A theory I heard just lately is that five months worth of rented summer pasture should cost a third of what a steer calf is worth at weaning time. If the calf is worth $900, a third of that would be $300. $300 divided by five months would be $60 per month.
Never sell hay.
Always keep your best heifer calves.
Don't keep kicking a dead horse. If something isn't working, kick the habit.
Have a rigid culling program on cows in the herd. If you have to give them extra attention to get a calf sucking, graft the calf onto a better young cow and say adios' to the problem cow.
Good nutrition trumps high-falutin' genetics.
Uniformity helps to achieve premium prices.
If you are sitting in a pickup waiting for a cow to have her calf, park sideways to the cow and try to act nonchalantly disinterested. If the pickup is facing the distraught cow, she regards the headlights as "eyes" staring at her.
My dad and other neighbors always used to say that you should half your hay left by the first of March. Of course in those days it was a lot harder to haul in stacked hay if you ran short.
An hour in the morning is worth two in the afternoon.
Glamour tends to dissolve in sweat.
One old neighbor that my dad worked for as a young man would say each evening before supper, "Well, we didn't get much done today but we'll give 'er hell tomorrow."
It's easy to cut a big strap if you're using someone else's leather.
If the sun is shining, take along a coat. If it's cloudy do what you want.
The only way to move cattle fast is to move them slow.
It's amazing how dumb a cow can be. What's more amazing is how many cowboys can't outsmart a dumb old cow.
A good cowboy on a poor horse can get a lot more done that can a poor cowboy on a real good horse.
A boy is a boy; two boys are half a boy; three boys are no boys at all.
The two most critical weeks of each year for grass and hay production are the two middle weeks of May. If you can get some rain and sunshine and no late freezes during that time period, the rest of the summer usually goes quite well.
An extra inch of rain takes the place of a lot of management.
DISCLAIMER: All of these rules of thumb have served well through the years except for 2016. It seems like last year none of these rules worked. But this has always been a "next year country," and I have high hopes for 2017, especially since Donald Trump is our new president.