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It’s a Different Ballgame!

It’s a Different Ballgame! In one of my previous blogs, I had referred to comments from Viktor Frankl in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, where he stated that his survival at Auschwitz, the vilest of Nazi concentration camps, depended upon the realization that his old life was over. His new life and future would […]

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Plugging the Leaks

Plugging the Leaks in Production In my last blog, I talked about knowing your costs of milk production on a per cwt basis. While some may be thinking that knowing this number is great fodder for your local coffee shop conversations, there is truly a lot more benefit to knowing this number. If you know […]

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It’s Ground Hog Day!

It’s Ground Hog Day! or How to Escape the Cycle of Debt. Recently, I was reading a book entitled Your 5 Day Weekend and discovered the following quote, which was part of an analysis that the authors Nik Halik and Garrett B. Gunderson were relating to their readers about the dangers of the historical mantra […]

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Where Do We Go from Here?

Where Do We Go From Here With Our Cash Flow? Wow! This has been a difficult start to our new year. Cash flowing has been difficult with milk in the neighborhood of $14-15/cwt. Given the rising cost of so many inputs and the recent difficulty of acquiring the financing you need, what can you do? […]

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An Often-Forgotten Topic: Interest Rates

An Often-Forgotten Topic: Interest Rates Wow! If you watch the headlines in the dairy industry, you’ll note that there are a tremendous number of changes going on. Exports are up in some markets. Others are down. Block cheese prices are up, but barrels are down. The trade balance is changing, and our recent government shutdown […]

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Will You Be Ready? – Part 2

As I promised in my last blog, I said I’d offer some key examples of producers who had positively turned the corner, following 2009’s disastrous results. In all of these examples, they were ready for an upturn in milk prices, in terms of what those higher prices could add to their business. However, they were […]

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Will You Be Ready? – Part 1

Will You Be Ready Producers? – Part 2 Back in 2010, I recall writing an article that asked the very same question I listed in the title of this blog: Will You Be Ready? Ready for what, you might be asking, and my answer would be ready for the higher levels of profitability that await […]

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It’s Year End – What’s Next?

It’s Year End – What’ Next? 2018 is now over. You either made money, or you didn’t… So what’s next for you and your business? Will you expand, change the way you operate or even exit your industry? These are all crucial considerations as you approach the New Year in 2019. When I start with […]

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Dairy Revenue Protection – Is it for me?

Dairy Revenue Protection – Is it for me? As you probably already know, the new Dairy Revenue Protection Program was introduced in early November. Is this the answer we’ve all been looking for? I don’t see it as the whole answer to our industry challenges. However, it does represent another tool to use in setting […]

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Focus on Who, Not How

Focus on Who, Not How In a recent lesson from my business coach Dan Sullivan of The Strategic Coach Organization during my most recent workshop, he pointed out that for most entrepreneurs, the first question we ask is “How can I solve this challenge?” As I’ve pointed out before, if we truly know our “Why,” […]

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