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Whistling Again

Whistling may not be a conventional business metric, but I can’t imagine a more meaningful measure of success. I would have to agree. — jtl, 419 by Dave Pratt at RMC We use key performance indicators to assess the health … Continue reading

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How to Buy a Cattle Ranch in the US

The best ranch values in the United States, by far,  are found in far-West Texas. NOTE: This article initially appeared on FT.com on October 7, 2016 The price of ranches has fallen but Wild West romantics and would-be cowboys beware … Continue reading

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This Week at the Circle

My old friend and colleague, Chris Gill, has come up with a couple of really good (and informative) pieces this week. We hope you enjoy and benefit from them. — jtl, 419 Book Review: The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to … Continue reading

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Taking grazing-management tips from Mother Nature

Gabe Brown says his success in cover  cropping has come through 
observing and mimicking nature’s processes North Dakota producer, Gabe Brown spoke on cover crops and soil health strategies at the Ducks Unlimited grazing club event in Lenore on April … Continue reading

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Farm Accounting: Are You Operating on All Levels?

Actually, the complexity of your accounting system varies directly with the level of information you garner from it. It can range from a simple, single-entry accounting system (with a shoe box — or pick up    dashboard filing system) that … Continue reading

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Holistic Ranching: Benefiting from good times in the cattle business

 What will you do with the increased profit that has come your way? How about a trip to Las Vegas? (That was not meant to be a serious recommendation.) — jtl By Don Campbell  via Canadian Cattlemen Photo: Canada Beef … Continue reading

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5 Encouraging Thoughts During a Down Cycle

Recently, my dad told me it’s not a quick game. The goal is to build net worth and be patient. Successful agriculture operations will dedicate more time focusing on finances and marketing. They may not cut back on the operations … 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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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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