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A Cowboy’s Faith: Honest and true living

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Be honest and true to yourself, and honest and true about livestock.”

Upon passing of a former college professor-longtime friend, obituary of Dr. Robert Hines quoted his life’s philosophy.

Viewpoint hit home quite emphatically such to initiate reflections of many positive influences.

Spring semester 1970, Dr. Hines’ one-hour college credit livestock evaluation lab was first acquaintance. Friendship developed during class although not realizing how dedicated the professor was to his now recorded beliefs.

Depth of the world-renowned swine specialist and breeder’s standards are quite complex requiring contemplation to comprehend. First and foremost, Dr. Hines, often in complete respect called “Bob,” was honest. He said everything “like it was” to students, producers, customers, all he was in contact.

Purchasing seed stock from Dr. Hines, he pulled no punches in what the hogs were. During college days, the son, today’s ranch manager, lived at and worked in Dr. Hines personal hog operation. Knowledge gained shows decades later in mannerisms, honesty, truth, people relations and livestock management.

While judging all livestock species is promoted essential to improvement, there are many respected animal adjudicators. Closely associated with a number, none more conscientiously evaluated livestock than Dr. Hines’ honestly truly critiquing composition.

A champion livestock judger, and winning judging teams coach, Dr. Hines was not the early ’70s college days coach. Recognized by a hog show in his name, Dr. Hines’ principles carried through in his family and adored grandchildren.

One-of-a-kind livestock evaluator, Dr. Hines yet was not singular influence on a now-old wannabe. Meats judging team coach Dr. Dell Allen always demanded “give 110 percent no matter what.”

Wool judging team coach Dr. David Ames negotiated his team member to participate in both conflicting national contests.

Dairy cattle judging team coach Dr. Charles Norton opened his billfold paying the student’s flight home from national competition.

Livestock judging team coach Dr. Bill Able insisted on participation in a major contest when conflicting obligations seemed more important.

High school multi-area judging coach Mr. Gordon Morrison stayed up long nights assuring details for achievements were in order.

“Be honest and true to yourself, and honest and true about livestock.”

How much better the world, agriculture and the livestock industry would be if all followed that principle.

Reminded of Second Chronicles 19:11: “Be fearless in your stand for truth and honesty.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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