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Ag News and Views: February 2017

Don't Get Surprised at Market Time: Know Value of Gain

Value of gain (VOG) can be useful information for cattle producers who are contemplating purchasing cattle or making retained ownership or marketing decisions for currently owned cattle. VOG can be...

Factors that Contributed to Transition in the U.S. Beef Market

Prices don't seem quite as rosy as they did a couple of years ago. We've come down from some of the highest highs we've ever seen. Now, the reality of harder times stares us in the face. How did we...

How to Diversify Farm Income with Recreational Leasing

Leasing land for recreation has become more popular over the last decade, and demand for access to places to hunt has grown. While recreational leasing doesn't suit everyone, it can be a way for...

How to Prioritize Pasture When Cutting Expenses on the Ranch

When economic times necessitate "tightening of the purse strings," so to speak, too often livestock producers cut back severely on pasture management and associated expenses. This often leads to the...

Three Financial Records to Help You Make Better Decisions

When it comes to record-keeping, there is a general feeling of dread caused by the idea of having to account for every little detail. While this is an understandable feeling, you should never fear...

Top 10 Ways to Make Cow Herds More Profitable

It has been well-documented in popular press and repeatedly confirmed at sale barns and coffee shops that the current calf market is about one-half of where it was just 2 ½ years ago. The short-term...