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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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Starting a new cattle business is a large undertaking with considerable financial risk. Feed is one of the largest variable expenses in every phase of beef cattle production, accounting for 70 percent of all variable expenses.

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Like fingerprints, no two cattlemen are alike. Whether it is the size of their ranch, the breed of cattle they raise or how they run their program, they’re all different.

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Last month, Chief Justice Roberts wrote a unanimous opinion in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. Inc., holding that landowners have the right to challenge jurisdictional determinations by the EPA or Corps of Engineers (COE) that water on their lands is governed by the Clean Water Act.

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Starting out in any field can be a daunting task for any entrepreneur. Finding the capital to get started in a farm or ranch operation can be a tricky and emotional journey. Credit history is minimal, and the up-front costs can be substantial.

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For those in the Southeast, it’s time to look toward winter. August is a typical time for assessing any opportunities to stockpile fescue, plant winter annuals and check byproduct feed prices such as soyhulls and corn gluten.

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General

For producers in the upper Midwest and the North, August can be one of the most stressful months on the cow herd. Extreme heat waves, as predicted for 2016, reinforce the need to constantly monitor water sources to make sure they are both clean and cool.

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