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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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Each calving season brings a special set of challenges for cow-calf producers. However, the primary goal remains the same every year – get as many calves as possible on the ground and off to a healthy start. One obstacle that virtually all producers will face at some point during calving season is scours.

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Currently, beef bulls are worth a lot of money – at least based on the relatively high prices paid by bull buyers for virgin seedstock bulls this past fall. As a result, strategic management of bulls, particularly during the winter months, is becoming even more important to a producer’s profitability.

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With nearly 800 mother cows, Gelbvieh and Angus breeder Vaughn Thorstenson recognizes that reducing feed inputs would be a huge savings on the ranch he and his family operate in north-central South Dakota.

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