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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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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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In 2018, the USDA reported that since 2013, there has been more than a 50 percent reduction in net farm income.

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Recently, I had a conversation with a vegetable farmer from the Upper Midwest. Somehow, we got on the topic of scales, and I explained to him that many cattle producers don’t have a scale. The farmer looked at me in pure shock.

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Several years ago, I ran into a much younger friend of mine at a winter trade show and asked him what he’d been up to. “We just got back from skiing,” he said. When I asked where he went, he replied in a nonchalant manner, “The Alps.”

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Traceability is coming. It’s an inevitability – but also an exciting change for the industry. However, it’s a daunting and ambiguous subject when you think about it.

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From the earliest cowboys to settle in Texas, cattle ranching has long been a backbone of the American economy. If you’re looking to up your livelihood with a professional lifestyle in the Wild West, it’s important to understand the business operations that can make your ranch run profitably.

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