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”

Cattle 529 Plan

Ever since I was a little kid all I wanted to do was farm and raise cattle.  Everything seemed so simple back then.  Just grow up and do what you want to.  We all had that dream.  When you get older, and especially when you have a kid, things get real. In the last yearContinue reading “Cattle 529 Plan”

Cycles

I do not pay very  much attention to cycles.  I will admit they do exist.  I see market cycles within the week, the month, a six month period, and even the year and beyond.  The thing is due to the way I market cattle the cycles do not matter at all to me.  Before IContinue reading “Cycles”

Rope Skippers

It almost never seems to fail.  I talk to a ton of people who want to start their own business.  And as you could guess most of them are people wanting to get into raising cattle.  So many of them fall into a category that I call “Rope Skippers” Rope Skippers talk like they areContinue reading “Rope Skippers”

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”

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)”

Opportunities

I hear all the time that there just aren’t many opportunities out there.  I understand times are tougher than they used to be, and our political leaders have done a bang up job killing the American Dream.  Here’s the thing.  If you get all negative, or begin to doubt yourself, or blame others for notContinue reading “Opportunities”