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The Working Cows podcast gives you something to think about as you seek to maximize the effectiveness of your cattle operation and the joy your family receives from this lifestyle.
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Dr. Stephan Van Vliet and Dr. Allen Williams joined me to discuss how Dr. Van Vliet’s recent research is challenging paradigms in the nutrition sector. We talk about how healthy food starts with healthy soil as well as what farmers and ranchers can do to take advantage of developments in consumer demand for regeneratively grown food. Thanks to our …
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Ellen Bench a homeopathic practitioner from Montana joined me to talk about the ins and outs of homeopathic livestock health. We talk about some of the formulas she has developed as well as the most economical delivery strategies for these remedies. We also discuss how she got into this field in the first place. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Unders…
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Aaron Berger and Extension Educator with the University of Nebraska and the Host of the BeefWatch Podcast joined me to discuss what he has seen work well as far as setting replacement heifers up for success. We talk about all phases of the replacement heifer’s life and how to manager her to give her the greatest chance of succeeding as a cow in the…
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James Coffelt of Ohio Land and Cattle Company joined me to discuss his journey into ranching by way of owning a hunting property. We discuss the way they have selected genetics over time to be able to survive on minimal inputs. We also discuss how he thinks about the difference between cash flow and wealth generation. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, …
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Kristine Root, CMO at Regenified, joined me to discuss the current state of the regenerative food system. We also discuss the work that Regenified is doing to facilitate connections between producers, processors, and consumers of regenerative products. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your con…
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Hunter Jones, of Grassroots Carbon, joined me to discuss the state of carbon markets as well as how people can take advantage of this market as it continues to develop. We discuss the process as well as the risks and rewards of getting paid for carbon. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your con…
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Tyson Hewitt, of Hewitt Land Company, joined me to discuss the keys to success in preparing for a real estate transaction. We talk about how to prepare a property for sale as well as what to do to get ready to purchase a property. We talk about recent market trends and different approaches to financing and marketing ranch properties. Thanks to our …
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Elaine Froese joined me once again. This time to discuss what we can do to prepare the next generation for the task of leadership. We discuss how we go about building an attractive culture as well as how we decide between successors when there is more than one interested. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.…
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Gabe Brown and Dr. Allen Williams of Understanding Ag joined me to discuss the state of agriculture in 2024. We discuss, among other things, the unfathomable occurrence of dust storms simultaneously with floods in the Southeast as well as what this proves and how these occurrences can be mitigated. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! He…
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John Haskell of Ranch Right joined me to discuss the philosophy and practice behind managing tax burden. We talk about the importance of getting this right as well as some considerations when increasing profitability of a struggling business. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your consultation …
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Logan Pribbeno of the Wine Glass Ranch joined me to discuss the journey they have been on to follow the cattle cycle. After missing the opportunity presented by the market high of 2014 Logan and his dad made a concerted effort to be prepared the next time a market high presented itself. It has been a long journey and we talk about some of the lesso…
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Bret Davis, of Horsemanship as an Art, joined me to talk about his philosophy for keeping his young family mounted on good horses they can trust. We discuss his views on training kids to ride as well as somethings maybe you shouldn’t do. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your consultation today…
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Alejandro Carillo joined me to talk about the journey they have been on from 250 cows with 6 months of supplemental feeding to running 500 cows with only sea salt as a supplement during one of the worst droughts in recent memory. We discuss the process of infrastructure development as well as the roll of good genetics. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor,…
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Cal Hardage, Host of the Grazing Grass Podcast, joined me to discuss his operation, his podcast, and how he and his dad go about making changes on their operation. We discuss the importance of patience and open-mindedness as well as the advantages and challenges of ranching in Northeast Oklahoma. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head…
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Brian Dougherty has been writing a series of articles on the Understanding Ag website regarding managing nutrients. The series deals with carbon cycling as well as how nutrient mismanagement is affecting water quality. We talk about what healthy alternatives look like as well as how to get from where we are to where we need to be. Thanks to our Stu…
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Cooper Hibbard of Sieben Land and Live Stock joined me to discuss the journey they have been on to develop a composite that fits their environment in the Gallatin Valley of Montana. We discuss the process of introducing new breeds into the already existing composite as well as some of the things they keep an eye to see if they are moving in the rig…
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Clayton Marxer, Host of the newly minted, Living Western podcast joined me to discuss his motivations for starting the podcast. We talk about what makes him uniquely qualified to host this podcast as well as some of his dream guests. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your consultation today! Sp…
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Ryan White, Founder of SnapLands, joined me to talk about how SnapLands is helping people measure what matters. He shares his own personal journey from an urban context to the expansive landscapes of the west. He also shares some stories of ranchers who have defended their right to continue managing landscapes through the data they have collected. …
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Kim Barmann, Eric Fuchs, and Doug Voss, board members of the Soil Health Academy, joined me to discuss how the program is constructed and what schools they will be offering this year. We talk about their programs like Battlefields to Fertile Fields as well as what financial assistance is available for those interested in attending. Thanks to our St…
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I was privileged to be the Master of Ceremonies at the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition’s Soil Health Conference. As part of those duties, I was able to moderate a panel discussion with Glenn Elzinga, Jay Fuhrer, Cooper Hibbard and Zack Smith. This was a great wide-ranging discussion with some audience Question and Answer at the end. Thanks to ou…
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David Bahnsen is the Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer for the Bahnsen Group where he oversees the management of over $4.5 billion in client assets. He joined me to discuss his new book Full-Time: Work and the Meaning of Life. We discuss how understanding our creation helps us to understand the true meaning behind our work. Th…
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Glenn Elzinga a rancher from Idaho joined me to discuss their business model and how it helps them do the best things for the land, the people, and the bottom line. We discuss how they paid nearly $500,000 in labor costs as well as what Glenn has been learning about cows in their environment. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head ove…
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Dr. Shawn Baker joined me to discuss what ranchers can do to help win the war on food. We discuss topics including the role of the Beef Check-off, regulatory capture, and the nuts and bolts of the carnivore diet. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your consultation today! Sponsors: South Dakota …
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Zack Smith, inventor of the StockCropping, joined me to discuss the results after the fourth season of stockcropping. This is the second time he has stockcropped those acres and they are seeing some incredible advantages in terms of profitability and yield. However, challenges still remain and they have decided to pivot the focus of The StockCroppe…
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Jeremy Engh a rancher from Virginia and member of the Red Devon USA board joined me to discuss the history of Devon cattle in America. We also discuss the upcoming World Red Devon Congress Tour coming this Spring. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your consultation today! Sponsor: Farming Witho…
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Cody Spencer joined me to talk about the 5 M’s Framework that helps to guide the new Grazing for Life Course from Integrity Soils. We discuss the importance of each of the 5 M’s and how they relate to one another. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your consultation today! Sponsors: Patreon.com/…
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Amy Hay a rancher from British Columbia joined me to discuss her family’s journey into ranching and direct marketing. We talk about how Amy, from Scotland, and her husband Scott, from New Zealand, met in France and decided to land in Canada to start a ranch. We also talk about the role direct marketing played in saving their ranch from foreclosure …
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Doug Peterson and Salar Shemirani joined me to discuss Regenified. A company founded by the partners at Understanding Ag to help ranchers, farmers, and supply chains certify the products they offer as regenerative. We discuss the process of becoming certified, the benefits of certification, as well as the different tiers of certification and what t…
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Jeffrey Mundell, a ranch manager at the Gabilan Ranch near San Juan Bautista, CA, joined me to discuss the recent Buckaroo Traditions Gathering for which he provided the announcing services. We talk about the role of Vaquero horsemanship in the recent history of the west as well as the role it could play in the future. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor,…
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Tom Krawiec, Author of Ranching Like a 12 Year Old, joined me to discuss how to evaluate pasture profitability. We talk about how this method puts the power in the rancher’s hand to make decisions about how to approach a pasture. His goal is to help ranchers get production and profit records comparable to those of grain farmers. Thanks to our Studi…
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Graeme Hand and Kevin Muno of Landscape Function Management joined me to discuss their unique take on analyzing landscape function. We discuss what properly functioning landscapes look like as well as ways to discover the limits of our landscape’s potential. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (717) 580-145…
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Aaron Berger of the Beef Watch Podcast and the University of Nebraska Extension joined me to discuss the ins and outs of grazing corn stalks. We talk about the advantages of this strategy as well as how to overcome some of the obstacles. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (717) 580-1458 Sponsor: Sunshine B…
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Vance Crowe of Legacy Interviews joined me to discuss his passion for capturing the deep wisdom possessed by those who have gone before us. We discuss the process of helping people get comfortable with talking about their history as well as the value of getting this content captured in a way that can be enjoyed for generations to come. Thanks to ou…
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Nic De Castro, CEO of LandTrust, joined me to talk about how LandTrust is helping landowners clear some of the hurdles related to leasing hunting rights. We talk about how they help landowners overcome issues related to marketing hunting opportunities, liability concerns, and communication with potential hunters. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-9…
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Dallas Mount, CEO of Ranch Management Consultants, joined me once again to talk about the way that RMC’s Executive Link program helps people make good decisions. We discuss the reasons why now is a great time to be in EL as well as some of Dallas’ favorite stories of success that came about through the EL process. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-…
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I recently had a chance to give a keynote at the Montana Farm Bureau District 6 Fall Fest. It was a great evening of food, conversation, and celebration of the harvest. My goal was to answer the question “How do we put the resources entrusted to us to work for us?” from a paradigm challenging perspective. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You c…
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Tom Krawiec of Alberta, Canada joined me to discuss his process for managing and training employees. We talk about his process of tell me, show me, watch me. We also discuss his how his experiences in the oil field have shaped his methods for training people. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (717) 580-14…
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Javier Mesta a rancher and businessman from Chihuahua, Mexico joined me to discuss the profitability of Ultra-High Density Grazing. We discuss the logistics of moving 4 times per day as well as the progress he has been seeing from a herd perspective and a lanscape perspective. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.c…
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Enrique Guerrero joined me once again to give an update on the mine land regeneration project. We also discuss what Enrique has learned as he has implemented Ultra-High Density Grazing on his home ranch over the last 9 years. We talk about the process he has gone through as well as what he witnessed as a result of UHDG on a year when his ranch expe…
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Kent Donica an instructor with Understanding Ag as well as a stocker operator from Oklahoma joined me to share some of his wisdom from his decades in the stocker business. We talk about the importance of discipline, stockmanship, and knowing your numbers. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (717) 580-1458 A…
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Nick Jackson of Jackson Regenerational Farm in Maine joined me to discuss the ins and outs of their food scrap collection service. We talk about the required infrastructure, the benefits to their business, as well as what it looks like at scale. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (717) 580-1458 Relevant Li…
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Alex Johnston a land manager from the UK joined me to discuss his perspective on the American Landscape and American Regenerative Agriculture. We talk about the differences and similarities between American and UK agriculture as well as the process he has been going through to adapt a herd of beef cattle to their environment in the UK. Thanks to ou…
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Alan Newport a journalist and rancher from Oklahoma joined me to discuss his experiences with Ultra High-Density Grazing. We talk about the benefits, the challenges, and the lessons he has learned as he has journeyed into this style of management. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (717) 580-1458 Sponsor: …
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Jeremy Sweeten, part of the team at Understanding Ag and a farmer from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, joined me to talk about what they are doing to add value to lower value land. We talk about the benefits of moving from custom grazing to an owned herd as well as some of the benefits of bale grazing. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can…
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Taking a little different approach this week and sharing with you some recent Bonus Content I have released to Patreon Supporters. These are just four episodes that are fairly indicative of what you get as a Patreon Supporter. Maybe someday I will do another episode with Patreon Greatest Hits. Check out the link below if you are interested in getti…
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Jeremia Markway joined me to discuss his experiences regarding adding hair sheep to their existing livestock operation. We talk about the advantages of hair sheep from a soil health perspective as well as how they compliment a cow herd. We also discuss the challenges and managing parasites as well as Jeremia’s unique approach to finding animals ada…
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Chuck Schembre, a soil scientist and consultant with Understanding Ag, joined me to talk about the application of soil health principles to gardening. We talk about the seasons of a healthy garden as well as cover crops, mulching, the need for grasses, and diversity. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (770…
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Rep. Harriet Hageman (WY) joined me to discuss some of the things she has been working on since being elected as a Representative in Wyoming’s only legislative district. We discuss the Electronic Animal Identification and Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling issues and how they could potentially effect producers. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-9…
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