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”

Pitfalls of Good Stockmanship

I can’t ever stress enough the importance of great stockmanship. Over time as I have improved my skills I have noticed there are a few pitfalls People will get mad. I was helping a registered cattle breeder prepare for his bull sale. He wanted to catch a special cow to have on display for customersContinue reading “Pitfalls of Good Stockmanship”

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”

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”

Let It Burn

Last week I gave a speech about the economic impact an operation like mine has.  I went through some old pictures from when I started feeding cattle.  It really brought back some old memories.   It brought up a couple questions.  One, why did my girlfriend go through all that with me, and then agree toContinue reading “Let It Burn”

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”

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”