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How Well Do You Understand Your Customers’ Challenges?

3 Homework Questions: Case Study 5

Fully absorbed means that all expenses (input costs, variable expenses and fixed costs) are taking into account including income taxes, living expenses and term principal payments.


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How Well Do You Understand Your Customers’ Challenges?

3 Homework Questions: Case Study 4

We often encourage family business members to identify their “guiding principles” — the key elements of their philosophy and business strategy that create the culture of the organization. A few to consider are below, and I've offered an alternative perspective for each one to help push your thinking.


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How Well Do You Understand Your Customers’ Challenges?

3 Homework Questions: Case Study 3

Generally, we’ve seen similar improvements in feed efficiencies among the three main types of cattle barns — deep bedded, deep pit and hoop buildings.


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How Well Do You Understand Your Customers’ Challenges?

3 Homework Questions: Case Study 2

There are 2 simple ways to do this. One is to develop a long-term lease for added security. One issue with a long-term lease, though, is that lease terms and rents tend to fluctuate much more frequently in today’s agricultural environment. It could be disadvantageous for a producer or a landlord to be locked into specific terms for many years. 


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How Well Do You Understand Your Customers’ Challenges?

3 Homework Questions: Case Study 1

The sustainable debt load of a business depends upon its earnings. EBITDA — Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization — which is calculated as Operating Revenue minus Operating Expenses. EBITDA represents the money available to spend on family living, interest and debt service. When EBITDA is larger than the amount used for those items, the residual is used to “grow” equity, which could be cash in the bank or funds to purchase other assets. 


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Case Study 3: When is Investing in a New Structure the Right Decision?

An operation that feeds 1,500 cattle twice a day in addition to farming nearly 2,500 acres means daily responsibilities leave little “downtime” for long-term planning. However, one father and son team sets aside time and seeks counsel each December to plan for a more efficient and profitable future. A recent long-term planning session involved analyzing the benefits of a deep bedded cattle barn.
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