Busy Weekend

Posted August 31st, 2009 — Filed in Highlights

Friday, August 28, 2009  Ryan Brand and Wally Olson from Vinita, Oklahoma spent the day with Bud at a One-on-One in Bowie, Texas.


Saturday, August 29, 2009  Bud and I hosted a “Support Group.”  We invited people from Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri. 


The main topic of discussion was “Building a network of like-minded producers in different parts of the country.”


Marlene Moore from Wallace, Nebraska stayed over for a One-on-One on Sunday.

Dog Fighting Cows

Posted August 24th, 2009 — Filed in Stockdogs

Question: . . . . . Reading your articles on dogs and talking to you has helped things get way better and both my dogs do fantastic with stockers. However some of the same old problems with cow/calf pairs surface when we go to the mountains to move them. That is cows turning and fighting the dogs. Not all but always a few. When we are in the open which is seldom, I can go back and push them around to a new spot but most of our moves are on a narrow road or trail. Now I have watched close and I feel my dogs are very fair with cattle, trying to ask them to move without a fight. Or are they tentative? Does a cow ever just need to be taught a lesson? Lately I have just been letting them push as hard as they want and staying out of it , cause they always let her go when she turns but it still seems like certain cows won’t learn. I also realize I have messed these dogs up with my previous training and probably regulated some of the push out of them. I’m sure the cows know this. Where to from here? . . . . .

Question:     It sounds like you are doing fine.  On a narrow trail it’s sometimes better for you to drive the cattle.
The best way to correct the “fighting cows” is to work them regularly when they are dry until they work well for the dogs.  Then take the dogs with you a lot when they are calving etc.  In other words, don’t just take the dogs around them when you are moving them.  This way they will realize that the dogs are just like you, not a threat to them or their calf, but they are “in charge.”  Also, it doesn’t hurt if the cows fight the dogs some, they have to keep the coyotes away and maybe even wolves in your part of the country.

Learning in Tough Times

Posted August 23rd, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings

If you are a person who likes to learn or needs to learn, these last two years should have been wonderful.  The next two years may be even better.  We can’t change the world but we can learn how to live and do business in it better.

We are going through a time period now that has a chance to educate a lot of people. Maybe that should be, a chance to relearn some things that have been forgotten or ignored. People go to a University and pay a lot (more…)

Dogs Over-working

Posted August 20th, 2009 — Filed in Stockdogs

Question: . . . . . how do you stop the dogs from working so you can settle the cows where you want to? I can settle cattle without the dogs by going parallel or working in front of them until they spread out grazing in all directions. I don’t have much control on the dogs  because I have always “let them work”. So what do I do to (more…)

Posted August 14th, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings

The purpose of this website is not to complain about the government or about how difficult things are. The government is what it is and if enough people don’t like it they can vote it out. Things are not difficult.  It is so much better and easier than the past there is no comparison. What is good is to understand what happened and why. This may not change the world but it can help each individual person to have a better attitude about themselves, their business and their community.

Success is really if you feel good about what you do and are happy. There are many rich people who are unhappy.  That is not being successful in life, it may be a success in business but (more…)

Pig Stockmanship

Posted August 9th, 2009 — Filed in Miscellaneous

Click on the “Pig Stockmanship” button to find out more about Don & Nancy Lidster.

I’ve been going to write for awhile and wondering how you folks are doing. Perhaps you’d like an update too.

The Canadian pork industry has been losing money for close to two years so when folks have to choose between training and feed bills. . . .
I spent most of last year working with three packing plants in Ontario. I also did some courses for a trucking Co. in Manitoba. They were enthused with what they got and adamant they needed the video and material there so (more…)

Not the answer he was looking for

Posted August 2nd, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings

Question:   Your post on “Where the Cattle are” was very interesting and got me thinking. . . .  I know virtually nothing about marketing goats or the various classes of these animals or much of anything else about them.  I guess my question is; can you make suggestions for learning a new market quickly?

Answer:   The way to learn something quickly is to get to work on learning!  I learned how to market animals better in about 20-years.  That must have been quick because it was before anyone else did.  Get to work on it, the learning is the most exciting anyway!

Musings are helpful

Posted August 2nd, 2009 — Filed in Testimonials

Could I be added to the subscription list please.I purchased a video from you a few years ago(possibly 2005) and have had a great deal of success with cattle I have been working with.I have Bud’s musings saved on my computer and read them whenever I have a problem with something.Just the different way he puts things into perspective changes thought patterns and quite often it helps to find the answer that is more often than not in front of you.

Good Trade!

Posted August 1st, 2009 — Filed in Testimonials

. . . . love the new subscription site.
I made some good trades this week.  Sold some pre-con, weaned steers off the ranch weighing #488 for $1.15 or $561.20 and replaced them today at Elk with fat, bawling bulls weighing #465 at $1.01 or $469.65�
I love this business and all the things that happen at a sale barn.  I couldn’t touch the 4 wt calves at the beginning of the sale, but as the day went on, more and more buyers left and I got the last few drafts as well as the ending jackpot calves.  My cost to keep the 488# steers plus the 23 pounds is $60.00  Nice $30.00 profit to take home. . . .