By Alicia Sopatyk PAg, Regional Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist, Tisdale
Time, there is never enough of it and yet we, as livestock producers, still find enough of it to get done what needs to be done. It can be easy to get into a routine, to do things because “that’s the way they’ve always been done” or “it just has to get done”. But it is questioning attitudes and setting goals that will propel us forward.
Let’s start by taking stock – where are you now? Take an inventory of your operation, including feedstuffs, machinery, livestock and facilities. If you had all the time and money in the world, what changes or improvements would you make to your operation? A few of you may scoff at this notion, but it’s a good way to identify your priorities, whether they be to upgrade your facilities or to take a family vacation. Taking a step back we focus on reality, with our priorities in mind. Think about what changes or improvements can or should be made to your operation today and in the next three to five years to help reach your overarching priority. For example, the Assurance Program offers funding for portable squeeze chutes and Bud Boxes, which may help you reach the goal of upgrading your facilities.
With any change, it’s even better if you can learn from what others have done and what they would change. There are many experts you can speak with and things you can learn from peers. One upcoming opportunity to this is the Saskatchewan Ranch Management Forum, February 1 to 3, 2019, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. This event boasts a stellar line up of experts talking all things ranch management; topics include Farm Structure and Ranch Human Resources 101, Remote Livestock Water Monitoring and Water Quality, Bull Selection and Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs), Cattle Market Update, Funding Opportunities and much, much more. Aside from presentations, demonstrations and workshops, the networking with peers is second to none.
Whether you have all the time in the world or not, it’s important to invest in your business. Attending extension events such as the Saskatchewan Ranch Management Forum is just one of many opportunities to learn something new to take back and apply to your operation. To learn more about this event or to register, visit our event calendar or call the Prince Albert Regional Office, 306-953-2363. After all, time is what you make of it.
For more information, contact your nearest Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist.