Eunice Williams has released two new video series showcasing the stockmanship training of her late husband, Bud Williams.
One is a greatly extended video on general stockmanship principles as Bud taught them in workshops. Eunice is calling this Stockmanship-Plus.
"Over the years, many of our stockmanship students have asked us to update the stockmanship video that we have had for sale since 1990 and to include the videos of people working livestock that we used in our schools," Eunice Williams said. "Bud and I had started work on this before his death in November of 2012. I have since completed this project.
"This will not be for the casual student. The old video that I took of his presentation at the 1990 Stockman Grass Farmer grazing conference will take care of that. This is for the serious student and for my peace of mind that we've done everything that we can to insure that as much of Bud's knowledge as possible won't be lost.
"I am putting absolutely every bit of video of any value that I have on it. The basis is a video of a two-day stockmanship school that we put on in Midland, Texas, in May of 1996."
The series is broken into six segments like the Williamses did it at the schools:
1. One animal
2. Pulling pens
3. Chutes and alleys
6. Weaning and receiving new animals
Eunice adds, "In addition to each segment, I've added all of the newer video clips that we showed in later schools. Bud had narrated most of these clips. The ones that he hadn't, I've been able to go over some audio tapes I have of some of the later schools and to patch that audio onto them."
She says this video is more than 18 hours long and is on an external hard drive that will connect to your computer by a USB cord. The price is $750.
The price includes access to the Williams' subscription website, a $200 value. The site has over 1,000 postings of Bud's thoughts on various stockmanship and marketing subjects as well as his answers to questions from subscribers.
The other new video is titled "Bud Williams Starting a Colt."
Eunice says, "I have often tried to get Bud to let me make the video that I have taken of him starting a colt available to the public. He never wanted to do this.
"Some of you will remember my sparring with him about this in some of our schools.
"The modern way of training a young horse is so different from the way Bud does it that he didn't want to start a confrontation with the 'horse people.' Bud and I have always been concerned with the number of our friends and acquaintances who have been injured with a horse. Some of these horses had been ridden for several years and in my opinion they still just weren't safe to ride.
"I have never been hurt by a horse and I've always ridden horses that I really had no business being on. I had never ridden at all when Bud and I got married.
"We leased a ranch in Northern California for a while and to make some extra money Bud would start colts for people or he would buy an unbroke colt, then sell it when it got to going good.
"I've never had any trouble with a colt that Bud had ridden for three days as long as I did what he told me to do.
"In the heat of battle I remember telling him, "You don't care about me; you just don't want me to spoil your darned old horse."
"Bud said, "'If you don't spoil my darned old horse, you won't get hurt!'"
"As much as I hated to admit it, he was right.
"People are always asking Bud for a 'recipe' to work their livestock. This method of starting a colt is as close to a recipe as you will ever get from Bud."
She says this video shows Bud working three different horses. It is on two DVDs and sells for $200.
Contact Eunice Williams at 417-719-4910 or go to her website for information about ordering.