Bud Agrees with Michener

Posted March 29th, 2010 — Filed in Bud's Musings

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his life and his religion.  He hardly knows which is which.  He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing.  To him, he’s always doing both.”
                                                          J. Michener

This quote was on a business card given to us by a man who is planning on attending our Cheyenne Stockmanship School in May.  Since I have often heard Bud telling people much the same thing, I thought it would be a worthwhile posting in “Bud’s Musings.”

Visitor from Australia 3/24/10

Posted March 25th, 2010 — Filed in Highlights

Bud and I spent an enjoyable day with Christine Ferguson.  Chris won a Nuffield Farming Scholarship for 2010.   Every year a selection of farmers from around the world are chosen to study agriculture and their industry by being sent on a whirlwind tour of the globe.  She operates a Rangland Goat operation in New South Wales, Australia.  If you’d like to learn more, check out this website  http://goatcatcher.farmnet.com.au/about/ .
Chris is the third Nuffield Scholar who has visited us in the last few years.  They have all been very bright, ambitious and innovative people and a joy to visit with.  I believe that we have benefited as much from them as they have from us.

Letter from Australia

Posted March 20th, 2010 — Filed in Testimonials

This is a letter that was forwarded to us from the folks at KLR Marketing, they are teaching Bud’s Marketing methods in Australia.  Thought you might enjoy it.    Eunice

Whenever I send cattle into the saleyards, I always make an educated, conservative guess as to what I might receive.  In the past, though I can’t remember specifics, I do remember that the emotion disappointment was always in the mix.

 Well, three weeks ago I sold steers, two weeks ago I sold heifers, and yesterday I sold old cows with no teeth (surely old cows are a recipe  for disappontment!)

 Have you noticed that the auctioneer usually tries to start the bidding where he expects it will end, then someone will put in a lower offer and the bids will slowly climb back up to where he tried to start?  Yesterday with the first pen of cows he tried to start at $1.40, and it shot straight up to $1.46!  Anyway, over 55 gummy old girls we averaged $1.413, or $846 a head.  Sixteen of them averaged over $915 a head!

 Last week my agent picked up 24 cows, in calf, with good calves at foot (around 200kg) for $1000 a unit, so we’ve bought a calf and teeth for not too much money.

I was equally pleased and pleasantly surprised with the steers and heifers.  Nothing is safe in the paddock – it is all at risk at being turned into cash.