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Are Your Cow-Calf Share and Cash Lease Agreements Up to Snuff?

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  Money Matters  /  No Comments

  The fall of the year is often a convenient time for those involved in cow-calf share and cash leases of spring calving cows to revisit the terms of the agreement.  Market values of cattle, interest rates, pasture rental rates and feed costs can change significantly from year to year.  Discussing how the share or […]

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Sorting Out the Bull – Things to Consider When Buying a Bull

By   /  January 22, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Sorting Out the Bull – Things to Consider When Buying a Bull

The purchase of a bull is a significant investment and represents the genetic future of the calves and in many cases replacement heifers that will go into the cowherd. The following are thoughts on a process that producers can use when planning the purchase of their next sire. What do you want your cowherd and […]

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Reducing Heifer Development Costs By Growing Smaller Cows and Using Lower-Quality Forages

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  4 Comments

More recent research is overturning old ideas about heifer development and providing ways to reduce costs while maintaining breed-back rates and longevity in the herd.

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Cow Depreciation – What It Is and Why It’s Important to Know

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  Money Matters  /  2 Comments

This article is also available as a BeefWatch podcast, if you’d like to listen instead. Just go to iTunes here, or paste http://feeds.feedburner.com/unlbeefwatch into your podcast app. Cow depreciation is frequently the second or third largest expense to the cow-calf enterprise after feed, but since it is a non-cash expense, it is often overlooked by cow-calf […]

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