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  1. #1
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    Default Economy of scale

    Well, I am running the year end numbers.

    If staff had wasted 1 flake per feeding less to the
    24 horses (average) = 6 flakes/day = 42 flakes/week=
    a savings of $1300

    If they took out 1/2 wheelbarrow/day less when doing those
    24 stalls, then a savings of $1100 (that averages less
    than a shovelful per stall of usable bedding that they
    just shoveled rather than sifted)

    If the lights got turned out 15 minutes more/day then
    a savings of $150/year

    If staff worked their entire shift, rather than 3 1/2 of their
    4 hour shift, a would get an additional $3500 in labor

    If the doors were closed more religiously on the cold days,
    I would save $300 in heat/year.

    So it seems I could save $7000/year with not much effort.
    $20/day sure adds up.

    And they wonder why I become crazed when I fork out
    a wheelbarrow full of hay out of some of the stalls.

    I Hate this time of year.



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    Management golden rule is that you can't count what you don't measure.
    Looks like you did some measuring and are not happy with the count.
    Now you know where to work at getting better numbers.

    Good luck in 2010.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dotneko View Post
    Well, I am running the year end numbers.

    If staff had wasted 1 flake per feeding less to the
    24 horses (average) = 6 flakes/day = 42 flakes/week=
    a savings of $1300

    If they took out 1/2 wheelbarrow/day less when doing those
    24 stalls, then a savings of $1100 (that averages less
    than a shovelful per stall of usable bedding that they
    just shoveled rather than sifted)

    If the lights got turned out 15 minutes more/day then
    a savings of $150/year

    If staff worked their entire shift, rather than 3 1/2 of their
    4 hour shift, a would get an additional $3500 in labor

    If the doors were closed more religiously on the cold days,
    I would save $300 in heat/year.

    So it seems I could save $7000/year with not much effort.
    $20/day sure adds up.

    And they wonder why I become crazed when I fork out
    a wheelbarrow full of hay out of some of the stalls.

    I Hate this time of year.

    print and hang in the feed room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dotneko View Post
    Well, I am running the year end numbers.

    If staff had wasted 1 flake per feeding less to the
    24 horses (average) = 6 flakes/day = 42 flakes/week=
    a savings of $1300

    If they took out 1/2 wheelbarrow/day less when doing those
    24 stalls, then a savings of $1100 (that averages less
    than a shovelful per stall of usable bedding that they
    just shoveled rather than sifted)

    If the lights got turned out 15 minutes more/day then
    a savings of $150/year

    If staff worked their entire shift, rather than 3 1/2 of their
    4 hour shift, a would get an additional $3500 in labor

    If the doors were closed more religiously on the cold days,
    I would save $300 in heat/year.

    So it seems I could save $7000/year with not much effort.
    $20/day sure adds up.

    And they wonder why I become crazed when I fork out
    a wheelbarrow full of hay out of some of the stalls.

    I Hate this time of year.
    I think you have to prioritize. If you really hate wasted hay that much maybe you should switch to feeding cubed hay. Less waste and much, much easier clean up. But...do you and your boarders want their horses to eat cubes? At my barn, cubes come with the board, and we pay extra for the hay.

    Have you already switched to flourescent light bulbs? How much trouble would it be to get timers?

    Quik 2 Pick shavings or the like cost more but have less dust and are make it easier to clean the stalls. That's according to a study done at a 100+ horse facility. I clean my horse's stall on off days, and I know it takes more time to sift.

    You could afford to buy and keep another horse with all the savings.
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