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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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People seem to be most open to new ideas, alternate strategies and other changes to our normal approaches during the first few weeks of the year.

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My last two articles briefly summarized some differences between our conventional industrial production models in the beef industry and the growing “niche” markets that are becoming more prominent. As niche markets grow, so has the focus on regenerative production models because the niche market consumer and producer both tend to have desires to break free from the high input, “bigger is better” industrial mindset.

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When looking at annual cow costs and doing an economic analysis, three categories rise to the top as the largest percentage of total costs: feed, labor and equipment, and cow depreciation.

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A business cannot achieve its full potential without establishing a level of structure that provides clarity for each person’s areas of responsibility, standard procedures for tasks, levels and limits of authority for each family member and employee, and an agreement on how people will be held accountable.

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In today’s world of technology and recordkeeping, you can record mountains of information about your cattle herd. Recordkeeping is quick, generally easy, and most programs have a spot for the information you collect.

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U.S. cattle ranchers have exhibited remarkable resilience in adversity this year, but not without practice from previous years. While meat processing consolidation and price manipulation existed within the industry prior to COVID-19, recent events have brought these discrepancies into the public eye and instigated change to strengthen our domestic food supply chain against further disruption.

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