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Impressionable Years

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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 […]

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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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Applying the Soil Health Principles

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Recently I had the opportunity to co-teach a Soil Health Academy in North Carolina alongside Dawn and Grant Breitkreutz, Gabe Brown and Allen Williams. While attending the 3-day academy the […]

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What is Your Role in the Ranch?

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Is your primary role in your business working as a doer or a planner? When the doer goes out the door in the morning, they get to work doing all […]

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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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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 […]

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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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