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Facilities for a Stocker Operation

By   /  July 6, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

Over the past few months I’ve written several articles about why I made the switch from a cow calf operation to stockers and backgrounding. I’ve been able to improve my pastures, stop making hay all summer, and I can even have time off. And, at least in my area, stockers provide a lot more opportunities […]

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Understanding Value of Gain Can Keep You in the Black

By   /  May 25, 2020  /  Marketing, Money Matters  /  Comments Off on Understanding Value of Gain Can Keep You in the Black

As I was talking to Blake about this piece, he told me about something Gordon Hazzard had once written. He said it went something like: “We are grass farmers, and we need to remember we are selling grass and water wrapped up in a cow hide.” Blake’s take on this is “Grass makes us our […]

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Why I Made the Switch to Stockers – Profit and Flexibility

By   /  February 10, 2020  /  Marketing, Money Matters  /  6 Comments

About three years ago, I decided I would try my hand at raising some purchased stocker calves. I had kept brood cows on several different farms around my part of central North Carolina for over 10 years, and I was ready to try something new. I had run the numbers on stockers several times over […]

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