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Surviving the Ups and Downs of Cattle Prices

Cattle prices are moving up again, so it’s a good time to remember that this is just one part of the cycle, and what goes up must come down. To thrive through the ups and downs, here are some tips from successful experts.

We start with some thoughts and resources from Kitt Pharo.

Cattle Market Trend Line Moving Up

Next up, Greg Judy, with a reminder of what happened to the folks who went “bonkers” when the market hit highs back in 2014 and 2015, only to drop again and leave them holding the bag.

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Finally, from Greg Judy again, some more tips on what to do to make sure you’re making a profit on each animal you sell. The article includes ideas about how to market animals without going to sale barns and links to information on “Farm Marketing From the Heart” as one resource for learning more about marketing.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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