Cowboy Sports 6-22-17

CNFR photo by Dan Hubbell.


July 7-16
Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

July 16-22
National High School Finals Rodeo, Gillette, WY

July 26-29
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Championship, Las Vegas

August 5
Home on the Range Champions Ride Match, Sentinel Butte, ND

August 11-12
PBR, Tulsa, OK

August 18-20
PBR, Nashville, TN

September 2-3
PBR, Thackerville, OK

September 4
All American Futurity, Ruidoso Downs, NM

September 8-9
Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association Finals, Dodge City, KS

September 8-10

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Children of the Great Depression…

Summer is the time when I decide to roll up my sleeves and clean out some junk. However, my parents were children of the Great Depression, so I can still hear their voices ringing in my ears when I think about pitching stuff that could potentially have some use in the future — even though it has received no usage

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If it’s not broken…

Farmers and ranchers are a resourceful lot. Their widespread reputation for fixing almost anything anywhere – often with little more than baling wire and spit – is well-earned and greatly admired. One thing these masters of the mechanical don’t do, however, is fix what isn’t broken. No farmer or rancher wastes either sweat or bubble gum on tires that aren’t

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LMA meetings… P&S changes, dealer trusts, ADT, ELDs, and more…

By Linda Grosskopf

It was a busy three days in Billings, Montana, when hundreds of out-of-staters rolled into town to take part in the activities and festivities associated with not only the 70th annual Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) meeting but also the 54th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) contest. The meetings took place in downtown Billings on June 15 and

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Heads up, MT landowners… New legislation offers chance for property owners to file claims on exempt water rights

As part of its work to implement House Bill 110 (HB110), which was passed by the 65th Legislature, the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) is notifying all property owners in the state of their opportunity to file a claim for their exempt water rights. Not all property owners who receive a notification letter will find it necessary

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Two Options: Win or Keep Fighting… Nebraska landowner among those in lawsuit against Keystone XL

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Jeanne Crumly said there are two outcomes when it comes to the future of the current lawsuit that she and

Crumly said the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would impact two quarters of ground, including the quarter of land their home is on and also an area about 400 yards north of their house by an irrigation well,

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Karen Budd-Falen potential BLM pick

By Leesa Zalesky

Cheyenne, Wyoming, attorney Karen Budd-Falen is a possible Trump administration nominee to run the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), according to multiple sources. A Wyoming native, Budd-Falen — who has an extensive record representing ranching, farming, and local-government interests on property rights, land use, and natural resources — has advocated for major changes in federal land policy for

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Comments 6-22-17

Several weeks ago I mentioned the fact that there would be some exciting news regarding the Western Ag Reporter. It has taken a little longer than I anticipated, and I apologize for the delay.
We are so proud and excited to announce that the Reporter has launched a brand new website and that we now have a free Mobile App that

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More of Rascal’s nefarious ideas…

“That ol’ masked bandit sure was proud of himself the other day,” said Tuff as he rubbed his eyes instinctively. “My eyes burned for two days.”
“Yeah, what was even more accurate was Mrs. McBauwck’s little tizzy,” said Banjo. “All his leftover-leftovers and sauce everywhere did bring in another varmint.”
Tuff looked at Banjo. “I didn’t know that,” said Tuff. “When? Where?

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Agri-Kid 6-22-17

Thanks to Kayla Sargent for sharing this fun photo. She wrote: “I call this photo ‘The Babysitter.’ At our last branding at the Sargent Ranch near Shawmut, Montana, the youngest members of our crew weren’t phased by the horses, people, dogs, or bawling calves all around them. Tavin Sargent (in the car seat) and Haley Anderson (curled up under

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Front Page Photo 6-22-17

And here’s the Amish version of Roman Riding! This photo was taken at the 2017 Montana Horse Progress Days held at the Reuben Miller Farm, Moore, MT, on June 2 & 3. While the details for the horseman aren’t known, the blue roan Percherons are Blue and Bill, who found a new home in Veteran, Wyoming.

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Obituary – Sara Jayne Poppe

Sara Jayne Poppe
1975 to 2017

On June 8, 2017, Sara Jayne Poppe of Gunnison, Colorado, was called to eternal rest. Sara, the eldest of Vince and Lori Poppe’s two children, was born in Oregon City, Oregon, in 1975. The Poppe family moved to Colorado’s Gunnison Valley in 1977, where they lived and ranched first in Ohio City and later on at

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Obituary – Benny Leroy “Ben” Kern

Benny Leroy “Ben” Kern
September 9, 1926 – June 12, 2017

Ben Kern, 90, died June 12, 2017, in Evansville, Wyoming.
Benny Leroy Kern was born September 9, 1926, in Bridgeport, Nebraska, to Lloyd and Ila Case Kern. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Ormsby and the USS Jason from 1944 to 1947, earning many meritorious medals.
Ben loved traveling by

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Importing M-branded cattle…

By Leesa Zalesky

Just prior to this week’s deadline, an anonymous source called to report that several hundred head of Mexican cattle had been imported into Montana recently and had been quarantined because of a bovine tuberculosis (TB) threat. A call to Dr. Eric Liska — Montana Department of Livestock (DOL), Brucellosis Program Veterinarian — helped get to the bottom of

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What you need to know (and maybe didn’t) about beef exports to China

By Leesa Zalesky

Editor’s Tongue-In-Cheek Comment: Do you suppose Canada and Mexico will bring a trade case against the U.S. for trying to comply with these Chinese export requirements? LG

On June 12, the USDA, the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a joint press release announcing the posting of requirements for U.S.

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And the winning auctioneer was…

Brian Curless of Pittsfield, Illinois, proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 54th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, which took place at the Public Auction Yards, Billings, MT, on June 17.
Curless was raised in the livestock marketing industry, but did not originally have any interest in becoming an auctioneer. During his mid-20s, Curless recognized the need for

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Sortin Pen 6-22-17

Quote of the Week: Hello, Oregon! This week’s quote comes from Curtis Martin of the Juniper Mountain Ranch at North Powder, Oregon, who says this was his mother’s motto and lifelong belief: “Sweet, clear air from east to west, with room to go and come; I loved my fellow man the best, when he was scattered some.” And thanks, Curtis,

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Into the Depths

Last weekend, the trophy wife and I completed back-to-back marathons. The first was 26.2 miles along Lake Superior, with the second skirting the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Because I am incredibly compromising, I added one extra day to our trip for the actual tourist stuff the trophy wife insists we do. Doing nothing on purpose, with no objective, for an

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