Monthly Archives: October 2013

Cow Costs Are Record High

All the more reason the low input model should gain in popularity. — jtl by Wes Ishmael via Beef Magazine Cash cow costs plus pasture jumped from about $550.00/cow five years ago to nearly $800 in 2013, according to the Livestock Marketing … Continue reading

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Managing the Ranch as a Business: Workshop

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Cargill Closure Announcement – How Much Can The Industry Afford?

by Troy Marshall in My View From The Country via Beef Magazine What does Cargill’s announcement about the closure of its Lockney, TX, feedyard next summer signify? Cargill announced this week that it plans to close its Lockney, TX, feedyard, located about 45 miles … Continue reading

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Cattle Futures: Buoyant Markets Bring Highest Levels Since February

I enjoy high cattle prices about as much as I do a good rain. But, it sure makes me nervous when prices approach all time historical levels in an over-all environment of economic uncertainty. It might be time to seriously … Continue reading

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We Can’t Afford Not To!

“(There is) more than $150 trillion in mineral value…including ‘more recoverable oil than the rest of the world combined’ locked up in federally controlled lands.” Face it folks, with the FedGov claiming title to 65% of the 11 western  states … Continue reading

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So you think you want to be a cowboy?

So you wanna be a cowboy… Thanks to Kit Pharo of Pharo Cattle Company. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10153317578860123&set=vb.615586391820060&type=2&theater —————————————————————— Books by Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume A Handbook for Ranch Managers A Comprehensive Reference Manual for Managing the Working Ranch. Click here to buy the paperback … Continue reading

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Setting Up an Intensive Grazing System That Works – Pasture Recovery Periods

By Dave Scott  via On Pasture Regardless of your irrigation status, you’ll find great tips here on improving spring pastures, getting more forage with less nitrogen, adding legumes and preventing and reducing parasite problems. Pasture Recovery Period Considerations or “Building the … Continue reading

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Public Lands Held In Trust

If Congress could unilaterally alter or diminish the very terms of statehood, states would cease to be states and would become mere administrative subdivisions of an all-powerful national government. As you will read below, the issue goes all the way … Continue reading

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Waiting To Dance

by Dave Pratt via Ranching for Profit Blog At the Ranching For Profit School we teach a four step strategic planning process to help business owners create a shared vision for their ranch and a plan to achieve it. It … Continue reading

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Heads Up from the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association

Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association Senator Gail Griffin to hold legislative hearing in Greenlee County on Mexican Wolf Recovery Program (Phoenix, State Capitol)-Concerned by the ongoing impact of the federal Mexican Wolf Recovery Program on the residents and ranchers of Greenlee County, … Continue reading

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