What Should We Stop Doing?
Colorado State University Department of Animal Science
A must-read book is Jim Collins’ “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t.” One of the findings of Collins’ research is that those organizations that transformed themselves from “good to great” were focused on the right work and “displayed a remarkable discipline to unplug all sorts of extraneous junk.” The great illusion of our generation is that via the incorporation of more technology, organizational efficiency and self-help manuals, we can do it all by throwing ourselves into the spiral of multitasking. Instead of spending our precious hours trying to do more, we should be focused on doing only those things that matter and over which we have control!
Increasingly, management and leadership gurus are pointing to the reality that both individuals and organizations should focus on their strengths to gain a competitive advantage as opposed to investing resources in correcting weaknesses. Most of us have a list of things we need to accomplish. An equally important task is to create a list of things we need to stop doing. The “stop doing” list will likely be highlighted by tasks that stress us needlessly, drain our optimism, waste our time, create unbalance in our personal and professional lives, and divert our attention from the mission of our organizations.
“The one thing you need to know about sustained individual success: discover what you don’t like doing and stop doing it,” wrote Marcus Buckingham in “The One Thing You Need to Know.” Understand that building the “not doin’ it” list will be much more difficult than the “git er’ done” list because it requires an honest assessment of goals, objectives, strengths and weaknesses, followed by the often challenging process of breaking habits and patterns. Nonetheless, balancing the “to do” list with the “not to do” list will help improve our effectiveness, attitude and ability to lead people into transforming our organizations into greatness.
31 Senators Call for End to Beef Embargoes
According to the American Meat Institute (AMI), 31 U.S. senators have sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Japan and one to the Ambassador of Korea encouraging both to resume trade in U.S. beef. The first urged Japan to resume trade prior to Prime Minister Koizumi’s visit in June. The latter requested that the Republic of Korea reopen its market prior to negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.
Prior to the embargoes, Japan and Korea were the number one and three international markets for American beef and beef products, respectively. With the exception of temporary trade with Japan earlier this year, these markets have been closed for more than 29 months.
The senators’ letters can be downloaded from the AMI Web site (PDF).
UT Beef and Forage Field Day – Register By June 9
This year’s University of Tennessee (UT) Beef and Forage Field Day, June 15, will feature a panel discussion about trends and patterns in consumer demand for beef and how consumer preferences relate to cattle producers in Tennessee.
A joint event of the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station and UT Extension, Eastern Region, the field day will be held on the grounds of the Blount Unit of the East Tennessee Research and Education Center.
Following the panel discussion will be field talks about how to make culling decisions for the cow herd and factors to consider in bull selection. These discussions will feature live animals. Additional talks will focus on hay quality and feeding needs, controlling weeds in pastures and other pasture management tips.
Participants are asked to preregister by June 9 with their county UT Extension office or to call the East Tennessee Research and Education Center at (865) 974-7201. Beef Quality Assurance training will be offered if enough participants preregister in this optional training. For more information, visit the UT Web site.
Hay Expo to Feature Working Demonstrations
Matt and Jana Hamlett will host the nation’s largest two-day hay show, the Farm Progress Hay Expo, June 21-22, on their farm near Strawberry Point, Iowa.
Sponsored by three Farm Progress publications — Wallaces Farmer, The Farmer, and Wisconsin Agriculturist — the Hay Expo offers a look at new hay and forage technology with working demonstrations conducted throughout each day.
Included are mowing, conditioning, baling, hay handling and silage demonstrations on 200 acres of alfalfa and forages. Visitors are able to compare the various equipment brands operating side-by-side under actual field conditions.
Admission is free; parking is $5 per vehicle. For more information, visit the Farm Progress Hay Expo Web site or call (866) 264-7469.
Beef Cattle Reproduction Workshops Offered This Fall
Two “Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC)” workshops are scheduled for August and October in Missouri and South Dakota respectively. The workshops organized by the North Central Region Bovine Reproductive Task Force are designed to improve understanding of the estrous cycle, the procedures available to synchronize estrus and ovulation, and the proper application of these systems. Participants are also taught about the methods of assessing male fertility and how this affects the success of artificial insemination programs.
The 2006 ARSBC events are scheduled for Aug. 30-31 in St. Joseph, Mo., and Oct. 3-4 in Rapid City, S.D. For more information, visit the ARSBC Web site.