Future profitability requires you to pay greater attention to details than ever before. Careful scrutiny of all investments and wary cost control should be the foundation of every pork production operation.

For those of you who want to grow your businesses, Joe Conlin, production and business management consultant in Shoreview, Minn., offers the following suggestions:

1. Know your critical success factors and their control points. Understand your business strengths and weaknesses.

2. Focus on increasing profits. That may mean finding new ways of doing business.

3. Concentrate on investing in assets that generate the greatest returns.

4. Investments made out of cash flow are much less costly than using borrowed capital.

5. See the future as an opportunity. Develop a long-term plan. Carry a positive attitude, an open mind and a thirst for learning new things. Be willing to take on new challenges.

6. Enjoy what you do. Take the time to cultivate the things in life that are important to you and your family. Failure to do so often results in failure of the business as well.