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Ranching For Profit Blog – Dallas Mount, CEO

Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses

Succession Expectations or Agreements?

Transitions are hard enough. A lot of folks make them tougher by making assumptions and building expectations. We can remove unnecessary drama and angst by turning our expectations into agreements. An expectation is something that either you or I have.

An agreement is something you and I share. In the short run, expectations are convenient. We don’t have to clarify or verbalize our thinking and we don’t have to discuss or negotiate anything with anyone. But in the long run, our expectations are costly. They often lead to disappointment, fractured relationships and life-long resentment.

Assumptions and expectations aren’t enough. We need agreements. The more important the issue, the more important it is to form agreements. Succession is one of those important areas where agreements are essential. There are at least three areas in succession where I think agreements are critical:

1.Roles in the Business

Unless your ranch is just a jobs program for otherwise unemployable family members, there should be at least some minimum standard for employment. A family employment policy is important whether you are going through a generational transition or not. But it is particularly important in succession planning to know who will be stepping into new roles, and why. The key question is “Under what circumstances does the business employ family members?”

Reaching agreement is a two-way street. The generation who will be transitioning out should explain their intention and their thinking behind it. Their children should express their level of interest in working in and management of the business. There’s no point to putting your son or daughter in a management role if they don’t want to be there. Whatever the arrangement, it’s important to replace expectations with agreements and document those agreements.

2. Who Gets What

Whether spoken or implied, the promise that “someday this will all be yours” doesn’t mean much. Who will inherit what needs to be spelled out in writing. Transferring assets upon someone’s death is emotional enough without adding unnecessary surprises.

Parents don’t owe their children an inheritance. I remember my mother explaining that my sister and I must not count on an inheritance. When we were young, she made it clear that whatever she made or saved would be for her longterm care. When my mother died, she did have a modest estate that she left to us. Because neither my sister nor I had an expectation of inheritance, it was easier to focus on my mother’s true legacy and not worry about who got what.

3.The Value of Sweat

One of the biggest assumptions the inheriting generation makes is how their sweat will be compensated. Too many businesses rely on “sweat equity.” The person doing the sweating usually has an inflated notion of what their sweat is worth. Meanwhile, off-farm, non-sweaters are quick to exaggerate the value of perks that go with working on the ranch (free housing, utilities, vehicle, insurance, etc.).

If you want to avoid hard feelings when it comes time to settle the estate, you’d better document the value of your sweat while you are still sweating. It’d probably be a good idea to stop calling it sweat equity and call it what it really is, “deferred wages.”

Kathy and I are working through the process of transitioning ownership and management of RMC to a new generation. As of 10/1/2019 Dallas Mount will own and run RMC. As you might imagine, as we prepare to step away and Dallas prepares to step up, there are strong emotions varying between excitement to terror, for all of us. One thing that has kept the process smooth and effective for all of us is our transparency. Whether financial, functional or emotional, we haven’t assumed anything. We’ve shared what we are thinking and feeling. We have not relied on expectations. We have forged agreements.

Congratulations, Class of 2020

‘For such a time as this’ has never been more true and is the title of this life’s chapter that I now tell to you.

See, when the Twin Towers fell in the Autumn of ’01 a darkness fell across the earth & nation forever gone seemed the sun. ‘

Never again!’ was the cry as U.S. troops marched to war, yet a sweeter, softer cry was also heard next door.

In ’01 was birthed a generation. Gen Z has a cause. This cause was inspiration. This cause has no walls.

Stronger, as the tree that grows in the midst of trial, these kids showed the world that strength stands the test of fire.

So, for such a time as this, it is Sovereign and not Fate, that the Class of 2020 still can celebrate.

’01 babies, now graduates, all across our land; in their living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms now rise and take a stand.

No one there to take notice and no one to applause. BUT that is the stuff heroes are made of and these heroes have a cause.

By Alexis Jones of Walterboro

USC Salkehatchie graduate

The Few

The easy roads are crowded, And the level roads are jammed; The pleasant little rivers With the drifting folks are crammed. But off yonder where it’s rocky,Where you get a better view, You will find the ranks are thinning And the travelers are few. Where the going’s smooth and pleasant You will always find the throng; For the many, mores the pity, Seem to like to drift along. But the steps that call for courage, And the task that’s hard to do, In the end results in glory For the never-wavering few.

Under the Flag

The draping, it is perfect
No wrinkles will you see
A symbol of a nation
A reminder that we’re free

Most prefer it flying
Free to wave and blow
Not sitting on a mantel
Without the stripes to show
This is the end of service

For it and one you love
A subtle juxtaposition
Of which is up above
For each flag sitting folded

For all the world to see
A soldier’s spirit is soaring
Oer a nation that is free

Things to Know: Free postings for Non-Profit Community Events

May 26: “Financial and Health Care Power of Attorney,” Tuesday Tips for Family Economics, 11 a.m., webinar accessed at, click on Tuesday Tips, then Webinar Schedule and the day. The 30-minute sessions are hosted by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist. For info go to .

June 13: Zurich All Class Reunion will be held on Sat., June 13th, 2020. HiSET Testing at Fort Belknap: May 15, June 19, July 10, and August 21. Call 1-888-694-4738 to register.

HiSET Testing at Havre: June 9th and 23rd, July 14th and 28th, and August 11th and 25th. Call 1-888-694-4738 to register.

The 2020 Milk River Gospel Jamboree originally scheduled for this summer in Malta has been cancelled. Watch for plans for the Mini Jam to be held in the fall.

FFA Montana is looking for volunteers to help with the FFA State Conference that will be rescheduled from March. Visit their website for information on how you can pitch in to help with events and other great resources for students: https://

Real Estate Section

Enjoying Everyday Life
Joyce Meyer

Finding Joy in EVERY Part of Your Life

John 10:10 has been one of my favorite scriptures for many years. It says: “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” (AMPC). This verse clearly shows us that God wants us to enjoy our lives—in abundance, to the full, until we’re overflowing with joy!

I remember when God gave me the revelation that it’s His will for me to enjoy my life. It was life-changing because I used to be a miserable person who was emotionally unstable and couldn’t be happy unless I got my way most of the time. Because of the abuse I had experienced throughout childhood, I was insecure, angry and didn’t trust anyone. But once I started seriously studying the Word of God, I came to realize that He didn’t want me to live this way. I could be healed and whole in my mind and emotions, and I could learn how to really enjoy my everyday life.

Now, when I say God wanted me to enjoy my everyday life, I’m talking about doing ordinary life with calm delight and a smile on my face (see John 15:11). It’s about not dreading the daily responsibilities you have to do whether you like it or not, things like cleaning the house, mowing the grass, going to work, and the list goes on and on. And it’s not a “working for the weekend” mentality or an attitude that says “I’ll be happy when…I get to go on vacation” or “the kids are back in school” or “I get that promotion” and so on.

It seems today that most people believe they have to wait for their circumstances to change before they can enjoy life. But the truth is you can make the decision to enjoy your ordinary life and make it extraordinary, regardless of your circumstances.

Doing Life with God

One of the ways you can take ordinary life and make it extraordinary is to learn to do every single thing you do with and for God. We make a mistake when we separate our sacred life from our secular life. We can be just as close to God in the grocery store as we are at church. And He wants us to do everything we need to do WITH Him.

It actually adds an edge of excitement when we let God be involved in everything we do. He’s everywhere, all the time, and He’s just as interested in the routine, mundane tasks of our lives as He is in the more “spiritual” things we do.

It’s amazing to realize that God wants to have fellowship with us—He wants to spend each day with us. Don’t just settle for seeking Him once a week at church or when you’re in a desperate situation. Decide that you are going to enjoy your everyday relationship with God!

The Truth About Real Joy

The abundant life Christ offers goes deeper in our hearts than the way we feel about things. It’s an amazing thing when we learn how to have the peace and joy only God can give in every area of our lives, instead of the type of enjoyment that’s just based on emotional excitement.

The joy of the Lord is much greater than simply feeling happy. It brings peace and contentment to your soul, even when your circumstances are difficult and don’t make any sense. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

This kind of joy makes the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday routine enjoyable. And since most of life is Monday through Friday, we need to enjoy it!

The World Can’t Give It to You

In John 15:11, Jesus says, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” The Amplified translation says “that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.” In the ten verses leading up to this one, Jesus is talking about abiding in Him, because that’s the key to living with His joy.

Abiding means “to live, dwell and remain in”; it’s not just visiting once a week at church. It’s having a personal relationship with Christ, being one with Him and doing life together. The truth is apart from Jesus, we can do nothing of real value, but with Him, we can bear much good fruit (John 15:5).

God wants to abide with you every day, all throughout the day. He doesn’t just want you to seek Him when you go to church or when you’re desperate. His desire is to have a personal relationship with you, so you can experience His presence in everything you do. That’s when your everyday life is really enjoyable!


For more on this topic, order Joyce’s four-teaching CD series Pursuing What Matters Most. You can also contact us to receive our free magazine, Enjoying Everyday Life, by calling (800) 727-9673 or visiting Joyce Meyer is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored more than 100 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Unshakeable Trust: Find the Joy of Trusting God at All Times, in All Things (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit www.joycemeyer.orgPlease note: The views and opinions expressed throughout this publication and/or website are those of the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Joyce Meyer Ministries.


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For Sale: 1949 International Farm-All row cropper, Super C.  Ran when parked 5 years ago.  New pistons and sleeves.  $600.  Malta, MT  406-697-2585.   5-I

Help Wanted:  Hi-Line Retirement Center looking to hire CNAs, RNs or LPNs.  If you want to come up  and do a couple shifts a week, we can provide housing also. Full time are eligible for bonuses. Pay is great for rural Montana.  Call Millissa Riggin at 406-461-2737. 5-I

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For Sale:  1986 GMC Sierra Classic 1500. 2 WD. Little to no rust. Great truck.  Call 406-210-8458 for pictures or more information.    5-I

For Sale: 8 foot weathered slab boards from old windbreak.  Approximately 70. Asking $2 per board.  Malta, MT. Call 406-697-2585.     5-I

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HOLY COW!  Big Sky Images & Collectibles has America’s largest  retail displays  of Ruana & USA Made Old  Timer & Uncle Henry Knives.  Havre Holiday Village  Mall.  406-399-6522   5-II

For Rent:  2 bedroom house for rent in Chinook. No pets.  Call 357-3366 or 390-4874.     5-I

For Sale: 1949 International Farm-All row cropper, Super C.  Ran when parked 5 years ago.  New pistons and sleeves.  $600.  Malta, MT  406-697-2585.     5-I

FOR SALE:  New Mint State Silver Dollar & Morgan Silver Dollars!  BIG SKY IMAGES & COLLECTIBLES Havre Holiday Village Mall 406-399-62-522.     5-II

Help Wanted:  Malta Opportunities is looking for a Group Home worker for either part or full-time work. Their facility is open 24/7, so there my be flexible shifts available for the right person. Interested? Call between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday at 654-2582 to learn more.      5-I

For Sale:  600 Ton Alfalfa Grass Mix, Net Wrapped Round Bales, 1600 lb Bales, Good Clean – No Rain.  Montana Hay Company.  Trucking available & we custom haul. Call 670-6551 or 672-7558.     2-I:5-I

Help Wanted:  Liberty Medical Center in Chester has an immediate opening for Director of Outpatient Services. For job description and application go online to or contact Bev at 759-6514.    5-I

Help Wanted:  Havre Farm Service Agency is advertising a Federal- County Executive Director position. To find out about job requirements and apply on-line, visit   5-I

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Help Wanted:  CARQUEST in Malta is looking for a delivery driver. Stop in the store, call (654-2321), or go on-line to apply at 5-I   

For Sale: 2005 Quadcab Dodge 3500 Cummins Diesel Pickup; Hotsy hot water pressure washer 1100 PSI, 2 GPM, 120volt; Eagle 9 gallon portable air compressor 135 PSI with a Honda Motor; 1955 International TD14A Crawler Dozer, 11ft hydraulic dozer, manual angle; 206 Challenge Round Baler, same as Heston 956A, 4500 total bales, excellent condition.  Call 378-3147. 5-II

For Sale:  Cozy Country and Cute. Nice 3 bedroom 2 bath with double garage on 1.24 acre. West of Havre across the RR Tracks from Beaver Creek Golf Course. One level living in a quiet location. Many updates have been made to this cozy double wide.  Call Property West, 406-262-3035.    5-I

For Sale: Savage 6.5 Creedmoor w/ scope, $675.00; Ruger .41 mag Blackhawk new model, single action, new-in-box, $627.99; Ruger .44 mag Blackhawk new model, single action, $689.99; Bergara .300 Win mag., 25″ barrel, muzzle break, scope plus ammo, $693.99. Call 406-403-1804.   5-II:7-I

Attention: The 2020 Milk River Gospel Jamboree originally scheduled for this summer in Malta has been cancelled.  Watch for plans for the Mini Jam to be held in the fall. 5-II

For Sale:  2011 MacDon R85 Disc Swing Tongue Swather; 2006 NH 1475 Swing Tongue Swather; two JD 535 Round balers, both balers went through Havre John Deere Shop last winter.  Call 654-4277. 5-II

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