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Frugality is Not a Dirty Word

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Now I know that I am fixing to age myself, but I want us all to think about being more frugal in our
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My name is Don Ashford and my wife is Betty and we live in Ethel, LA. It would be impossible for me to write a bio about myself without including Betty in it. We have been together since high school. I was in the senior class of 1955 and she was in the class of 1957. Do the math. We have raised cattle since 1959 except for a little time that I spent with Uncle Sam. We have grazed stockers, owned several cow- calf herds and custom grazed cattle for other folks. I worked as a pipefitter for more than 25 years. Until we went into the dairy business in 1977 we were as most people down here part-timers or week-end ranchers. Later after we had learned enough about MIG to talk about it so that it would be understood by others we put together a pasture-walk group to introduce it to our friends and neighbors. We belong to more farm groups then we probably should but we get great joy working with other people. What makes us most proud are our son and daughter, our 5 grandkids and our 7 great-grand kids. It has been a hell of a trip so far, but we are not done yet.


  1. Chip Hines says:

    Another difference between then and now was wearing out a tractor or machine and rebuilding it and then wearing it out again. Or building what was needed if you were capable.
    Admittedly, equipment needs were simpler then than now. That asks the question, is all that updated machinery required? Or was it purchased to cut the tax bill? I have a friend that retired a few years ago that only bought one new tractor while faming three irrigated circles. He took what tax breaks he could, but never bought machinery to cut tax bill. He paid his taxes and the remaining money was invested. This worked out very well for him.

  2. Oogie McGuire says:

    One minor quibble. If the equipment is not used much but there is no way to rent or get the services that it provides and they are necessary for your business then it’s not wasted to have one of your own. The stock trailer comes too mind. I can buy hay but you can’t rent or borrow a stock trailer so we do own one even though it only gets used about 10 times a year.

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