Ranch Consulting Enabling Sustainable Ranch Success
Our Mission: To provide the tools and advice for our clients so that they can experience success in reaching their goals for their ranching businesses, families and other stakeholders.
The following are areas that we have found to be very important in managing ranches. These are some of the areas we will work with clients to improve businesses.
We believe that good relationships among business stakeholders are vital. Stakeholders include everyone associated with the business in any way. Example: owners, family members of ownership as well as employees, suppliers, customers and government organizations.
Every business needs financial goals and a clear understanding of the importance of these goals. A clear understanding about ownership’s tolerance for risk is paramount as business strategies are developed. Strategies for low cost operational practices may need to be developed, refined and/or reviewed. Managerial accounting systems are important as a method of tracking business performance and identifying areas for improvement. Marketing systems need to be developed that will take advantage of what the ranch does best.
We believe that land stewardship is of utmost importance and is a primary responsibility of land ownership. Once land is purchased the owner is in the land business. Our years of experience in ranch management have allowed us to learn and experience a wide variety of land management requirements and techniques to solve the land challenges. Ranches we have been involved in have needed to develop grazing, water, mineral and wildlife strategies. Strategies such as these are important for all ranches. They are all centered on ownership goals of the land owner.
Succession is not a question of “if” but “when”. Succession involves ownership, management and employees. Transparent discussions and an active plan are vital for a business. Smooth transitions are difficult but can be done with proper planning and active involvement of all parties.
Employee Recruitment and Retention
Good employees are the lifeblood of businesses. With proper training, good feedback, involvement in decisions and understanding of the business goals, good retention can be accomplished. Hiring for attitude is a critical element of successful hiring practices. Proper understanding of the full compensation package (housing, insurance, and lifestyle) is important for employee satisfaction. “Buy-in” by all involved is critical.
Low Stress Livestock Handling
For livestock operations, costs, grazing practices and simply “doing what is right” are reasons to learn more effective low stress livestock handling methods. There are high returns for developing and improving on a ranch’s low stress handling methods.
Genetic potential for production traits needs to be matched to the nutritional base of the cowherd and then use breed complementarity to increase output (e.g. terminal sires). Every ranch has nutrition resources available for cattle. It is important to match genetics with what the ranch has to offer including any external inputs that the owner wants to supply. Business profitability usually is directly correlated with little use of outside inputs.
We believe that continuing education is important for each individuals within each business. We will provide educational programs or will help facilitate programs that will bring educational programs to ranch businesses and ranch stakeholders.