Great farm feeds are not an accident. Okay, let’s get that out of the way. If you are operating a farm regardless of its size, regardless of how mechanized it is, you need to pay close attention to your feeds
Growing animals has come close to being a science. In fact, super profitable animal-raising are very precise with the feed amounts that they give out to their animals, and that’s why they are rewarded with amazing profits.
With that said, it’s very easy to think that it all boils down to ratio and formulation. It’s easy to think that it’s just a question of making sure that all your animals get a certain amount of ounces or grams per day and call it a day.
This is a mistake. You have to understand that if things were just that simple, then all farmers in the United States regardless of where they are, regardless of their management styles, regardless of their level of mechanization and regardless of the animals that they are raising will be generating profits.
Obviously, this is not true. There are lots of struggling family farms in the United States that are not making the money they should be making.
It’s not because they lack land. It’s not because they lack animals. It’s not because they lack all sorts of capital funding and inputs. The usual suspects are not at fault.
What’s the problem? They are not very precise in mixing their farm feeds. They’re really not. They know the right formula. That’s not the problem. Knowledge is not the issue here.
Instead, it’s compliance. It’s one thing to know a formula; it’s another to carry about day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year. A little consistency, as you probably already know, goes a long way.
Unfortunately, until and unless you mix your animal feeds the same way you would mix meal replacement shakes for yourself or for members of your family, you’re probably going to continue to struggle. You probably are not going to be making as much profits as you could be making.
Do yourself a big favor. Pay close attention to the details of your feed-mixing processes. There might be small things that you are neglecting. There might be certain parts of the process that you have turned a blind eye to, which have come to haunt you again and again.
If you are struggling in any way, please understand that, ultimately, it’s your fault. I know that’s not nice to hear. I know that you probably were expecting a different kind of answer but, hey, that’s reality.
So, until and unless you deal with reality and work with the world and to the situation the way it exists instead of the way you wished it exists, then you’ll continue to struggle.
So, do yourself a big favor. Roll up your sleeves, step up and take care of business. Plan and measure feeds the right way. You owe it to yourself, you owe it to your community and you owe it to your family.