6 TOP FARMING MANAGEMENT SECRETS
Dr Joseph Deji-Folutile
How you manage your farm is very important if you really want to proper through farming. If you can manage your farm well, you can make a success of farming.
By virtue of my assighnment, I move around a lot and I have spoken with so many farmers – both the successful and the struggling ones. The difference most of the time is the management patterns.
Below are the time tested, often neglected top management secrets that I uncovered for you to get it right in farming and probably keep smiling to the bank:
1. ALWAYS ENSURE A CLEAN SOURCE OF WATER.
Water is life for your livestock and poultry. As a matter of fact, no water, no farming! Your farm animals must drink water on daily basis. Most of the time, the troubles of farm animals come from unclean water source. You must get the water issue right by all means. Do nothing else in farming until you get this right!
2. NEVER TOLERATE DIRTY FARM WORKERS
A smart farmer will always seek to bloc any avenue of troubles for his or her flock. Most of the time the problems are form the working hands. Some of them are very dirty! Check this out. A dirty farm assistant will be a real reservoir of germs and other disease agents. Tell them to change and if they refuse, fire them.
3. BE A RECORD KEEPING FANATIC.
Do all you can to keep accurate records on a constant basis. By doing this, you will know the state of things and adjust accordingly. Get good records keeping formats from established farmers and start using it. Refuse to do things in haphazard manners.
4. DIAGNOSE AND TREAT DISEASE CASES PROMPTLY
Whether you like it or not, trouble times will come during farming operations. Some of your flock or animals may start showing signs of sickness. Do not panic but face reality. Do whatever you can to solve the problem fast. A stitch in time save nine. Get your vet and cooperate together to nip the problems in the bud. Remember, it is always cheaper and better to prevent than to cure.
5. AVOID ANY FORM OF WASTE AND DO AWAY WITH THIEVES.
Waste in any form can cripple your farming business. Spent time to look critically at your present operations. See if there is a particular area where you tend to waste money or other resources and block it fast. Thieves are great menace to your success in farming. Learn to deal with them ruthlessly. People come people go, don’t be sentimental about this. If a farm worker is an unrepentant thief, sack him or her and move on!
6. BE A GOAL SETTER.
You can’t arrive at a destination you don’t plan for. A wise farmer is a goal setter. Goal setting is a great management secret.
Set goals for your operations.
Set profit goals.
Set production goals.
We are all goal striving beings. When you set goals and you are determined, unseen forces will surround you to make it a reality. Write your goals down at least 10 times every day.
Put your goals in a 3x5 cards and carry it about in your pocket. Review your goals every night and every morning. Think about your goals all the time. You will be surprised at the results you get.
These are the six top farm management secrets.
IT WILL WORK, IF YOU WILL WORK
Dr. Joseph Deji-Folutile
Publisher, Farming Advice Digest
Founder, WORLD FARMERS CENTRE
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