Tag: cattle

Plans Are Useless

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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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What We See

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Paradigms are deeply held subconscious beliefs that are shaped by all of our past experiences and education. We all have them and they influence every decision we make. Stephen Covey defines paradigms as “the way we see the world” and that is my favorite definition. At the Ranching for Profit School we introduce paradigms right […]

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Fix the Cow Business Before You Sell ‘em

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Somewhere along the line Ranching for Profit has gotten a reputation for being the “sell your cows school”. I want to push back against that. I hope that Ranching for Profit is the “let’s build the business that you want and is profitable school.” I’d hate to think that someone comes to our Ranching for […]

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Cattle Profits and Taxes

Profits and Taxes

During the Ranching for Profit School, we introduce three issues involving money: economics, finance, and income taxes. We spend most of our time on economics (generating value and keeping profit) then some time on finance (cash flow and investment), and less time on income taxes. The reason for that order is based on the overall […]

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Think Beyond Profit

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Congratulations! You’ve just come through record cattle prices, you took Dallas’ last ProfitTips to heart, and now you’re sitting on a pile of money and wondering “what now?” There are many negative paradigms surrounding money, not only within agriculture, but within our society. Those paradigms have limited our ability to discuss money freely and openly. […]

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Economic Planning

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Dwight Eisenhower said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”   Eisenhower might as well have been talking about ranching. Speaking of planning … How is your economic plan coming along for next year? Things are changing rapidly. Costs and returns have taken some dramatic shifts in the past few years. The […]

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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 average year as “riding the unicorn”. David says it a bit more colorfully, “Stop riding the bloody unicorn!”  Managing your business for the average year […]

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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 we are left to our own devices, we often put off making an economic plan or get stuck figuring out how to handle a certain […]

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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 movie are absolutely appropriate to agricultural businesses. In the movie Moneyball, Billy Beane is the general manager of the Oakland A’s, who have just lost […]

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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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