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Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:57 pm
by leanin' H
Oh, and one last thumb rule..... KEEP YOUR THUMB OUTA YOUR DALLYS, SAID STUMPY AT THE BRANDING.

Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:48 pm
by Soapweed
littlejoe wrote:Ya, but he's sure down on cow dogs.

Oddly enuf, most here have the same name "Getinthepickup,yousonof..."

A good cowdog can replace a couple good hands, sometimes. I saw one once---about 1957 or so....


:cboy: :clap:

Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:50 pm
by Soapweed
leanin' H wrote:Grandpa used to say, "Kids, horses and dogs...ya get out of them exactly what ya put in."

One of my Uncles once told me while making a long circle in rough country, "Youngster, only look as far as you plan to ride."

My Dad always tells about an old poem here heard which stated, When you arise on a February morn, you better have half your taters and half your corn. Dad changed it some and the way we quote it is, When you awake on a February day, ya better have half your woodpile and half your hay!

My own rules of thumb are as follows-

You can always go faster with cattle by slowing down

We don't raise cows we raise grass

Kids cant learn a thing if you don't take them with ya, and let them have enough slack, to make a mistake now and then

If momma isn't happy, well....

Treat folks just how you'd like to be treated

The time to prepare for the leans years is pretty much always

Never forget to show your gratitude. Folks cant hear what you think.

It takes just as many groceries to feed a poor cow as a great one. Whether you have 10 or 10000, run the best cows you can.


Good ones, leanin' H.

Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:39 pm
by master stockman
Thanks for all of the input. You all had some great Rules of Thumb. I had heard some, but lots of new ones as well. Soap, I think you could throw in a few example stories of each of your Rules and have a great selling book.

Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:51 pm
by Shortgrass
I like most of them real well, and they articulate some valuable lessons. I would change the take care of the cattle to take care of the land, and it will take care of you, meaning always do what is best for the land, and cash flow will be there, but if you put cash flow ahead of the land, you will likely go broke, and end up teaching is some university!

Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:59 am
by Mike
You can improve your herd 100% simply by culling the bottom 50%.

Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:15 am
by Spanish Johhny
My Uncle Harry's wisdom:
For every calf shipped off the place spread a bag of phos fertilizer.

Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:08 pm
by jodywy
the less iron the better...

Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:40 pm
by lavacarancher
When you find yourself in a hole stop digging.
If you think you're in charge try bossing someone else's dog around.
If you have a bull run at you and you thing he's bluffing make sure he knows he's bluffing.
Make sure your kids understand they can't drive a car or go swimming UNTIL THEY LEARN HOW.

Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:50 am
by Soapweed
lavacarancher wrote:When you find yourself in a hole stop digging.
If you think you're in charge try bossing someone else's dog around.
If you have a bull run at you and you thing he's bluffing make sure he knows he's bluffing.
Make sure your kids understand they can't drive a car or go swimming UNTIL THEY LEARN HOW.


Good ones, lavacarancher. By the way, there is a Lavaca Bridge across the Niobrara River not too far from here. It was probably named after one of the early settlers in this area.

Another good rule of thumb is "All things in moderation."

Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:55 pm
by Hayguy
jodywy wrote:the less iron the better...



taken me a long time to see the wisdom in this :wink: :wink:

Re: Ranching "Rule of Thumb"

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:23 am
by lavacarancher
Soapweed wrote:
lavacarancher wrote:When you find yourself in a hole stop digging.
If you think you're in charge try bossing someone else's dog around.
If you have a bull run at you and you thing he's bluffing make sure he knows he's bluffing.
Make sure your kids understand they can't drive a car or go swimming UNTIL THEY LEARN HOW.


Good ones, lavacarancher. By the way, there is a Lavaca Bridge across the Niobrara River not too far from here. It was probably named after one of the early settlers in this area.

Another good rule of thumb is "All things in moderation."

This part of Texas is influenced heavily by the Hispanic population and once was part of Mexico. Lavaca (I think) is a contraction for La Vaca which is Hispanic for "the cow". Lavaca County used to grow a lot of cotton, corn, tomatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe but most of the growing has been replaced with cattle. Hallettsville, the county seat of Lavaca County, was named after the original settlers to this part of Texas and they were named Hallett. They received a land grant of several thousand acres from the Mexican government in exchange for helping settle and populate "Northern Mexico". Santa Anna decided that all "gifts" to the Texacans were null and void which started the Texas/Mexican revolution. Have you ever read an original land grant deed? Pretty interesting how they described the boundaries and corners.