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Facilities & Equipment

Whether your operation is feeding, grazing, weaning or delivering cattle, find the best methods for selecting and maintaining facilities and equipment.

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Equipment maintenance is a logical part of baling high-quality hay for most operations. Off-season care is just as important as regular-season maintenance.

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It is hard to ignore the signs of feedlot expansion in the Upper Midwest.

Over the past year, cattle-on-feed numbers have increased in many of the Upper Midwest states, and this is in spite of increasing corn and feeder calf prices.

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Spring-calving cattle producers have either just finished processing calves or are getting ready to prior to turning out onto pastures or ranges.

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Every year ranchers all across the country have to fix or rebuild worn out stretches of fence. Whether a person likes it or not, we know this job has to be done.

We also know the cost of building and maintaining fences is expensive. In fact, it is one of the most expensive outputs associated with any grazing program.

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In 2012, the law allows 50 percent first-year bonus depreciation for qualifying new assets that have a tax life of 20 years or less. The “placed-in-service” deadline is Dec. 31, 2012.

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Livestock platform scales are viewed as a luxury by some cattlemen, while others consider them a necessary piece of equipment.

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