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Important dairy farm lessons and trends from 2011

2011 may be a year some dairy industry producers would like to forget about. It was characterized by extremely high feed prices, which put a dent in our profitability. But keep in mind that record high milk prices were seen in 2011 as well. So, in its entirety, net income should be relatively positive.

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Keeping your dairy farm expenses in line.

As we look forward to 2012 I would expect that if the milk prices that are reflected in Futures Markets truly hold up we should see some sound cash flow and reasonably good profitability on most dairy farms.

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Take a Lesson from Jeb Bush

In a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, discussed his state’s efforts to reform education and how difficult the process really has been. He stated, “The reality of reform is vastly different from the theory, and change is a lot harder than it looks. But there are a few rules for real reform that makes it possible.” I realized many of the same rules apply to making certain we have our dairy operations “reformed,” especially after prosperous years like 2007 and 2008.

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Control Your Production Costs

One of my favorite business quotes is Jack Welch’s: “Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it were.” I recently read an article in Inc. magazine written by Adam Hanft that was entitled, “The Risk of Doing Nothing.”

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Good Times Require Discipline, Too!

I recently finished reading a book on leadership entitled Team Secrets of the Navy Seals written by an anonymous author who actually continues to serve as one of our U.S. Navy Seals and hence wishes not to reveal his identity.  One of the most significant lessons expressed in the book revolves around our need for […]

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New Requirements for Industry Leadership

In their book Confronting Reality, authors Larry Bossily and Pam Charda discuss how any business expecting to stay around in the new environment must raise the bar for leadership. They state, “Two leadership qualities have become absolutely indispensable today, and they aren’t on the usual lists. The first is business acumen, more commonly called business […]

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“No Excuses!”

Where do you really want to be in five years? In ten years? How can you get there? What will it take to succeed in reaching those goals?

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

Remember the song entitled “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”? Humorous? Yes, you couldn’t help but smile when you heard it! Wish you could do so? Yes. Realistic? Probably Not! Steve Chandler, in his book 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself, states, “Don’t worry. Or rather, don’t just worry. Let worry change into action. When you find yourself […]

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