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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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Do you know you will not live forever? You may live all your days on the ranch, but the ranch will hopefully outlive you.

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Getting started in the cattle business is extremely capital-intensive, but alternatives such as custom grazing, running stocker cattle, leasing land or even cattle can be viable options.

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One of the largest budget items for ranch families is health insurance costs. We have heard of several ranchers in Nebraska paying over $40,000 in health insurance premiums.

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For a concept that seems relatively simple, easements can be surprisingly complex and lead to a number of issues for rural landowners.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor map continues to feature a lot of undesirable colors. Widespread drought conditions continue across many parts of the U.S., and experts are predicting these conditions are not going away any time soon.

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When it comes to tackling environmental issues in the cattle industry, Dave Petty of Iowa River Ranch near Eldora, Iowa, has always been one to grab the bull by the horns. Petty and his wife, Diane, are first generation farmers who founded their own ranch in 1987.  Primarily a cow-calf operation with a finishing feedlot, the Iowa River Ranch is a diversified farm encompassing cropland, pasture and hay land. Petty has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to being a good steward to the land and the environment while producing quality Angus cattle.

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