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  • tips for successful ranch partnerships
    Nov 17, 2013

    How To Successfully End A Ranching Partnership

    Partnerships are common in the beef industry, and many business partnerships have been successful for decades. But sometimes good things come to an end, and knowing how to end things the right way can go a long way toward staying friends after the business relationship ends....More
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    Nov 13, 2013

    Hunting Liability Concerns: Are You Covered? 5

    Hunting season is underway. If you’re a landowner, there are some liability risks when allowing hunters on your land. Are you covered?...More
  • ranch management tips
    Nov 10, 2013

    Successful Ranch Managers Need To Look Back To Go Forward

    Managing a ranch, and managing the people who work for you, are difficult assignments. It’s important to look ahead, but it’s necessary to look back as well. Those who do both are in a position to learn from the past and take advantage of opportunities in the future....More
  • Nov 4, 2013

    Winterizing The Ranch, Plus Marketing Spring Calves 1

    We’re in a mad scramble around our place to finish the last of our winter preparations. The western part of the state was hit by a freakishly early storm in early October, but with November now here, steady inclement weather could be he here to stay anytime now....More
  • how to implement new ideas on your cattle ranch
    Oct 26, 2013

    Tips For Overcoming Paradigm Lockdown

    It’s easy to get caught in “paradigm lockdown.” I think we all do to a certain extent. However, the best ranchers continually resist paradigm lockdown; they’re always looking for new ideas and better ways....More
  • Oct 8, 2013

    Early South Dakota Blizzard Leaves Thousands Of Cattle Dead 25

    Ready or not, winter is here for some parts of the country. Over the weekend, we received some heavy rainfall and cooler temperatures at our home in eastern South Dakota, but our counterparts to the west were hit hard by a blizzard that is being called one of the worst in South Dakota’s history. With more than 2 ft. of snow in some areas, and 60-mph hour wind gusts, there was no way to prepare for this early bout of winter....More
  • cattlemen battle HSUS
    Oct 4, 2013

    The Beef Industry Takes A Knife To A Gunfight 8

    HSUS understands a very important concept; which is, with the majority of American consumers no longer connected to farming and ranching, their perception of the beef business and its people can be shaped regardless of the actual facts....More
  • how to pick good employees
    Sep 30, 2013

    Are You A Cowboy, A Stockman Or A Grass Farmer? 8

    I really don’t care what you want to call yourself or your employees – cowboy, stockman, grass farmer or rancher. Personally, I would simply like to be a good, complete rancher....More
  • training a horse and raising a kid
    Sep 26, 2013

    Raising Kids Is Kind Of Like Training Horses, But Not Quite 1

    There’s nothing better than the feeling of being able to throw your horse a loose rein and be confident that he’ll stay soft and supple and between the reins. I guess the difference between horses and kids is that, while I want my kids to go out on their own and carve out their own destiny, there’s a part of me that wants to keep hold of those reins....More
  • Sep 12, 2013

    When A Single-Minded Focus Is Not A Good Thing 1

    A quick look at history shows that most of the time, major accomplishments are achieved through a single-minded focus. While that may work for Olympic champions and scientists, ranchers need to take a more holistic view of their world....More
  • beef vet looks at 50 years of cattle health
    Sep 4, 2013

    The Application Of Science Has Been A Primary Driver Of Industry Progress

    There will always be challenges, but if the last 50 years serve as an example, the U.S. beef industry is up to the task....More
  • breeding cattle
    Sep 3, 2013

    Industry Innovation Is One Thing, But Adoption Is Another

    Innovation and technology have enabled the smallest cowherd since 1963 to churn out about as much beef as it did when cow numbers were at their peak. But some tried and true technologies aren’t being utilized to the extent they should be....More
  • tips to be a good rancher
    Sep 2, 2013

    We All Need To Be Lifelong Learners

    With BEEF magazine beginning its 50th year of publication, I thought it might be appropriate this month to reminisce about key changes in my life and a few of the mentors who helped me along the way....More
  • Aug 15, 2013

    Industry Keeps Its Cool Amid Zilmax™ Ban, Angus Defects 15

    The beef industry remains calm while two major issues rocks the boat; the Angus Association announces a new genetic defect and the Tyson controversy over Merck's Zilmax continues to brew. Here's the latest....More
  • great time to sell calves for cattle prices
    Aug 13, 2013

    It’s A Great Time To Be Selling Calves

    The macro-economic market factors happen to be lined up to benefit cow-calf producers for the next several years, to the disadvantage of cattle feeders....More

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