Entries by spencer LGC

In Defense of the “Mean” Vendor

I am not making light of the fact that the dairy industry has had a tough 2015-2017, or, for that matter, that all industries have their moments when cash flow is tight. However, the vendors that he was referring to had been extending him as much credit as they possibly could these past 27 months. However, they were running into two big issues.

Dealing with Adversity!

Since early 2015, the dairy industry has been a difficult place to operate. Despite feed costs dropping considerably these past two years, the decrease in this expense area pales in comparison to the precipitous drop we have seen in milk prices since the end of 2014.

Building a World Class Team! – Part II

Set goals for your Team and tell them what’s in it for them. For Coach K, it has been to win multiple gold medals for the United States. For you it might be to increase production per cow to a certain level or to reduce the average days open in your herd and shorten your calving interval. You decide. You might be surprised how interested your employees are in helping you reach your goals.

Can’t, Can’t, Can’t…

Business advisors George Ford and Gordon Lippitt summed it up best: “Some self-confronting questions: ‘Where do I want to be at any given time?’ ‘How am I going to get there?’ ‘What do I have to do to get myself from where I am to where I want to be?’ ‘What’s the first, small step I can take to get moving?’”