In the process of collecting material for a book about Mom and Dad’s life, I realized the depth and importance of material on the stockmanship.com/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 subscription 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!
We had our largest schools this week in Springfield, probably because this will be our only school this year so we can write the Bud and Eunice Williams book!
Lord, bless those we love this Christmas day, be they near or far away. Bless those good friends who mean so much and those with whom we’re out of touch. We bring them all to You in prayer, and ask You to keep them in Your care.
Updated December 1, 2018 with the replacement website!
Several years ago I alerted you to the ability to sign up to receive emailed auction reports from some (though not all) auctions across the country. That service has changed.
Once again we had a great school in Canada! We hadn’t been to Manitoba since 2012, so it was time to come again! We had great, warm weather and, as always, excellent attendees!
Although Richard and I have “wet” fly fished for many years at a local trout park, we had yet to experience “real” fly fishing, and we certainly weren’t prepared for a day of fly fishing on the South Fork of the Snake River August 19. But, never fear, our guide was there to assist us!
Grey, a very patient and knowledgeable young man, knew the words to say and the way to say them to get across the greatest knowledge in the least amount of time. After all, we were just going to be on the river for about eight hours, and he had to help us catch fish to make our day complete (and help encourage us to come back).
Grey said there are basically ten main points to fly fishing. Although he didn’t actually line them out, at the end of the day I came up with the following list, how they helped us catch fish, and how they can also help us be better stock-handlers.
Our second school of the August western trip was near Caldwell, Idaho at South Mountain Cattle. We’d like to especially thank Matt and Pyper Duckett for hosting us at their ranch!
And, we would also like to sincerely thank the following businesses for providing lunches for the classes:
We’d like to give a special shout-out to Nick and Cassie of Sidney Feed & Supply for promoting our school and providing the livestock to drive!
The question came up in one of my email lists of where to find archived USDA livestock reports, and I did a little searching to find the answer. Then I thought our readers here might also be interested.
Here’s how to find them! First, find the URL of the auction or the prices you want from this page:
This will lead you to a page with a URL similar to this one for the Missouri Weighed Avg page:
You will need to note down the last part of this URL. In this case, we will use the part: jc_ls795
Now, navigate to this page: