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The Used Cow Lot


I posted this a few years ago and happened to come across it again. For new followers, I hope you enjoy it, and I thank faithful longtime followers for their patience.

Here goes:

Montana has miles and miles of ideal cattle grazing country. I did a “drive-by shooting” (with my camera, of course) of these cows…do you call them cows if they’re male too? I never know what to call them. There’s probably a lot of bull here too.DSCN4485

Whatever you call them, there were a lot of them dotting the scenic Montana landscape between Helena and Garrison. As we pulled into the tiny town of Drummond to fuel up, I played tourist while the Captain topped up the gas tank. I got out to take a picture of the “Used Cow Lot” across the street from the gas station.

Notice the sign beside the building advertising “Mentzer’s Livest”? It says: Overnight fees, Cattle $3, Horses $5. Shouldn’t the price be the same for all? That’s just plain discrimination if you ask me. And what do you think goes on in that animal hotel? Mentzer’s Livest? I know the animals must go in there naked, but what are they doing in there to make this the livest show around? Your thoughts?

I’m not sure I’d want to stay there. You can see what happened to the Grim Reaper cow that didn’t get past the doorway. But with those long horns, maybe it’s bull once again.

A used cow dealer renting out a cheap shack for naked customers, advertising the livest show? I bet they’re all in there sleeping together and acting like real animals.


Oh no! Wait! I’ve got it figured out. I found another photo that explains it all. Three letters were missing on that first photo. It’s not Mentzer’s Livest, but Mentzer’s Livestock.


Author: wordsfromanneli

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33 thoughts on “The Used Cow Lot

  1. I’ll pass on this motel! ๐Ÿ˜‚ That’s some beautiful country up there.

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  2. Not sure I want to know the difference between a new and used cow…

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  3. The ingenious western mind. Love it.

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  4. One typo changes everything. I’ve always wanted to visit that area.

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  5. Funny! ๐Ÿ™‚ Btw, aren’t the called cattle if you want to include male and female?

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  6. I wouldnยดt bring my cow- nor horse to a used lot. There must be very little grass left to chew on . LOL!

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  7. Beautiful. Picture of serenity…

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  8. That’s Montana, and why we love it.


  9. I missed this one the first time out. Good fun. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  10. I love their sense of humor!

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  11. Funny ๐Ÿ™‚
    Life is GOOD !

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  12. Fairly used cow ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  13. This was funny! Only in Montana?

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  14. What a slice of cow country! Prefer LIVEST though!!!

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