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  • Dec 14, 2012
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    Conditions Offer Some Hope For Costs In 2013

    There remain a lot of questions regarding 2013, but none are more important to producers than what the weather will bring in the next growing season. A change in weather conditions that alleviates the widespread drought of 2012 would be a huge positive for our industry. Higher cattle prices and lower input costs would be a very welcome development for the coming year. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst....More
  • Sep 18, 2012
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    Let’s Talk Fall Grazing 4

    South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension recently held an informative meeting to prepare ranchers for when the snow flies. The agenda included cost-effective protein choices for winter feed, maintaining body condition score in cows in their final trimester, and inventoring available forage resources. These considerations, of course, are more challenging in a drought scenario....More
  • Jul 25, 2012
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    Profit Per Cow, Or Per Acre? 7

    As livestock producers we often focus on productivity per cow. But that focus, along with intensive selection for growth, hasn’t done much to improve ranch profitability over the last 40 years. In fact, it could be argued that, in constant dollars or buying power, profit per acre has even decreased. Thus, the real measure should be profit per acre or whole ranch profitability....More

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