Category Archives: Managing the Ranch as a Business

Crunch the numbers before you buy those heifers

  And you had best have a top of the line direct cost accounting system. — jtl, 419 By Heather Maude via Beef Magazine Carefully analyze the cost of buying, selling and retaining replacement heifers.  “The days of developing heifers … Continue reading

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3 business tips for the ranching enterprise

Looking to tighten up your budget and expand new marketing opportunities? Check out these three business tips from industry experts. How about quitting the use of force on the land with strong armed, high energy consumptive, agronomic methods and adapting … Continue reading

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Bring Standard Operating Procedures On-Farm

Quality SOPs are flexible to change based on feedback and process improvement. Ongoing training is critical to ensure SOPs are followed regularly. Absolutely! And, policy and procedures should be written and copies provided to all managers and employees. As a … Continue reading

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Trouble In Paradise

…of the 10 most effective ranch managers I know, on the most successful ranches I know, only two are family members. I wish I had a buck for every time I have heard “I believe in doing things right the … Continue reading

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Is tradition holding your ranching operation back?

 Most traditions are valid and useful. But don’t be afraid to cull those that aren’t. I wish I had a Federal Reserve Note for every time I have heard–“Well, that is the way my daddy and his daddy before him … Continue reading

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Burke Teichert: Are you a low-input, high-management rancher?

The right cattle with low inputs will always be more profitable. That pretty much sums it up but I believe I’d add sound management that understands and implements “holistic” planning.  by Burke Teichert in Strategic Planning For The Ranch Low … Continue reading

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Thinking of leasing bulls? 17 things to consider when writing the lease

Thinking of leasing some bulls? Check out this list of things to consider for your bull lease agreement. By Cari Rincker via Beef Magazine Bulls are expensive to buy and they’re expensive to keep. They work three months of the … Continue reading

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Understanding grazing systems is not easy

Grazing plans integrate the biology of plants and animals. Grass is the mainstay of a grazing plan, and the subsequent understanding and implementation of grazing can be overwhelming at times. Immediately, in the first paragraph, this college boy left out the … Continue reading

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Wise investments during good times in the cattle business

Weigh the alternatives using ROI I do not necessarily endorse any of these suggestions. But some of them just might work for you depending on your situation. Now to the criticisms. Using the Return on Investment (ROI) technique is fine … Continue reading

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Advice From One Smart Rancher

Much-needed rain over most of the country has greatly increased the demand for cows. This has caused the relationships of the markets to move so much that the cow is now overvalued compared to other classes of animals. With this … Continue reading

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