Category: Decision Making

Thoughts on Being Accountable from Shanon Sims

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Shanon Sims ranches with his family in McFadden, Wyoming. I’ve long admired their operation for pushing the limits of what is possible. They are leaders in grazing, and leaders in […]

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A Business Mind Shift from Treg Ulmer

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Treg Ulmer and his wife Courtney are members of the Executive Link program and building a business in Ohio. Treg shared some thoughts with me around balancing profit with other […]

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Drought Isn’t a Surprise

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If you’re in the ranching business, drought is a normal part of life. David McLean is part of RCS, our sister company in Australia. David refers to planning for the […]

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Ranch Records

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Calving season is in full swing across most of cow country and so are ranchers armed with a red book or smart phone app taking notes about birth dates, weights, […]

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The Dip

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Seth Godin, author of The Dip, describes the period of time after a change has been made when the results are worse before they begin to improve. Participants of the […]

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Economic Analysis

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We recently wrapped up our two day Economics Intensive where alumni of the Ranching for Profit School prepared their economic plan for the coming year. For many of us, if […]

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Moneyball is a Movie About Ranching

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The first time I watched the movie Moneyball, I about came out of my chair thinking, “This movie is about ranching”. The correlations are strong and the lessons from the […]

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Silver Bullet

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There isn’t a recipe for a profitable ranch. Not every profitable ranch calves in May and June. Not every profitable ranch has sold all their hay equipment. Not every profitable […]

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A Strong Gross Margin

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If you’re ranching for profit, there is one way to define “a good cow”. She has a strong gross margin. In much of my writing and speaking it might seem […]

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Maybe We Should Keep Those?

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Have you ever looked at a group of calves, heifers, cull cows and thought, “Well… maybe we should just keep those?” If you have, you’re not alone. Acting on this […]

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