Oklahoma Support Group

Posted July 31st, 2009 — Filed in Highlights

Bud & I have encouraged people who have been to our schools to start a “Support Group” in their area.  It is very helpful to folks who are practicing Stockmanship and/or Marketing to be able to meet every month or so and talk to people who believe in the same things they do.

A couple of weeks ago we attended such a meeting near Independence, Kansas at Jack & Lori Martins ranch (see pictures posted July 19th).

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July 27-28, 2009 Jeremy Colvard invited us to meet with such a group at Gage, Oklahoma.   In addition to visiting at the Gage Community Center, we went to Kent & Denise Miller’s ranch and worked some newly arrived heifers.

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Bud's Right Again

Posted July 30th, 2009 — Filed in Stockmanship, Testimonials

We are doing well and really excited how easily we are working the cattle now. Everything Bud said about preparing them first, and working them properly is right.

I no longer worry that our fences aren’t bullet proof, and that the working facilities aren’t solid. If we work them properly facilities are over-rated. In fact all the trader cattle we have been working with are easier to work than the old ranch herd has been in the past.

Bottom line ……….. Just tell Bud that he was right again . . . .

Freedoms

Posted July 29th, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings

 We live in a great country and had a form of government that was very good.  A government that gave the people a lot of freedom. While most people want freedom very few really understand or appreciate it.  Freedom gives people the opportunity to be as great as they want to be and to accomplish many things.
 
Freedom also allows people to be as stupid as they want to be. Freedom requires a certain amount of work and intelligence to keep the freedom we have. When people are free to do what they want not all want to work to keep that freedom. Instead of working to overcome a problem they want the government to help.  When the government does help, which it is glad to do, that’s when we give up some of the freedom. The government never does anything free.  It has two costs, one it charges the taxpayers and then it also takes away some freedom. When it charges the taxpayers it charges much more than it would cost the taxpayers to do it themselves. Then it takes away some freedom by passing laws that they say, will keep this from happening again in the future.  Of course, it doesn’t, it just takes away more freedom.

In order to have a government that will do everything for us, and do it for free, the worst people possible have to be elected. When this kind of person keeps getting elected they keep putting people that will help us (for free) into positions of power. These are the most dangerous, they all have an agenda and very little helpful knowledge. They spend their time pushing their agenda and very little time helping. In order to push their agenda they have to take away more and more freedom and they are not very nice about it, nor do they care who they hurt or how many.

The more they hurt, the more they get to help.  That just means more power for them.

Wolf Problem

Posted July 29th, 2009 — Filed in Stockdogs

Question:     I received an e-mail from a person wanting to know if it was possible to work dogs on cows that have  had wolves killing their calves?

Answer:     We worked dogs on reindeer that wolves had been chasing and killing some of them for food or fun.  It did take a while but the deer soon learned the dogs were not wolves. We also worked dogs on cows that had coyotes killing their calves.
It might be difficult to work dogs on the cows while they still have their calves with them. If the cows were worked with the right kind of dog before the cow has her next calf, then it should be quite easy to continue to work a dog on them after they have their calves. We found was that when the cows or reindeer were worked properly with dogs, when the wolves or coyotes did come the animals stayed calmer and bunched up and could protect themselves better than if they ran.

Comments from Australia

Posted July 29th, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings, Stockmanship

Hello Eunice & Bud,

Thank you for the subscription password, I got on and had a look and have  written a bit which may be a bit strong for you to add to your site, I will let you be the judge of that !!

I don’t aim to stirr things up, however like you Bud I believe that someone needs to put the other side or the so called ‘experts’ take us down the wrong road.

Cheers

Jim

 I guess I am the friend that Bud talks about and I would like to add a bit more to Bud’s comments.

I find that some people like things to be complicated when working stock, especially when it comes to yards or corals as you call (more…)

Livestock Handling Scoring System

Posted July 29th, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings, Stockmanship

I just received a phone call from a very good friend who lives in Australia. He is one of the best stockmen I have ever known. He had been to a field day that was put on by a Professor of Animal Science from a U. S. University. This person was explaining about “Modern Methods of Livestock Handling that Improve Animal Welfare and Productivity.” My friend said he had to wait for a while before calling since he could not believe what the person was saying and he wanted to calm down a little bit before talking to me.  He said some of the comments that were made, if they were followed “would set the cattle industry in Australia back at least 100 years.”

There were also comments made about the scoring system for assessing livestock handling and (more…)

Texas

Posted July 28th, 2009 — Filed in Testimonials

I just finished reading everything on the subscription pages.  The subscription would be a bargain at twice what you want to charge.
I hope you can type as fast as Bud can ramble.

Nebraska

Posted July 28th, 2009 — Filed in Testimonials

. . . My oldest boy Lance met Bud at Cheyenne school and is now insisting
that I attend also.  Yesterday we caught 40 head of heifers and sorted
out 4 head for pink eye in what had to be one of the most enjoyable
days that I recall of working cattle.

Texas

Posted July 28th, 2009 — Filed in Testimonials

. . . At the last school I attended Bud mentioned using a sharper angle when working with gentle cattle.  On Monday after the school I moved a set of very gentle cows ( almost no flight zone).  I approached the cows at a very sharp angle and only moved about eight or ten feet to the right and left with each move.  The cows started to move immediately and more importantly kept moving.

I also finally understand how important it is to change angles if I need to re-pressure a cow ( and not just push harder from the same angle).

Thanks again to you and Bud for all that you have taught me.

Saskatchewan

Posted July 28th, 2009 — Filed in Testimonials

My husband . . . and I recently attended your course in Bowie.  I hadn’t had a chance to write to you to let you know how much we enjoyed it, I have not ever felt more positive, de-stressed and enthusiastic about our ranching situation . . . Well last week I had time off work and I set up paddocks for cell grazing.  That alone was quite exciting as we really can foresee the benefit from doing that.  Then I had the time to work with the cattle, I was by myself and not feeling the least bit rushed as I was simply moving them from pasture to corral and vice versa to “walk” them.  Well it worked! and worked and worked!  THANK YOU!  I was so excited I was almost crying in the pasture.  I knew the two of you were unbelievable, skilled and talented but now I believe it to be more than that.  You care so much about your methods and your teaching reflects that.  Not only did you give me the knowledge to go out and do the job but you instilled the confidence to believe in myself.   Again, thank you.

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