Andie Shire

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Oregon State University has an online Permanente Design Course and an Advanced PDC. Both are taught by Andrew Millison & Co. Reasonably priced, excellent material covered, & an intuitive & collaborative learning environment. As a "graduate" I highly recommend it.

Cheers!
Andie
4 years ago
From a general business perspective, marketing is key. If his product is exceptional, as previously stated, it needs to be documented. If he wants to sell his product, he needs to market. If he wants to pass on his legacy, he needs to teach the next generation, and probably write a book.

I am not familiar with assistance organizations, however, here I would recommend talking with the local conservation district or agricultural research university to assist in either studying his approach and/or developing a marketing plan. Usually if it is advantageous to the university or organization they will attempt to allocate the resources with grant funds. Another ideas it to acquire his own grant funds and hire a private research firm to do the work for him, which could be costly, and may not be cost effective. It is imperative to have a cost-benefit analysis of any endeavor. It sounds like there may be a lot of potential to increase profitability, but "what you see is what you get" only works when you're rich and already have a large following.
4 years ago
Finish him out and sell him as locker beef, or if you need the space sooner there is always the auction. Not sure what your price average is there, around here I believe it was $1.80-2 per pound. And as was already mentioned, you may be able to re-home him on Craigslist. Good luck!
4 years ago
Taste marketing hooked me. Try giving them a sample for a meal and see what happens. It isn't 100% but I think last I heard approx 50% return. That's 50% more than you had before! I believe it is imperative to have a healthy reliable production method in place prior to sampling, you'd hate to not have your methods down pat and thus presenting a tough cut.
4 years ago
How big would a paddock be on an acre piece of land? Which shape is best suited for cattle?
4 years ago
Thank you Julius! This is fantastic information.

I have been in the "education" phase for a while now. I am very much looking forward to reading your book. Do you include references to other excellent educational materials? If not, are there any you recommend in addition to your book?

Thank you,
Andie
4 years ago
Hello Julius & welcome!

There is so much information on these threads and your website already. I am excited to read your book.

My only question at the moment is what is, in your opinion, the single best piece of advice for people considering raising beef cattle? And then for existing ranchers?

Thank you again!
Andie
4 years ago
Angelika - Here in the NW, Red Alders are common canopy to salmonberry, thimbleberry, red elderberry, devil’s-club, whortleberry, osoberry, evergreen blackberry, western swordfern, and hedge nettle
5 years ago
Coralee what an amazing opportunity and property!
5 years ago
This is absolutely beautiful. I wish I had the funds. Thank you for sharing!
5 years ago