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What Have You Done for Me Lately?

You may find the title listed above to be sort of strange… Or interesting? Or antagonistic? However, I really intended for it to be “stimulating” for you and your thought process. In essence, if your Annual Goals could speak, would this be a question that they would be asking you? Let’s face it. By the […]

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A Confession to Make

I was thinking recently about the many Clients we have assisted with the development of what I call a “Financial Plan” to take their business to higher levels of profitability and success. I have literally been doing this for 21 years at this point, and this may come as a shock to you, but in […]

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Avoiding the Gap!

I recently was talking with a Client about the achievements he had been enjoying the past two years, despite the downturn in the dairy industry. Suddenly he added, “John, we’ve been getting sound results, especially in comparison to the rest of the industry, but, man, it just seems so slow in comparison to what we […]

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Yes, You Can!

I recently received an e-mail from a reader of one of my previous blogs, expressing his concern that he wasn’t quite sure that he could get his business where he wanted to take it in the future. After describing the situation with his current lender and the various cash flow challenges he was having, he […]

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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 ProductionIn 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 your […]

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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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