Traits of a Great Farm Spouse

I was planning on blogging again after school started, which was last week. I have all kinds of topics that I’d like to cover. This post was not on that list. This is going to be my rebuttal piece to “The Top Above and Beyond traits of a Farm Wife” that I read on FarmtalkContinue reading “Traits of a Great Farm Spouse”

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”

Daddy’s Day of All Stars

When my daughter was four she went through a phase where she was afraid of bugs. It didn’t matter what we said to her about bugs, she was terrified. At the time we also had what we called “Daddy’s Day”. On this day she’d spend most of the day with me, and all of itContinue reading “Daddy’s Day of All Stars”

My Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Six or seven years ago I was asked to be part of an interview that included several other producers from around the country. The topic was focused on young producers and what our competitive advantage was due the region we each lived in. It was mostly they typical stuff you’d expect. One guy mentioned heContinue reading “My Sustainable Competitive Advantage”

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”

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”

Time is Not Always Money (Farm Safety)

Labor Day morning I woke up and gazed out the window sipping my coffee, when I thought back to four years ago.  That was the last time I’ve had even the smallest of injury.  As I’ve gotten older I take farm safety a bit more seriously.  Becoming a father has also made me more awareContinue reading “Time is Not Always Money (Farm Safety)”

Lessons From the Gridiron

This time of year in Nebraska, and probably every where else, conversations always seem to turn to football.  I like the game just as much as the next guy.  I will sometimes listen to the sports nightly shows.  If I’m busy on a Saturday, I have a friend text me updates from the Husker game.Continue reading “Lessons From the Gridiron”

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”