As youngn’s, we glean on to each piece of advice from our elders. If grandpa likes that cow, we like that cow. Dad have a stem of wheat in his teeth? So do we. We’re sponges and, it’s at this time, when so many life lessons can be absorbed.
We eventually grow up and the practices of the generation before can seem outdated. Technology and innovation are king. While new may replace old in some instances, that tried-at-true knowledge is hard to trump. What token of advice do you remember from the generation before you?
Here are a few recollections.
· Bill Donald, past Montana Stockgrowers and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President had this to advice to share from his Scottish father: “Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.”
· Talking of her grandfather, Dr. Rachel Endecott, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist at Montana State University gave this tidbit: “Make definite plans, but keep them flexible.”
· Gordon Stoner is a farmer from Outlook, Montana and the current Vice President of the National Association of Wheat Growers. He states, “You pay for experience, but you can’t buy it.” According to Stoner, this quote from his grandfather has proved incredibly true.
· Philip Ellis is the current NCBA President and a Wyoming rancher. Speaking of his great uncle and founder of their ranch, Ellis said his business plan was to watch your cattle and watch your grass. On top of that, “keep enough money in your checkbook.”
Have something that’s stuck with you? Please feel free to comment below!
© Haylie Shipp 2015
by Steve Corey