Tag Archives: Ranch Economics

The Laws Of Economics

The laws of economics are as real as the law of gravity. How many times have I heard, “But it’s not a living, it is ‘a way of life.’” Well yeah…but without profit the way of life won’t last long.–jtl, … Continue reading

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The economics of preg-checking

 By Beef Cattle Research Council of the Canadian Cattlemen Photo: The major economic benefit of preg-checking is the money saved by not wintering open cows. However, it has been noted that preg-checking is not always worthwhile, as the increased revenue … Continue reading

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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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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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What’s a bred heifer worth?

 by Nevil Speer via Beef Magazine Cow costs loom large in figuring the value of bred heifers. Profitability is an enduring challenge, even in the best of markets. Meanwhile, the cow-calf sector appears poised for a second straight year of … Continue reading

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Farmland Value Guide

Somebody please tell me how young folks can, nowadays, buy a farm or ranch on this continent and amortize the debt on it by farming or ranching. It is virtually impossible. Why? Well there are lots of reasons but there … 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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