Optimum transitioning: It’s like herding cats

We all dream of the simple life, where minimal effort results in massive income with no stress and all the free time we want – although on some days, we will settle for just one thing to go as planned. We all know the well-worn metaphor, “It’s like herding cats”. It is a picture of…

Building a robust and effective dairy enterprise

Preparation is key. In the dairy industry, producers are faced with different challenges throughout the year, and each challenge may offer new opportunities for progress. Building a robust and effective dairy enterprise often requires that we fine-tune the big milk-producing machine that is a dairy farm to remain profitable in a challenging world. In a…

Dream a little bigger

Why do we humans have this tendency to expect the worst? We can always imagine what a bad day would look like, and we know what it feels like to fail to meet our targets at the end of the month. Perhaps it is simply a lack of imagination. We know what disappointment feels like…

Switch gears as part of your summer strategy

Summer is very much my favourite season of the year. The aspects that appeal to me most are the longer days and the summer sun, although the latter is most likely a cow’s worst nightmare. So, the summer season is bittersweet, with the love I have for it overshadowed by the fact that dairy cows…

Is busyness killing productivity?

We live in the era of busyness. Everyone is busy trying to be everywhere and to do everything at once. While society may romanticise the idea of being busy, the reality is that we open ourselves up to being overworked, while not allowing ourselves to be fully present and focused. In your business, this could…

Becoming agile together

Agility and agile together is what comes to mind when I consider what the agricultural industry has been through over the past year and a half. In 2020, unexpectedly, this sector was actually one of only a few that saw economic growth. While the fact that the industry was classified as an essential service (people…

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