Blogs

Jul 10, 2014

The Decision To Expand Isn’t As Simple As It Once Was

Are producers going to add 100 cows and invest $300,000 to do it? Or will they use that money to pay off debt, upgrade the tractor, and remodel the kitchen?....More
Jul 10, 2014

12 Reasons You Should Be Proud To Be A Hard Worker

“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe shares his SWEAT Pledge, as part of a $1 million scholarship fund to get Americans back to work. The pledge is one that ranchers follow every day, and I think you’ll appreciate the advice Rowe gives....More
Jul 08, 2014

What Happens On The Ranch Doesn’t Stay On The Ranch

As the ability of genomics and DNA marker technology to help cattlemen becomes more apparent and available, the number of traits to consider grows. While production-related traits will always be important, consumer-related traits may well grow in importance too....More
Jun 24, 2014

Feeder Prices Continued To Surpass The Most Optimistic Expectation

The very tight feeder calf supply resulting from the historically small beef cowherd underpins the bullish argument for the feeder cattle market....More
Jul 02, 2014

Thinking About Herd Expansion? Keep These Points In Mind

We all know it costs money to expand a beef cowherd, and net cash flow will decrease in the early years of expansion. Here's how that could impact your cowherd....More
Jun 24, 2014

It’s Time To Raise The Checkoff

Doubling the $1/head national beef checkoff should be a no-brainer. But perceptions about “control” of the checkoff and its spending continue to stymie efforts by various groups to do what should be obvious....More
Jun 27, 2014

Soil Health Comes First, Then Grass & Livestock

In recent columns, I’ve touched on the following topics: • Empowered People, because everything in our businesses happens because of and through people – usually those closest to the business, land and livestock....More
Jul 01, 2014

Producers Should Get Ready For Effects of Veterinary Feed Directive

What a new VFD will look like is still being determined. One proposed change is that the definition of veterinary oversight lies with the local jurisdictions (states)....More

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