3 Cow Dog Questions (more)

Posted September 7th, 2009 — Filed in Stockdogs

Question: . . . . I’ve tried to make the dog work as simple as possible by never asking the dog to do anything but bring cattle to me. If I do what I think is pushing him, it is only to send him back around or toward another group, animal, etc. which he then brings to me.
The more I experiment with pushing, the more I’m not certain I understand the concept, or maybe the actual workings. I think I get it for a while, and then I hit a snag and have to reconsider. For me, the easiest dogs are ones that don’t really want to be caught or quit working. (more…)

I Agree

Posted September 6th, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings, Stockmanship

Bud and Eunice, I am mailing a copy of your thoughts regarding large animal vets to John Thomson, Dean of Iowa State University Vet School.  The principle is much the same as an article in the Wall Street Journal about General Motors and training managers about 20 years  ago.  It basically stated GM was wasting lots of money training at schools etc and just needed to find the best they had within the company and let them train the brightest young employees in the company instead of spending $millions on schools and Management games.

3 Cow Dog Questions

Posted September 6th, 2009 — Filed in Stockdogs

Question: . . . . I’ve got a dog that suddenly won’t push away very easily. He wants to come in to me, instead of go around the corner. I’ve tried escalating my discouragement some, but it doesn’t seem to work. If I’m close to a dense bunch of cattle, I’ve had some luck just walking into the herd to lose him. Any thoughts? I’ve thought about giving him a month off.

You talked on your website about getting your cattle master type dogs to pick up  animals that stand still, (more…)

"Animal Health Care in Crisis"

Posted September 5th, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings, Stockmanship

The September 2009 Progressive Farmer magazine has an article titled
“A JOB NO ONE WANTS Animal health care is in crisis and there aren’t enough large-animal vets to go around.”

Here are my thoughts on this health care “crisis”

The solution to the “crisis” is not more large-animal veterinarians.  The solution would be for people to learn how to work their animals better. It is always strange how we try to solve problems with more of what causes them. While it certainly was not vets that caused the “crisis”, it was the thinking that drugs could take the place of people working the animals properly that has caused, and will perpetuate it as long as we think that way.   (more…)

Set the Record Straight

Posted September 4th, 2009 — Filed in Miscellaneous, Stockmanship

Ann Barnhardt has been doing a great job teaching our basic Marketing School since 2006.  BudWilliamsMarketing.com is her website.  We don’t have anything to do with it.

Bud’s schools (and his life) have always been “works in progress.”  From the questions we have been getting from folks who have attended our (and Ann’s) Marketing Schools he decided that some things needed to be explained a little better.  This is why we decided to enlarge our Stockmanship.com website to include a “Subscription” section for people who are serious about wanting to learn (both Marketing and Stockmanship) from Bud.


Support Groups

Posted September 1st, 2009 — Filed in Miscellaneous, Stockmanship

Comment:     Please let me know if you have another discussion group in Texas or an adjoining state.  I would love to spend time with positive minded-people who don’t think I am a nut.

Answer:   Bud and I strongly advise folks to locate like-thinking people to meet with.  These meetings give people the opportunity to help one another and counteract the negativity that seems to be all around us these days.  It also helps to develop working relationships that can help in many ways.

We never give out information from our data-base, but if anyone wants to volunteer to head such a group I’ll be glad to send e-mails to the people that we know in their area so they can contact you if they are interested.


4 Seasons

Posted September 1st, 2009 — Filed in Bud's Musings

Economics for an individual, business, industry or government is much like the seasons of the year. In the Spring or at the start, we are all excited.  We work hard, earn money, save money, everything is good. Then it is harvest time or Summer.  We have all of this money we have been working so hard for and now we need some time for recreation. That means spending money to play, we’re not saving now.  Playing means less time to work, so we’re earning less but every thing is great and we are really having fun. Then Fall rolls around.  We are having so much fun except now we are out of money.  That doesn’t matter, we can borrow more money and keep having fun and work even less. Then Winter. . . That cold hard time when they will loan us no more money and even expect what has been borrowed to be paid back.  This is when it is the worst it has ever been and we just can’t wait for Spring when it will be exciting to go back to work, work hard, earn money, save money, and have everything be good again.

Of course it would have been possible to stay in Spring all of the time. There is something about people that seem to prefer to have the four seasons, even long hard winters sometimes.

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