Be a Business, Not a Charity – Lessons From a Young Grazier

One of the things folks say they like about On Pasture is that our authors are also willing to share mistakes and lessons learned from things they did that didn't go according to plan. That's the whole point of this article, shared by Meg Grzeskiewicz two years ago. We've seen these same issues crop up for all kinds of readers, so we think you'll find this helpful. January 2018 makes it four and a half years that Rhinestone Cattle Company has been in the grassfed beef business. I started out with a 7-acre leased pasture and intentions to stocker three calves for a summer, then grow through retained profits. Since then I have managed a maximum herd of 120 head, leased over 300 acres of pasture, built 26,000 feet of fence by hand, and brought in upwards of $24,000 in custom grazing revenue. Daily life running a startup one-person grazing enterprise bordered on misery for a while, but I have definitely made it through the hardest part. Looking back now on the things I thought, did and advocated when I first started, I have changed my tune on quite a few things and learned some hard lessons. Some of you veteran farmers will get a good chuckle out of my beginner’s ignorance and arrogance. This stuff is really uncomfortable for me to talk about because I have to admit to doing some really dumb things. But some of these mistakes could potentially end your farming career if you make them, so teaching you these lessons is more important to me than my ego is. Trying to look

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One thought on “Be a Business, Not a Charity – Lessons From a Young Grazier

  1. Good info, Meg. I look forward to hearing more of your story as I plan on how to move from 5 owned pasture acres to additional leased land.

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