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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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#105: Ag Podcasters Roundtable

Podcast Episode #105Episode 105 Join Clay, Brian, Jason and myself as we discuss our podcasts, what we've learned through them and questions we have surrounding ranching and agriculture.    As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as...

#104: Lance Klessig

Podcast Episode #105Episode 105 Join Clay, Brian, Jason and myself as we discuss our podcasts, what we've learned through them and questions we have surrounding ranching and agriculture.    As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as...

103: Jacob Wolki

Podcast Episode #103Episode 103 Jacob Wolki brought a unique business perspective from managing several different retail businesses and dozens of employees before starting his farm in the past few years. Those skills have allowed him to scale a regenerative production...

#102: Dave Pratt

Podcast Episode #102Episode 102 Dave Pratt is past owner of Ranching for Profit and author of my favorite book "The Turnaround: A Ranchers Story". In this weeks podcast he gives us a summary on the RFP definition of true profitability in business and then discusses...

#101: Trevor Burian

Podcast Episode #101Episode 101 Trevor went to Ranching for Profit in February of 2022 and came home ready to make big changes. By the time summer came around he had sold his cows and was custom grazing cattle for somebody else. We talk about what this has meant for...

#100: Allan Savory

Podcast Episode #100Episode 100 Allan Savory has a lifetime of experience developing what he has termed Holistic Management. He shares in this podcast a brief overview of his history and what the management has the potential to do for our businesses and our world if...

#99: Dayton Steelman

Podcast Episode #99Episode 99   Dayton Steelman is a veterinary entomologist responsible for doing the research around genetic fly resistance. He shares in this podcast how over his decades of experience he made observations on how breed and size of animal...

#98: Joe Tomandl

Podcast Episode #98Episode 98   Many dairy farms when considering the opportunities to expand a dairy choose to build larger building and grow more feed to bring to the cows, and scale up on one site through infrastructure and technology. Joe Tomandl looked at...

#97: Nevil Speer

Podcast Episode #97Episode 97   Nevil Speer writes for Drovers magazine and has experience ranging from cattle production, to business management consulting and cattle market data. He joins me to talk about the factors contributing to the cattle market today, and...

#96: Cooper Hibbard

Podcast Episode #96Episode 96   Cooper Hibbard manages his generational ranch in Adel, Montana and shares how his family through grazing management, changes in their calving season, and genetics have managed to increase ranch production even in one of the worst...

#95: Eunice Williams

Podcast Episode #95Episode 95     Eunice Williams shares the story of how Bud, through observation, learned how animals respond to humans and developed his principles of stockmanship that are so valuable to reducing stress on animals which results in less...

#94: Lance Gunderson

Podcast Episode #94Episode 94 Lance Gunderson is owner of Regen Ag Labs and he joins me to discuss soil health, why it's important to test, which tests to perform, how often and so much more! As always, check us out at Herd Quitter Podcast on Facebook and Instagram as...

#93: Michael Groot

Podcast Episode #93Episode 93 Michael Groot had the opportunity to take over his in-laws farm and quickly got to work transitioning to a regenerative crop farm and direct market meat producer after attending a Dave Brandt event. Now he is researching how rotating...

#92: Rob Pierce – Part 2

Podcast Episode #92Episode 92 In this week's episode we follow up on our conversation last week with Rob Pierce and discuss in more detail his heat tolerant cattle breeding program. If you haven't already, listen to episode 91 to hear Robs ranch transition and this...

#91: Rob Pierce

Podcast Episode #91Episode 91 Rob Pierce quit ranching in 2008 and after a member of his church signed him up for Kit Pharo's PCC Updates and Newsletters he found hope that there might be potential to be profitable in ranching. And so after a 4 year break from...

#90: Mark and Sara Hewitt

Podcast Episode #90Episode 90 Mark and Sara Hewitt from Minnesota joined me in this episode to share their story of taking the bold step of leaving the family farm where they were constantly met with opposition and no promises of transition or change to start a farm...

#89: Jason Medows

Podcast Episode #89Episode 89 Jason Medows is a rancher in Missouri and also the host of the Ag State of Mind Podcast. We discuss his transition to an intentional low input ranch business, and how he runs the business while working full time off the farm as a...

#88: Eric Barth

Podcast Episode #88Episode 88 Eric Barth is the Farm Manager largely responsible for managing the steward program which is their internship program. In this episode we discuss his path to Polyface farm, the farm and all it's enterprises and how they manage their...

#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...

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