Rancher’s wife has calving problems

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist It is the bad dream of the rancher’s wife during calving season. Not as bad as a blizzard or machinery wreck but worse than having to go to Kingfisher for parts. Hubby’s been gone overnight so Shirla saddles up to go check the new calves in the calving lot. It’s […]

Cow inspires idea of space career

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Pudge and Maughn were a couple of top hands gatherin’ cows on the Diamond Mountain allotment in northeast Utah back in the 1960s. Although they were true cowboys, they weren’t above accessing modern technology. One late October as they were pushin’ a bunch toward the corral, one of the cows […]

Cattle damage car, raise insurance

Some cows you can walk right up to. Others are like department-store employees: You see one at the end of the aisle and by the time you get there, they’re gone! This particular cow was pretty skittish, so Keeler knew something was wrong when she wouldn’t get out of the way of his pickup. He […]

Buffalo make a tough tradition

By Baxter Black The lure to own something of historical significance is strong — Benjamin Franklin’s signature, an arrowhead, Dale Evans’ Chapstick. This connection to tradition is part of the popularity of raising buffalo, I think. However, putting bison on display on your farm is more complicated than parking an antique tractor in your shed. […]

Brush Popping ‘Fighter Pilot”

By Baxter Black It’s as close to being a fighter pilot as I’ll ever come. As a college youth plotting my future, I had, on two different occasions, taken the physical and written exams to apply for Officer’s Candidate School to become a Navy pilot. Father intervened and those dreams went to the way of […]