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”

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”

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”

Action

I’m not really sure how it happened, but I get quite a few people contact me for advice.  Not just about cattle either.  I have a few that are chronic callers.  They call me A LOT, and never do anything.  They never buy any cattle to get started.  They never pull the trigger to startContinue reading “Action”

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”