz word for the past few weeks, MUDDY!  Call me strange, but I like it!  My memory isn’t that short though, I remember last winter and I definitely remember being sick of the sand blowing.  You may think the story about last winter I’m about to tell is a windy, but it is all truth. 

First, I have to ask, do you know the difference between a fairy tale and a cowboy story?  A fairy tale starts out, “Once upon a time.”  A cowboy story ends with a spit and “I @#$! ya not!”  

Now, back to the story at hand, (more…)

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Howdy friends and neighbors.  I watched a very good movie the other night.  When I first heard HBO was going to air a movie about Temple Grandin, the autistic woman who changed how we construct cattle handling facilities to better accommodate the natural movement of cattle, I was afraid HBO was going to slant the story to push an anti-meat agenda.  But not so!  This was a great show that highlighted Temple’s ability to see and understand how cattle want to move rather than being forced to move.  I highly recommend that everyone watch this movie to gain a better understanding of autism and the improvements made to handle cattle in a safer and kinder way. (more…)

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 Howdy friends and neighbors.  I know, I know, I have been lazy the past two weeks.  I missed you, too.  But boy do I have gobs to talk about! 

I had a wonderful chance to go to San Antonio, Texas a couple weeks ago to the National Cattleman’s Beef Association annual convention.  Yep, got to do the river walk and take in the Alamo as well as attend some cattlemen’s meetings.  I came away with one burning question from the entire trip and from the full gamut of the NCBA meetings and convention.  While walking on the river walk I saw a mallard duck that appeared to be sleeping while standing on one leg.  Why in the world does a duck sleep standing on one foot?   Yeah, I thought I would come back wondering about the supply curve of beef demand and how this inverted pie/point graph corresponded with the theoretical placement that the current cattle cycle would be in, or how the leaders in the beef industry were posed to tackle Washington, D.C., the EPA and the deer tick.  But nope, the duck sleeping on one foot has totally occupied my mind!  Finally, after two canceled flights back to Oklahoma due to the ice storm and three days of getting an over-exposure to NCBA, we slid into Sunny Point, OK.  What a mess!

On a more important note, the big take home message I got from the NCBA convention is the fact that I as a cattleman must do more to promote my industry.  (more…)

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