Tricounty News

Surviving the downturn in the livestock industry

It is no great secret that the livestock industry has had some very tough sledding over the past couple of years. At the present time, our dairy producers are struggling with an incredibly difficult financial situation. It is easy to let management levels slip when we are under any kind of duress. The slow shuffle across the yard with head down and the hands in the pocket are often indicators of an operator preoccupied with stressful thoughts. It is difficult to detect sick animals, a cow in heat or even a machine safety hazard while staring at the ground.

I would like to offer a few tips that may aid you in lifting your spirits and in maintaining efficient management during difficult times.

1. Remember that most things are cyclical, and a market that is really rotten will soon be dramatically better. Position yourself to take advantage of the good times.

2. View the glass as half full rather than half empty. Give thought to those who would gladly trade places with you.

3. Every day, make a list of 10 things you like about yourself and /or your life.

4. Try to find humor in your daily life. Laughter releases endorphins into the bloodstream and those endorphins make you feel better.

5. Think about all of the people who are solidly in your corner rooting for your success.

Your farm management instructor is among your biggest boosters. We hope you continue to regard us as an integral part of your team. We may not have a pitchfork in hand, but we are in the trenches with you. We suffer when you suffer, and our lives are considerably better when you enjoy success.