Tools for Profit

Benchmarking and beyond

Benchmarking is one of the latest buzzwords to enter the dairy industry. Benchmarking allows a farm to establish its expenses per hundredweight and compare them to other dairies on a local, regional or national basis. This information can then be used as a guide for improving management or controlling cost. FULL STORY »

What does your herd health program really cost?

Dairy producers and consultants sometimes become so focused on obtaining management goals that they often lose sight of the cost to achieve them. FULL STORY »

Protect the heirs who want to farm

I spend a great deal of my time working with farm families, helping them plan for the future. My role is to educate the family members on the options and potential problems that their businesses might face. FULL STORY »

Classical gas

Proper evidence of approved permits and full understanding of this issue by both bankers and producers is an absolute requirement for financing. FULL STORY »

4 steps to help you plan for retirement

Planning to retire in the near future? Then now is a good time to evaluate your current situation and map out a plan for the future. FULL STORY »

Protect yourself from identity theft

Today, thanks to e-mail and the internet, many of us are more productive, informed and connected than ever before. FULL STORY »

8 rules to improve your management

I attended a business seminar recently for people who manage or own service- or sales-based businesses. As one speaker listed his “Rules to Manage By,” I found applications for myself and other dairy producers. FULL STORY »

How good are your advisers?

Last summer, I received a telephone call from the son of a deceased client. FULL STORY »

The lessons I have learned

Due to low milk prices the last 18 months, it has been financially difficult for all of us. However, it is during this time that I have learned some valuable lessons. FULL STORY »

Tips for better employee management

Farmers and ranchers often have a problem managing their employees. FULL STORY »

Navigating troubled waters

Producers who face a cash-flow shortage must either reduce cost or increase milk sold. FULL STORY »

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