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  • 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
  • Feb 19, 2014
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    5 Ways Pregnancy Has Changed My Ability To Cowgirl Up 18

    A few weeks ago, I announced to all of you that Tyler and I were expecting our first baby in the first week of June. We’re beyond excited, and we have enjoyed every minute of watching my belly grow, feeling the baby kick, and brainstorming names for our little cowboy or cowgirl. At 25 weeks pregnant, we are counting down the weeks until our little one arrives....More
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    Jan 29, 2014
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    What’s The Best Way To Market Beef Calves This Year? 2

    Most of the ranch profit in recent years has been made from running the cows, not from post-weaning marketing alternatives....More
  • winter feed intake for cows
    Jan 27, 2014
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    Are You Increasing Your Cows’ Feed Intake In Cold Weather? 3

    As winter weather hits, it’s important to increase feed intake to meet a cow’s energy requirements....More
  • Jan 22, 2014
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    25+ Things To Put On Your Calving Check List 26

    My husband Tyler and I invested in a group of bred heifers that were due to calve a month ahead of the group we keep at my dad’s place. This being our first year of calving a group out at our home place, we asked for the essentials of calving season on our Christmas wish lists. While it might seem to some like a lame Christmas present, Tyler and I were like little kids in a candy store as we opened up boxes of tags, markers, slings, scales, and the other little things one needs to have on hand when delivering baby calves....More
  • Jan 13, 2014
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    3 Things You Need To Know About Feeding Moldy Hay 9

    Moldy hay poses a risk to horses, cattle and people. Here’s what you need to know....More

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