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  • square baling
    Jul 1, 2013
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    Square Baling Is A Test Of Family’s Strength 25

    Summer haying season is a time when working with family can be a little more challenging. How do you keep everyone on the same page during haying?...More
  • cowherd profits lower in 2013
    Jun 26, 2013
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    Lower Net Returns Expected For Cowherds In 2013 2

    Due to last winter’s higher hay prices, cattle market advisor Harlan Hughes project lower net returns for beef cowherds in 2013....More
  • pasture grazing tips for beef producers
    Jun 20, 2013
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    Proper Grazing Is A Rancher’s Most Rewarding Challenge 1

    Good cowherd grazing is the catalyst for reducing the amount of harvested cattle feed, increasing grazed feed, reducing labor and equipment costs, and increasing land productivity on the ranch....More
  • ag must embrace competition
    May 30, 2013
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    Ag Must Embrace Competition As A Good Thing

    We in agriculture have alternated between waging a war on our commodity marketplace, and waging a war against competition. Ironically, the war on competition is often presented as an attempt to increase competition. Rural America, and agriculture in general, would greatly benefit from more competition, and we must be vigilant about further monopolization of our business....More
  • cowherd price predictions for 2014
    May 27, 2013
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    If Nature Cooperates, Good Times Are Ahead For Beef Producers 1

    The national beef cow inventory is at a 50-year low, and long-run corn prices are projected to trend lower. These are two positive indicators for today’s beef industry....More
  • ranch mistakes learning
    May 16, 2013
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    Someone Has To Put The Experts’ Advice To Work 1

    I was worried that relying on experts would put me out of a job, but I think I’ve found my role at last. Somebody has to integrate and figure out how to implement all the wisdom we receive from those experts....More
  • cow reproduction vital to ranch success
    Mar 25, 2013
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    Solving The "Open-Cow" Dilemma Requires Reproduction & Fertility Management 1

    The bottom line is that nothing about the cow is as economically important as reproduction. Burke Teichert explains how we can solve the "open cow" dilemma occurring in most cowherds....More
  • cattle marketing requires careful planning
    Mar 25, 2013
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    Success Amid Today’s Cattle Market Volatility Necessitates A Good Economic Plan 1

    If Mother Nature cooperates this year and spawns a bumper corn crop, plenty of analysts peg corn prices sharply lower – in the $5-$6/bu. range. In turn, some expect the nation’s cowherd to finally expand....More
  • Mar 21, 2013
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    Three Random Thoughts After The Bull Sale 1

    A good sale is not really a celebration; it’s more a sense of relief. After all, you know you get one more year to do what you love, and to work with the greatest people in the world – American cattlemen....More
  • ranch managment costs
    Feb 25, 2013
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    Seven Keys To Ranch Profitability 1

    The prices of fuel and equipment have risen significantly faster over time than the market value of cattle. Therefore, I prefer a production system highly dependent on soil, sunlight, rainfall, and our ingenuity and inventiveness, than one highly dependent on fossil fuels and equipment....More
  • farm management costs
    Feb 25, 2013
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    What Will It Take To Rebuild The U.S. Beef Cowherd?

    My friend Howard was among the industry’s top 20 largest cow-calf operators in the late 1980s, but drought and other factors have whittled down his cow numbers over the last 25 years. His operation has been fortunate to escape the ravages of the drought of the last three years, but Howard has had no desire to expand his cowherd. Why?...More
  • culling cows
    Feb 21, 2013
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    Some Thoughts On Drought & Culling 1

    We all know we’re looking at record cattle prices and high input prices for the relative short term. We’re just trying to make those strong fundamentals come in line with the cards that Mother Nature elects to deal us in the coming months....More
  • Feb 21, 2013
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    Investment Tips From CattleFax 1

    Interest rates are at the lowest levels seen since the late 1800s, thanks to extraordinary efforts by the Federal Reserve. But what goes down must ultimately come up, meaning now is an excellent time for cattle producers to refinance long-term debt. CattleFax Market Analyst Warren Prosser explains....More

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