Dave Pratt

As families come together for Christmas, it is appropriate
to discuss the balance in our lives between business and family. In a healthy family business there is a clear line separating business and family. In other words, business is business and

Recently I wrote about some alumni who increased the carrying capacity of their property using cell grazing. One alumnus who doubled the capacity using cell grazing said “It’s
like getting a second ranch for …

This
morning I had a call from an alumnus considering a big move. He is thinking of selling his place and relocating. He has his eyes on a property in another state and asked me, “Can the cash flow
generated from a …

Would you like a free ranch? This summer I had the pleasure of
visiting several Ranching For Profit School alumni ranches from Texas to Montana and points in between. Most are applying cell grazing and are producing impressive results. Cell

Dick Diven, helped dozens of Ranching For Profit School alumni determine the optimum timing for calving and
slash their feed costs. To Dick, “ranching with nature” wasn’t just a throw away phrase. It was the pathway to profitability in the cow/calf business. Dick pioneered this …

Drought impacts land, animals, money and people. In
relatively minor droughts it usually has the greatest impact on the first three, but when times get really tough, it is the people drought hits hardest.

Anytime I’m anywhere near North …

In
the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People course recreation is pronounced, re-creation. It seems appropriate to write about this now because when you read this I will be in the second

My niece, Kelsey, got married
last Saturday. The title of this article doesn’t refer to the size of the diamond on her ring. It doesn’t even refer to the place she was married, which was on top of a huge granite …

Ranches with the highest productivity per cow are not the most profitable. In fact,
according to our benchmarking, they are often among the least profitable. Ranches with extremely high cow productivity generally rely on a lot of inputs. As I explained in the 5/11

In response to my last ProfitTips one reader wrote that he found it hard to set targets and
that he felt that if he could just make a little more each year that someday he’d be satisfied. While we may not phrase it …