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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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Unlike the animated “Wile E. Coyote” who is often outsmarted by his target, the flesh-and-blood version is a real threat to vulnerable and weakened prey, including livestock.

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Farmer and rancher success is based on the extent to which they can maintain ecosystem balance on their properties. Plants, animals and soil microorganisms must perform in concert for each other’s benefit to obtain optimal production from the land.

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Editor’s note: This is the final article in a three-part series.

Stocker cattle operators have been described as the cattle industry’s shock absorber between cow-calf producers and feedlot managers.

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My entrance into the farm business world came by a rather unexpected job offer my senior year of college to work for our regional farm credit association.

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We encounter contracts on almost a daily basis. While handshakes and oral agreements are still very prevalent today, written contracts are an important way to memorialize agreements and hopefully help mitigate future conflicts.

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The stocker cattle business can be extremely rewarding when a producer follows all of the rules and devotes his or her time to the cattle purchased. The stocker cattle business can be extremely devastating if rules are not followed and the producer does not put in the time. What is this fool talking about? Give me a chance to explain, and I think it will all make sense in the end.

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