“Stock Dogs: Partners and Friends” Book and DVD Set Available Now!

Posted June 16th, 2020 — Filed in Stockdogs

Since Bud’s illness and death in 2012, I have had a compulsion to be sure all of the information possible about him and his method of working animals is made available to the folks who are interested.

Bud helped me get his livestock marketing and stockmanship information ready for publication. We now sell two different video packages of Bud Williams Stockmanship and a 340-page book Proper Livestock Marketing to fully document both those subjects.

For several years I had wanted to make Bud’s video of starting a colt available to the public, but he didn’t want to have to argue with the horse trainers. We did put together a video, and Bud gave copies to individuals we met along the way who he thought would get some good out of it. After his death I started selling this video.

Next on the list was pulling together our autobiography Smile and Mean it. This 630 page hard-cover book with photos covers our adventures from our early lives in southern Oregon to working cattle and reindeer in Alaska to a feedlot in Canada and teaching in Australia. This isn’t a manual on stockmanship, marketing, or working stock dogs, but it does mention all those subjects and more.

The last thing I think might be of value to people is the information I have about stock dogs. Again, this was a subject Bud knew would irritate the trial dog people, and he didn’t want to be bothered with them. For friends, Bud narrated over video of working stock dogs on cattle, sheep, and reindeer, and we gave it to interested people who asked about his techniques. I did a little editing work on that video and feel that, combined with this book to add further explanation, the reader/viewer will get a complete picture of Bud’s unique methods of working stock dogs.

Bud and his dogs were partners. This isn’t a book about training dogs. It’s a book about making the most of your partnership and friendship with your dog while you work your livestock.

Click here for ordering information.

Wally Olson Marketing Schools

Posted June 9th, 2020 — Filed in Marketing

Wally’s next Marketing Schools will be:

Click on his “School Outline” page for additional school outline information.

Know Yourself

Posted March 28th, 2020 — Filed in Miscellaneous

What a pleasure it was to talk to Erik Tucker (Colorado) on the phone yesterday. He was full of good news and enthusiasm, a big difference from the doom and gloom I’ve been hearing from all sides lately. I asked if he would put some of his good thoughts in writing for our website. 

Well I sure liked to visit with you.  Reading the book [“Smile and Mean it“] has shown me more of myself, after I get it all read I think I will know more about all of us. Two weeks ago I was at a loss not sure where to be or what to do about anything, your book just turned up. I had time, so I started reading, not an easy thing to put down so I didn’t, just kept reading. Not sure when it was I just started to see how I should change things for myself (BECAUSE I COULD). Somethings became clear, and I had the answers just not the questions. Well the questions started to come out as I just read and relaxed understanding more about who I am and where to go from here.

So forward I go with some better intersession from myself, having a life time with depression and anxiety and all the things it’s good for, I think it’s great to have somebody care enough to tell a story that can recharge, revive, redirect my life long interest with stock, ranching, grazing, and marketing.

Glad you got it done.


We Like the Book

Posted March 25th, 2020 — Filed in Marketing, Testimonials

This is part of a letter I just received from Curt and Patty Epler. They ranch near Cheyenne, Wyoming. (Reprinted with their permission)

Hello,  I just finished our book (“Smile and Mean it”) yesterday. Picked it up and could not put it down.

I laughed, cried, thought, learned and totally enjoyed every page. Thanks for putting in the time and effort.  All of your numbers on schools, dogs, meetings, places you have lived, etc. got me thinking. Since we started using Bud’s marketing, we  have sold and bought over 85,000 head of cattle. Every trade was sell-buy. It enabled us to pay for this ranch and live an unbelievably amazing life.

Our success comes from never trying to ‘tweak’ what you and Bud were teaching. We took the basics, worked on them and got really good results.

“Smile and Mean it” Books Shipping Now!

Posted March 17th, 2020 — Filed in Miscellaneous

We finished editing, ordered a final test book, approved it, ordered 120 books, and they have arrived!!

Tina and Richard came over, and we mailed out the pre-orders and books to my grandkids. Now I’m sending out orders as soon as I receive them.

Since many of us are “sheltering in place,” here’s something for you to read!

Lots of books to send your way!
I will sign each book!
Books, labels, envelopes, and tape all ready to get books ready to ship.

The first pre-orders all ready for the postal person to pick up!

Dolly says, “Here’s your books folks!”

Click here for ordering information.

If you’d like to order a Smile and Mean it shirt (see example right), check out my granddaughter’s website here!

Note from Tina: I wear mine every shopping trip (about once every week or week and a half) and point it out at every transaction to encourage folks to “Smile and Mean it!”

And, as you go about your day during these challenging times, remember to Smile and Mean it!

“Proper Livestock Marketing 101”

Posted March 16th, 2020 — Filed in Marketing

In the process of collecting material for a book about Mom and Dad’s life, I (Tina) realized the depth and importance of material on the subscription website written by Dad about livestock marketing. I had read them all at the time Dad wrote them, but hadn’t re-read them recently. Also, the process of reading through the posts on the website starting with the earliest ones is a little tedious (at best).

In talking with Mom and Richard, we tried to think of the best way to distribute Dad’s writings about marketing. We decided to transcribe the marketing DVD for the introduction to Dad’s marketing techniques and then include almost all of the posts from the website on the topic of marketing in a form that’s much easier to read and digest. You can even make notes on the margins!

The name we chose for the book, “Proper Livestock Marketing,” is taken from Dad’s repeated reference to the word “proper” to describe his marketing thought process just as he used it to describe his stockmanship.

Along with the 340 page, spiral bound book, buyers will receive a thumb drive with all the livestock marketing excel files Richard and I have developed along with access to the Hand ‘n Hand website for updates and videos explaining their use (a $225 value!). We have also designed and included some paper worksheets for those who want or need to do the work by hand.

Lifetime access to the stockmanship.com/subscription website (a $200 value!) will also come with the book.

To order your book

The price of the book is $400 U.S. which includes postage to U.S. locations. For orders to Canada, please include an additional $25 U.S. For orders to Australia, please include an additional $35 U.S.

Click here and scroll to the bottom of this new page for ordering information.

Smile and Mean it, the Bud and Eunice Williams Story!

Posted February 20th, 2020 — Filed in Highlights

For the past year, Tina, Richard, and I have been working pretty much full-time writing, editing, and formatting the Book!

It’s about time for everyone to get to see the results!

Two draft copies arrived last Wednesday afternoon, and the folks who had just finished Richard and Tina’s school here in Springfield just before the 2020 Bud Summit got to see it first!

Yes, it is that large! It is 632 pages, 6 inches by 9 inches in size, in hardcover with a dust jacket and autographed by the author! Along with the extensive story, we have included a lot of photos to help the reader get the full experience of the story.

My granddaughter designed these “Smile and Mean it” shirts for Tina and me to wear at the Bud Summit!

She is selling these shirts and other items on her new web page here: 319east.com/collections/smile-mean-it.

Note from Tina: I wear mine every shopping trip (about once every week or week and a half) and point it out at every transaction to encourage folks to “Smile and Mean it!”

And, as you go about your day during these challenging times, remember to Smile and Mean it!

Tina, Cassie (who helped with final editing), Dolly, and I (right) show off the shirts and book!

And, just to give you a small taste of the book, below are some images. Those who look closely might notice the book cover has been edited. We got a lot of great feedback at the Bud Summit from our two draft copies!

Dust cover image—

Images of two “spreads” from the book—

To order your book

The price of $50 U.S. includes postage to U.S. locations. For orders of books I will personally autograph to Canada, please include an additional $25 U.S. For orders to Australia, please include an additional $35 U.S. For other locations, call or email me at 417-719-4910 or eunice@stockmanship.com.

However, if you don’t mind missing out on the autograph, we can have a book printed and shipped directly to you from within your own country (for Canada and Australia for sure, maybe others, ask me) for $15 (plus the $50 purchase price). Please email or call me for more information on this option.

We must collect 8.1% sales tax if we ship to a Missouri address.

I now offer two ways for you to make your payment. If you would like to pay with PayPal or a credit card through PayPal (additional fees apply), click here.

If you would like to pay by mail, send your check in U.S. funds made out to “Bud Williams Stockmanship” for the price (plus shipping or sales tax if applicable) along with your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to:

Eunice Williams
1519 E Erie St, Apt #206
Springfield, MO 65804

We are now shipping orders!

We Share a Soapbox

Posted September 29th, 2019 — Filed in Stockdogs

Thank you very much.  A little background. I have been working cattle with dogs for 40 years.  I have been to many clinics and trials. I have learned a lot at them many of the things have been helpful but it is just not what I do with dogs in real working situations. My dogs were too mechanical and lost their ability to think on their own. I mostly use my dogs to gather and pen. I have problems having dogs that are strong enough to fetch the cattle  so  sometimes they hold them up and I have to move the cattle myself. Some of this maybe due to the fact that many of the methods I have been taught back the dogs off in the early training. I have never been to one of your seminars but I have purchased some of your videos and studied Bud’s methods. The stock dog articles just make sense to me. For example you can spend hours downing a dog to teach rate and some of them just don’t understand and if they do it takes forever. Yet a dog that learns a job when to push and when to back off understands rate. At many of the stock dog clinics people tell you that working sheep and cattle is the same when in my experience this has not been true.  When I am called to pen cattle for people the biggest problem is stopping the spoiled cattle from running off into dense timber etc.. To me this is a totally different situation from cattle that are in a group and you just need help moving them. When my dogs locate cattle out of my sight that are trying to run off knowing commands doesn’t  do much good. It is just a different deal when holding up cattle that are trying to escape than it is with cattle standing in an arena or open field while you work a dog on flanks , walk up , down , get out etc.  At a trial more points are awarded for the outrun , lift and fetch  with maybe 5 points for the pen.  In real life if the dog makes a perfect outrun and lift but you don’t pen you don’t get to market which is what it is all about if you are raising cattle to sell.  I’ll get off my soap box just glad to find information on working a dog in real life situations . Thanks again for the website and information.

Just Drive ’em

Posted August 8th, 2019 — Filed in Stockmanship

Doug Ferguson sent us this story—

We repeatedly discuss the benefits of stockmanship. Never in my mind could I ever imagine that I’d be in the situation I was in last week, and my stockmanship skill came in handy.

I was driving across Nebraska on I80, going about 80 mph, when I got passed by a few cars like I was sitting still. Within a handful of seconds, we were slamming on our brakes and coming to a very hard stop. Just a couple hundred yards in front of me there was a pile up that blocked the road.

I sat there for roughly half an hour before one lane was opened up. Traffic began to flow through, but it was a lot of stop and go. I assumed it was because emergency vehicles were moving. I couldn’t see much with the cars in front of me. As I passed by the accident, it was one of those where you’re sure someone just died.

I then discovered the reason for stop and go traffic was because there were cattle on the road. The first responders, tow truck guys, and volunteer fire fighters were trying to make a semi-circle around them and hold them against the fence that runs along side the road. This was not working too well. The cattle were trying to run past their pressure away from the fence and kept getting on the road. As you can imagine, there were a lot of first responders, sirens, helicopters and so on, and they were trying to hold the cows in that same area.

I debated with myself if I pull over or drive on. I really didn’t want to be late to the cattle auction. I pulled over. A state trooper was not happy with me for stopping. I’ll put it this way, after an exchange of colorful words between him and I, I was finally able to convince him to, “let me take care of this problem over here (pointing at the cows). I’m good at what I do. I’ll eliminate the problem and make it safer for everyone. There’s too much pressure here for the cows to handle, just let me drive ’em up the ditch away from here.”

He was not convinced I could drive the cows myself, and so he had a tow truck drive along side me on the shoulder and a couple of other people walk along the side of the road, just in case
These were Holstein cows, and I have to say I’ve never seen Holsteins act up like these were, but they were having a really bad day.

I began driving them away from the commotion. It didn’t take long, probably less than 200 yards, and the cows started grazing as we were moving along. When I saw that, I knew I had won. Those cows were not going to go back onto the road.

A couple of guys showed up with trailers and panels to catch the cows. They didn’t have enough panels to get all the cows in at one time. While they loaded the first half of the cows, the other bunch started to lay down. That’s when I walked back to my truck and left.

Steve Cote’s New Stockmanship Book

Posted June 26th, 2019 — Filed in Miscellaneous, Stockmanship

The new book, Manual of Stockmanship, is now offered for sale. It has many more elements of
stockmanship and grazing lands (and riparian area) management for the range rider over the
2004-150 page book. The 2004 book has undergone substantial expansion to include a great
many more details and helpful diagrams about working stock in facilities, sorting, weaning,
handling pairs, dealing with sensitive or aggressive stock, loading and dealing with handling
issues common to all producers. It also includes sections on bison and grazing and soils that
are remarkable accounts that we can use to enhance, protect or restore our grazing lands. This
book, while an exhaustive manual for range riders, has very useful information for all
operations including feedlots, dairies and smaller operations.
For information on the book, please contact Steve or Susan Cote at 731-336-1167, text or
email stevecote119@gmail.com.
Upcoming Stockmanship School-for riders
Whit Hibbard and myself will be instructing a 4 day hands-on school for range riders starting
the end of September, 2019 at the Cottonwood Ranch in the O’Neil Basin in Nevada. I’ve held
many schools at this ranch before and it’s a great place to learn stockmanship. The school
admission prioritizes people that graze public lands and the teaching emphasis is on handling
herds for enhancing riparian areas and upland range resources. I will be announcing the details
on my website (cotestockmanship.com) and Facebook (Steve Cote) soon.
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