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Time is Not Always Money

By   /  February 1, 2016  /  2 Comments

You know that old saying “A stitch in time saves nine”? Taking your time to prep before you work, might save you from having to get stitches or recuperate from some other injury. New On Pasture contributor Doug Ferguson shares tips that have saved him!

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As I’ve gotten older I take farm safety a bit more seriously.  Becoming a father has also made me
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I have gained many useful skills and knowledge working on various operations. These operations ranged from a sandhills cow/calf ranch, a custom feedlot, a hog operation, feed mill, and even a dairy. While working for others I saved up money to start my own cattle operation. One day, when I was in my mid-twenties, my operation grew big enough that I no longer had time to work off the farm. As my operation grew I realized I was growing with it. To accelerate my personal growth I decided to seek out people who were the best in what they do, and learn all I could from them. I still continue to do that. Over time it became obvious that my hedgehog concept, the one thing I excel at, should be starting calves. The marketing, stockmanship, grazing, and business skills I have learned have helped me to grow my backgrounding/stocker operation.

2 Comments

  1. Paul Sharpe says:

    Thanks for the great tips, meant to improve safety. My safety lesson involves chain saws. I used to borrow or rent them and never had any training. They are simple right? Then I was assisting a human pathologist with postmortem examinations. There had been a man having trouble with a chain saw and a log. He called his son over to help him. The son came running and fell onto the chain saw. It only took about half a square inch out of his skin and his carotid artery.
    Years later I worked with a log home builder. He taught me to only run a chain saw if there is at least a 6 foot diameter circle around you with nobody else in it.

  2. Bill Fosher says:

    Truckers with hot shocks are the worst. Every time I work with a truck driver, I am clear that any electric prod is to be left in the cab.

    The fastest way to load animals is slowly.

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