Category: Labor Effectiveness

Plans Are Useless

driving side window

It is branding season in the Rock Creek Valley! This season begins around April 25 and wraps up mid August, having branded roughly 3500 head of calves belonging to 4 ranches over the course of 13 mornings. Those 4 ranches consist of 1 large corporate ranch, 1 large family ranch, our mid size family ranch, […]

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Decision Making

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The leader of a business has an important role in making decisions. Every day we make dozens if not hundreds of decisions. Some minor and perhaps some major decisions. The success or failure of your business likely depends on a few important decisions you will make this year, next year and the year after. One […]

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Tax Time

tax time

Tax day is just around the corner and it is common for folks to struggle with getting their taxes done. There is nothing we can do about the past, but there are changes you can make now to make future tax days go smoothly and be less burdensome on everyone’s time. Here are five things […]

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Ranch Coach

football

One of my favorite times of the year is upon us. No, not winter. Believe it or not, 10” of snow and -23 degrees F (current conditions as I write) just isn’t that exciting to me. What gets me excited right now is the NFL playoffs! Admittedly, it’s even more interesting since my team (Go […]

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Build an Auto-Pilot Business

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Dallas and I spend a lot of time in the plane together during the fall Executive Link run; three sets of chapter meetings in three weeks in three different states. One thing about living in Wyoming, the weather is not always airplane friendly, especially in a small plane, flown by your boss. I am always […]

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Don’t Screw Up the Windfall Profits

fancy steer

2023 is shaping up to be a record profit year for many in the cattle business. I know not everyone is participating as there are regional droughts and specific situations for some, that will take you out of this opportunity. Nevertheless, for some the stars have aligned.   The last time we saw record profits in […]

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Some Ideas Should Fail

cattle grassland

How many of the new ideas that you implement work? I hope not 100%. If 100% of the new ideas you implement in your business work then you are probably being too cautious. There is a healthy portion of new ideas that should fail.   I spent a year riding pens in a feedlot. I really […]

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Repairs Save Money?

horse fence

Preventative maintenance on the ranch is easy to overlook, and it can be costly. Costly in dollars to actually fix whatever needs fixed whether it is fence and corrals, water tanks, or the farm machinery. As well as costly in finding the time which is nearly impossible; but why hire someone to do something that […]

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Dangers of Free Time

mountain hike

Free time is dangerous to those who have been raised to believe that one must always be physically busy in the ranch.   A business in our Executive Link (EL) program recently eliminated a major enterprise that wasn’t working economically and hadn’t been for some time. They were able to make this brave decision, with the […]

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Think Outside the Office

office daze

In the Ranching for Profit School we challenge you to separate your life from your business. Too many ranchers identify as their work and never develop a sense of who they are outside of the ranch. Not only does the business suffer as a result, so does the rancher’s family.  There are many ways to […]

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