How Did Ross Do?

Posted April 19th, 2011 — Filed in Marketing, Stockmanship

Question: Ross did a great job on his essay. Do you know how he did?

Answer: Not surprisingly, he didn’t place. Even though more and more “Individuals” are understanding the benefits of Bud’s methods of Stockmanship and Marketing, the “Livestock Industry” still isn’t ready for this.

The Future of the Livestock Industry is in Good Hands

Posted April 17th, 2011 — Filed in Marketing, Stockmanship, Testimonials

Ross Wahlert is 16 years old and is one of our Stockmanship and Marketing students.  He entered a National FFA Risk Management Contest with the following essay.

Controlled Risks
Risk Management is just one crucial part of the agriculture industry that must be understood.  There are many risks involved in Agriculture, such as droughts, diseases in crops and animals, high fuel prices, and many other situations that could cause a loss of money or could cause you to be less profitable.  Identifying and minimizing these risks can make the difference between a profitable year and a break even year.

Among my Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) in which I trade thirty head of calves, several risks may be found.  The three risks that pose a large threat to me and my SAE are: sickness and death, cattle not gaining well, and not enough net dollars on a trade.  Managing and minimizing all three of these risks has required skill, determination, and the willingness to learn from my mistakes.

Sickness like foot rot, pneumonia, and other diseases in a calf can cause a large number of problems for the time you own the animal.  These diseases can lower the quality of the animal or lead to death.  My strategy for preventing sickness starts as soon as I bring (more…)

New Dog/Old Dog

Posted April 7th, 2011 — Filed in Stockdogs

Question: I have been working with cattle and working dogs for a major part of my life. However, I do not consider myself accomplished dog trainer. My last dog who just recently broke down (ie snapped archilles tendon) worked well for me and picked up all my commands with limited expertise. Unfortunately my young dog coming on (ie 16month old border collie kelpie X) is not picking up like my previous. He does show promise with great intent to work cattle and work the other side of the mob, but I cannot make him do it on command. Do you have any DVD with dog training skills or other tools that may help me better to train a cattle dog?

Answer: We don’t have any “dog training material” available, just the things on the website that Bud and I have written at various times. If you have read them you will see that we don’t work a dog like “trainers” do, they are just partners that help us get the job done.

We have found that every dog is different and we are willing to take the things that each dog is able to do and build on that to make the best “partner” that we can. Most people have a certain way that they train or work a dog. That way will work for some dogs but not for others. Most of our very best dogs were given to us by “trainers” who had given up on this particular dog. By working with them like I just said, they turned out to be excellent partners.  Sorry that I couldn’t be more help.