Category: Succession

Redefining Retirement

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I am announcing my retirement! No, not from teaching at RMC or Sims Cattle Company (our family’s business), or from our consulting company, Adapt! I am retiring from being a stay-at-home mom! As of this coming August, I will no longer have kids at home who have been my main priority.  It sounds crazy, but […]

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Reminiscing on our Roots

Stan Parson's course

Ranch Management Consultants was founded in 1983 by Stan Parsons. Stan Parsons had a background in animal husbandry and agricultural economics then after years of working with ranchers in the field he developed the Ranching for Profit School and led RMC for its first 20 years. Wrapping up 2023 marked our 40th year in business! […]

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Painting the Ranch

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We just finished our main Ranching for Profit School delivery season, which was fulfilling as ever, but we are all glad to be home too. Eight full schools since Thanksgiving means we got to meet and work with over 400 ranchers who were willing to travel to learn in the last three months. That is […]

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Assets, Liabilities and Opportunities

pair of ranchers

In a discussion about succession and estate planning at the Ranching For Generations course earlier this year, a woman told me that she believed “we should leave our kids opportunities rather than things.” I think she’s right. Unfortunately, we often mistake things, for opportunities.  The classic example is leaving the ranch to your children so […]

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Impressionable Years

young ranchers

I remember those post high school years before settling into my roles as husband and father. I was fortunate to find ranchers willing to give a young man with little experience an opportunity to learn on their dime. Actually, they paid me to break their stuff. I wonder if they saw it that way? I […]

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Making Changes with John Marble

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John Marble, Ranching for Profit alumnus from Oregon is a not only a rancher, but a thinker, (I consider him a ranching philosopher) and a writer. He wrote the following piece for On Pasture and they kindly allowed me to share it with you. In class we talk about the inventories of grass, money and livestock; but we […]

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Succession Assets vs Management

horse barn

Succession. When the word succession is used in agriculture circles most think of who gets what and when. Typically when any industry group hosts a panel on succession, they include a lawyer, an accountant, a young and old rancher; all talking about passing down the assets. When you run an agriculture business, succession is much […]

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The Ranch Business Time Bomb

Abandoned house

Think of a ranch business you know of, that is no longer in business. Now I want you to think of the underlying cause for that business no longer being around. Was it related to production? Did the cows not breed, the calves weren’t big enough to bring in decent money or was the death […]

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Going Long

long road

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Go big or go home.” But there is another time-tested strategy that has a higher success rate: “Go long.” It wasn’t just water that carved the Grand Canyon, cold temperatures that led to the last ice age, or a smart investing strategy that made Warren Buffett wealthy. In each case […]

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Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses: Stan Parsons’ Legacy

Stan Parsons

Hazel Parsons emailed me last Wednesday that her husband, Stan, died earlier that day from Covid-19 related pneumonia. I sat staring at the email, absorbing the news and trying to imagine what my life would have been like had I not met Stan.    I first heard of Stan Parsons when I was an undergrad […]

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