Management

How do you know when it is time to move animals from one pasture to another?

Most people figure that if they are out of feed in one pasture, it is time to move. The herd is probably standing at the gate voicing their agreement that it is time to “Mooove.” There’s nothing they’d like better than to be in fresh, clean forage in the next paddock.  

For decades we’ve been encouraged to evaluate the efficiency of production by focusing on weight weaned per cow. Now some are arguing that the critical measure should really be pounds weaned per acre. But neither measure is very useful.

Most people assume that the biggest estate planning fights involve “Who will own what?” It’s been my experience that “Who will run what?” is often a bigger issue. “Who will own what?” is usually a question of perceived fairness. To heirs, “Who will run what?” is a question of  respect.

In a recent Three Secrets For Increasing Profit® workshop I asked participants how much profit they want to make. It is an important question because you can’t hit a target that doesn’t exist and it’s impossible to build an intelligent plan unless you have measurable goals.

The start of the new year is a time for resolutions and fresh starts. Do you have a habit you want to drop or one you’d like to develop? Whether you are trying to adopt a new one or drop an old one, change is hard. Good intentions aren’t enough. It helps to have people supporting you.

There are some things that don’t change very much …  there are others that do. Social media for example. Ten years ago had anyone heard of a Social Media Coordinator? But with Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and all of the other things out there, how is anyone, supposed to keep up with it all and still run a business? These are all new tricks and when you are an old dog like me you need help with that stuff. Earlier this month we got help.

This is an exciting time of year for me. Thanksgiving is awesome, and I have a lot to be thankful for. But that’s not the excitement I’m feeling right now.  The excitement comes right after calves are weaned and cows preg-checked. Why is that so exciting? (I’m glad you asked.)

I reviewed articles in Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Fast Company on resistance to change. The articles laid out the 12 reasons, the 10 factors and the 5 keys to resistance. The more I read, the more convinced I am that they have it ALL wrong! 

No, Not that wall. I’m thinking of the emotional walls we build that divide us from one another. When it comes to building those walls we are master carpenters. We are so good that we build walls without even knowing we are doing it.

Rotational grazing doesn’t work. It doesn’t work for at least two reasons. One reason it doesn’t work is that, rather than rotationally graze, most people rotationally overgraze.