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MANAGEMENT

Read how to improve your supervision of employees, financial matters, identification and record keeping. Learn more about land use issues that affect your operation.

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At a recent forage group meeting on an Oregon ranch, our discussion focused on the potential rental values of some of the pastures. Back and forth, folks discussed the pros and cons of the fields.

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Security is not always top-of-mind for producers but, unfortunately, it’s necessary to protect the safety of your animals, people on your property and your livelihood.

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I hear over and over that meetings are a waste of time, or that they worked for a while and then it wasn’t worth the effort anymore. There are a host of reasons for this ineffectiveness.

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Many of you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by all the talk about mental wellness, stress, farmer suicides and mental health.

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Focus on reproductive performance: Profitability of cow-calf operations is largely determined by cow reproductive performance. Calf crop percentage and average weaning weight are primary factors influencing both total income and cost of production. Consequently, the goal for most herds is to have a high percentage of cows wean a calf and for most of those calves to be born early in the calving season.

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Back in mid-May, I drove down to grain my yearling Angus bull. On the way, I passed two utility trucks working on running a new cable.

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