Advice For Beginners (and All of Us)

I am a late arrival to YouTube and am amazed at some of the presentations. I am not about to question the motives of the folks who are doing these things, but I will question some of the stuff that they are putting out there. I saw a guy the other day explaining just how to start a cattle operation and what he said just blew me away. This old boy was explaining just how a cattle auction worked and said, and I’m paraphrasing here, "if you are just starting in the cattle business one of the first places to start is learning how the auctions work." This makes as little sense as anything that I have heard lately. There is without question a need to understand the options that are available to you when you are selling your cattle, but this is by no means the first thing you need to learn. If for one second you believe you can make it in the cow/calf business by manipulating the market you will lose your behind and all the trimmings. Marketing is important, but, and this is a big but, the market cannot save you from yourself. Our son was a sale barn manager for 17 years and one of his favorite sayings was, you cannot do dumb stuff on your place for 364 days a year and think that I can save your dumb ass on day 365. Another piece I saw on YouTube was trying to stress the fact that you should try to be a low cost producer. Then it went on to say this: fencing, water facilities, feed bunks, troughs or bale feeders are a priority above all other assets needed. A tractor, hay

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