Posted September 28th, 2009 — Filed in Stockdogs
Question: . . . . I was giving a print out of your Introduction to my Stockdog Methods a while ago and after reading it, I’m thinking I went about my training the wrong way. I have a 9 month old boarder collie pup and he’s got lots of heart to work however I’m having trouble getting him to circle the stock. He will bunch a group up, but once bunched he is wanting to drive them away rather than bring them to me. I realize this is me that caused him to do this. My question for you is how can I get him to bring the stock to me. I’ve taken your advice as to trying to keep the cattle between me and him, but he’ll split the herd trying to get to my side of the cattle. I’m thinking at this age he should still be very impressionable and it shouldn’t be that hard of a fix, but I’m stumped. Not sure if you have any suggestions and if so I’d appreciate your input. (more…)
Posted September 25th, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings
Almost everything that I read recently is about how difficult things are now and that we must cut costs. For the last fifty years they have been writing that ranching is difficult and we must cut costs. If people had been doing what they were told there should be no costs by now. After awhile it should be obvious that the advice they are giving is not that good or things would not always be so difficult.
For all of these years they also talked about breakeven. If our goal is to breakeven then any business will be difficult. When will the livestock business realize that there must be a profit (more…)
Posted September 21st, 2009 — Filed in Highlights
We had people from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas at this school.
The cattle industry was well represented. . . Cow-calf producers, Stocker operators, Feedlot owners and the Dairy industry were all there.
Posted September 20th, 2009 — Filed in Stockmanship
Question: We have all heard plenty of stories about the “wrecks” people have been through when starting a set of calves. I would enjoy hearing about the good things that people are seeing when they start calves properly. (more…)
Posted September 19th, 2009 — Filed in Subscription Site Information
Bud and I have decided to expand our website to include a “Subscription” section.
Bud has often decided against posting something to this site because it could be confusing to people who are not familiar with his Stockmanship or Marketing concepts. These musings, along with other more detailed information for folks who have attended a stockmanship and/or marketing school, are now posted to our new “Subscription” area.
Along with Bud’s comments on timely subjects, subscribers will be offered the opportunity to ask Bud questions. You will receive a personal e-mail answer and, if it is of general interest, we will post the Q & A to our site. No names will be used. Your comments will be welcomed, too.
If you wish to subscribe for one year, please send your check for $300.00 to me along with your Name, Address, Phone number and e-mail address.
Posted September 13th, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings
After reading my musing “Animal Health Care in Crisis” (posted 9/5/09) a subscriber sent me a copy of an article he had from the Wall Street Journal. He said it was from 1988 or 89. It pretty well explains why we keep doctoring and growing the “ livestock health crisis” instead of working on ways to prevent it. I will not copy all of the article but I will be careful to not change the meaning. (more…)
Posted September 11th, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings
Eunice and I would like to thank everyone for the nice messages saying how much our stockmanship concepts have helped them. Good stockmanship is great for the animals and the people, the learning curve is slow and gradual. It is a shame there will be no help from the Livestock Industry or the Universities, they have no interest in better stockmanship. Of course, that may be a good thing. It was our “best” Universities that taught the people who have almost ruined our entire financial system and educated most of our government officials. With that recommendation maybe it is best if they leave the stockmanship alone.
Posted September 11th, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings
“What will a more conservative lending climate mean to borrowers? This is a question that is being asked or at least talked about. How will people handle anything that is conservative? The 1929 market crash that started the great depression was caused because of borrowing that was not very conservative. How did people handle that? They learned to save and pay for what they bought. It was very difficult to borrow money for the next twenty years after 1929. People adjusted and did quite well though it did take a few years to get back to normal. That depression was caused mainly by excesses in the stock market.”
This minor problems we have today was caused by excessive borrowing in almost every part, from the government to the individual. The question really should be “Will we even try to go to more conservative borrowing or are we so addicted to borrowing now that it isn’t even possible to be conservative?
Since we have no control over what other people do then we might try using what worked after 1929. That is to save and learn how to live without borrowing. It worked then and will work today. Try it, you may like not having payments to make and to actually own what you have.
Posted September 10th, 2009 — Filed in Testimonials
Did a few adjustments to my load out chute and a few to me. We loaded a pot with 59 steers in 8 minutes from first to last one on. Now i think Bud might be proud of that.
Posted September 8th, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings
I was reading that the average age of farmers and ranchers is getting older. This is not or at least should not, be surprising since people are just living longer and the work is easier. It was also mainly that only the old can afford to farm or ranch. Everything from technology, equipment, to land is so expensive that it encourages farm or ranch consolidation which drives up prices even more. Few young people can raise the capital to start a competitive (more…)