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Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project. He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.
From Legacy Moment eNewsletter (10/15/2010)
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Several months ago, I had the privilege of visiting with Paul Engler. As the founder of Cactus Feeders, the largest cattle feeder in the world, he is known for innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and a burning desire to succeed.
I asked Paul to define innovation and clarify whether it is just a form of improvement. Paul said: "I believe it starts with improvement. But at the same time, innovation can start from an idea nobody ever thought about before."
For example, he explained when processing cattle you must move them in an orderly fashion to get them into the restraining chute. The old method was based on crowding your cattle. "There’s a gentleman who came up with an idea to move cattle that is more akin to the cow’s normal behavior," Engler said. "His first name was Bud, so now they’ve named this process a ‘Bud Box.’ It’s totally different. It’s a whole design of pens that uses the natural movement of the cattle to move them through the processing chutes. It’s incredible."
All it took was one individual with a better idea to come up with a method that changed the way the entire industry deals with cattle, Engler said.
To hear more from Paul Engler, watch his interview on the July episode of "Leave a Legacy TV," available online now.
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