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On this podcast we interview farmers and ranchers who aren’t afraid to think for themselves and because of that, have created more profitable and enjoyable businesses for them and their family.

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#87: Missy Bonds

Podcast Episode #87Episode 87 By running their ranch as a business and focusing on return on equity they have expanded their business to owning livestock in 26 counties in Texas and 13 different states. Missy Bonds talks to me about how they expanded the business, how...

#86: Andy Junkin

Podcast Episode #86Episode 86 Andy Junkin of Stubborn.farm specializes in working with stubborn farm families to get out of crisis, or begin the conversations around farm succession. We discuss these as well as how you can work with another generation to incorporate...

#85: Bobby Thoman

Podcast Episode #85 Episode 85 Bobby Thoman was first on the Herd Quitter Podcast back on Episode 16, check that out to hear about his ranch history and context. But today we discuss some of the philosophy around profitable ranching and then we get into a discussion...

#84: Brad Reese

Podcast Episode #84 Episode 84 Brad Reese is owner of the Rockin 7 Ranch near Shawnee, Wyoming. They manage beef cows, a hunting lodge, an outfitting business and farming enterprise. Brad shares he perspectives on his production model, management style, views on land...

#83: Dale Strickler

Podcast Episode #83Episode 83 In last week's episode, Dale and I discussed managing while in a drought. Today we discuss how to prepare for future drought to be more resilient when it comes. Be sure to listen to Episode 82 along with this one to get all the great...

#82: Dale Strickler

Podcast Episode #82 Episode 82 In part 1 of this two part episode with Dale Strickler we talk about managing while in a drought. He talks about emergency feed resources and land management decisions. In part 2 which will be released next week we will discuss...

#81: Kit Pharo

Podcast Episode #81 Episode 81 Today we discuss the idea of diversification. Is it truly best to be diversified? Does it help or hurt a business? As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as well as at herdquitterpodcast.com. You...

#80: Jordan Thomas

Podcast Episode #80Episode 80 This one was way beyond my level of expertise and I felt like I learned a ton! Jordan talks about how our breeding management and selection of cattle based on breeding windows can drastically increase the profitability of our ranches! He...

#79: Vannie Collins

Podcast Episode #79Episode 79 Vannie Collins just got started in the ranching business in 2016 and because he had no previous paradigms he had to break, he started immediately down the right path. He attended Ranching for Profit and with what he learned there, along...

#78: Craig Fischer

Podcast Episode #78Episode 78 Craig Fischer and his family have a long history in agriculture in South Central Minnesota. They have a background in crop and dairy production, but chose a different route by raising pastured hogs, poultry and bison on their family farm....

#77: Kit Pharo – No Excuses

Podcast Episode #77Episode 77 There are plenty of things we can blame for a lack of profitability in our farm operations but at the end of the day it's our decisions that impact whether or not we are profitable, no excuses. Kit and I talk about this idea and how using...

#76: Aaron Bradley

Podcast Episode #76Episode 76 Aaron Bradley farms with his wife Nicole in Bostic, North Carolina. We’re talk briefly about grazing operation and discuss in depth his marketing enterprise and how they hope that their brand can be a marketing outlet for other farmers...

#75: Chase Jones

Podcast Episode #75Episode 75 Chase Jones recently had the opportunity to take over his families generational farm in Southwest Wisconsin after his father decided to back out of the farming business. Recognizing the capital requirements of getting into the cow/calf...

#74: Colter DeVries

Podcast Episode #74Episode 74 Colter DeVries is a ranch broker in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado and is host of the Ranch Investor Podcast. Today we discuss the increasing ranch values over the past several years, who is buying it, and what that means for those of us...

#73: Doug Ferguson & Wally Olson

Podcast Episode #73Episode 73 Doug and Wally are experienced sell/buy marketers as well as educators. They join me in this episode to answer your questions! You can listen to episodes  17 & 18 where I had some initial discussions with Wally Olson and then...

#72: Dale Strickler

Podcast Episode #72Episode 72 Dale is a sales agronomist for Green Cover Seeds as well as a speaker, consultant, author and experienced grazier! He shares his experience building a grazing farm and dramatically improving grazing productivity, and profitability as well...

#71: Ben Beichler

Podcast Episode 71Episode 71 Ben Beichler always had a dream of being a farmer, but with no farm to inherit, he set out to build one of his own. After apprenticing with Polyface Farms under Joel Salatin, he bought and built a dairy selling raw milk directly to 1250...

#70: Joseph Hubbard Part 2

Podcast Episode 70Episode 70 This is the second part of our conversation with Joseph Hubbard. If you haven't, I would highly recommend going back and listening to part 1 before listening to this episode just for context but also because there is a ton of value in that...

#69: Joseph Hubbard Part 1

Podcast Episode #69Episode 69 This week's episode is part one of my two part conversation with Joseph Hubbard of Olsburg, Kansas. Joseph has a large diversified ranch made up of 450 cow/calf pairs, 800+ stockers, and 2000 sheep managed on around 10,000 acres of Kansas...

#68: Kim Maloney

Podcast Episode #68Episode 68 Kim Maloney returned home to her family farm in Quebec, Canada to work as their day-to-day operations manager but also to build a direct marketing enterprise! Over the past 3 years of her time on the farm they have greatly expanded their...

#67: Riley Shay

Podcast Episode #67Episode 67 Riley Shay is a friend of mine and inspires and impresses me whenever I hear his story! From a young age Riley has had an entrepreneurial spirit from trying to start a cow herd with four bottle calves to buying a tractor and starting a...

#66: Derek Schmitz

Podcast Episode #66Episode 66 Derek started his farming journey immediately after high school when he decided he could learn better through experience and self-study than college. He gained experience working for several farmers, studied books, magazines and YouTube...

#65: Jared Luhman

Podcast Episode #65Episode 65 I just got home from my week long trip to Oklahoma attending the Ranching for Profit School. Each night I tried to do a quick update on my day to summarize some of the topics they discuss each day to give you an idea what the school...

#64: Darrin Drake

Podcast Episode #64Episode 64 In Episode 11, we talked to Jenny Drake. Today we talk to her husband to get more details on their story of moving from Indiana to the mountains of Tennessee and building a large successful grazing based and direct marketing farm there....

#63: Paul Landrigan

Podcast Episode #63Episode 63 Paul always had a love of cattle from a young age! His father recognized it when Paul could put together cattle family lines in a commercial herd when he was just a kid. However, the opportunity to take over a large family ranch was not...

#62: Tyler Burkey

Podcast Episode #62Episode 62 Tyler Burkey and his wife Megan have a unique story of seeking out new opportunities and not being afraid to change course when those opportunities arise and the numbers make sense. Their start in agriculture was producing hay, they...

#61: Jordan Meyer

Podcast Episode #61Episode 61 Jordan Meyer and his wife Rachelle haven't been afraid to dive into new enterprises when opportunities present themselves. Over the years they have raised organic crops, conventional crops, dairy, beef cow/calf, stocker cattle, goat...

#60: Kit Pharo Q & A

Podcast Episode #60Episode 60 On this week's episode we take questions from listeners and ask them to Kit Pharo. A few of the questions he answers are: - If you were starting from scratch today, what would you do?- Why don't more producers use composite bulls?- AI or...

#59: Jim Gerrish

Podcast Episode #59Episode 59 In a recent PCC discussion group there was a conversation around where is the ideal location to run cow/calf pairs in the United States. Overall, every area has advantages and disadvantages, but Jim Gerrish who has a unique perspective...

#58: Landan Fear

Podcast Episode #57Episode 58 In 2019 Landan took over his family's ranch which had been managed in a high input, low profit manner for a number of years. He immediately worked to make changes improving grass management, buying low input genetics, reducing direct...

#57: Brian Alexander

Podcast Episode #57Episode 57 Brian Alexander, also known as the Red Hills Rancher on social media joins me to discuss his history in ranching and his ranch in the Red Hills of South Central Kansas. We talk about fire, grazing management, succession planning and much...

#56: Andrew Morris

Podcast Episode #56Episode 56 To often people are convinced that finding success in agriculture is impossible because they can't find opportunity in their backyard. Andrew and his family were unwilling to accept that they couldn't run a profitable ranch business and...

#55: Will Harris

Podcast Episode #55Episode 55 Will Harris is one of those people that I have looked up to as long as I've been involved in this regenerative world. He's got an amazing story of transitioning his farm over from commodity livestock production to a regenerative, diverse,...

#54: Jason Salchow

Podcast Episode #54Episode 54 Jason joined me again to follow up on our conversation from episode 52. We discuss further the idea of reducing inputs and how it relates to veterinarians. We also discuss principles that apply to being a successful cattle producer,...

#53: Doug Peterson

Podcast Episode #53Episode 53 Doug Peterson has an extensive history working in the NRCS for over 32 years, consulting for Understanding Ag, and owning and operating his own grass farm in Missouri. We discuss what he learned through his career, and go in depth on the...

#52: Jason Salchow

Podcast Episode #52Episode 52 Jason Salchow is a custom grazier, bull developer and veterinarian from Missouri. We discuss his shift to custom grazing as a primary enterprise for his farm, how he began developing bulls for PCC, and what that process looks like. And...

#51: Jason Rowntree

Podcast Episode #51Episode 51     Jason Rowntree is a professor at Michigan State University in their Animal Science Department studying low input beef production and regenerative agriculture. He shares how they have increased production on their grasslands,...

#50: Luke Perman

Podcast Episode #50Episode 50     Luke Perman and his family run Rock Hills Ranch in North Central South Dakota. He shares why they have the diversity of enterprises they do, from cow/calf, to stocker to a custom sheep grazing enterprise and how each of...

#49: Louis Martin

Podcast Episode #49Episode 49     Louis Martin knew very young that he wanted to be a ranch manager, and recognized early on that there is a big difference between managing cows, and managing a business than runs cows. He took every opportunity to learn from...

#48: Allen Williams

Podcast Episode #48Episode 48    Allen has an incredible resume filled with research, production experience and consulting experience world wide which has given him insight into some of the most successful farm and ranch businesses around the globe. In this...

#47: Nathan “Bub” Daugherty

Podcast Episode #47Episode 47   Nathan "Bub" Daugherty and his wife Lakayah have an incredible story of hard work, sacrifice and determination that has resulted in developing a lifestyle that they enjoy! Bub spent years working overtime in a coal mine saving...

#46: Pete Bauman

Podcast Episode #46Episode 46   Pete Bauman has a range of experience working with grasslands but in his role as SDSU Range Field Specialist he works one on one with producers and grassland managers across South Dakota working to improve the grasslands and...

#45: Jared Luhman

Podcast Episode #45Episode 45   This week I am doing a solo episode to discuss how using the philosophies of Kit Pharo and other regenerative ranchers and farmers we transitioned our farm to a position that didn't require to full time people leading to me getting...

#44: Kit Pharo Kat Weinert

Podcast Episode #44Episode 44   Kat Weinert along with her husband Sean, interviewed in episode 5, have an incredibly unique story of starting a ranch from scratch. Today, Kat shares her tips and tricks for managing a ranch while raising 4 kids while her husband...

#43: Kit Pharo

Podcast Episode #43Episode 43   Everybody wants to have a competitive advantage in this industry, but most think it's not possible, or don't have time to discover some of the competitive advantages that are available to them. Kit shares how having a cost...

#42: Ryan Schmid

Podcast Episode #42Episode 42   Ryan Schmid is an entomologist at Ecdysis where he researches the importance of insects and the roles they play in our ranch businesses and our grassland ecosystems. He shares some pretty cool data and fun facts and shares...

#41: Andree and Bianca Soares

Podcast Episode #41Episode 41   Andree and Bianca Soares of Star Creek Land Stewards have built a solid service based grazing business where they manage 7200 sheep and goats in California. They strategically graze in highly populated areas as well as along fire...

#40: Taylor Collins

Podcast Episode #40Episode 40 Taylor Collins has an awesome story of building a national food brand from scratch, selling and then starting a regenerative ranch from scratch in Texas along with his wife Katie. He shares a ton of value that should get anybody excited...

#39: Cody McDaniel

Podcast Episode #39Episode 39   Cody has a pretty unique story of doing what many would not be willing to do and moving his family farm and ranching business not once, but twice! First ten miles down the road, and second to another state! Hear his journey and the...

#38: Patrick Robinette

Podcast Episode #38Episode 38   Patrick Robinette didn't grow up on a farm but when he had the opportunity to move back to his in-laws family farm in North Carolina he took the opportunity. They immediately began the transition from conventional crop farm, to...

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