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Opinions and Philosophies of a Self Made Dairyman. Pete Gelber Barrington Dairies Montezuma, Georgia. Agenda. Life History, influences Buying Bankrupt Dairies Economic and life philosophies Opinions on labor Visions for the Future. A Different Childhood. A Positive Experience.

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opinions and philosophies of a self made dairyman

Opinions and Philosophiesof a Self Made Dairyman

Pete Gelber

Barrington Dairies

Montezuma, Georgia

agenda
Agenda
  • Life History, influences
  • Buying Bankrupt Dairies
  • Economic and life philosophies
  • Opinions on labor
  • Visions for the Future
a positive experience
A Positive Experience

Great parents

Catholic School Education

Fear of drugs

Hustle and getting with the beat

A chance to be mischievous

Comfortable with all races of people

Dealing with intimidation

messages from mom and pop
Messages from Mom and Pop
  • Don’t argue with a crazy person or a drunk
  • Life wasn’t meant to be fair
  • It’s a sin to be grouchy
  • When judging people look through their mother’s eyes
  • Life should be a celebration
how i learned to milk a cow from the new york subway
How I learned to Milk a Cow From the New York Subway
  • My first dairy experience age 10
  • Degree from Cornell University 1982
  • Built a small herd of cows in NY
  • 1990 Began working up the ladder at Alliance Dairies in Florida
  • Promoted one disaster at a time to Dairy Manager
  • 1997 issued phantom stock in new purchased bankrupt dairy
  • 2007 General Manager and 10% partner in GA dairies
  • 2013 Owner of Barrington Dairies but rents land from partners
a 25 year friendship
A 25 Year Friendship

Evolving Relationship

  • Boss, mentor
  • Shared core values and business principles
  • Best Friends
  • Potential to Proven
  • Ask permission to beg forgiveness
  • Send the Profit and Loss
why was i invited to queretaro
Why Was I Invited to Queretaro?
  • Started with a dream
  • Owner of a 9,000 cow dairy
  • Perceived strengths
    • Vision and Culture Changer
    • Economic Decision making
    • Enthusiastic Motivator of Labor
    • Fun and not very serious
look before leaping
Look Before Leaping
  • Insurmountable problems
  • Environmental hazards,
  • Land ,FacilityLimitations
  • Feed availability
  • Economic advantage
  • Priced fairly
  • Does it cash flow?
barrington history
Barrington History
  • Irish Investors @1986
  • National Attention
  • 1990 financial problems
  • Southern Plantations
  • Progressive Dairies
  • New Milk Inc.
  • 1997purchased first smaller dairy
  • Great initial success through 2001
  • 2002 Purchased other unit (Barrington)
  • 2002-2006 struggles
  • Move to GA or sell out
  • 2007 –present high profits
common flaws on failing dairies
Common Flaws on Failing Dairies

Problem

Economic Ramification

Feed costs, production

High cull rate

Heifer growers, high costs

Poor crops/ high feed cost

EPA fines and sanctions

Lots of cap ex

  • Reproduction
  • Lameness
  • Leftover feed
  • Silo management
  • Dry cow nutrition
  • Dead calves
  • Crop quality and yield
  • No maintenance program
  • Cow comfort
  • EPA issues
no one plans to fail
No one plans to fail
  • Infusion of energy and enthusiasm
  • Set the vision
  • Change the culture
  • Correct cash flow
  • Set priorities
  • Field a team
  • Stick up for what is right
  • Rome was not built in a day