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  • ranch mistakes learning
    May 16, 2013

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • horseback
    Feb 14, 2013

    The Question Of Perception Vs. Perspective 2

    I sometimes feel like I’m making decisions based on my perceptions of the world; at other times, I feel like I’m basing my decisions on a clear perspective of where we are. Obviously, I want to avoid decisions based on perception, in favor of basing them on an accurate perspective....More
  • selling cows after drought
    Jan 24, 2013

    This Year’s Drought Is High-Stakes Poker 6

    An oft-repeated phrase throughout the past few years is that “you can’t feed your way out of a drought.” I understand that logic, but the decision is a whole lot simpler if you could plan to buy back from a market similar to the one you sold into, or if you believed you could purchase similar quality genetics at similar premium or discount levels....More
  • drought depoulation & repopulation
    Jan 23, 2013

    Thoughts On Repopulating A Beef Herd After Drought

    In times of drought, ranchers should focus most of their management energy on cash flowing the herd through the drought and beyond. Remember, a drought’s cash-flow impact on a herd is 7-10 years....More
  • Jan 17, 2013

    Lifestyle Vs. Business, And Vice Versa 1

    Our operational goal is to make the business decisions that enable us to live the lifestyle we desire. But it actually goes beyond that in that we recognize that lifestyle and/or people are as important as land, money and cattle. The ranch can only be in peace when the big four are in balance....More

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