Producing for Profit Workshop

There is an interesting soil health and farm profitability event coming up called Producing for Profit featuring "Ranching for Profit" instructor Dave Pratt on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Wilson Fire Hall (29660 County Rd. 12, Winona). The cost to attend is $45 and includes lunch; students with student ID pay $15 for the day.

More about Dave Pratt: Dave grew up on a small ranch and worked for cattle and sheep ranchers in northern California where he learned ranching from the bottom up. In addition to his practical roots, Dave holds BS and MS degrees from the University of California and Washington State University. A range and livestock adviser with the University of California Cooperative Extension Service for 15 years, Dave researched cell grazing and strategic issues impacting the sustainability of ranches. Dave and his wife Kathy took over Ranch Management Consultants (founded by Stan Parsons). Dave has been teaching the Ranching for Profit School in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Africa since 1993.

To RSVP, e-mail wolfx006@umn.edu; walk-ins are also welcome.

Dave’s book, Healthy Land, Happy Families, and Profitable Businesses provides lots of meaningful insights, advice and practical tools that you can put to work immediately, namely:

1.) Differentiate between deadwood and profit drivers.

2.) Eliminate the biggest cost of keeping a cow, (hint: it isn’t land, labor or feed).

3.) How to fix being wealthy on the balance sheet but broke at the bank.

4.) Quickly determine the economic impact of management decisions.

“Dave delivers more meaningful advice in a small space than I’ve ever seen” — Joel Salatin.

Directions: From I-90 take exit 252, go north on State Highway 43 for 0.1 mile, turn west on County Road 12 and the Fire Hall is immediately on your right.