Cow Country Essay’s and a Little Slantwise Logic takes a hard hitting look at the failings of our Land Grant Universities to understand how profit on cattle operations is derived. They have been swayed by technology to attempt implementing technological solutions into the industry while ignoring the environment WHICH is our industry. We can no longer separate the environment from our industry. It is one and the same. Without a true understanding of the environment we are stumbling in the dark. The Land Grant Universities have failed to look around and see that the true innovators are close to the land, not sitting in front of computers perusing thousands of numbers that have little to do with what counts in profitability or reviving our grassland environments. This book contains the philosophy and direction that is lacking in university teachings. The knowledge contained herein is a combination or research and observations from the land. The natural world must be observed to learn how to manage within its parameters. Numbers alone cannot do this. University research is designed to pull out the variables to give a clean result. The person on the land has to work with the variables. They have to be observed and added into daily planning. The environment is a living, being, thing, not an abstract figment to be set aside until a later date. The Cattle Industry has to face up to the challenges of the 21st Century. There is no other choice.
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Chip Hines was born and raised on a Southeastern Colorado, farm and ranch. From his early days ranching was his interest. After high school he worked on several ranches in the Kit Carson, CO area, with the largest at 90,000 acres. After marrying Judy Brenner, they began putting together a small ranch. During the startup years, Chip ran a conventional operation as did all others at the time. Through the years he could see that things were not working as they should. Chip began noticing certain aspects of ranching that did not fit in with general knowledge of the time. After joining with several others in a group to look at the business from a different view, they devised a divergent philosophy from their own knowledge, combined with that of others. After retiring, Chip began writing of the deficiencies of university teachings and the need to work within the environment, which in all actuality, is the cattle industry.
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