If You Want To Be A Cowboy Get A Job
And other insults about the way modern ranches are run...

If You Want To Be A Cowboy Get A Job

Author: Stan Parsons

Category: Ranch Management

Why I recommend this book

This short, humorous book is unafraid to challenge even the most firmly-held assumptions about how the cattle business works. If You Want To Be A Cowboy Get A Job is one of my all-time favorite cattle business management books.

A small sampling of just a few of the chapters gives a sense of the flavor of the book:

  • BEEF PRICE CYCLE and the hidden cow cost
  • DROUGHT IS NORMAL - manage for it
  • EMPLOYEES - overstaffed and underemployed
  • GENETICS - the futility of
  • GRASS - abused and expected to grow
  • HAY - the affordability of
  • IF YOU WANT TO BE A COWBOY - get a job
  • MACHINERY - minimization off
  • RECORDS - a waste of time
  • RED FLAGS - the telltale warning signs
  • SONS - succession and authority
  • SUPPLEMENTATION - not substitution
  • TAXES - and how we will fight to avoid them
  • TIME - using it effectively
  • WEANING - the art of

Stan doesn't mince words. Chapters are short and to the point, full of practical hands-on ranching advice, but just as importantly, rich in ranching management principles and wisdom about how to run your cattle business to ensure that it is profitable.  


(Disclosure: I get commissions for purchases made using Amazon links in my post.)

This little book is currently out of print. Finding a copy can be challenging, though new and used copies do periodically crop up online. You can start your search by checking if there are any used copies of If You Want To Be A Cowboy#CommissionsEarned on Amazon.com.


From the Back Cover: "A great reference book invaluable to anyone involved in business on the land. It covers complex issues succinctly and to the point." - Tim Rogers, New South Wales, Australia

"Lots of very succinct, relevant information that can be used by ranchers everywhere. This is a book that can, and should be read and re-read often." - Allan Nation, Editor, Stockman Grass Farmer, Mississippi, USA.

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