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Everything You Need to Include in a Farm/Ranch Lease Contract – Part 2

By   /  May 7, 2018  /  Leasing Pasture, Money Matters  /  No Comments

Over the last few months, my Boneheaded Beef Business Blunders articles have related how I’ve been burned by ineffective land lease and custom grazing contracts. As a result, I’ve changed what I include in contracts. Here in Part 2 I share the rest of the topics I am now including in my lease contracts along […]

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Can You Make Money Turning Cropland Into Pasture?

By   /  April 9, 2018  /  Leasing Pasture, Money Matters  /  No Comments

Current corn prices along with reduced availability of perennial pasture have some producers asking about the economics of turning cropland into forage for cow/calf operations. So three Nebraska Extension specialists. Jay Parsons, Mary Drewnoski, and Daren Redfearn, got together to answer these questions in a February webinar: “Will producing annual forages provide greater net returns […]

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What Happens To Your Pasture Lease in Drought?

By   /  April 2, 2018  /  Leasing Pasture, Money Matters  /  No Comments

Do you rent pasture? What happens if drought lowers pasture production below expectations? Specifically, what does your pasture lease say about drought? It’s hard to think about drought in at the beginning of spring, but drought can play havoc on pasture leases. All too often, pasture leases fail to include an appropriate plan to adjust […]

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Bone-headed Beef Business Blunders Part 3: Contracts – Go Ahead, Write a Book

By   /  March 19, 2018  /  Leasing Pasture, Money Matters, Start Ups  /  Comments Off on Bone-headed Beef Business Blunders Part 3: Contracts – Go Ahead, Write a Book

For the third and final confession in my Boneheaded Beef Business Blunders series, I want to cover land lease and custom grazing contracts. I got myself into some sticky situations in my early years of ranching, due to assuming too much. In the past my land lease contracts have fit on one printed page with […]

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Boneheaded Beef Business Blunders Part 1 – Be a Business, Not a Charity

By   /  January 22, 2018  /  Leasing Pasture, Money Matters, Start Ups  /  5 Comments

January 2018 makes it four and a half years that Rhinestone Cattle Company has been in the grassfed beef business. I started out with a 7-acre leased pasture and intentions to stocker three calves for a summer, then grow through retained profits. Since then I have managed a maximum herd of 120 head, leased over […]

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