Subscription Website Will End April 30, 2013

Posted March 23rd, 2012 — Filed in Subscription Site Information

You have one more year to take advantage of  Bud Williams’ knowledge of Stockmanship and Livestock Marketing concepts via our subscription website.

In July of 2009 Bud and I decided to add a subscription section to our website.  As well as having access to Bud’s thoughts on Stockmanship and Livestock Marketing, subscribers have unlimited access to correspond with Bud by e-mail.  If these questions and answers are of general interest they are posted to the site.  At this time (March 2012) there are over 800 items available.

Our $300.00 per year fee will be prorated so that all subscriptions will end April 2013.

Question About “Placing” Animals

Posted March 15th, 2012 — Filed in Herding, Stockmanship

Question: . . . . I moved a little bunch of cows from one pasture to another the other day. I moved em like I think Bud would. I gathered em first then just stay moving across them from behind and steered by moving out wider if the need arose. It went real well moving as it always does when I handle them like I think Bud would. I took them to a 600 acre pasture we had cleared and burned about 40% of before the drought. It got a rain the day after the burn and a start, but nothing for over a year until this past October. I want to graze the 60%of the pasture that was unburned and uncleared that has plenty of grass though it is low quality. I want the cows to graze the low quality forage and leave the burned area alone. I was pressed for time (my mistake) and didn’t settle them when I moved them. I went back friday morning and gathered them and walked them up to a little flat and took the time to settle them, and (more…)

Bud Box

Posted March 7th, 2012 — Filed in Stockmanship

We keep getting questions from people about the Bud Box.  The Bud Box is just a crowd pen that uses certain principles to help the people work animals easier, while allowing the animals to keep doing what they prefer.  It isn’t just a rectangular pen that can be put anywhere – at any angle – and still be a Bud Box.  How it is built and how it is used are very important.  It could be round or square if it is built properly and used properly.

The first rectangular crowd pen I ever saw was in 1961 at a ranch in California. The cattle came into the pen at one end and went out the other end with no v into a single file alley. When I first saw this I was sure it would be extremely difficult to work animals there. Everybody that was there said how hard it was to pen animals with this crowd pen.  Since I always wanted to pen the animals that meant it would be my job to figure out how to make this work. By this time I’d learned that when something looked difficult a person should start from where the animals had to go.  That meant putting the animals in the pen, then walking up to the entrance to the single file chute and pressuring the animals against the other end. When the animals couldn’t go that way they turned and went by me into the single alley. That was the beginning of the first Bud Box.  All it took was a few changes and the Bud Box came alive.

Now we have all kinds of people trying to build in changes to make it “better.”  What makes it better is just using the right principles, if the principles are changed then it isn’t a Bud Box any more no matter how it is built.