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


Every beef producer has heard the statistics about how dangerous it is to farm.

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We all know that livestock are most productive when the conditions around them are optimal – needed nutrients, favorable weather, free from disease and injury.

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I start with this quote from Winston Churchill, a man I admire greatly and who undoubtedly had ample cause for discouragement during the dark days of World War II.

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Have you ever found yourself trying to figure out how much hay to buy for the upcoming year?

Are you confused about which estrous synchronization protocol to use?

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Let’s begin by comparing owner/managers of two businesses. Our first business is a fast-food franchise that sells products specified by the parent firm to a largely unchanging clientele.

Our second business is an upscale independent restaurant in an ever-changing retail location. The businesses are similar in volume of sales and net income.

Let’s now compare the roles of the two managers. The first manager works in the business; manages employee hiring, scheduling and performance management; and develops, monitors, and improves all of the processes required to produce a consistent quality food product. He is primarily a working manager.

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Mike Sands, Informa Economics, says it will take extra effort and ingenuity for cattle feeders to survive and thrive in this environment.end mark