Oct 8, 2015

Meat Market Update | Market plunge continues

Thus far this year, the cutout has dropped about $29 since the last week of August and around $47 since the week before Memorial Day. We are definitely following last year's late summer plunge, but at a much lower level....More
Sep 21, 2015

Is preconditioning still a no-brainer? 5

In most years, the majority of the dollars made in a preconditioning program are on the very efficient weight gain of the newly weaned calf. Not so in 2015....More
Oct 1, 2015

Cinch up; Market uncertainty isn’t going away 2

The U.S. is learning that our market future is no longer solely determined by what we do....More
Sep 24, 2015

How do you react when the (really) bad days happen? 5

Bad days in the ranching business happen. Sometimes, really bad days happen. When they do, how do you react?...More
Oct 1, 2015

Ag women fire back at comments criticizing saleswoman for riding in the combine 3

Women in agriculture took a step backward this week when a farmer’s wife bashed a female salesperson for presenting her sales pitch to her husband in the confined quarters of a combine during harvest season....More
Sep 24, 2015

How to take advantage of today's record calf prices 2

It is interesting to note that the high-profit, top 20% herds earned $724 per cow, a 10% higher earned economic return than average. The low-profit, bottom 20% herds earned $325 per cow, a return of 50% less....More
Seedstock 100 Guide

Seedstock 100

Finding your next set of herd bulls just got easier. Visit BEEF’s Seedstock 100 list to find the top 100 seedstock producers in the country.

Does your ranch have a succession plan?

The process involves two steps—estate planning and succession planning. Estate planning deals with the tax ramifications of passing the ranch on to others. Succession planning deals with continuing the ranch operations under other family leadership or by bringing in a non-family person to assume a leadership role in the operation. Does your ranch have a succession plan? In the event of a death or other event, would your ranch continue operating in its present form or would your family need or want to sell the operation? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership a good deal?

The deal is done; negotiators have completed their deliberations and the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been completed.  While details weren’t immediately released, most ag organizations applauded the deal, saying  it will reduce tariffs and level the playing field for U.S. beef exports into a number of growing and important markets, particularly in Asia and the Pacific Rim.

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