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Working With an Apprentice – Setting Expectations & Balancing Work and Education

By   /  June 22, 2020  /  Money Matters  /  No Comments

This is our fourth in our series to help you find and work with apprentices or interns. You can catch up with the whole series here. Your apprentice is about to arrive! How do you structure the workday, week, and month so that both education and the work get done? Today we’ll share strategies from […]

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Writing an Accurate Apprenticeship Description & Promoting Your Opportunity

By   /  June 8, 2020  /  Money Matters, Start Ups  /  No Comments

Last week, we talked about the questions to ask yourself when thinking about taking on an apprentice or intern. Now, let’s look at how to be clear about what kind of opportunity you have to offer, and the kind of person you’d like to work with. Describe your opportunity Apprenticeships come in all shapes, sizes, […]

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Understanding Value of Gain Can Keep You in the Black

By   /  May 25, 2020  /  Marketing, Money Matters  /  No Comments

As I was talking to Blake about this piece, he told me about something Gordon Hazzard had once written. He said it went something like: “We are grass farmers, and we need to remember we are selling grass and water wrapped up in a cow hide.” Blake’s take on this is “Grass makes us our […]

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Do You Know What Your Competitive Advantage Is?

By   /  May 11, 2020  /  Money Matters  /  Comments Off on Do You Know What Your Competitive Advantage Is?

One of the ways that beef producers can be successful in their business is to identify what their competitive advantage is in relation to their competition.  What is it about your product, skills, reputation, business structure, location or service that sets you apart from others?  What gives you a “leg up” on the competition? Asking […]

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Adapting to Drought – Lessons That Lead to Success

By   /  April 27, 2020  /  Money Matters, Start Ups  /  Comments Off on Adapting to Drought – Lessons That Lead to Success

In my February article, A Start-Up Grazier Shares Lessons Learned, I outlined several lessons we have learned in the early years of our cattle operation. Kathy asked that I share more details about each of the lessons from that first article to cover more of the challenges and solutions we developed along the way. Lesson […]

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