Shoo Fly

Every year there are numerous articles about fly control. All of them revolve around using some kind of gimmick for control. Now it’s no mystery why these freebee publications will only write about gimmicks that siphon money out of the pockets of cattle producers. It helps them sell advertising space. They probably also don’t realizeContinue reading “Shoo Fly”

Light the Furnace

The weather has been very challenging here to say the least. 2015 was the fourth wettest on record. Between Thanksgiving and New Years we’ve had close to a foot of rain. That just is not good since it doesn’t dry out that time of year. When that is coupled with temps that are 50 degreesContinue reading “Light the Furnace”

529 Plan Updated

My 529 plan was originally posted in March of 2013. In my example here, my daughter would have the original 5 head paid off at age 3.  As an update of how well this can work, my daughter has 8 head fully paid for and a few hundred dollars left over.  The cattle market hasContinue reading “529 Plan Updated”

Mad Cow = Distractions= Beginning Cattlemen

BSE made the news again.  I have a different view point of it than most people.  Past experience tends to shape how we view things.  Everyone else seems to be a bit shaken by it, while I kind of embrace it and laugh about it.  My Facebook status right now is “We have 140 breedsContinue reading “Mad Cow = Distractions= Beginning Cattlemen”

Concept 2

Successful business people don’t just focus on what to do.  More importantly they focus on what not to do and they stop doing it.  For example my family has been in the cow/calf business for five generations (me being the fifth).  I also started a registered Angus herd from scratch, and had that business forContinue reading “Concept 2”

Concept 1

One thing you will need to have before you can begin in any business is a concept.  This will be the focal point of your plan I blogged about earlier.  I am going to use the cattle biz as my focal point for this blog (like you didn’t see that one coming).   There are manyContinue reading “Concept 1”

Supply and Demand 3 of 3

Now let’s think logically for a minute.  I live in reality so I see no need to worry about what the price MIGHT have been.  I can’t read cards, palms or stars so I just deal with what I have at the time The only reason I can think of to have the demand conversationContinue reading “Supply and Demand 3 of 3”

Supply and Demand 2 of 3 (unedited)

Remember this was written half a year ago, when you get to the part of cattle prices.  After this blog was posted last summer the author of the article I wrote this piece in response to made some flattering insults directed at me.  He even insulted my ability to be a father.  I was askedContinue reading “Supply and Demand 2 of 3 (unedited)”

Supply and Demand 1of 3(unedited)

This series was origionaly posted on Cattle Call in early summer 2011.  It is very important cattle producers grasp this.  NCBA edited some stuff out of the origional I submitted to them.  Part 1 is more of an intro, part 2 is where the good stuff is   Supply and demand is a natural law. Continue reading “Supply and Demand 1of 3(unedited)”