Posted November 3rd, 2013 — Filed in Stockmanship
I just got back from a trip to Texas where I visited with Candi Cowden and Dawn Hnatow. Candi has just purchased a ranch a couple of hours NE of Dallas and plans on hosting Stockmanship Schools there in the future and asked if I would be willing to help them.
Bud and I went to Candi’s Crane, TX ranch for the first time in 1990. She has hosted several Stockmanship Schools in Midland, TX (one of which is the basis for the Stockmanship-Plus video) and has attended several more. She is not only a good friend, but an excellent Stockmanship student. Dawn Hnatow is partnering with her on this venture. Dawn is well qualified to teach Stockmanship. She worked with Bud for nearly all of the eleven years we were in Alberta as well as a couple of years after we moved to Texas.
I know there are many people teaching Bud’s methods. I haven’t seen any of their presentations so I don’t recommend any but Hand ‘n Hand Livestock Solutions (Richard McConnell and our daughter, Tina) but I am grateful for every one of them. There can’t be too many people preaching the gospel of Good Stockmanship.
Posted October 15th, 2013 — Filed in Stockmanship, Testimonials
Had to send you a thank you note after our last trip across the scale.
Our best group of calves (525 head) gained over 2.6# per head per day for the first 20 days after weaning. We’re averaging right at 2#/d on 2,000 head.
I’m in a little trouble with my manager because we’re going to be significantly over our contract weight!
I hope you’re well. Thanks again for all you do!
Posted September 17th, 2013 — Filed in Testimonials
Comment: Congratulations to Bud and you for being in the Beef Magazine’s 50 Industry Leaders! Whoever wrote it did a great job also. They never said low stress stockmanship, which Bud always said that it was proper stockmanship or improper stockmanship. The stress high or low was the end result. Thank you for contributing so much to the industry and to my life and so many others that have gone to your schools.
Answer: Thanks so much for the kind words. Here is a link to the Beef Magazine article.
Posted June 29th, 2013 — Filed in Testimonials
Let me share something-I just went thru 2 days of continuing education for accountants in Chicago this week. The presenters had many points that related to what you and Bud advocate in life. They specifically advocated thinking about the present moment in what we try to manage and change. We control our thoughts and no one else does in life. When we release all the constraints, hangups, and distractions, it is amazing how peaceful we can become with ourselves. We become more observant, specifically with animals and people. We deal with our employees better when we handle issues with them in the present. Bud was a master at this and I specifically mentioned Bud twice in the 2 days. Bud was a true gift to us. You and Bud truly have touched my life, even though sometimes I am a little dense.
Posted June 28th, 2013 — Filed in Testimonials
I was in Eureka, CA last week. I did not mention Buds name, but any time you do something on livestock handling people relate it to Bud Williams. The folks that visited about it spoke very highly of you two. I did not realize that is the area you spent time in. Most of the time when I get to an area of someone that has been successful, there is negative talk or jealousy. It was real nice to hear the nice opinions about someone you look up to.
Posted June 13th, 2013 — Filed in Herding
Question: Is it possible to place sheep and cattle on small acreage and have them stay in the areas you want grazed. We have 137 acres and about 10 cows. We are also interested in sheep, and just wondered on this size place if Bud’s handling methods would allow us to place the animals for rotational grazing or if we had to fence paddocks to rotational graze.
Answer: In order to rotationally graze such a small area you will have to use fences in order to protect the grasses that were previously grazed. Bud’s methods will certainly help to make them comfortable wherever you put them and allow you to use areas they didn’t previously want to graze..
Go to our website www.stockmanship.com and click on the HERDING button on the left side. Especially read “My Two-cents Worth” posted July 12th, 2009 which gives examples of some of the places that we have done this.
Posted June 11th, 2013 — Filed in Testimonials
I was very fortunate to attend your Stockman Ship School in Wyoming a few years ago and I loved every minute of it, but it is hard to retain all of the information given out during the two days. So, I have been excited and looking forward to getting the videos as soon as you had them available. I have watched about 30 minute of each one and I have already had several answers to questions I didn’t know I had….Aha!
I know I will watch the videos over and over for years to come. I often ask myself, “What would Bud say or do?” Now I can watch and learn and relearn when I forget.
I want to thank you so much for the work and time you both put into these videos to capture and retain a lifetime of knowledge and experience.
Posted March 23rd, 2013 — Filed in Stockdogs
Question: I have recently purchased a female border collie that I will pick up as soon as she weans her pups. My question to you is. How would Bud and yourself go about fixing a dog that was way to aggressive on stock. Second question is how to rebuild her trust and respect in her handler. The previous owner put a shock collar and a jerk line and had his way with her. Basically destroying her because he was clueless on how to work a dog with the kind of strength.
Answer: Have you read the material we have posted on our website? Especially the things that were put on the site in July 2009. This was where the first and most basic dog articles were put. We’ve never had any problem with teaching a dog not to be too rough without taking away her ability to use the force that is sometimes necessary. Be sure to take the time to read these things, then write back to me and let me know your situation.
What kind of stock?
What size pen or pasture?
Comment: I train cutters and will try to use her to gather anywhere from ten head of yearlings to eighty head of yearlings in a forty acre trap. I have just found your website and read almost all the stockdog post and was completely fascinated with all of it. I love the concept of actually letting your dog use its intelligence to learn to read cattle as opposed to waiting for your every word. I was taught to train cutting horses like a trial dog and was on pens and needles the entire time. Not until the man shut his trap was I able to feel my horse and make the proper adjustments to get my horses worked. By the time he saw a mistake, then yelled at me, then I heard it and reacted it was too late. I’ve been watching a lot of dogs work in person and on you tube and it seems the same way with a lot of these dogs. I was just curious how you guys would have handled a dog like this. She was started by a good dog guy then he sold her as a started dog. The new owner tried to drive roping steers down the alley to rope and she went ballistic trying to eat the cattle. So he did what any “good” hand would do and put the shock collar on at full strength and a jerk line and jerked and shocked her until he ruined her. I saw some video of her getting started and at one time she seemed to have a lot of potential. I hope the additional info will help.
Answer: 80 head of yearlings in forty acres is just about ideal. Unless he has convinced her not to work at all, you have a good chance of making a good dog out of her. Did you read how, when Bud changes directions, the dog must run to the lead to stop the animals? This lets your dog burn up a lot of energy without you having to get after your dog and without your dog abusing the stock. When the dog starts to settle down and think he realizes that if he pushes the stock past you that he has to go bring them back. They soon learn to ease up on their own and even work up the side to slow the cattle down so they stay behind you.
Let me know what she wants to do when you get her home.
Posted March 19th, 2013 — Filed in Testimonials
Dear Eunice, I wanted to send you a note as I just the other day heard that Bud had passed away. Ironically, I was putting a rather wild heifer of mine in a rather rickety corral, that I might add was definitely Not designed by Bud. Right after I hollered “EASY” at my help. Doc . . . . said to me “you knew Bud passed away didn’t you”. I was in shock and as I was pulling the calf I was thinking back on what an influence Bud and yourself have been on my life. I will never forget the quality time that I had the privilege to have spent with you fine people. Although it seems like we have lost touch I think of Bud most every time im in a sticky situation with cattle.
Bud lives on in the lives of the many people he has touched.
Posted March 16th, 2013 — Filed in Stockdogs
Question: . . .I have a year and a half old border collie. When I started using him I was determined with this one to send and shut up and only push him to where I wanted him to go like Bud always said. This has worked well and he responds good and really goes around to the other side and gets them going but as soon as they start moving that’s it. He just sits there and watches. I’ve tried just leaving him and once and a while he will move up but won’t push. Somehow he is just confused about what I want him to do.
The other thing is that if I send him with another dog that knows what to do he is fantastic. I love his style. He keeps his head up and watches all over and doesn’t get hung up on any one thing to long. Doesn’t even have to stick right by the other dog either just gets to work. I just don’t want him to have to be dependent on another dog and maybe I started doing that too soon.
Answer: I’m afraid that I’m not going to be any help with this question except to say that there’s nothing wrong with working him with another dog at this point. Bud always liked to use two dogs on cattle. The cattle responded better and neither of them had to be nearly as rough to get the job done. We always had a lot of dogs. Of course, Bud tried to make each dog as near perfect as he could, but he was always willing to “take what each dog could give him.” A year and a half isn’t that old. I’d think that if you worked him with another dog, doing actual work (not just training sessions) for a while until he actually got it in his mind what the complete job was all about he would start to realize that “the idea is to put the cattle through the gate” or some such thing. Sorry I couldn’t help more.
Comment: . . . . That was lots of help. Just knowing Bud worked two dogs together will help a bunch. I know Bud really loved dogs and I do to. That video you sent and the things he has written are priceless. If I can keep learning what he (you) was teaching I know things will work well. Every part of our operation, dogs, cattle, marketing is affected every day by what you have done for us. Hang in there and thanks again.