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Herd Quitter Podcast

English, Finance, 1 season, 167 episodes, 3 hours, 53 minutes
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On this podcast, we interview farmers and ranchers who aren't afraid to think for themselves and do things a little bit differently. Because of this they have experienced more enjoyable and more profitable businesses.
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167: Adam Ledvina - Generating Profit on Land Others Can't

If you are a cattle guy, please don't skip past this episode when I mention that todays guest is a goat producer from Iowa. Adam Ledvina shares how goats can be extremely profitable on acres that cattle and even sheep can't fully utilize on steep slopes with overgrown woods, brush and weeds! He explains how he has developed a low input profitable goat herd and how the average commercial producer can generate great profits on every acre! They can be used in combination with cattle to stack enterprises and increase profit! Resources Mentioned: Practical Farmers of Iowa Stockman Grass Farmer Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/15/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 29 seconds
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166: Cal Hardage - Grazing Grass Podcast

Cal is a fellow grazing podcaster and farmer/rancher from Oklahoma. We discuss his career and how he's shifted to a low input, grazing management focused grass farmer and has found success in doing that! Resources Mentioned: No Risk Ranching - Greg Judy Noble Research Institute Working Cows Podcast Ranching Reboot Herd Quitter Podcast Just a Few Acres Farmer on Youtube Farmer Tyler on Youtube Once a Day Farmer on Youtube Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/8/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 28 seconds
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165: Noah Taylor - Profitable Cows in the Midwest

Noah and his family have a diversified farming operation running 180 cow/calf pairs, several hundred hogs for Niman Ranch, feedlot beef and crops. They do a great job integrating livestock with the cropping enterprise through getting cattle out on the land, or diversifying their crop rotation and putting those harder to market grains through pigs or cattle and much more. By doing this they are able to reduce feed costs, increase soil health and ultimately improve farm profitability! Lots to learn from Noah! Resources Mentioned: Allan Nation Gabe Brown Practical Farmers of Iowa Extension Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/1/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 50 seconds
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164: Rachelle Meyer - Running a Farm and Raising a Family

Rachelle and her family are crushing it at life and farming down in Southeast Minnesota! Rachelle talks about how they manage to run a dairy farm, 500 goats, 800 sheep, stocker cattle, run a direct market business and raise a family with 7 kids! If you want to see more, check out their youtube at wholesome family farms on youtube! Resources Mentioned: Soil Health Academy Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/25/202451 minutes, 42 seconds
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163: Allen Williams - Epigenetics and Profitability

Allen and I discuss how important epigenetic selection is for building an adapted herd of livestock for your farm or ranch. It's when you have a properly adapted herd that you can reduce inputs and significantly improve business profits! We talk about how his cost of production per cow is significantly below national averages. If you are looking to add somebody to your team to help with your farm or ranch numbers, check out John Haskell and his team at ⁠⁠https://www.ranchrightllc.com/⁠⁠. Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/18/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 36 seconds
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162: Ariel Greenwood - New Mexico Ranching

Ariel and I discuss her journey to her current ranch in New Mexico. We talk about the differences in the regions and production models they've experienced. How they logistically manage a ranch over tens of thousands of acres and managed a ranch 700+ miles away in another state! Lots to learn from her awesome experience! Resources Mentioned: Quivira Coalition Subtract - Leidy Klotz If you're interested in attending the Sustainable Farming Association Midwest Soil Health Summit to hear speakers like Burke Teichert, Dale Strickler and many more, sign up at https://sfa-mn.org/midwest-soil-health-summit/ Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/11/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 54 seconds
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161: Aaron Helmick - First Generation Farming Wisdom

Aaron has an awesome story of finding a way to build a first generation farm capable of supporting his family! He shares his story in this episode with lots of bits of wisdom we can all benefit from! Resources Mentioned: Executive Link and Ranching for Profit Sell/buy marketing schools Knowledge Rich Ranching - Allan Nation Thoughts and Advice from an Old Cattleman - Gordan Hazard Extreme Ownership - Jocko Working Cows Podcast Ranching.fyi zone ranching If you're interested in attending the Sustainable Farming Association Midwest Soil Health Summit to hear speakers like Burke Teichert, Dale Strickler and many more, sign up at https://sfa-mn.org/midwest-soil-health-summit/ Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/4/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 50 seconds
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160: Dr. Richard Watson - 2000 Acre Grazing Dairy

Dr. Richard Watson started a grazing dairy business in 2007 which has since expanded to 3 sites totaling over 2000 acres with a capacity to milk over 2500 cows. He is now working on developing a milk processing facility to vertically integrate his business to capture the premium that his grazing model offers but has so far been challenging to capture! We dive into what it took to build his first dairy, the challenges that he faced, how he overcame them and then talk about his decisions to scale and expand. Richard is knowledgeable and entertaining and I hope you enjoy the conversation! Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/26/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 55 seconds
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159: Kit Pharo - Building a Business

Kit Pharo has built an incredibly successful ranch and seedstock business as one of the top ten in the seedstock 100 for several years in a row and serving thousands of customers over several decades! I asked Kit to share with me some of his reflections on that experience and what he sees as important traits and actions for somebody who wishes to build a successful business of any kind! Lots of wisdom to gain in this episode! If you are looking to add somebody to your team to help with your farm or ranch numbers, check out John Haskell and his team at ⁠https://www.ranchrightllc.com/⁠. Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/19/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 12 seconds
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158: Jared Knock & Justin Fruechte - Roots and Ruminants

Fortunate to have the opportunity to have a collaborative podcast with Jared Knock and Justin Fruechte, hosts of the Roots and Ruminats podcast. We discuss everything from our respective operations, to managing diverse farms, farm succession, improved perennials vs. natives vs. annuals and so much more! Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/12/20241 hour, 41 minutes, 21 seconds
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157: Will Harris - A Bold Return to Giving a Damn

Will Harris is one of those guys who pioneered much of regenerative agriculture, direct to consumer marketing, vertical integration on the family farm level and so much more! It's an honor to get to share some of what he's learned with you through these conversations. You can hear more of his story on episode 55 or better yet buy his new book "A Bold Return to Giving a Damn". Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/5/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 28 seconds
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156: Drew Bruner - First Generation Rancher Story

Stories like Drews are some of my favorite to share on this podcast! Drew didn't grow up on a family ranch, but over the course of the last 15 years or so has built up a successful grazing business which he now does full time and purchased several hundred acres in northern Missouri. To sign up for Wally Olson's online sell/buy marketing class go to www.ranching.fyi/wallyolson Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/29/20241 hour, 33 minutes, 45 seconds
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155: Gage Iverson - Grazing through the Winter in Montana

Gage Iverson is a rancher who has successfully grazed his cowherd all winter long for several years in a row in an environment where so many think it's not possible! Take a listen as we discuss his experience, what it's done to improve profitability and his tips for somebody wanting to do the same thing! Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/22/202454 minutes, 23 seconds
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154: Dallas Mount - How to Make Cows Profitable

For many, when they look at the economics of their cow/calf enterprise and see the lack of profitability, their assumption is that the cow/calf business is not for them. Dallas shares that the average cow/calf producer is not profitable, however, top producers have found it to be incredibly profitable. So we discuss how to improve the profitability of cows by reducing direct costs, increasing gross product and more. Turns out there is a lot that most can do to improve the cow/calf enterprise and that it can generate very competitive returns. If you are looking to add somebody to your team to help with your farm or ranch numbers, check out John Haskell and his team at https://www.ranchrightllc.com/. Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/15/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 38 seconds
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153: Ryan Bruski - Trying it Out with 4700 Stockers

Ryan and his family have decided to make the shift from cow/calf to stockers to improve the profitability of their Montana ranch and they are jumping all in! He talks about the why, the how, and so much more in this conversation! Resources Mentioned: Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown Ranching for Profit Herd Quitter Podcast Working Cows Podcast Ranching Reboot Podcast Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/8/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 43 seconds
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152: Jesse Womack - Getting Paid for Good Management

Jesse and I discuss tips for managing many different obligations, we discuss his experience with TCU Ranch Management. But most of our time is spent on his ranch enteprises, grazing management and how he is being compensated for his management with carbon credits through Grassroots Carbon. I believe this is the first time I have ever discussed carbon credits and I learned a lot! Learn more about carbon credits at https://grassrootscarbon.com/herdquitter/ Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/1/20241 hour, 33 minutes, 39 seconds
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151: Trevor Burian - From $100,000 Loss to $39,000 profit

Merry Christmas!! In episode 101 we discussed Trevors decision to switch from cow/calf to custom grazing. We catch up a year later to discuss how his first year running a large herd of stockers has gone for him. Before we discuss this year, we go into depth on an enterprise analysis on his cow/calf enterprise and why this decision made sense for him and how it's allowed him to make a nearly $150,000 swing in his profitability from a $100,000 economic loss to a $39,000 profit with potential for even better years ahead! Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
12/25/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 30 seconds
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150: Best of the First 150 Episodes

For the 150th episode I listened back to the top 5 episodes by listens and clipped some of my favorite parts of those conversations. There is so much great stuff in each of these episodes! Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
12/18/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 14 seconds
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149: Chad Peterson - Stockers, Grazing, Moving Ranches

Chad Peterson has a wealth of experience in a variety of different grazing based enterprises now in multiple states. We discuss many of his learning experiences over the years and why he currently runs a stocker operation in Montana. We talk about ultra high stock density grazing, forage utilization, supplement feeding stockers, and so much more! Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
12/11/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 29 seconds
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148: Logan Mannix - Mannix Family Beef

Logan Mannix along with his father, uncles and several cousins run Mannix Family Beef in Montana. They have a diversified, large scale, vertically integrated beef operation. Currently they run 1250 cows, background calves, and grass finish and market 400 head of beef direct to consumer as well as to several wholesale markets. We discuss everything from his family and ranch history, to genetics, wintering cattle in Montana, and marketing. Resources Mentioned: Barn2Door Podcast and Newsletter Grazecart Podcast and Newsletter Western Sustainability Exchange Joel Salatin Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
12/4/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 10 seconds
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147: Amos Troester - Cover Cropping for Profit

Amos and his wife Tina have a diversified business in Northeast Iowa where they crop farm, run livestock, sell cover crop seed and offer custom seeding as a service. In this episode we discuss how cover crops can be used on high value tillable land to increase the profit of the operation, how to integrate them with crops and livestock and much more! Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit School Wally Olson School Doug Ferguson School Allen Crocket Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/27/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 3 seconds
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146: Matthew Menke - Transitioning to Profitable Ranching at Scale

Matthew ranched like most people in his area but after learning a little about low input ranching and regenerative management and it's potential to help improve production and profitability he began to transition his cow herd and management to improve. He shares many of the learning lessons he experience transitioning over 500 cows to a low input genetics and designing fence and water infrastructure plan for his land. If you want to make a change on your ranch, this is one episode you won't want to miss. Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit Understanding Ag Soil Health Academy Grassfed Exchange Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/20/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 37 seconds
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145: Sage Askin, Vannie Collins, Chris Baggott - Building a First Generation Ranch

Many say that today it's impossible to become a full time farmer or rancher if you aren't born into it or marry into it. But I've got three past guests Sage Askin, Vannie Collins, and Christopher Baggot on who have each built from scratch their own successful operations within the past 15 years. They come from different starting points but share diverse experiences and enterprise mixes that include cow/calf, custom grazing, and direct market enterprises and talk about how to access land, where to invest limited time and capital and their tips for beginning ranchers! This was one of my favorite conversations and is one you won't want to miss! Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/13/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 11 seconds
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144: Connor Laukant - Farming Full Time at 24 Years Old

Connor is a grazier in Wisconsin who at only 24 years old is already a full time farmer and a land owner. He has a diversity of livestock enterprises including custom grazing, cow/calf and heifer development. We discuss enterprise selection, where to invest capital, accessing land and much more! Resources Mentioned: Gregg Judy NRCS Office Neighbors Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/6/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 45 seconds
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143: John Innes-Smith - Journey to Farm Ownership

John spent several years moving from farm to farm taking advantage of opportunities to build equity in land and cows until he got to where he is today. John owns 300 cows and 500 acres and operates his own successful grazing based dairy with his wife in Tasmania, Australia. We walk through his story, discuss the risks associated with debt and growth and talk about his operation. Resources Mentioned: Profitable Farmer Podcast Jocko Podcast Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/30/20231 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
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142: Al Dewitt, Weston Walker, Rob Pierce - Heat Tolerant Genetics Program

I brought back three past guests who all are working to develop composite genetics that will offer adaption to the heat, humidity, and parasite pressure that many ranchers in the US face while not giving up the performance or quality that our purebred angus, red angus and hereford cattle provide. We dive into the different breeds they are using which include: Mashona, Romosinuano and Corriente cattle crossed on a PCC Red Angus base. Lots of value in this episode! Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at ⁠www.herdquitterpodcast.com⁠. You can also check out ⁠www.pharocattle.com⁠ for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/23/202354 minutes, 56 seconds
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141: Joel Salatin - Successful Farming

Joel Salatin is one of the most popular farmers in the world. He has written 16 books, is the editor of the Stockman Grass Farmer, and owns and operates the popular Polyface Farm. We discuss his farm, how he monetizes agritourism and education on his farm and learn tips to creating a successful direct to consumer enterprise as well as how to change the food system to a more local food production and marketing system. Resources Mentioned: Stockman Grass Farmer Ranching For Profit Farm Show Magazine Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at www.herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out www.pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/16/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 11 seconds
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140: Rachel Twogood - Raising Crops, Cattle and a Family

Rachel and her husband farm and ranch in Nebraska and have a diversified operation consisting of no-till crops, organic crops, cow/calf enterprises as well as a grass finishing and direct to consumer business. We discuss these different enterprises as well as the blessings and challenges that come with raising a family on a farm! Resources Mentioned: Joel Salatin - Family Friendly Farming Joel Salatin - Salad Bar Beef The Third Plate Francis Schafer - Pollution and the Death of Man Check out Barn2Door at ⁠www.barn2door.com/herdquitter⁠ and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/9/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 27 seconds
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139: Elaine Froese - 3 Conversations Necessary Before Farm Transition

Elaine is an internationally known farm transition expert! The topic of transition is something that every farmer will have to deal with at some point and very few have a plan. She walks through 3 of the important conversations that need to be addressed before a transition can take place. Resources Mentioned: Dick Wittman - Wittman Consulting Elaine Froese Books Farm4Profit Podcast Check out Barn2Door at www.barn2door.com/herdquitter and receive a free academy class ($99 value) if you sign up. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/2/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 3 seconds
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138: Tom Krawiec - Ranching Like a 12 Year Old

Tom is author of the book "Ranching Like a 12 Year Old" where he shares his story of developing a ranch template to help simplify the management of a ranch to improve lifestyle and to allow for the opportunity to scale. He shares how this model allowed him to build a ranch custom grazing thousands of animals and also how to grow more grass than many think is possible! Lots to learn in this episode! Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit Executive Link Holistic Management Jim Gerrish - Management Intensive Grazing Andre Voisin - Grass Productivity As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/25/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 48 seconds
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137: Chris Baggot - Grazing Profitably on Cropland

Chris is a first generation farmer who has managed to grow a large and successful direct marketing enterprise and grazing based farm on row crop land in Indiana. Just in that statement their are a number of things many would say are not possible or at least are extremely difficult to do. Take a listen to learn how he did this and so much more! Resources Mentioned: Allan Savory - Holistic Management Joel Salatin Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains Water in Plain Sight The Insect Crisis The Devils Element As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/18/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 13 seconds
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136: Jared Luhman - Q&A

I get questions from folks quite often via email or social media. I appreciate people reaching out and over the years a few questions have come up multiple times that I thought might be nice to address via the podcast. I'm happy to share more in depth on any one topic or address some of the others. Respond to the poll on the podcast or reach out to let me know if you enjoy these Q&A formats. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/11/202327 minutes, 37 seconds
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135: Al Dewit - Ranching Everywhere

Al and his family have a pretty unique ranching story. He started in Indiana as a crop farmer and had the opportunity to take over a ranch there, he later moved and built a ranch in Oklahoma followed by moving again and building another ranch in Missouri. He shares many of his learning experiences, and discusses using Romosinuano cattle to improve the adaptability of his herd. Resources Mentioned: Stockman Grass Farmer Local grazing groups and seminars As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/4/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 33 seconds
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134: Clint Fischer - Farm Succession

Clint is an ag business advisor who acts as a third party board member for farms and ranches. Today we discuss some of the experiences he's had in this role, we discuss succession and much more. Resources Mentioned: University Extension Financial Experts, Attorney Workshops Herd Quitter Podcast As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/28/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 52 seconds
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133: Carl Whitworth - Goat Grazing at Scale

Carl and his family own a diverse farm and ranch operation. They implement no-till and cover crops on their farmland and manage goats in multiple states! Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit Herd Quitter Podcast As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/21/202347 minutes, 4 seconds
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132: Kit Pharo - Kits Big Concern

Even with record prices, many are not finding the best of times as good as they would expect. Operations dependent on high levels of feed inputs, a full fleet of equipment and an abundance of labor are feeling the effects of inflation on all of those expenses. This means that even during record high prices many are still losing money or having slim margins and Kit is concerned for those who aren't willing to change before prices come back down. What are you doing to prepare for this? As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/14/202346 minutes, 6 seconds
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131: Sean McGrath - Profitable Cow/Calf in Canada

Sean McGrath is a Canadian rancher running cattle in an environment where most people have to feed 200+ days a year yet feeding less than many do in the southern United States. We discuss how he has made cow/calf production profitable in his region, we discuss swath grazing and bale grazing and much more! Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit Agrifood Management Excellence (Canadian Program) Local History Books As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/7/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 45 seconds
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130: Jordan Thomas - Part 2

My first conversation with Jordan was way back on episode 80 and he generated a lot of good discussion! Today we dig into some of those topics about how to build a bullet proof low input business model to increase profitability on your ranch! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/31/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 20 seconds
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129: Nevil Speer - Cattle Market Update

Nevil and I discuss things affecting the cattle market today including the weather, cattle numbers, prop 12 in California, the general economy, consolidation and coordination in the cattle industry and much more! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/24/202358 minutes, 16 seconds
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128: Weston Walker - Ranching in Missouri

The heat, humidity and endophyte infected fescue found in Missouri and throughout the southeast present a real challenge to cattle producers there. Weston and I discuss things such as developing adapted genetics to your environment, calving window and other things that have helped him be a more profitable producer. Resources Mentioned: PCC Newsletters and Updates Stockman Grass Farmer Jim Gerrish Greg Judy Hand in Hand Livestock with Tina and Richard Man, Cattle and Veld Man Must Measure As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/17/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 53 seconds
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127: Riley Shay, Sean Weinert, & Brian Munger

Today I get three guys I have a ton of respect for together to discuss ranching. We talk about drought, grazing management, apple cider vinegar, and more. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/10/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 51 seconds
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126: Laura Burandt - Profitable Cow/Calf Production

Laura joins me for part 2 of our conversation of her Texas ranch, listen to part one on episode 122 to hear her story and their grazing management. In this episode we discuss her cow/calf production model and how they have reduced costs dramatically allowing them to have a cost of production nearly half of the national average. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/3/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 54 seconds
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125: Sage Askin - Startup to Scaled Ranching

Sage is somebody who I have wanted to get on the podcast for the longest time! His story is one that has inspired me and continues to every time I hear it. He started his ranching operation not long ago and now manages several ranch units in multiple states. In this episode he shares his story which has so much valuable information on how he did it and is sure to inspire whoever listens. Resources Mentioned: Extreme Ownership - Jocko Entreleadership - Dave Ramsey As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/26/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 36 seconds
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124: Jill Winger - Old Fashioned On Purpose

Jill Winger is an entrepreneur. She is an author, podcaster, restaurant owner, blogger, social media influencer, direct marketing and first generation rancher! We discuss all of the things as well and the importance of being intentional about our food choices and how they started up their ranch and direct marketing enterprise. Lots to learn from this one! Resources Mentioned: Michael Pollan Wendell Berry - Unsettling of America What Your Food Ate Old Fashioned On Purpose As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/19/20231 hour, 13 seconds
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123: Gene Goven - 450% Increase in Forage Production

Gene Goven is a farmer/rancher in North Dakota who has an incredible story of building soil and profitable ranching in North Dakota. He now leaves more forage behind as residue when rotating than the ranch used to produce when he took it over. Lots of wisdom in this episode. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/12/202354 minutes, 43 seconds
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122: Laura Burandt - Journey Home to the Ranch

Laura has a pretty awesome story of education and work experience to getting back to her family ranch in the Texas Panhandle. Today she is running the family ranch with her dad and implementing sell/buy marketing, adapted low input genetics and grazing management to help her ranch become more profitable. Resources Mentioned: Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses - Dave Pratt Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown For the Love of Land - Jim Howell The Art and Science of Sheparding - Fred Provenza Chip Hines Historical Journals like Lewis and Clark The Book of Job As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/5/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 29 seconds
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121: Logan Duvall - Marketing Regenerative Food

Logan Duvall and his family run a privately owned outdoor farmers market where they source and purchase food from local farmers and ranchers and market them to health conscious consumers shopping for high quality regenerative food. In this episode we talk largely about what it takes to market food direct to consumer, we talk about his store and considerations if we want to do the same thing. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/29/202353 minutes, 52 seconds
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120: Hobbs Magaret - Fire and Salt Part 2

I'm joined again by Hobbs Magaret. In our past conversation on episode 110, we left a lot of topics undiscussed and so today we hopped back on a call again to talk about his genetics, grazing management, and more. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/22/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 7 seconds
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119: Greg Judy - Profitable Ranching in Missouri

Greg Judy is somebody who has personally impacted me and my farming career through his books and youtube videos! I'm honored to have him on the podcast today to share his journey from struggling to survive ranching to growing his farm as a custom grazier to the many enterprises he runs today! Resources Mentioned: Iann Mitchell-Innes OnPasture Stockman Grass Farmer Social Media As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/15/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 12 seconds
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118: John Pahlow - Building a Ranch

John and his wife have always wanted to run a ranch, and so after years of saving and with a slight push from Covid, they sold their home, equipment from his business and bought a ranch in Oregon. In just two and a half years they have grown their sales tremendously and sell a variety of meat products in a variety of ways off their ranch. Resources Mentioned: Joel Salatin Greg Judy Herd Quitter Podcast As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/8/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 52 seconds
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117: John Haskell - Managerial Accounting

John Haskell of Ranch Right LLC walks us through his process of helping farmers record and understand their financial information. This financial information is essential for making informed decisions related to our business and enterprises. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/1/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 52 seconds
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116: Jared Luhman - Expensive Lessons

A couple weeks ago in my episode with John Haskell and Wally Olson, they reminded me of an expensive learning lesson I had purchasing my first herd of cattle at the high of the market in 2014. I thought I'd embarrass myself a bit here and share some of my early mistakes that turned into valuable lessons in the cattle business. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/24/202319 minutes, 1 second
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115: Chris Kerston - Land to Market

Chris Kerston is CEO of the Land to Market program which is working to create new markets for farmers who are working to improve and regenerate the lands through holistic management. They are actively building relationships with the large players in the food industry and connect farms with ecological outcome verification to those players. Chris explains in this episode the process of getting Ecological Outcome Verification and the work they are doing. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/17/202359 minutes, 49 seconds
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114: Bart Morris - Oxbow Cattle Company

Bart Morris runs a first generation conception to consumption beef ranch on the edge of Missoula, Montana. We discuss how he built a successful ranch business from scratch in only 9 years. We talk about conservation easements, leasing ranchland, grass efficient cattle genetics, building a brand and marketing business and much more. There is lots to learn from this guest who has been recommended by multiple people! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/10/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 38 seconds
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113: Ray Marxer - Cowboy in a Corporate World

This is an incredible conversation with Ray Marxer who spent 37 years working for and managing one of America's largest historic ranches the Matador Ranch. He recorded his experience in his book Cowboy in a Corporate world which is a fantastic read. In this conversation we discuss how he got there, his rapid move into management, and the many changes he made in calving window, winter grazing, cow genetics and more on this 7000 cow ranch. Ray has a wealth of wisdom he shared in this podcast and his book. Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit Edward Demmings - 10 Points of Continuous Improvement As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/3/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 49 seconds
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112: Wally Olson and John Haskell - Prospering in Good and Bad Times

Current market conditions are looking up for cattle producers. With low inventory and forecasts pointing towards rain ranchers are feeling some optimism. Today, Wally Olson and John Haskell joined me to discuss how we can take advantage of these good times and prepare for what comes next. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/27/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 30 seconds
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111: Kit Pharo - Bringing in the Next Generation

Kit and I discuss how we can make our ranches more profitable and more enjoyable to not only make it possible to bring in the next generation, but to actually make them want to come back and be a part of the ranch. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/20/202328 minutes, 47 seconds
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110: Hobbs Magaret - Fire and Salt

In just a short few years Hobbs built a ranch and marketing brand, sold the brand, moved to a new state and started from scratch building a new ranch and brand. Today we discuss that journey. Resources mentioned: Jaimie Elizondo  Johann Zietsman - Man, Cattle and Veld Allan Savory - Holistic Management How to Win Friends and Influence People As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/13/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 40 seconds
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109: Colton and Ethan Munger - Rural Entrepreneurship

Colton and Ethan Munger are brothers who grew up on their families ranch in Nebraska. To learn more about their family ranch you can listen to my conversation with their dad Brian on episode 35, it's one of my favorites. I love what these two are doing because while many feel their is no opportunity in rural America to start a business and find success, both Colton and Ethan in their early twenties are finding tremendous success working for themselves. In this episode they share their stories of getting started, and the importance of organization, communication and much more! Resources Mentioned: Nelson Nash - Becoming Your Own Banker Mary Jo Irman - Farming Without The Bank Extreme Ownership Movers of Men and Mountains As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/6/202347 minutes, 55 seconds
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108: Shawn Freeland - Profitable and Enjoyable Ranching

Shawn has one of those inspiring stories that prove it's still possible to start and grow a ranching business from scratch. He shares his journey building a ranch and then making some serious changes such as improving grazing management, changing cow type, moving calving window, planting cover crops, and quitting haying. We wrap up the conversation talking about his direct marketing enterprise, along with his cover crop maze and pumpkin patch. Lots to learn in this episode. Resources Mentioned: Ranching Like a 12 Year Old Soil Health Coalition Tony Robbins - Unlimited Power Bible Power of Positive Thinking As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/27/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 7 seconds
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107: Alejandro Carrillo - Turning Desert to Grasslands

Alejandro manages the 30,000 acre Las Damas Ranch in the Chihuahua Desert of Mexico. Through his management in under twenty years he has increased his ranch carrying capacity from 150 cows to over 600 cows and his next goal is 1500. He talks about focusing management on the best areas of your ranch to get the highest return on investment. He also shares how simple trials offer almost no risk and can demonstrate the immense value of these management principles. Resources Mentioned: Gabe Brown Allan Savory Jim Gerrish Desert Grasslands As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/20/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 20 seconds
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106: Kit Pharo - Whatcha Gonna Do With All That Money

Cattle herd numbers having steadily been declining for the past several years due to lack of profitability and drought. This has been resulting in a steady increase in cattle prices and one would expect that when rain comes again the current shortage of calves combined with pulling heifers back into the breeding program will result in a big jump in cow/calf profitability. The question is, what will you do with those profits? That is the question we discuss in this episode.  As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/13/202329 minutes, 4 seconds
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105: Clay Conry, Brian Alexander, Jason Medows - Ag Podcaster Roundtable

Join Clay, Brian, Jason and myself as we discuss our podcasts, what we've learned through them and questions we have surrounding ranching and agriculture. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/6/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 27 seconds
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104: Lance Klessig - On Farm Rentals

Lance Klessig has been involved in agriculture his whole life in a variety of roles from working on a dairy farm, to working for the Soil and Water Conservation District, but in 2020 he and his wife purchased their own farm. Because of their willingness to pivot and focus on marketing experiences and finished food products instead of commodity's he was able to quit his off farm job after only two years! Lance shares many of their secrets to success and if you've considered incorporating some sort of an agritourism enterprise to your farm or ranch, this is not one to miss. Resources Mentioned: What Your Food Ate - David Montgomery Youtube Soil Health Academy As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/30/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 46 seconds
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103: Jacob Wolki - The Business of Regenerative Ag

Jacob Wolki brought a unique business perspective from managing several different retail businesses and dozens of employees before starting his farm in the past few years. Those skills have allowed him to scale a regenerative production model and direct to consumer meat business. He shares all of that along with how he set up a 24/7 self serve store, and much more!  Resource Recommendations: Fire Someone Today - Bob Pritchett 5 Love Languages Joel Salatin Richest Man in Babylon How to Win Friends and Influence People Allan Savory Deep Nutrition As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/23/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 39 seconds
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102: Dave Pratt - Retirement and Succession

Dave Pratt is past owner of Ranching for Profit and author of my favorite book "The Turnaround: A Ranchers Story".  In this weeks podcast he gives us a summary on the RFP definition of true profitability in business and then discusses retirement and succession planning from the perspective of both a young individual working into a farm as well as the exiting generation. The topic of succession is vitally important to the ability of a ranch business to pass from one generation to the next and Dave shares many of the secrets for you to get started working on this in your own businesses. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/16/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 47 seconds
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101: Trevor Burian - Cows to Custom Grazing

Trevor went to Ranching for Profit in February of 2022 and came home ready to make big changes. By the time summer came around he had sold his cows and was custom grazing cattle for somebody else. We talk about what this has meant for him and his ranch business. We talk about entrepreneurship in rural America, and much more! Resources Mentioned: Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition Ranching for Profit The Turnaround: A Ranchers Story - Dave Pratt How Not to Go Broke Ranching - Walt Davis The Year Around Grazier - Steve Kenyon Kick the Hay Habit - Jim Gerrish As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/9/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 39 seconds
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100: Allan Savory - Holistic Managagement

Allan Savory has a lifetime of experience developing what he has termed Holistic Management. He shares in this podcast a brief overview of his history and what the management has the potential to do for our businesses and our world if implemented at scale!  As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/2/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 3 seconds
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99: Dayton Steelman - Genetic Fly Resistance

Dayton Steelman is a veterinary entomologist responsible for doing the research around genetic fly resistance. He shares in this podcast how over his decades of experience he made observations on how breed and size of animal impacted fly numbers on cows and shares his journey to figure out the cause. 
12/26/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 3 seconds
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98: Joe Tomandl - Scaling Regenerative Dairies

Many dairy farms when considering the opportunities to expand a dairy choose to build larger building and grow more feed to bring to the cows, and scale up on one site through infrastructure and technology. Joe Tomandl looked at the opportunity to expand his dairy farm in a  little bit different way. He loved the value that grazing brought to his dairy in soil and ecological benefits, as well as the financial advantages of an animal harvesting their own feed through grazing and he recognized that scaling up on a single site would reduce his ability to graze. So he has scaled through replication of grazing dairy farms in close proximity. Listen to this weeks episode to learn how he did it, the advantages of this model and much more! Many dairy farms when considering the opportunities to expand a dairy choose to build larger buildings and grow more feed to bring to the cows, and com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
12/19/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 52 seconds
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97: Nevil Speer - Cattle Market Update

Nevil Speer writes for Drovers magazine and has experience ranging from cattle production, to business management consulting and cattle market data. He joins me to talk about the factors contributing to the cattle market today, and what we should be doing to prepare for the years to come. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
12/12/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 8 seconds
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96: Cooper Hibbard - Sieben Livestock

Cooper Hibbard manages his generational ranch in Adel, Montana and shares how his family through grazing management, changes in their calving season, and genetics have managed to increase ranch production even in one of the worst drought years in their history. We discuss his thought process on early versus late weaning and how they have reduced hay feeding to a couple hundred pounds of hay per animal per year. We also discuss their stewardship of water, wildlife and the people involved in the business in addition to just the land and livestock!  Resources Mentioned: Man, Cattle, Veld - Johann Zietsman As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
12/5/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 21 seconds
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95: Eunice Williams - Stockmanship and Marketing

Eunice Williams shares the story of how Bud, through observation, learned how animals respond to humans and developed his principles of stockmanship that are so valuable to reducing stress on animals which results in less health issues and increased profits. She also shares how he came to develop sell/buy marketing which has helped countless producers generate profit in marketing livestock. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/28/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 35 seconds
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94: Lance Gunderson - Building Healthy Soils

Lance Gunderson is owner of Regen Ag Labs and he joins me to discuss soil health, why it's important to test, which tests to perform, how often and so much more!  As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/21/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 16 seconds
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93: Michael Groot - Regenerative Farming in Canada

Michael Groot had the opportunity to take over his in-laws farm and quickly got to work transitioning to a regenerative crop farm and direct market meat producer after attending a Dave Brandt event. Now he is researching how rotating cropland with perennial pastures improves the soil and potential profitability of his cropping enterprise. We also discuss their direct to consumer marketing brand, Wholesome Pastures. Resources Mentioned: Land, Livestock and Life - Allan Nation Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown Sand County Almanac For the Love of Soil - Nichole Masters Herd Quitter Podcast Working Cows Podcast Notill Farmer Podcast As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/14/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 8 seconds
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92: Rob Pierce - Part 2 Heat Tolerant Cattle

In this weeks episode we follow up on our conversation last week with Rob Pierce and discuss in more detail his heat tolerant cattle breeding program. If you haven't already, listen to episode 91 to hear Robs ranch transition and this one will talk about the different breeds he using to produce a low input, heat tolerant, beef animal bred to thrive in portions of the country and world where heat and humidity stress cattle! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/7/202236 minutes, 59 seconds
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91: Rob Pierce - Finding Ranch Success

Rob Pierce quit ranching in 2008 and after a member of his church signed him up for Kit Pharo's PCC Updates and Newsletters he found hope that there might be potential to be profitable in ranching. And so after a 4 year break from ranching he jumped back in with corriente crossed with PCC Red Angus bulls. He has since developed a heat tolerant breeding program which we will discuss in more depth in part two of this conversation next week. But we discuss this week how he managed to grow to over 500 cows and run cows at the same stocking rate while going from 4-5 bales per cow per year to less the half a bale! Rob also shares his journey to salvation, having not grown up knowing the Lord but finding him as an adult and the difference that made in his life. Resources Mentioned: PCC Discussion Group Bible As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/31/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 47 seconds
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90: Mark and Sara Hewitt - Leaving What Was Comfortable

Mark and Sara Hewitt from Minnesota joined me in this episode to share their story of taking the bold step of leaving the family farm where they were constantly met with opposition and no promises of transition or change to start a farm of their own! They talk about the decision to leave the family farm, their focus on minimal debt and managing their business as well as the many enterprises they juggle while both working off farm jobs and managing a family with 2 kids. So much to learn from them in this episode. Resources Mentioned: Farm Bureau Legacy Farmer Minnesota Farm Business Management Minnesota Department of Ag Extension As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/24/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 6 seconds
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89: Jason Medows - Ag State of Mind

Jason Medows is a rancher in Missouri and also the host of the Ag State of Mind Podcast. We discuss his transition to an intentional low input ranch business, and how he runs the business while working full time off the farm as a pharmacist. We also discuss mental health in agriculture as his podcast is focused around breaking the stigma around mental health in Ag. Resources Mentioned: Can't Hurt Me Atomic Habits 12 Rules for Life As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business! 
10/17/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 9 seconds
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88: Eric Barth - Polyface Farm Manager

Eric Barth is the Farm Manager largely responsible for managing the steward program which is their internship program. In this episode we discuss his path to Polyface farm, the farm and all it's enterprises and how they manage their internship program to ensure that interns leave with a ton of value.  Resources Mentioned: Extreme Ownership - Book Stockman Grass Farmer As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/10/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 54 seconds
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87: Missy Bonds - Bonds Ranch

By running their ranch as a business and focusing on return on equity they have expanded their business to owning livestock in 26 counties in Texas and 13 different states. Missy Bonds talks to me about how they expanded the business, how they run their numbers and take action with confidence! Resources Mentioned: TCU Ranch Management Program As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/3/202248 minutes, 52 seconds
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86: Andy Junkin - Working With Stubborn Farm Families

Andy Junkin of Stubborn.farm specializes in working with stubborn farm families to get out of crisis, or begin the conversations around farm succession. We discuss these as well as how you can work with another generation to incorporate new ideas into an existing operation!  As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/26/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 28 seconds
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85: Bobby Thoman - Grass Finished PCC 4H Show Steers

Bobby Thoman was first on the Herd Quitter Podcast back on Episode 16, check that out to hear about his ranch history and context. But today we discuss some of the philosophy around profitable ranching and then we get into a discussion around 4H show steers. Bobby and his kids raise 4H show steers right out of their PCC cooperator herd and develop them on grass and hay, NO GRAIN! And while they may not be grand champion steers, they are consistently middle of the pack competitors! This is pretty incredible considering what some people invest into their show animals to win, meanwhile his kids learn about what it means to raise profitable livestock in addition to the many benefits that come with working with livestock. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/19/202248 minutes, 38 seconds
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84: Brad Reese - Ranching, Hunting and Being on a TV Show

Brad Reese is owner of the Rockin 7 Ranch near Shawnee, Wyoming. They manage beef cows, a hunting lodge, an outfitting business and farming enterprise. Brad shares he perspectives on his production model, management style, views on land and land ownership, as well as his experience in season 41 of the popular tv show Survivor. Resource Recommendations: John Maxwell Jim Collins As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/12/20221 hour, 10 minutes
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83: Dale Strickler - Part 2 Preparing for Future Drought

In last weeks episode, Dale and I discussed managing while in a drought. Today we discuss how to prepare for future drought to be more resilient when it comes. Be sure to listen to episode 81 along with this one to get all the great information that Dale has to share! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/5/202241 minutes, 20 seconds
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82: Dale Strickler - Part 1 Managing within a Drought

In part 1 of this two part episode with Dale Strickler we talk about managing while in a drought. He talks about emergency feed resources and land management decisions. In part 2 which will be released next week we will discuss management to prepare for future droughts and how we can make our land and businesses more resilient for those future weather challenges! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/29/202254 minutes, 31 seconds
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81: Kit Pharo - Diversification

Today we discuss the idea of diversification. Is it truly best to be diversified? Does it help or hurt a business?  As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/22/202225 minutes, 9 seconds
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80: Jordan Thomas - Cattle Reproduction and Profitability

This one was way beyond my level of expertise and I felt like I learned a ton! Jordan talks about how our breeding management and selection of cattle based on breeding windows can drastically increase the profitability of our ranches! He discusses heritability of different traits, epigenetics, and a whole lot more in a way that after a little while even a guy like me can begin to understand! Definitely worth the listen! Resources Mentioned: The E-Myth Thinking Fast and Slow Out of the Crisis Mizzourepro.com Mizzou Repro Youtube Channel As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/15/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 41 seconds
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79: Vannie Collins - Building a Profitable Ranch in 6 years

Vannie Collins just got started in the ranching business in 2016 and because he had no previous paradigms he had to break, he started immediately down the right path. He attended Ranching for Profit and with what he learned there along with help from mentors like Ian Mitchell Innes and Greg Judy he has since grown his herd to 2000 cows which over tripled the previous stocking rate of his families ranchlands. He is developing a herd of low input cows in a low input rotational management system over 15,000 acres that only requires two staff to manage. Lots to learn in this one! Resources Mentioned:  Allan Nation Stockman Grass Farmer Ranching for Profit Ian Mitchell Innes As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/8/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 37 seconds
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78: Craig Fischer - Sleepy Bison Acres

Craig Fischer and his family have a long history in agriculture in South Central Minnesota. They have a background in crop and dairy production, but chose a different route by raising pastured hogs, poultry and bison on their family farm. He talks about how he got into it, and why as well as some neat facts on the bison industry and building a direct market.  Resources Mentioned: Minnesota Bison Association National Bison Association Soil Health Academy Stockman Grass Farmer Bison Insider Podcast As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/1/202244 minutes, 47 seconds
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77: Kit Pharo - No Excuses

There are plenty of things we can blame for a lack of profitability in our farm operations but at the end of the day it's our decisions that impact whether or not we are profitable, no excuses. Kit and I talk about this idea and how using excuses and blaming others can be what keeps us from recognizing our role in our business profitability and keeps us from making necessary changes to our business! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/25/202235 minutes, 24 seconds
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76: Aaron Bradley - Changing the Food System

Aaron Bradley farms with his wife Nicole in Bostic, North Carolina. We’re talk briefly about grazing operation and discuss in depth his marketing enterprise and how they hope that their brand can be a marketing outlet for other farmers passionate about raising regenerative meats but don’t have the market themselves. Resources Mentioned: Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/18/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 34 seconds
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75: Chase Jones - Custom Grazing

Chase Jones recently had the opportunity to take over his families generational farm in Southwest Wisconsin after his father decided to back out of the farming business. Recognizing the capital requirements of getting into the cow/calf business of equipment and cows but also wanting to keep the land in grass he went the route of custom grazing. He shares with us in this episode his first 3 years of custom grazing, the lessons learned and the successes that he had. He also provides some encouragement and motivation for young folks interested in getting into this business but are unsure of how.  Resources Mentioned: Greg Judy Jim Gerrish As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/11/202259 minutes, 24 seconds
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74: Colter DeVries - Ranch Land Values

Colter DeVries is a ranch broker in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado and is host of the Ranch Investor Podcast. Today we discuss the increasing ranch values over the past several years, who is buying it, and what that means for those of us trying to make a living on the land. We also discuss the need for turnover in the ranch business, people willing to think differently and bring new ideas and technology into the industry as well as the importance of land and property rights! To learn more check him out on social media at Ranch Investor. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/4/202258 minutes, 35 seconds
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73: Doug Ferguson & Wally Olson - Q&A

Doug and Wally are experienced sell/buy marketers as well as educators. They join me in this episode to answer your questions! You can listen to episodes  17 & 18 where I had some initial discussions with Wally Olson and then episodes 28 & 37 with Doug Ferguson. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/27/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 15 seconds
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72: Dale Strickler - Pasture Can Be Profitable

Dale is a sales agronomist for Green Cover Seeds as well as a speaker, consultant, author and experienced grazier! He shares his experience building a grazing farm and dramatically improving grazing productivity, and profitability as well as soil organic matter and soil health. We talk about the advantages of a grazing system as opposed to a row crop system. So much value in this conversation, and if you want to learn more, I would definitely encourage you to check out the many youtube videos he has online or buy one of his three books! Resources Mentioned:  Tree Crops - J. Russell Smith Mycorrhizal Planet Jim Gerrish Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/20/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 16 seconds
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71: Ben Beichler - Herd Share Dairy Success

Ben Beichler always had a dream of being a farmer, but with no farm to inherit, he set out to build one of his own. After apprenticing with Polyface Farms under Joel Salatin, he bought and built a dairy selling raw milk directly to 1250 families through a herd share program! His story is inspiring, and while I wouldn't recommend everybody go out and get a mortgage to incentivize you to be successful, he does have a lot of great wisdom to share in his story! Resource Recommendations: Newman Turner George Henderson As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/13/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 59 seconds
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70: Joseph Hubbard - Part 2 Cattle Production, Land Leases and More

This is the second part of our conversation with Joseph Hubbard. If you haven't, I would highly recommend going back and listening to part 1 before listening to this episode just for context but also because there is a ton of value in that episode! Joseph is doing some pretty impressive things! Resources Mentioned: Herd Quitter Podcast Working Cows Podcast Ranching Reboot Podcast Grazing Conferences Steve Campbell As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/6/202259 minutes, 28 seconds
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69: Joseph Hubbard - Part 1 Sheep Production

This weeks episode is part one of my two part conversation with Joseph Hubbard of Olsburg, Kansas. Joseph has a large diversified ranch made up of 450 cow/calf pairs, 800+ stockers, and 2000 sheep managed on around 10,000 acres of Kansas prairie! In part one we discuss his sheep production model both on pasture and in a feedlot setting. We discuss the EZ Care breed and rambouillet sheep and why each breed has a purpose in his operation. Check in next week when I will share part two of our conversation focused more on cattle and a few other topics! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/30/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 28 seconds
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68: Kim Maloney - Brylee Farms

Kim Maloney returned home to her family farm in Quebec, Canada to work as their day-to-day operations manager but also to build a direct marketing enterprise! Over the past 3 years of her time on the farm they have greatly expanded their beef production and marketing, added sheep and pork and have succeeded in marketing all their product direct to consumer! She shares the strategies they have used to grow this enterprise and the choice to bring finishers on to the farm rather than own cows to reduce winter feed expense! Resources Mentioned: Five Mary's Marketing Course Ian Mitchell Innes Ranching for Profit As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/23/202247 minutes, 16 seconds
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67: Riley Shay - Building A Ranch

Riley Shay is a friend of mine and inspires and impresses me whenever I hear his story! From a young age Riley has had an entrepreneurial spirit from trying to start a cow herd with four bottle calves to buying a tractor and starting a custom haying business at 16 years old. Today, at only 26, Riley has built a ranch of his own, purchasing a property not far from his family in NW Kansas and has developed an impressive herd of Registered Red Angus cows! His story is one we can all learn from! If you are interested in learning more about his story, or are interested in the drought insurance program Riley mentions, reach out to him at [email protected]. Resources Mentioned: PCC Newsletter PCC Bull Development Days Networking Opportunities: Conferences, grazing schools, etc... As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/16/202256 minutes, 44 seconds
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66: Derek Schmitz - Building a Grazing Dairy

Derek started his farming journey immediately after high school when he decided he could learn better through experience and self-study than college. He gained experience working for several farmers, studied books, magazines and YouTube and used this knowledge to build his own dairy. Today he and his wife run their dairy in central Minnesota. They are impressive grazing managers and are using their herd to build soil! We discuss his journey, his grazing management and talk epigenetics in his herd and using nature to select for the animals that fit his program and environment. Even if dairy isn't your primary interest, there is a ton of great info in this episode! Resources Mentioned: Nourishment - Fred Provenza Joel Salatin Graze magazine Stockman Grass Farmer Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Soil Health Academy As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/9/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 43 seconds
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65: Jared Luhman - Ranching for Profit School

I just got home from my week long trip to Oklahoma attending the Ranching for Profit School. Each night I tried to do a quick update on my day to summarize some of the topics they discuss each day to give you an idea what the school entails. I really enjoyed my experience and if you've ever considered attending a school, hopefully this helps and I would definitely recommend attending a school whenever you can. Resource Recommendation: The Turnaround: A Ranchers Story - Dave Pratt As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/2/202254 minutes, 12 seconds
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64: Darrin Drake - Peaceful Pastures Story

In Episode 11, we talked to Jenny Drake. Today we talk to her husband to get more details on their story of moving from Indiana to the mountains of Tennessee and building a large successful grazing based and direct marketing farm there. He shares the stressful times, along with the successes and how he prioritized his marriage over his business and how that has helped lead to a long and successful marriage! We also discuss the importance of community in this regenerative ag world and how it was important in his early days of building their farm and how we need to do more of it today. We discuss genetics and how important they are to his business and much more! Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit School Herd Quitter Podcast Burt Smith book Stockman Grass Farmer A Pharo Cattle Company bull sale and presale meeting. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/25/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 37 seconds
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63: Paul Landrigan - Building a Ranch While Working Full Time

Paul always had a love of cattle from a young age! His father recognized it when Paul could put together cattle family lines in a commercial herd when he was just a kid. However, the opportunity to take over a large family ranch was not in the cards, but this didn't stop him from building an operation of his own. In this episode we talk about his journey to building a ranch by focusing on low input cattle production and marketing his livestock at a premium. These principles allowed him to grow the business to where today he plans to retire working on the ranch he built. We also discuss his spiritual journey and his priorities of: 1) his relationship with his creator, 2) his relationship with his wife and 3) raising his children to follow Christ and 4) everything else. If you want to reach out to Paul, he can be reached at [email protected] Resources Mentioned: Bible Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown Blackabee - Experiencing God Every Man a Warrior Stockman Grass Farmer - Allan Nation & Joel Salatin As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/18/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 30 seconds
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62: Tyler Burkey - Finding Opportunities

Tyler Burkey and his wife Megan have a unique story of seeking out new opportunities and not being afraid to change course when those opportunities arise and the numbers make sense. Their start in agriculture was producing hay, they grazed covers after seed corn harvest, raised cow/calf herds in barns and today they are implementing sell/buy marketing of cows and stockers and raising them in barns and out on cover crops and stocker cattle. Lots of things to learn from in this episode.  We also discuss the first sale with Big Iron Livestock where PCC bull customers have the opportunity to sell females and folks looking for female PCC genetics have the opportunity to purchase them. Check them out at Big Iron Livestock. Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit Doug Ferguson Marketing School As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/11/202258 minutes, 33 seconds
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61: Jordan Meyer - Dairy, Beef Cows, Stocker, Hogs, Goats & More!

Jordan Meyer and his wife Rachelle haven't been afraid to dive into new enterprises when opportunities present themselves. Over the years they have raised organic crops, conventional crops, dairy, beef cow/calf, stocker cattle, goat production, pastured hogs, turkeys, broiler chickens and laying hens! Today they still remain diversified raising dairy cows, beef cow/calf, stockers, goats, broilers and pastured hogs. They direct market what they can through their brand Wholesome Family Farms and prioritize soil health in all they do! Jordan also recognized value in land that most would overlook, and by grazing goats in woodlands, he found a way to capture that value on otherwise unproductive land. Throw in a family with six kids and it's plain to see this young family is absolutely crushing it! It was a blast talking to him and his story is filled with great tips and inspiration for anybody interested in getting started farming themselves!  Resources Mentioned: Wholesome Family Farms Youtube Wallace Center Farms Youtube Neighbors and local experts As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/4/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 2 seconds
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60: Kit Pharo - Q&A

On this weeks episode we take questions from listeners and ask them to Kit Pharo. A few of the questions he answers are: - If you were starting from scratch today, what would you do? - Why don't more producers use composite bulls when most are not breeding registered cattle or show cattle? - AI or Bulls - Heat tolerant bull program - Cactus Feeders calf buy-back program - What percentage of bulls tend to make it to the sale As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/28/202244 minutes, 54 seconds
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59: Jim Gerrish - Best Place to Ranch

In a recent PCC discussion group there was a conversation around where is the ideal location to run cow/calf pairs in the United States. Overall, every area has advantages and disadvantages, but Jim Gerrish who has a unique perspective having worked with ranchers in 43 states and visited ranches in 49 states has his views on some of the best places. We discuss this as well as why it's important to break out land investments as a separate business from your operating entity.  Resources Mentioned: Land, Livestock & Life - Allan Nation No Risk Ranching - Greg Judy https://www.americangrazinglands.com/ As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/21/202256 minutes, 19 seconds
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58: Landan Fear - Making the Ranch Profitable Again

In 2019 Landan took over his family's ranch which had been managed in a high input, low profit manner for a number of years. He immediately worked to make changes improving grass management, buying low input genetics, reducing direct costs and overhead expenses and as a result has shown a profit every year since starting. Definitely an episode worth listening to if you have the desire to make a more profitable ranch and a better lifestyle. Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit Jim Gerrish Stockman Grass Farmer Herd Quitter Blog As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/14/202250 minutes, 59 seconds
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57: Brian Alexander - The Red Hills Rancher

Brian Alexander, also known as the Red Hills Rancher on social media joins me to discuss his history in ranching and his ranch in the Red Hills of South Central Kansas. We talk about fire, grazing management, succession planning and much more! If you haven't heard of it, be sure to check out his podcast the Ranching Reboot Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts!  Resources Mentioned: National Grazing Lands Coalition Stockman Grass Farmer Ranching for Profit Holistic Management Cleared Hot Podcast Working Cows Podcast Ag State of Mind Podcast A neighbor who is doing the what you want to do57 As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/11/20221 hour, 36 minutes, 21 seconds
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56: Andrew Morris - Moving the Ranch to a New State

To often people are convinced that finding success in agriculture is impossible because they can't find opportunity in their back yard. Andrew and his family were unwilling to accept that they couldn't run a profitable ranch business and did what many of us would never consider and sold their land in Ohio and moved to Oklahoma to start a new ranch in a new environment that was more suited to their cattle production goals. In this episode, Andrew shares how they came to the conclusion that moving might be the best option, the process of moving and the transition to managing a ranch in a new environment! His story is full of value and inspiring to those of us who wish to find success in this industry but aren't sure how! Resources mentioned: Ranching for Profit Executive Link Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/28/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 19 seconds
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55: Will Harris - White Oak Pastures

Will Harris is one of those people that I have looked up to as long as I've been involved in this regenerative world. He's got an amazing story of transitioning his farm over from commodity livestock production to a regenerative, diverse, direct to consumer business. The market millions of dollars in grass fed and pasture based meats and poultry raised on their 3200 acres in Bluffton, Georgia. They have improved their soils, taking them from 0.5% organic matter to over 5% and they have regenerated their community by providing jobs for 180 people. Truly an amazing and inspiring story I hope you enjoy! Resources Mentioned: Center for Agricultural Resilience, found on White Oak Pastures Website Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/21/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 12 seconds
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54: Jason Salchow - Principles of Successful Cattle Production

Jason joined me again to follow up on our conversation from episode 52. We discuss further the idea of reducing inputs and how it relates to veterinarians. We also discuss principles that apply to being a successful cattle producer, principles like developing cattle that are adapted to your environment, calving with nature, advancing your herd genetics through strict culling, and so much more!  Resources Mentioned: Book of Proverbs Alan Nation Gordon Hazard Dave Pratt As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/14/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 19 seconds
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53: Doug Peterson - Soil Health and Health Grasslands

Doug Peterson has an extensive history working in the NRCS for over 32 years, consulting for Understanding Ag, and owning and operating his own grass farm in Missouri. We discuss what he learned through his career, and go in depth on the principles of soil health and how they can be applied in a grazing farm. And we discuss his own grazing operation and how he has improved his grass management and has an adjustable stocking rate which allows his to graze his cows through the winter. Resources Mentioned: Holistic Management - Allan Savory A Soil Owners Manual - Jon Stika Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown Jim Gerrish Soil Health Academy As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
2/7/202256 minutes, 39 seconds
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52: Jason Salchow - Growing a Successful Custom Grazing Business

Jason Salchow is a custom grazier, bull developer and veterinarian from Missouri. We discuss his shift to custom grazing as a primary enterprise for his farm, how he began developing bulls for PCC, and what that process looks like. And then we just touch on the topic of how low input philosophies apply to veterinarians, although there is more to come on that topic in a future episode! No doubt that there is a lot to learn here in this conversation! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/31/202252 minutes, 52 seconds
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51: Jason Rowntree - Grazing is a Carbon Sink

Jason Rowntree is a professor at Michigan State University in their Animal Science Department studying low input beef production and regenerative agriculture. He shares how they have increased production on their grasslands, reduced expenses and increased profit on the beef farm and also shares the exciting and important work they have been doing around carbon sequestration in grasslands! Resources Mentioned: Grassfed Exchange Understanding Ag Savory Institute As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/24/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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50: Luke Perman - Rock Hills Ranch

Luke Perman and his family run Rock Hills Ranch in North Central South Dakota. He shares why they have the diversity of enterprises they do, from cow/calf, to stocker to a custom sheep grazing enterprise and how each of those enterprises add value to the whole ranch. We also discuss the social aspect of a ranch management from engaging your employees, to being intentional about how the ranch impacts your family. This is an episode everybody can benefit from! Resources Mentioned: Ranching For Profit Knowledge Rich Ranching The Knowledge Project Podcast - Shane Parish As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/17/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 45 seconds
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49: Louis Martin - Round River Resource Management

Louis Martin knew very young that he wanted to be a ranch manager, and recognized early on that there is a big difference between managing cows, and managing a business than runs cows. He took every opportunity to learn from skilled mentors and advisors, and educated himself on the keys to business management rather than just animal science. His career took him from managing ranches in Texas, to Utah and finally landed himself in Colorado where he today manages over 75,000 acres of leased ranchland and along with 2 apprentices runs a combination of both owned and leased cows and stocker cattle. He shares tips for management, working with interns and apprentices, investing in your staff, and creating networks and relationships! Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit Quivira Coalition Allan Nation Books Allan Savory Holistic Management International As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/10/202245 minutes, 44 seconds
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48: Allen Williams - Profitable Ranching and Soil Health

Allen has an incredible resume filled with research, production experience and consulting experience world wide which has given him insight into some of the most successful farm and ranch businesses around the globe. In this episode, Allen shares a ton of solid practical advice that he's learned on how to build more successful farm and ranch businesses. We talk about combining herds to reduce labor and increase rest periods, how and why to develop fence and water infrastructure and so much more! Resources Mentioned: Regen Ag 101 Soil Health Academy Understanding Ag As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
1/3/202255 minutes, 23 seconds
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47: Nathan "Bub" Daugherty - Hard Work Pays Off

Nathan "Bub" Daugherty and his wife Lakayah have an incredible story of hard work, sacrifice and determination that has resulted in developing a lifestyle that they enjoy! Bub spent years working overtime in a coal mine saving money and investing in land and livestock, heeding the advice of past generations and financial advisors. Today they farm full time running chicken barns and cattle on pasture!  Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit Doug Ferguson Marketing School Jim Gerrish - Kick the Hay Habit Knowledge Rich Ranching Thoughts and Advice From an Old Cattleman - Gordon Hazard As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
12/27/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 7 seconds
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46: Pete Bauman - Range and Grassland Management

Pete Bauman has a range of experience working with grasslands but in his role as SDSU Range Field Specialist he works one on one with producers and grassland managers across South Dakota working to improve the grasslands and increase plant diversity as well as production and profitability of the grazing enterprises. He discusses the importance of mindset as well as some practical ways we can improve our grasslands. Resources Mentioned: Soil Health Academy & Understanding Ag Jim Gerrish Stockman Grass Farmer Tri State Neighbor Local Grasslands Coalition NRCS State Game Agencies  As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
12/20/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 58 seconds
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45: Jared Luhman - Kit Pharo Got Me Fired

This week I am doing a solo episode to discuss how using the philosophies of Kit Pharo and other regenerative ranchers and farmers we transitioned our farm to a position that didn't require to full time people leading to me getting an off farm job working for the Sustainable Farming Association, or in other words, how Kit Pharo got me fired! I also discuss briefly the Sell/Buy marketing class I attended this past week and how we need to take responsibility for generating profit in our businesses! Next week we'll get back to talking with awesome guests from around the country! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
12/13/202120 minutes, 12 seconds
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44: Kat Weinert - Building a Ranch and a Family

Kat Weinert along with her husband Sean, interviewed in episode 5, have an incredibly unique story of starting a ranch from scratch. Today, Kat shares her tips and tricks for managing a ranch while raising 4 kids while her husband works of the ranch and she runs a photography business. If doing all of that at once makes you feel like your not doing enough, I am right there with ya! She shares her "Ranch Mom Starter Pack" and all the real struggles of what they did. If you are struggling to raise a family on a ranch, then you must listen to this episode. Also be sure to follow her on Instagram at Lost Creek Cattle. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
12/6/202159 minutes, 18 seconds
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43: Kit Pharo - Competitive Advantage

Everybody wants to have a competitive advantage in this industry, but most think it's not possible, or don't have time to discover some of the competitive advantages that are available to them. Kit shares how having a cost advantage and a differential advantage can set your ranch business apart from the rest and help you create a sustainable business for the next generation! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/29/202126 minutes, 55 seconds
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42: Ryan Schmid - The Importance of Bugs

Ryan Schmid is an entomologist at Ecdysis where he researches the importance of insects and the roles they play in our ranch businesses and our grassland ecosystems. He shares some pretty cool data and fun facts and shares practical ways that we can increase insect abundance and diversity on our own farms and ranches! Resources Mentioned: The Prairie Pioneer Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands Ecdysis.bio As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/22/202155 minutes, 35 seconds
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41: Andree and Bianca Soares - Service Based Grazing

Andree and Bianca Soares of Star Creek Land Stewards have built a solid service based grazing business where they manage 7200 sheep and goats in California. They strategically graze in highly populated areas as well as along fire roads for fire prevention to help protect towns and communities during wildfires. They also graze targeted areas for invasive species management. They discuss the many aspects of managing their grazing business from managing over 70 clients annually, 7200 sheep and goats in groups of 400,  over 15 staff members and the countless civilian and public community members they engage with regularly. If you want to learn how to think creatively, build a resilient profitable business and use livestock for more than just meat productions then you can't miss this conversation! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/15/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 15 seconds
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40: Taylor Collins - Roam Ranch

Taylor Collins has an awesome story of building a national food brand from scratch, selling and then starting a regenerative ranch from scratch in Texas along with his wife Katie. He shares a ton of value that should get anybody excited about the potential of raising food regeneratively, and the potential we have to impact our lands and soils! Resources Mentioned: Force of Nature Dirt To Soil - Gabe Brown As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/8/202159 minutes, 45 seconds
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39: Cody McDaniel - From Kansas Farmer to Montana Rancher

Cody has a pretty unique story of doing what many would not be willing to do and moving his family farm and ranching business not once, but twice! First ten miles down the road, and second to another state! Hear his journey and the reasons why he made each transition. He demonstrates how to make decisions holistically with a focus on not only the financial or environmental aspects of the business but the lifestyle aspect as well. Now he ranches in Montana and will be part of the first ever PCC bull sale in Butte, Montana on December 11! Resources Mentioned: Chip Hines Books Stockman Grass Farmer Working Cows Podcast PCC Discussion Group As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
11/1/202153 minutes, 34 seconds
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38: Patrick Robinette - How to Become a Price Maker

Patrick Robinette didn't grow up on a farm but when he had the opportunity to move back to his in-laws family farm in North Carolina he took the opportunity. They immediately began the transition from conventional crop farm, to conventional beef producer, to a grass-finished beef producer. Today he and his family business produce, process and market grass finished beef all over the country! Listen in to learn how he did it and the many tips he shares for any producers looking to do the same! Resources Mentioned: Sand County Almanac Man Must Measure As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/25/202154 minutes, 48 seconds
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37: Doug Ferguson - Sell/Buy Marketing Follow Up

After continuing to hear great feedback on the episodes we have based around sell/buy marketing, I had Doug Ferguson come back on for another episode to go more in depth on this business plan. We learn how to talk to your bankers, how to use your cattle as a college savings plan, and so much more. If you want to learn more, Doug has a Sell/Buy Marketing Class coming up December 8-9 in SE Nebraska. You can find that at https://mrcattlemaster.com/marketing-school/ As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/18/202147 minutes, 57 seconds
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36: Duke Phillips - Ranchlands

Duke Phillips built a ranch management business managing nearly 300,000 acres across the American West starting with nothing more than a truck and trailer, a few horses and twenty cows. Listen in to hear Duke's fascinating story and don't miss the many great tips that we can all learn from and apply to our own ranches and journeys. Resources Mentioned: Allan Savory Western Land Owners Alliance As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/11/202151 minutes, 24 seconds
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35: Brian Munger - 1883 Ranch

Brian Munger along with his wife and six kids run a diverse ranching business in Nebraska. They own and operate their own cow herd managed in a low input, regenerative model, they manage a ranch and cowherd for a non-operating land and cattle owner, they custom develops bulls for the PCC Nebraska bull sale and they direct market meat off their farm. Listen in to hear his ranch story and how they've found success and profit in the ranching business. Resources Mentioned: Zig Ziglar Earl Nightingale Ranching For Profit Bud Williams & Wally Olson (Sell/Buy Marketing) As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
10/4/202151 minutes, 12 seconds
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34: Ryan Usmar - Pharo Cattle Australia

Ryan Usmar manages Furracabad Station in Australia and is part of the start of Pharo Cattle Australia. Listen to hear about their cattle station, their rotational grazing system, and how they brought PCC genetics to Australia.  Resources Mentioned:  https://klrmarketing.com.au/  https://www.rcsaustralia.com.au/  As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/27/202144 minutes, 18 seconds
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33: Doug Voss - Not Afraid to Pivot

Over the years Doug transitioned from a high input commodity dairy farm to a low input grazing based operation with a stop as an organic crop farmer in between. Hear how he made those transitions and how his focus has never been on dollars first but on stewarding his land resource and improving his soil. Even with a focus on improving soil, his farm has remained profitable and his lifestyle has improved dramatically. Resources Mentioned: Sustainable Farming Association Soil Health Academy Grazetek.com As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/20/202151 minutes, 16 seconds
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32: Kit Pharo - Make Ranching Fun Again

Today Kit shares how we can reduce the work required to run a ranch and make it more enjoyable! If a business isn't enjoyable it's not sustainable and there are some very simple changes that we can make to simplify our ranch businesses. The neat thing is that typically profitability comes along with these simple changes. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/13/202136 minutes, 30 seconds
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31: Ed Bezett - A New (Zealand) Perspective

Ed Bezett came to our farm in 1981 as a foreign exchange student and wasn't afraid to tell my grandpa that he thought there was a better way of running our beef, sheep and cattle operation here in Goodhue, MN. This began a decades long journey to where we are today of being a low-input, pasture based production model and today we talk with Ed about his families farm in New Zealand and his time here in Minnesota. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
9/6/202146 minutes, 3 seconds
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30: Blaine Hitzfield - Building a Food Marketing Brand

In part 2 of our conversation with Seven Sons we talk to Blaine Hitzfield, CEO of Distribution for Seven Sons. He goes into depth on the transition from commodity production and marketing farm to a direct, diverse and profitable farm! He shares practical tips for people just starting down the path of direct to consumer marketing and for people who are well into their marketing journey!  Resources Mentioned: https://www.statsamerica.org/radius/big.aspx Story Brand - Donald Miller Ranching for Profit Grazecast Podcast As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/30/202156 minutes, 34 seconds
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29: Blake Hitzfield - Seven Sons Production

Seven Sons is a farm and food brand from Indiana that has focused on raising and marketing grass finished and pasture based meat products. Today we talk to Blake Hitzfield, Chief Ranching Officer for Seven Sons. He talks about the transition of the farm from a 1500 acre conventional crop and hog production model to the 500 acre grass finished beef, pastured pork and laying hen operation today. He talks about the reasons why they made the transition, the logistics of management, and much more! Next week, join us again when we talk to Blain Hitzfield about building the brand and marketing meat. There will be tips for the meat marketer at any scale! Resources Mentioned: Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/23/202151 minutes, 28 seconds
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28: Doug Ferguson - Profitable Cattle Marketing

Doug Ferguson is a cattle marketing expert, blogger under his blog https://mrcattlemaster.com/ and contributor to Beef Magazine in his column Dougs Market Intel. He has also built a stocker/backgrounder business of his own in southeast Nebraska. We talk about how sell/buy marketing allowed him to build a profitable business and get into the details of the sell/buy marketing process. Forgive the audio issues, there are sections that are difficult to understand but the content is well worth listening to despite the audio trouble. Resources Mentioned: Ann Barnhardt's Marketing School Ranching for Profit Episodes 17 and 18 of the Herd Quitter Podcast with Wally Olson As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/16/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 22 seconds
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27: Jim Howell - Ranching in Unique Environments

This is our second conversation with Jim Howell, CEO of Grasslands LLC. Check out episode 13 of the Herd Quitter podcast to learn about Jim's story, experience and how he started Grasslands LLC. Today however, we dig in deep into three very different and unique ranching environments where he has implemented Holistic Management successfully at scale! First in the Northern Great Plains in western South Dakota and eastern Montana, then in New Zealand, and again in south Florida. His latest venture is in the mountains of western Colorado, but we actually discussed that more in the first conversation on episode 13. Resources Mentioned: https://www.grasslands-llc.com/ https://savory.global/ As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/9/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 40 seconds
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26: Jon Luhman - My Family's Regenerative Journey

I might be biased, but this is my favorite episode yet. Every time I talk with my dad about the history of our farm I learn something new! In today's episode, I sit down with my dad and get into the details of how our farm came to be what it is today. From our roots as a progressive, high input crop, beef and dairy operation to our transition to a low input beef grazing enterprise and all the stops in between.  As always, check out the Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
8/2/202157 minutes, 36 seconds
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25: Robert Pulliam - Changing Paradigms

Robert Pulliam has a history of diversified farming in Missouri, beef production in Iowa, 12 years in ministry, and then found himself managing a ranch in the mountains of Western Colorado. After all his experience in agriculture, it was a challenge to transition to a low input, high profit enjoyable ranching business model. But several years into the transition, he has no regrets. In this weeks episode we discuss his history and experience changing paradigms. Resources Mentioned: Pharo Cattle Company Newsletter Jim Gerrish - Kick the Hay Habit Books by Chip Hines As always, check out the Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/26/202151 minutes, 8 seconds
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24: Kit Pharo - Building a Network

Whatever your goals in life, career or business plans, very rarely are we able to accomplish much entirely on our own. Building a network around you of people to bounce ideas off, share work load, and to learn from is essential and Kit Pharo realized this necessity early on in his career. In this episode, Kit talks about his start with 5 or 6 local ranchers and how he has grown his network to tens of thousands! We discuss the tools he used, how providing value to the network is essential, and simple steps you can do to start your own network. Resources Mentioned: Seth Godin - Tribes Michael Gerber - The E Myth Revisited  As always, check out the Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/19/202128 minutes, 4 seconds
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23: Jim Gerrish - Western vs. Eastern Ranching

In part 2 of our two part conversation with Jim we discuss the differences in environment, and management of grasslands in arid Western environments and Midwest and Eastern high moisture environments. We discuss how every location has it's own advantages and disadvantages and how to work with them. Jim shares grazing infrastructure and management tips and wisdom and wherever you ranch there is something of value for you in this episode! Resources Mentioned: https://www.americangrazinglands.com/ As always, check out the Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/12/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 1 second
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22: Jim Gerrish - Kick the Hay Habit

Jim Gerrish is an experienced grazing expert and well known author of Management Intensive Grazing, and Kick the Hay Habit. In part 1 of a 2 episode series we discuss the expense of making hay and how to reduce hay making through extending your grazing season. We also talk about how to manage your grazing during drought, which many of us across the country are in today! Resources Mentioned: Kick the Hay Habit https://www.americangrazinglands.com/ As always, check out the Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
7/5/202156 minutes, 38 seconds
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21: August Horstmann - Changing Perspectives

August had his eyes set on building a profitable angus cattle operation operating in the old school way of high inputs and labor. After getting started he quickly realized it wasn't as easy as it seems. A coworker recommended he look up Gabe Brown, Greg Judy, and Ray Archuletta and from there is regenerative grazing farm journey began. Today, he and his wife Katelyn are taking their family land base and transitioning it into a profitable, regenerative grazing based farm. We'll learn about all the enterprises they manage and how they are building a direct marketing brand, Horstmann Cattle Company. Resources Mentioned: YouTube - Greg Judy & Allen Williams Soil Health Academy Working Cows Podcast Ranching Reboot Podcast As always, check out the Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/28/202149 minutes, 19 seconds
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20: Wes Eaton - Ranching in the Desert

Wes ranches in the Chihuahua Desert of Southeast New Mexico. Of all the people I have talked to, his environment might be the toughest to run cattle in. It's dry on an average year, and he's currently in the 3rd year of a drought. Grass is in short supply and his cattle have to travel several miles to water when they aren't out eating brush and cactus to survive. We discuss how he got into ranching, the challenges of his environment, and how PCC bulls are working in it. Despite the many challenges, Wes recognizes that his ranch also offers some unfair advantages, such as cheap lease rates and easy winters. Listen in to hear how he is building a ranching business in some of the toughest country in the United States. Resources Mentioned: Stockman Grass Farmer Holistic Management Working Cows Podcast As always, check out the Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/21/202146 minutes, 14 seconds
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19: Kit Pharo - Debt in a Ranching Business

Kit and I discuss the role that debt plays in a ranch business. It certainly can have a place to help a business when used wisely. However, Kit believes, and I agree, that it's not a necessity and that freeing yourself from debt can lead to a more enjoyable business with more peace of mind. He talks about what he thinks may be acceptable uses of debt, and what is never ok to borrow to own.  As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/14/202117 minutes, 10 seconds
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18: Wally Olson Part 2 - Sell/Buy Marketing

Wally joins us for a second week to discuss the Bud Williams sell/buy livestock marketing concept. We discuss how it is applied to stocker enterprises and cow/calf enterprises. We get more in depth on a few of the things we discussed last week like understanding the value of different classes on cattle. This is one you'll want to listen to more than once to fully absorb the information he shares. Resources mentioned: Dougs Market Intel - Doug Ferguson As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
6/7/202145 minutes, 31 seconds
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17: Wally Olson - Building a Profitable Ranch

Wally Olson says the primary thing an individual needs to be concerned with is profit. In this episode, Wally discusses the many things he has found to help ranches increase profitability. He shares how he implemented them in his ranching career both working for and operating his own ranch.  Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit How Not to Go Broke Ranching - Walt Davis Knowledge Rich Ranching - Allan Nation Chip Hines Books https://www.ranchrightllc.com/ As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/31/202132 minutes, 13 seconds
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16: Bobby Thoman - First a Businessman, Second a Cowboy

Bobby Thomans family got out of the cattle business long before he wanted to bring it back, leaving it to him to research and determine the right course of action for his cattle enterprise. He was intentional about selecting a type of animal that fit his goals for his ranch and worked hard to build both a direct to consumer meat market as well as a seedstock business. He has since become a cooperator for Pharo Cattle Company and breeds genetics that thrive in his environment!
5/24/202136 minutes, 49 seconds
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15: Joshua and Tara Dukart - Journey Back to the Ranch

Joshua and Tara never planned on going back to the family ranch. They were told it wasn't a viable option, and Tara wasn't sure that's the life she wanted. But after a number of experiences and connections made them realize that they could make a living on the ranch and they began to understand the connection between food and our human nutrition and mental health, both Tara and Joshua agreed that going back to the ranch was the best decision for their family! Today they operate a holistic management education business providing trainings and consulting to farms and ranches around the country. They also run Seek First Ranch where they raise and direct market meat. We talk about the entire journey from leaving the farm, to realizing it might be a possibility, to making it happen.  Resources mentioned: https://www.seekfirstranch.com/ Bible Ranching for Profit North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition Soil Health Academy As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/17/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 30 seconds
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14: Kit Pharo - Heifer Development

Kit Pharo and I discuss heifer development programs, and how a low cost program can make heifer development a profitable enterprise despite the percent bred. We also discuss how a low cost development program produces heifers that will thrive on the ranch for many years to come and how high input heifer development programs can result in unintended consequences such as early fall out rates, and high input cows that don't fit a real ranch environment. As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/10/202129 minutes, 33 seconds
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13: Jim Howell - Holistic Land Management Across the Globe

Jim Howell is co-founder and CEO of Grasslands LLC. In this podcast we talk to Jim about his family ranch in the mountains of Colorado, his experience traveling the world and the country visiting ranches and how he implemented principles learned on those trips onto his family ranch. We then get into a discussion on his management company managing hundreds of thousands of acres from the south Florida, to western Colorado, up to Montana and even New Zealand. If you want to improve efficiency, productivity, and profitability on your ranch then you need to hear what Jim has to say.  Resources Mentioned: For the Love of Land - Jim Howell Savory Institute Holistic Management International As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
5/3/202159 minutes, 17 seconds
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12: Logan Pribbeno - If Grazing Isn't the Answer, You're Asking the Wrong Question

Logan Pribbeno, manager of the Wine Glass Ranch in Southwest Nebraska, along with his family have developed a business around forage harvesting where the primary method of forage harvesting is not done with choppers, balers, haybines, and mergers but rather with livestock. He discusses how they keep their business adaptable, where the dominant class of livestock varies based on the current market conditions. We also discuss how to be a successful manager and create buy in from your team members.   Resources Mentioned: Anything by Alan Nation Ranching for Profit School As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business.
4/26/202135 minutes, 14 seconds
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11: Jenny Drake - Direct Marketing in Tennessee

Jenny Drake and her husband Darrin have built a diverse pasture based ranch business in Tennessee. Faced with challenges from shortages of labor, to steep slopes, endophyte infected fescue and extreme summer heats, it's fascinating to hear how they have developed genetics that thrive in their environment and a successful direct market business. She also discusses their unique internship program that helps address the labor shortage issue.  Resources Mentioned: Stockman Grass Farmer Pennsylvania Area Sustainable Agriculture Conference As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/19/202137 minutes, 8 seconds
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10: Dallas Mount - Ranching for Profit

Dallas Mount is the owner of Ranch Management Consultants and their popular Ranching for Profit School. He travels the country teaching ranchers how to be better managers of their ranching business.  Resources Mentioned: Critical Conversations As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
4/12/202147 minutes, 51 seconds
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9: Kit Pharo - How to Value a Bull

On today's episode we talk to Kit Pharo about how to value a bull. This process involves deciding first of all what your goals for your herd are and selecting a seedstock producer who's production model compliments your goals. We also discuss how number of calves sired impacts bull value and how many probably are over paying for the bulls they buy! This episode is being released on the first of PCC's spring 2021 bull sales. If you are interested in bulls that will sire calves cheaper than any other program out there, and will move your herd in the right direction check out www.pharocattle.com to get more information on those sales. Don't forget to follow us on facebook and instagram at Herd Quitter Podcast or at Herdquitterpodcast.com
4/5/202123 minutes, 59 seconds
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8: Scott Assman - From Cows to Bison

Today, we talk to a rancher who is such a herd quitter, his family left the beef industry entirely and shifted to bison ranching! It's especially interesting as some of the advantages you'll hear him talk about with bison are the very things we are breeding for here at Pharo Cattle Company, so listen closely for some of those similarities. But Scott and his family really do demonstrate the ability to think out of the box and have built a resilient ranch business because of it. Resources mentioned: American Buffalo - Steve Rinella White Oak Pastures Gabe Brown National Bison Association As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/29/202139 minutes, 46 seconds
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7: Jerry Doan - Diversified Ranch Businesses

Jerry and his family have built an extremely diverse and profitable ranch with enterprises ranging from cow/calf and bison production to hunting, agritourism and even a brewery. Hear how this diversification as well as holistically managing his ranch has created a profitable, enjoyable and resilient ranch business. Resources mentioned: - Holistic Management Class - https://holisticmanagement.org/ - North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/22/202150 minutes, 27 seconds
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2: Kit Pharo - The Original Herd Quitter

In todays conversation, we talk with Kit Pharo of Pharo Cattle Company. He shares his history and why he started Pharo Cattle Company as well as how he came up with the Herd Quitter concept. Resources Mentioned: Allan Savory - Holistic Management Stockman Grass Farmer Pharocattle.com Check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com.
3/8/202139 minutes, 14 seconds
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4: Blake Allen - Switching from Cows to Stockers

Blake was struggling to make a profit with cow/calf on his ranch. He decided to make a shift out of the cow business and into the stocker business, focusing on minimal inputs and capturing seasonal market premiums.  Resources Mentioned: OnPasture - https://onpasture.com/ No Risk Ranching - Greg Judy Thoughts and Advice from an Old Cattleman - Gordon Hazard Any book by Allan Nation As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/8/202135 minutes, 10 seconds
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3: Clay Conry - From Working Cows Podcast to Working Cows on His Own Ranch

In today's episode we talk to Clay Conry, and hear how he took what he learned hosting the Working Cows Podcast and applied it to his own ranch that he and his family started recently! Resources Mentioned: Ranching for Profit - https://ranchmanagement.com/ Soil Health Academy - https://soilhealthacademy.org/ Herd Quitter Blog - https://www.pharocattle.com/blog As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/8/202143 minutes, 22 seconds
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5: Sean Weinert - Starting a Ranch from Scratch

Sean and his wife Kat have been building a ranch from scratch. Hear how they have done this with a focus on minimal inputs, minimal investment in equipment and with having the right genetics for their environment. Resource Mentioned: Your local or state grasslands coalition As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com. You can also check out Pharocattle.com for more information on how to put more fun and profit back into your ranching business!
3/8/202133 minutes, 17 seconds
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1 - Jared Luhman - Intro to the Herd Quitter Podcast

Today's episode is shorter than most. I introduce myself and my farm and background and share with you what the Herd Quitter Podcast is all about! New podcast episodes will be released later in February and will be released weekly after that! I can't wait to share these conversations with you! Check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at Herdquitterpodcast.com.  Check out Pharo Cattle Company at Pharocattle.com
2/9/20215 minutes, 44 seconds