Farmer and Owner, Local Cooling Farms and Laughing Buddha Nursery

As a philosophy student at the University of New Orleans, Grant was intrigued by applied philosophical models and “wisdom literature,” including Zig Ziglar.
In 2003 when Grant started his first business, Laughing Buddha Nursery, Ziglar principles helped him set and achieve long-term goals, build winning relationships with customers, vendors, and partners, and persevere through the tough times. Now he takes pride in passing on these principles that have helped him succeed to others as a Ziglar Legacy Instructor.

Grant continues to operate Laughing Buddha Nursery, as well as a soil and livestock farm, Local Cooling Farms, with his wife, Kate. He is an Eagle Scout and has been recognized by Gambit’s 40 Under 40 (2004) and City Business.

Technical Session: Grant Estrade, Farmer, Local Cooling Farm, Friday, March 8

In each session of this masterclass, Grant Estrade will cover general husbandry guidelines and challenges for the Louisiana farmer. Itemized cradle-to-grave costs for feed, equipment, fencing, etc. will be covered on a per animal unit basis giving producers a baseline so they will be able to make sound decisions and prepare for growth.

Session 1, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon: Ruminants: General husbandry and economics for direct-to-consumer farmers.

Session 2, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Poultry: General husbandry and economics for broilers and layers for direct-to-consumer farmers.

Session 3, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Pigs: General husbandry and economics from a farrow to finished pig operation for direct-to-consumer farmers.