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Tales of Old Tascosa Tascosa was the kind of Old West town where a man could get killed over most anything, even a duck. This was true despite the fact that the town’s first sheriff, Cape Willingham, imposed an early form of gun control by making it illegal to carry ...

Texas Trails

Uncle Dick’s Toll Road The Goodnight-Loving Trail wasn’t the longest, oldest, or most heavily traveled of all the old cattle trails, but it was as drenched in legend and lore as any of them. Named for pioneer Panhandle rancher Charles Goodnight and his best friend and partner in commerce, Oliver ...

Weighing The Market

Cattle market poised to strengthen Negotiated cash fed cattle prices and cattle futures reached their highest levels in three months the second week of February, helped along by severe winter weather in January disrupting packer production and reducing carcass weights, as well as declining cattle numbers. USDA increased the forecast ...

Texas Trails

The Aurora Incident In April of 1897, several people reported seeing a strange cigar-shaped airship gliding over Texas. There were dozens of sightings in mostly North and North Central Texas, including multiple sightings in Hill, Tarrant, Fannin, Ellis, Grayson, Bowie, Collin, Hunt and Johnson counties.  Accounts varied somewhat from one ...

Just Your Standard Bull

I recently had a lengthy discussion with a long-time friend and colleague in the cattle business about what we call legacy ranches. Our discussion centered around the seedstock industry. He and I, along with others we work with have now spent 40 plus years in this business. It has been ...

Weighing the Market

Cattle markets entered the new year with a sense of renewed optimism as wholesale beef prices and Cattle futures appeared to etch a bottom, moving beyond the year-end estimates of increased production and lower 2024 prices. USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) lowered forecast feeder steer prices (750-800 pounds, Oklahoma City) ...

Texas Trails

We could marvel at the life and times of Milt Hinkle even without references to Old West legends like Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Just accepting the fact that he was born on the XIT Ranch in Bovina, Texas in 1881, the son of George ...

Texas Side of Things

Happy New Year to all of you and I hope all your holiday events went well! What a way to start off 2024 with freezing temperatures covering pretty much all of Texas, the Midwest and beyond and not only cold winds but also some ice and snow in some areas. ...

Just Your Standard Bull

            I survived another New Year’s Day and birthday. I have officially made it to 64 years of age! Yes, I’ll need to sign up for Medicare this year which will mean big savings on my health insurance. So, I have that to look forward to…             Each year on my birthday, ...

Texas Trails

Phillip Nolan and all the pretty horses Not only could wild horses not keep Philip Nolan away from Texas in the 1790s, but they were also the reason he kept coming back here and the reason he died here. Some historians have suggested more nefarious motives as the real reasons for his ...