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Not since Wayne Gretzky ripped Leaf fan’s hearts out in game 6 of the 1993 playoffs have they felt such pain as they did on Sunday night after having a 3 goal lead on Boston with just over 10 minutes to play.  (FYI I had to forgive Gretzky as I married his cousin and it would cause bad in-law relations).  Making Leaf fans more prime for pain was the fact that they have not been in the playoffs for the past 9 years.  After watching what had to be one of the worst collapses in hockey history, I got to thinking about what it took to be great.  What I came up with is that truly great players like Gretzky and Crosby don’t only make themselves look great but they also make the players around them that much better.  Just like great cattle investments don’t only make themselves profitable but also help the animals around them  more profitable.

Lessons from Sydney Crosby

sidney-crosby-alex-ovechkin-game-7[1]Due to the lockout of 2004-2005, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin both entered the NHL in the same year.  At the time there was great debate about who was going to be the better player.  Since then the stats would tell you that Ovechkin has been the better investment.  He has 371 goals, 365 assists for 735 points, whereas Crosby has had 238 goals, 427 assists for 665 points.  However, sometimes numbers don’t tell the whole story.  Even though Ovechkin has won more individual awards (Rookie of the Year, 2x NHL goal scoring leader, 2x most valuable player, vs. 1 MVP and 1 scoring title for Crosby),  ask any NHL player which one is better and they would tell you that Crosby is by far.  That is because Crosby not only puts up numbers himself but he also makes the players around him raise their level of play. For example, before playing on a line with Crosby, Chris Kunitz highest goal total was 26 in an 82 game season. This year, playing with Crosby he had 22 in the shortened 48 game season. That is an almost  50% increase.  This outstanding ability to inspire  others around him has resulted in Crosby having played more playoff games than Ovechkin and has already won a Stanley Cup in his career.

When I got to thinking about how the truly great ones not only make themselves look great they also make the others around them better, it reminded me of a comment that Jeff Butler of Butlerview made in an interview we did with him just before Royal last year (Read more: Exciting Times for Butlerview).   In the article Jeff say’s “type brings the foot traffic to the farm, but genomics and pedigree get them buying.” This further reminded me of  an article I had written early this year about the great RF Goldwyn Hailey and how she  herself may not be a great return on investment (Read more: RF Goldwyn Hailey: Cash Cow or Cash Hog?).  While there is no question that Hailey’s  own numbers alone are  not the highest ROI in the market today, if you look at it from a marketing investment she and other great show cows could be the wisest marketing investment you could ever make.  Now I am not talking buy these animals for the over 1 million dollar mark.  But as Jeff says nothing drives traffic to your door like a great show cow.  Something Jeff should know considering he owns 2 of the top 5 cult following cows in the world today (R-E-W Happy Go Lucky and Cookview Goldwyn Monique).

R-E-W HAPPY GO LUCKY VG-89-2YR-USA ALL-CANADIAN MILKING 1-YR 2012 ALL-AMERICAN MILKING 1-YR 2012 1ST MILKING 1-YR ROYAL 2012 JR.CHAMP MAXVILLE SPRING 2012 1ST MILKING 1-YR MADISON 2012

R-E-W HAPPY GO LUCKY VG-89-2YR-USA
ALL-CANADIAN MILKING 1-YR 2012
ALL-AMERICAN MILKING 1-YR 2012

The big thing you need to remember and as Jeff pointed out in our article is that you need the supporting cast in your herd to help convert that traffic into revenue.  For Butlerview that means animals like Regancrest S Chassity, Regancrest G Brocade and De-Su 199 Chart Topper.  These high genomic animals from big name pedigrees are the ones that help Butlerview’s big investment in show cattle pay dividends.  Key to any of this is the fact that all animals need to be good embryo producers or you might as well kiss your money goodbye (Read more: What Comes First the Chicken or the Egg?).

Lessons from Wayne Gretzky

The great hockey player  to every play the game, Wayne Gretzky, always said don’t go to where the puck is but rather, see where the puck is going and go there.  As we highlighted in our article about the marketing of Glen Drummond Aero Flower and DES-Y-GEN PLANET SILK, you need to see or even predict where the marketing is heading and make sure your marketing and breeding goals are in alignment with that (Read more: Marketing Lessons From Glen Drummond Aero Flower).  As the dairy industry develops, efficient milk production that fills the consumers’ needs will gain greater importance. National indexes are always being adjusted to reflect the marketplace.  In Canada it will not be long before greater weighting will be placed on health and fertility traits, this means you should already be breeding for this today so that your ahead of the curve when these changes occur.  Remember that it’s not only about how much milk, or how many show winning daughters a sire produces, but it’s also important to breed to a bottom line that is consumer friendly. It’s only a matter of time before the national indexes reflect this even more.

DES-Y-GEN PLANET SILK *RDC VG-87-2YR-USA

DES-Y-GEN PLANET SILK *RDC VG-87-2YR-USA
David Dyment has kept Planet Silk ahead of the curve by combining both high index, Red Factor and polled in one complete package. Her sons and daughters dominate the top of the Red and the RC list (GTPI). Her son DYMENTHOLM S SYMPATICO is one of the highest GTPI and GLPI active bulls in the breed.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

Headliners will get you attention, but their ability to make the others around you shine as well will be what makes you the money.  Sidney Crosby is a great player, but it’s the ability to lift up the others around him better that  wins the Stanley Cup.  The same was true for Wayne Gretzky.  It wasn’t just his own ability to dominate a game that created the opportunity for Gretzky to appear in 6 Stanley Cup finals, winning four of them.  It was his ability to see the play developing and make his team around him shine too that did it.  Until players like Ovechkin learn this key lesson he will never win a cup.  The same is true when you are designing your genetic marketing program.  Until you learn just how you are going to use your headliners to maximize the other genetic stars in your herd and look 3+ years down road and see where the market is heading, you are never going to generate  as much return on your investment as you could.

 

 

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Marketing Lessons from Glen Drummond Aero Flower

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Growing up as family friends with Roger and Betty Dyment, owners of Glen Drummond, I had  front row seats for  the development, marketing and promotion of GLEN DRUMMOND AERO FLOWER VG-88-3YR-CAN 18*.  In reality this was the first cow family where  I was able  to see firsthand what it takes to be a top performing index family.  The lessons I learned in watching the development and promotion of Aero Flower and her descendants have been the most educational I have ever had when it comes to marketing dairy cattle.

GLEN DRUMMOND AERO FLOWER VG-88-3YR-CAN 18*

GLEN DRUMMOND AERO FLOWER VG-88-3YR-CAN 18*

When you put Aero Flower up against many of the greats, you may say her numbers don’t compare.  She never produced  an EX daughter or a breed leading bull, she is considered by many to be one of the greats.  Why is that?  Well in my opinion it is because there have been no better marketers of dairy cattle than the Dyments.  I am even seeing the same trends again with a DES-Y-GEN PLANET SILK *RDC VG-87, being marketed by Roger and Betty’s son David and Dymentholm Genetics.

The following are the two biggest marketing lessons I learned from Aero Flower and the Dyments:

Spot the Trends

The great hockey player Wayne Gretzky always said don’t go to where the puck is but rather, see where the puck is going and go there.  Roger and Betty knew this better than anyone.  Even when their cows were not  at the top of the LPI list, they were able to spot trends that would differentiate them from the rest of the marketplace.

First of all, the most forward thinking thing they did started with mating of Aero Flower’s mother to Aerostar which, at the time, was extremely aggressive and unconventional.  The breeding philosophy on their farm was to breed cattle that would score high on the LPI index while still  resembling  show cattle, thus creating the whole package and a product that was a stand-out in the market. They also had the added aspect of her carrying  red factor, something un-heard of in the market at the time. They were ahead of the trend.

DES-Y-GEN PLANET SILK *RDC VG-87-2YR-USA

DES-Y-GEN PLANET SILK *RDC VG-87-2YR-USA

In today’s instance David has seen the trend towards polled and was one of the first to use polled genetics on one of his top cattle, DES-Y-GEN PLANET SILK *RDC VG-87 VG-88 MS.  David purchased Silk at 9 months of age. She was one of the highest red carriers in the breed and traced back to Aero Flower through GLEN DRUMMOND SPLENDOR VG-86-2YR-CAN 36* who had been purchased from Glen Drummond as a top consignment in the Sale of Stars. While Silk is not at the top of the TPI list like say AMMON-PEACHY SHAUNA or many of the cattle at De-Su, she is ahead of the trend when it comes to marketability.  David has kept Planet Silk ahead of the curve by combining both high index, Red Factor and polled in one complete package.  Her sons and daughters dominate the top of the Red and the RC list (GTPI).  Her son DYMENTHOLM S SYMPATICO is one of the highest GTPI and GLPI active bulls in the breed.  She has a red and white polled son (DYMENTHOLM SUNVIEW STARGAZER) that will be available soon that will rank near the top of the list – if not at the top – once he’s released for red polled bulls .

Everyone Loves To Make Money

ATWOOD SATIN & DOMAIN STARDOM HIGH SELLERS AT 2011 ARETHUSA KUEFFNER KLASSIC

ATWOOD SATIN & DOMAIN STARDOM HIGH SELLERS AT 2011
ARETHUSA KUEFFNER KLASSIC

There is no better marketing magnet than a sale topper.  While ads are pretty and maybe a few people might notice them, articles about your cattle, especially articles about your cattle topping big sales are what really get people talking.  In my corporate life we call this earned media versus paidmedia.

Everyone loves to make money and, if they see others making money, they want to get in on it as well.  So when breeders  consistently see your cow family topping big sales they take notice.  This is something that the Dyments knew better than anyone.  You do not  see one of their animals being a lesser light in a sale.  If they are consigning an animal to a sale, they are doing so expecting that she will bring top dollar in that sale.  Dyments were never afraid to make the tough decision to protect the reputation of their cow family.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

Great marketing of dairy cattle is not about who can have the prettiest ad.  People may get awareness of your cattle through an ad but it will not make them reach in to their pockets and spend their hard earned dollar.  Instead, breeders like to spend money when they see that there is money to be made.  That means you need to spend more  time working on the public relations aspect of your marketing program than  you do on your ads.  The biggest thing I learned from the marketing of Aero Flower and now with the marketing of Planet Silk is that perception is reality.  If breeders believe there is money to be made in your cow family, they will spend their money. If not, no amount of marketing or glossy magazine ads will get you to the top.

 

 

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