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Surviving Volatile Cattle Prices

By   /  April 22, 2019  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  No Comments

When we first shared this article in October of 2016, John started with, “The cattle market is in the toilet. The future looks even worse. Calves bring only one-half of what they did a couple years back. Stocker margins are negative, feeders too.” The graph below shows why he said that. Cattle prices had risen […]

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Sharing the Bounty of Spring – Providing Food and Shelter for Wildlife, Whether We Want To or Not

By   /  April 15, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  4 Comments

This is an exciting time of year here on the ranch. The plants, the animals, and the people are all starting to recover from a difficult winter. Grass is sending up cautious spears to look around and some early forbs are getting busy too. We humans are trying to shift from rubber boots and heavy […]

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From Tibet, With Love

By   /  February 18, 2019  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on From Tibet, With Love

When your spouse knows you and what you love, even the most ordinary ranch supplies can become a sweet gift.

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Jumping In With Both Feet – How One Young Rancher Got Started in the 21st Century

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  Money Matters  /  4 Comments

Last month John described what successful ranching might look like in the future, and what steps young ranchers might consider. This article is another look at that subject, sharing the example of  a young entrepreneur finding success with a diverse, forward-thinking business model. My young friend Cody Wood is a nut; anyone can see that. […]

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Figuring Out How Often You Should Move Your Herd

By   /  January 28, 2019  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  4 Comments

This week James Matthew Craighead points out that we don’t have to move our cows every day. John Marble adds to that idea with a look at the lifestyle and economic choices involved in our grazing management.  This brought up quite a discussion when we first ran this in January of 2018! I’ve added those […]

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