This was our second trip to the Bethany Retreat Center near Exira, IA. It’s a great location for our classes. We’d also like to thank the Practical Farmers of Iowa for their promotional and financial support of our school.
This was our first school with 2.5 days of Stockmanship, and it was great to have more time to discuss this extensive topic.
We had another excellent Nebraska School in Brewster at Uncle Buck’s Lodge. If you’d like to have a great “Western” Bed & Breakfast experience, don’t miss Uncle Buck’s Lodge! The header image for this post is the Loupe River from the deck of the Lodge.
For every school we spend a lot of time collecting prices and building our handout which is based on the most recent prices in the school area. This time we learned that we can subscribe and receive any of the AMS reports (they don’t report on all states or auctions, but there are a lot which are) by email when they are uploaded.
In order to subscribe, visit this page: https://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/displayAMSPatronSubscriptions.do?reports=0000 and, toward the bottom, click “register now” to get registered. After that, you can select which reports you want to receive.
Click here for a Press Release written by the Practical Farmers of Iowa about our upcoming school in Exira, IA September 12-15.
You can also read more about the school here.
Or, give us a call at 417-327-6500 if you have additional questions.
Our first school in Wyoming was to another great group of ranchers!
We just finished our second Marketing and Stockmanship School in Wawota, SK in as many years. What a great group (as always!). It was really nice to see so many young folks very interested in both the marketing and the stockmanship!
Next we will take a week to travel around Saskatchewan visiting old and new friends before our next school June 13-14 in Red Deer, Alberta.
Yesterday Richard and I found an excellent example of just what Bud Williams Livestock Marketing is. My daughter moved to a house which doesn’t have wood heat, and she still had some great oak, seasoned, split firewood left from last winter. She tried selling it at her garage sale with no luck. Then she told a friend who needed firewood that, if he would help her move on Saturday, he could have it free.
First he said he would, and then he changed his mind and decided he would go fishing instead.
We bought some more older, bred cows at the Springfield auction today. We stayed understocked through the summer not certain how the drought would develop. We have lots of feed now (even with the drought) and decided to buy some more cheaper, older, bred cows for spring calving. We wound up with a nice stock trailer full of med aged cows and one nice Brangus heifer we just couldn’t resist (and she was cheap!).
Using Bud Williams Marketing, we buy the underpriced and sell the overpriced. It’s about time to sell the calves we’ve had all summer and just keep these older girls through the winter. Keep your eyes open for some good buys, and keep your plans open for using different ages or classes of livestock to make your profit!
We learned a lot at a Bud Williams Marketing support group meeting at Jack and Lori Martin’s near Independence, Kansas
Bud also attended and shared lots of great advice and stories.
Lori holding her extremely cute granddaughter, Avery!
Garland, Tina, and I attended the Bud Williams Marketing Follow-up School in Independence, Kansas this weekend and picked up many great, new points on both marketing and stockmanship.
My son Garland and I pose by the sign for the school.