Better is the Cure

“BIG” is a disease, but “BETTER” is the cure. – Curt Pate. 

This quote came from Curt Pate’s blog – Curt Pate Stockmanship. In this post the livestock handler, know for doing clinics, demonstrations and on-site training for livestock producers, shares some thoughts on the agriculture industry.

As farmers or ranchers, we often hold a grudge against “the big guys.” The ones who are growing, expanding, purchasing land and making money.

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As Pate says in a recent post, “From my observation, most operations focus on getting big rather than getting better. This can cause lots of problems like to much debt, loss of production, employee or family dissatisfaction, increase in accidents and a general lower quality of life. None of these are the real things we were trying to accomplish by getting big.”

Instead of working to be bigger, we should focus on improving.

We should be making better breeding decisions to improve our herd, or better managing our time and making sure we have a safe working environment for our families and employees.

But for some reason, we think we need to be big to be good.

Pate says, “Many of the livestock operations that I have visited from feedlots, large ranches, dairies, bucking bull operations and horse outfits have so much to do they simply can?t get around it all. When you are in catch up mode, you make mistakes by compromising quality workmanship for hurry up and get it done. This creates more work, fatigue, frustration, accidents, and lack of proper care of machinery and livestock, which in the end only creates more work and financial drain. This is also when families fall apart and employees quit or lose moral. Please, if you are in this situation you must change something. Don?t let ego get in the way.

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We agree.

At FMG, while we have a different craft than Pate, we work hard to give our customers a quality product each time. We aim to give you the best possible photos and videos, ads, logos, websites, etc., and will spend extra time to make sure the job is done right. We could take pictures of 200 head/day, but we wouldn’t be capturing photos of your stock looking their best and the time in the picture pen would be ultra-stressful. Not good for the animals or the people.

At the end of the day, we’re not going to take a bad picture just to say we got it done. We understand that selling livestock is your job and ultimately affects your bottom line!

We think that our staff is top-notch, and is full of people willing to give 100% for you and your livestock operation. Plus we can capture images like this in the process –

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What do you think? Is big a disease and better is the cure? Please comment below.