j_luken wrote:LCP, if you don't mind me asking, since I have never thought about it before, what would be some of the things that a rancher might consider outsourcing for an individual to handle? I am not trying to pry, you just have my curiosity now. Thanks
Entering calving records in Excel (or other record keeping software), analyzing records to identify poor cows, submitting data to breed association (I have heard it can be a pain - no experience here), compiling and calculating grazing records on a pasture-by-pasture basis, tracking grazing days per inch of rainfall on a 12-month rolling average...I've always got something I am trying to tease useful information out of, but often lack the time and/or Excel skills to do it. Then there's always the normal bookwork any business has, balancing the checkbook and preparing monthly reports. I do the former, not the latter. Not enough time. Golly you got me started, I'm going to have an offer on the table before I'm done with this post....
Actually my summer intern gets to do some of this stuff, and my wife is starting to get back into some office work now that our youngest are a little more self-sufficient. We're getting there.
Another thing I'd tell you to look into is offering some tech help. I stumbled my way into using Google Forms to track cattle movements, doctoring, supplement delivery, etc. Nice handy form on my smartphone (actually just a mobile webpage) that puts all the relevant info into a spreadsheet to be analysed later. One of the best tools on my phone. It could easily be used to collect calving records, althoguh I still love my Rite-In-The-Rain waterproof notebook and will never give it up. Anwyay check it out, could help you out somehow.