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The stocker cattle segment of the beef industry takes young, lightweight, weaned calves and develops them for the finishing phase. This gain is accomplished by utilizing pasture and range grazing, as well as other forage-based diets. Calves enter the stocker operation at 300 to 650 pounds and are grown to greater than 750 pounds. The growth of these calves is focused on frame, muscle and bone development, not fat deposition. Typically, moderately framed calves work well in stocker operations. Stocker enterprises are margin operators that capitalize on low-cost weight gains, compared to the finishing phase in a feedlot. The three most important factors of a successful stocker enterprise are management, calf health, and nutrition.

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These days, undeveloped American land is a scarce commodity, so if you’re preparing to sell, there’s good news: Ranch owners are on the advantageous end of a supply and demand imbalance. Use this to your advantage: You are in control of a business that many want but few own in 2019.

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It was supposed to be me – I was supposed to be the first to go. Statistically, the husband dies first, so Pam and I made provisions for that far off, but seemingly inevitable, event. 

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The actual transfer of farm ownership as well as the transition of management control to the next family farming generation is often a journey with many emotional struggles and potential conflicts involved.

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Baby boomers, millennials, Generation Z’s. As the different generations of consumers coexist, and the population grows, consumer preferences and markets are expanding faster than ever.

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Given their rich state history, most Texans think of their home as being open range – meaning animals are allowed to “roam at large.” Said another way, it is a “fence out” state, so landowners must put up sufficient fences if they want to prevent animals from roaming across their land.

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