|Good managers manage with detailed record keeping books|
|Written by Chris Shelley, CSU Extension Golden Plains livestock agent|
Riding the range, feeding hungry animals and calving are all iconic parts of the Western cowboy way of life. But today, winning the West requires more than just turning the cows out to pasture and hoping for rain. At the end of the day, the sustainability of the operation may very well be dependent on a pencil and a piece of paper.
When record keeping and the dreaded B word—budget—are brought up, it is common place for eyes to glaze over and drowsiness to set in. But the reality of being a manager is that that person needs to “manage” their operation.
Record keeping is one of the most important decision making tools available to them, and if utilized properly, can increase the efficiency of the operation. Just as any household budget, record keeping may fall into categories of worthless, valuable and overwhelming, depending on what type and how much information is kept.
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