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  • Apr 27, 2014
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    Whose Definition Of Sustainability Should We Abide By? 2

    We as farmers and ranchers should do all we can to understand sound ecology and manage to make our operations economically and ecologically sustainable. Hopefully this will demonstrate to consumers that we care, we are competent and we can produce an abundance of safe food while caring for the environment....More
  • Apr 15, 2014
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    Nevada Standoff Grows From Grazing Fees To Much More 38

    The Nevada standoff was initially over unpaid grazing fees by Bundy, but the issue has grown to a significance well beyond that in many Americans’ minds....More
  • Mar 31, 2014
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    NPR Suggests Cattle Degrade The Environment 22

    I was disappointed to read Eliza Barclay’s article, “How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct,” which appeared in NPR’s The Salt recently. The article suggests that meat lovers are the real reason the environment is in such desperate shape....More
  • Mar 30, 2014
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    Harlan Projects $276/Cow Profit In 2014

    After another month of record cattle prices. I’d planned on moving to another subject in my April 2014 column, but I am compelled to the observations of my mid-month price analysis. Figure 1 presents the eastern Wyoming-western Nebraska sale-barn prices for the week of Feb. 15. All steer calves weighing less than 620 lbs. brought over $200/cwt., 800-lb. feeder steers averaged $170/cwt., and 10 head of 1,053-lb. feeder steers sold for $150/cwt....More
  • Mar 27, 2014
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    Rancher Reports Quadruplets; How Do You Manage Multiples? 14

    For many of you, calving is in full swing. No matter how well-prepared you are or how hard you work, there is no such thing as a perfect calving season. The weather, freak calving incidents, and plain dumb luck can mess with your best-laid plans and to the detriment of your calving percentage. Multiple births, however, can certainly provide a boost to that figure, but they also bring their own set of management challenges....More
  • Mar 25, 2014
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    10 Resources For Ranching With Multiple Generations

    Ranching is a family affair. 97% of farms are family-owned and operated, and many of those enterprises are run by multiple generations of family members. Many personalities, age gaps, and differing opinions can make the dynamics of working alongside family members both a blessing and a real challenge....More
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    Mar 24, 2014
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    Skipping The Basics Can Carry A Big Bottom-Line Penalty 1

    A breeding soundness exam (BSE) is a fertility exam performed on bulls by a veterinarian; ideally it’s performed annually. It consists of three components – scrotal circumference, a physical exam, and a semen evaluation, and it typically costs between $50 and $150/bull. That’s not an insignificant amount of money, but it pales in comparison to the lost revenue of open or late-calving cows....More
  • Mar 12, 2014
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    How Bad Has This Winter Been For You?

    This week's poll on the beefmagazine.com homepage asks, "How would you rank this winter's severity?" With 127 votes in so far, 43% say this has been among the worst five winters ever. Another 27% of you say it was bad, but not near the worst. Twenty percent say this has been the worst winter on record, and 11% say it hasn’t been that bad. How has this winter been for you? Vote in the poll and share your thoughts with us....More
  • Mar 6, 2014
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    Liability Risk Is Beginning To Flow Down The Beef Production Chain 7

    The whole topic of liability is a frustrating one for cow-calf producers. After all, a cow-calf producer has no way of controlling what happens to the product once it leaves the ranch. However, in today’s litigious world, someone is going to be sued if a problem develops. Retailers, packers, and feeders tend to be much larger enterprises; thus, they’re much more appealing targets from a trial lawyer’s viewpoint. That doesn’t mean, however, that cow-calf producers are immune from such legal action....More
  • Feb 27, 2014
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    It’s Time For Old Man Winter To Step Aside 7

    A cold, dry winter is escalating the drought scenario in many ranching communities. How much longer will winter drag on? Will ranchers get some much-needed moisture? Today, we discuss the weather its many implications for beef producers....More
  • Feb 26, 2014
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    In Ranch Management, People Make The Difference

    The manager’s job is to create an environment in which people want to excel and then provide the tools, training and freedom to do it....More

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