A Lull in the Conversation

    When my two older brothers were about seven and ten, they were in the back seat of an old black four door car belonging to Dad’s friend T.H. Wingo. Apparently, they (the boys) had interrupted the ongoing conversation in the front seat on several occasions. Dad finally told
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Dry Bean Camp

        My dad expected his sons to make a hand, early in life.  He believed that if he put us on the best horses he had, we should be able to handle cattle like mature cowboys.  In later years, he recognized that his expectations were a little high for
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No Big Deal for the Man or the Time

A few years later when my dad was 17 or 18 years old, a cattle buyer from the Fort Worth Stockyards offered my dad a job he couldn’t refuse.  He took the job and lived at the stockyards. During this time frame, the cattle buyer and a friend of his
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At The Wagon

In 1913, my dad was three years old. His older brothers were seven and nine at the time, I believe. They were attempting to live on their own in Archer County after their mother had died. Their dad, my granddad, was a cowboy on the Waggoner Ranch some sixty miles
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Regarding Wild West Stories

My editor, website designer, and the love of my life, have all encouraged me to share some stories with you. Somewhat reluctantly, I have finally agreed. My previous reluctance involved why anyone unfamiliar with our family history would be interested in what I will tell you are real family stories.
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The Life of a Calf

Life typically begins in a rural environment.  The particular location could be in any one of dozens of vastly dissimilar locations.  Perhaps the southern coastal areas of Florida, Louisiana, or even Texas; the high-country of Montana, Idaho or Colorado; the grass valleys of Wyoming, California, or Missouri; the plains of
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Food: What’s In Our Future?

You’ve heard it said of others that “he just couldn’t stand prosperity.”  Meaning that: once, he had been a man appreciated and looked up to.  But, money (prosperity) has changed him for the worst in the eyes of the people who know him best. That same line of thought could
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Today’s Beef Producers

Beef producers, as individuals, are unique.  They don’t all wear big hats and boots!  We are an accumulation of family and environmental influences.  Though shaped by the past, we have multiple avenues on which to venture forward. If we stay in the beef industry we become a part of one
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COWBOYS!

COWBOYS!  What comes to your mind when you hear the term?  I’m sure there is a wide array of possible responses.  For many, I do believe, the term will illicit an appreciated glimpse into our own inner world.  Perhaps a reminder of, I could have been, might have been, wanna
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Meat Science — Beef!

Have you ever heard that a little knowledge is a a dangerous thing?  You, as a consumer, may have heard that beef is bad for you because……. cattle are ill-treated…….or, confinement of cattle is…….or, grass-fed cattle are …….or, that beef fat is…….or, that beef cattle are destroying the planet!  Many
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Hormones, Antibiotics and Residues: Part 3 – Residues

It is difficult to speak of residues without the accompanying subject of technology being discussed. Residues was a simpler subject when technology only allowed us to measure in parts per thousand. With advancing science allowing these residual fractions to be counted as parts per million, they became a much more glamorous...
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