Tag: ranchers

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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Grazing Planning

planning grazing

Here in Wheatland, Wyoming it is a cold, snowy, and windy day. Perfect for planning out your grazing for the coming year! A grazing plan is where you think through what you know now, what you expect to unfold, and make a plan for the grazing in the year ahead. To get started on the […]

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Build an Auto-Pilot Business

cockpit

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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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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How to Communicate with Your Team

RFP School 2021

I think it is safe to say that most ranchers love ranching because they are surrounded by animals more often than people. However, it is critical that ranchers aka business owners know how to communicate with their human team effectively. Before we start, let’s remember two important elements: one is to treat your ranch/farm like […]

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Financial Record-Keeping, A Rancher’s Favorite Chore

paperwork

Mentioning that records are a waste of time can usually start an argument, or at least get someone questioning all the hours they have spent keeping detailed records over the years. Honestly though, most records are a waste of time unless they follow Dave’s rules. It is easy to pick on the little red calving […]

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Uses for Profit

money decisions

When we talk about uses for profit some people roll their eyes. “Profit – yeah right! Like that ever happens in agriculture.” The reality is that most ag operations are not profitable. In fact most are really expensive hobbies. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Many are profitable every year. Some are highly […]

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Break Your Legs

broken leg

Remember in the movies when the bookie’s tough guy would knock on the door and threaten to “break your legs” if they didn’t pay up? Sometimes, I think many of us would be better managers for our operations if someone broke our legs. If our legs were broken we wouldn’t be able to go outside […]

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A Fresh Perspective

tree tops

The past few months have been about change for us. Our team at RMC has moved out of our original Wyoming office to a new building that will allow us room to grow. My wife and I have become empty nesters as our youngest just left for North Dakota to attend college and our oldest […]

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