Striving for perfection is a great thing. But when you are dealing with animals and Mother Nature, perfection is pretty darn difficult thing to achieve.

With the never-ending competition to make incremental improvements, what is pretty close to perfection today will likely be pretty far from perfection next year. It’s a never-ending cycle; one has to be better just to keep up, much better if one wants to make gains.

While that implies you will likely never get to exactly where you want to be, it’s a good thing in the sense that there is always something to strive for. It also means that one better enjoy the journey as much as the destination, because the destination keeps moving.

Plenty can go wrong, and it often does. If one sits around waiting for the attainment of all of one’s goals in livestock production, you’re likely to spend quite a bit of time being miserable. Make sure you celebrate the victories, because the journey is where you will be spending most of your time.