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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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#73: Doug Ferguson & Wally Olson

Podcast Episode #73 Episode 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 71 Episode 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 #69 Episode 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...

#68: Kim Maloney

Podcast Episode #68 Episode 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 #67 Episode 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 #64 Episode 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 #63 Episode 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 #61 Episode 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 #57 Episode 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 #57 Episode 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 #56 Episode 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 #55 Episode 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,...

#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 #52 Episode 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...

#37: Doug Ferguson

Podcast Episode #37Episode 37   After continuing to hear great feedback on the episodes we have based around sell/buy marketing, I had Doug Ferguson come back on for another episode to go more in depth on this business plan. We learn how to talk to your bankers,...

#36: Duke Phillips

Podcast Episode #36Episode 36   Duke Phillips built a ranch management business managing nearly 300,000 acres across the American West starting with nothing more than a truck and trailer, a few horses and twenty cows. Listen in to hear Duke's fascinating story...

#35: Brian Munger – 1883 Ranch

Podcast Episode #35Episode 35   Brian Munger, along with his wife and six kids, run a diverse ranching business in Nebraska.They operate their personal low-input, regenerative model cowherd and they manage a ranch and cowherd for a non-operating land and cattle...

#34: Ryan Usmar – Furracabad Station

Podcast Episode #34Episode 34     Ryan Usmar manages Furracabad Station in Australia and is part of the start of Pharo Cattle Australia. Listen to hear about their cattle station, their rotational grazing system, and how they brought PCC genetics to...

#33: Doug Voss – Low Input Grazing

Podcast Episode #33Episode 33     Over the years Doug transitioned from a high input commodity dairy farm to a low input grazing based operation with a stop as an organic crop farmer in between. Hear how he made those transitions and how his focus has never...

#32: Kit Pharo – Make Ranching Fun Again

Podcast Episode #32Episode 32 Today Kit shares how we can reduce the work required to run a ranch and make it more enjoyable! If a business isn't enjoyable it's not sustainable and there are some very simple changes that we can make to simplify our ranch businesses....

#31: Ed Bezett – A New (Zealand) Perspective

Podcast Episode #31Episode 31 Ed Bezett came to our farm in 1981 as a foreign exchange student and wasn't afraid to tell my grandpa that he thought there was a better way of running our beef, sheep and cattle operation here in Goodhue, MN. This began a decades long...

#30: Blaine Hitzfield – Building a Food Marketing Brand

Podcast Episode #30Episode 30 In part 2 of our conversation with Seven Sons we talk to Blaine Hitzfield, CEO of Distribution for Seven Sons. He goes into depth on the transition from commodity production and marketing farm to a direct, diverse and profitable farm! He...

#29: Blake Hitzefield – Seven Sons Production

Podcast Episode #29Episode 29 Seven Sons is a farm and food brand from Indiana that has focused on raising and marketing grass finished and pasture based meat products. Today we talk to Blake Hitzfield, Chief Ranching Officer for Seven Sons. He talks about the...

#28: Doug Ferguson – Marketing

Podcast Episode #28Episode 28 Doug Ferguson is a cattle marketing expert, blogger under his blog and contributor to Beef Magazine in his column Dougs Market Intel. He has also built a stocker/backgrounder business of his own in southeast Nebraska. We talk about how...

#27: Jim Howell – Ranching in Unique Environments

Podcast Episode #27Episode 27 This is our second conversation with Jim Howell, CEO of Grasslands LLC. Check out episode 13 of the Herd Quitter podcast to learn about Jim's story, experience, and how he started Grasslands LLC.Today, however, we dig in deep into three...

#26: Jon Luhman – My Family’s Regenerative Journey

Podcast Episode #26Episode 26 I might be biased, but this is my favorite episode yet. Every time I talk with my dad about the history of our farm I learn something new! In today's episode, I sit down with my dad and get into the details of how our farm came to be what...

#25: Robert Pulliam – Changing Paradigms

Podcast Episode #25Episode 25 Robert Pulliam has a history of diversified farming in Missouri, beef production in Iowa, 12 years in ministry, and then found himself managing a ranch in the mountains of Western Colorado. After all his experience in agriculture, it was...

#24: Kit Pharo – Building a Network

Podcast Episode #24Episode 24 Whatever your goals in life, career or business plans, very rarely are we able to accomplish much entirely on our own. Building a network around you of people to bounce ideas off, share work load, and to learn from is essential and Kit...

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