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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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1. Approach financial tough times head-on
With ongoing struggles in our country’s economy, the livestock industry faces the continuing threat of tough times ahead. Now is the time to take charge of your operation’s financial success and learn how to thrive in today’s harsh economic climate. For more information on taking charge of your organization’s financial future in our current economy, go to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/DisasterRecovery/livestockconcerns.htm

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Because state governments are hard-pressed for revenue, state tax authorities are getting more aggressive in audits, and this has an impact on the horse and ranching industries. In a new case, the Minnesota Tax Court ruled against the taxpayers who operated a horse and cattle ranch [Molnar v. Commissioner of Revenue, Docket No. 8039-R].

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Understanding the horse’s body language is extremely important to safely work around a horse. Observing body language allows a rider or handler to be better prepared for reactions from the horse or may prevent actions that will result in danger to the horse and handler.

Features to watch include head carriage, ear position, look in its eyes, flare of the nostrils and mouth, as they will provide you with indicators of what a horse is doing. Pawing, continuous body movement, head tossing, a wild or frightened look, ears laid back against the head, or attempts to bite are all signals of danger to the handler.

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Cattle are typically worked one to two times a year on the ranch. Vaccination, palpation, treatment, testing, dehorning, castration and identification are many of the management practices that require restraint of cattle. The safety of yourself, your help, and the animal being processed should be top priority

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Al ganado de carne típicamente se trabaja una o dos veces al año en el rancho. La vacunación, palpación, tratamiento, reexaminaciones medicas, el descornado, la castración y la identificación son algunas de las practicas de manejo que requieren de “sujetar o manejar” el ganado. La seguridad de usted, sus ayudantes y del animal deberán ser la prioridad principal.

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Cattle producers are painfully aware they operate in uncertain and volatile times.

Uncertainty over prices, input markets, extreme weather and other factors can make profitability tough.

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