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Cattlemans College/Montana Stockgrowers Annual Convention

The Four Horsemen: Strategies for Getting Your Family’s Ranch to Glory 

(Send an email in advance to with any questions you would like us to respond during the Q&A portion of the presentation)

Conquest: Acquire and Grow

From Land to Air:  Land, stock, equipment, capital, facilities, stewardship & conservation, R&D

War:  Protect From Outside Threats

From Uncle Sam to Marxist Snowflake:  Taxman overreach, vindictive ex’s, disgruntled ranch hands, enviro-Nazis, drunk grandchildren, agritourists

Famine:  Provide For Unpredictable Hardship

From Wildfire to Tuberculosis:  Wildfire, crop failure, catastrophic loss, disability of key family member or personnel, market crash, beef recall/disease outbreak

Death:  Successful Generational Succession

From Father to Son:  When it comes there should be little to do; Present necessity to pass it on; minimize cost of transfer; minimize petty turf wars; identify a succession of single final decision-makers, but involve the whole family; know your family and prepare them for their roles

If you want to get your ranch to glory don’t you need a clear picture of what your glory looks like? One persons glory is another persons failure. This presentation at the Cattleman’s College on Dec 13 and 14th at Montana Stockgrowers Annual Convention takes you through the discovery of what your glory looks like because we all have different end results we desire for ourselves and our families. After this process, the Four Horsemen will host a roundtable discussion answering specific questions sent in beforehand and presented during the seminar. All questions sent in beforehand will be held in complete confidence. This isn’t just a discussion of Estate Planning but also a discussion on Succession, Tax strategies, Timing, Protection of Assets and learning what drives you!

We have done this Seminar in Montana several times and here is some of the feedback we have received from participants:

“Excellent presentation…I learned a lot!” –D.W.

“Please send an invite to the Stockgrowers’ presentation. I want to go again.” –H. & P. K

“I want to come to the workshop in Billings.” –M.J.

We will be available for free consultations on both the 13th and 14th if anyone is interested in discussing their specific situation. All discussions are held in strict confidence and nothing is shared outside the group. For info, please contact or by cell or text at 406.580.4774.


The Seminar is free to all attendees of Montana Stockgrowers Annual Convention. See below for link to sign up!





If you find the timing of this seminar does not work but you would like to have the group put on a Seminar for you and your area of farmers and ranchers, please feel free to reach out to us. We view this as a Stewardship and would love to help. Our only request is there be at least 10 attendees for us to do a seminar. Look forward to seeing you at the Cattlemans College at Montana Stockgrowers Annual Convention! Any questions you have please reach out to Buzz and don’t forget to send in your questions beforehand! They will be held in complete confidence.




About Buzz Tatom

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Buzz Tatom is a ranch owner and has built, run and sold numerous businesses in his career. This gives him a unique background in helping Montana farmers and ranchers navigate the life decisions that we all have to face. Whether it is passing the ranch on to the next generation or planning for eventual sale, his talents and contacts help save clients money and navigate complicated transactions.

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He still owns the 5T Ranch in Texas but now calls Big Sky, MT home. His background in Texas included finding run down ranches and rehabilitating them into show place properties. From building lakes, stocking fish, to managing for wildlife he has a proven record of increasing values of properties that have given families great memories and returns.

His successful business background allows him to have good knowledge in contracts, dealing with people and has a wide variance of knowledge from his experience in dealing with oil and gas companies on his properties to manufacturing background to knowing who to call to get answers.

He has a BBA from Texas Tech University and got his MBA from Southern Methodist University. While at Texas Tech, he played football and was a 3 year starter as a Tight End. He bought into a Printing company at the age of 24 and grew it ten fold by the time it was sold in 2011.

Buzz teaches part time at Montana State University and loves mentoring students. He has been married to the love of his life, Kathy Tatom, for 25 years and has one son(Tate) and 2 daughters(Sayler and Emmy).

His hobbies include hunting, fly fishing, improving the 5T and following his son Tate in his golf career at the Air Force Academy. His life is divided between family, volunteering, teaching part time at MSU and Church.


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