• Sep 1, 2011

    Analyzing The Costs Of Maintaining A Breeding Herd

    In my July column, which kicked off this series analyzing how beef cow costs are changing in the biofuels era, we discussed the 17-year trend in total direct costs (TDC) associated with Northern Plains beef cowherds. Last month, we analyzed the overhead costs (OC). This month, we’ll look at long-run annual capital costs of maintaining the beef cow breeding herd....More
  • Aug 1, 2011

    Overhead Costs On The Ranch

    A key question for today’s ranchers is whether ranch cost structures are changing as we progress further into the biofuels era....More
  • Jul 1, 2011

    Effect Of Ethanol Supports On Ranchers – Part I

    The nation’s ethanol program kicked into high gear in 1996, dramatically impacting corn prices and changing the economics of the beef cow sector in its wake. The result has created a new economic ballgame for beef cow producers that I refer to as the “new normal.”...More

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