Category Archives: Ranch Economics

The 3 Secrets For Increasing Profit™

There is a common belief that profit is a function of weather and prices PERIOD. But weather and prices are, for the most part, beyond our control. If we believe that profit is determined by things beyond our control, it … Continue reading

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DuBois column

President Trump signed the E.O. mentioned in my last column, requiring a review of all national monuments of over 100,000 acres and designated since 1996. “Today, I am signing a new executive order to end another egregious abuse of federal … Continue reading

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Pasture lease rates continue higher

by Wes Ishmael in BEEF Editors’ Blog Continued year-over-year increases in the cost of pasture leases leave cattle producers wondering how much higher rents can go.    When does the rocket ship that is carrying pasture rent rates higher and … Continue reading

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8 Common Questions on Flexible Farm Leases

 From AgWeb.com © Freeimages.com Wondering if you should propose a flexible farm lease with your landlord? With the prospect of low grain and soy prices facing farmers in the months ahead, many producers are considering a variety of options to protect … Continue reading

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The Value of Gain and Grass

Along these lines, I saw something very unusual happen as a result of the “wreck of ’74.” Normally, lighter cattle bring more than do heavier cattle. In all my years then and since, I have seen it happen the other … Continue reading

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Burke Teichert shares the secrets of a profitable cow

Ranches should have been profitable for much of the last 10 years. Coming soon (later today, hopefully): An email exchange wish Alyssa Wagner that will shed more light on the primary determinant of profitability of the cow-calf operation.–jtl by Burke … Continue reading

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Here’s what separates the empire builders from the rest

Those who start at the bottom and reach the very top of the cattle business do things differently. Pay attention boys and girls. Get big. Get efficient. Or get out. — Sam Little. Or as as Stan Parsons put it, … Continue reading

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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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Why Do I Own A Cow?

The only cow that will ever be on any place I might own or manage will be the one the bitter half (aka Sally) milks in the morning. We run stockers and the model is pretty simple. We take a … 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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