For the first time in many years the cattle market looks rosy and typical of that outlook is the fact that more than a few folks sitting on acreage are thinking they might like to pick up some beef cattle. Is that a good idea or a sure bet?

Too often people jump into livestock production whether that be horses cattle, sheep even buffalo without researching stocking rates, soils, soil fertility, weed and brush management, beef cattle selection, feeding strategies grazing management and, most important, what end market to pursue. Head spinning? It should be. Novice livestock producers can find themselves in a heap of trouble without proper council and homework. On the positive side, in the cattle industry today, a wealth of information exists both on the internet and through workshops and clinics.

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