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In forage-based beef systems, balancing the environment (forage quality and quantity) and cow requirements is a driver of production efficiency.

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There was a time when targeting the Choice grade seemed like a lofty goal.

But as the song goes, the times, they are a-changin’.

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For the industry to remain profitable, input costs must be reduced. This statement was shared by a cattleman at a conference I attended years ago. The source? A cattleman’s journal from the late 1800s.

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When working with producers, one of the biggest problems or concerns that I hear is the lack of good help. This problem with labor has become glaringly obvious not just in the agriculture sector, but in general – good help is hard to find. On top of the difficulty in finding good help is a shortage of time. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of anyone in agriculture say they have too much time on their hands.

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It’s hard to count the number of wonderful things that come along with calving season: sleepless nights, spring storms, frozen ears (yours and the calves), endless chores, mean mamas, and the list goes on and on. And while in the trenches, it can seem like haying season would be a glorious break. Calving is the point at which the reproductive clock is reset for the next year within your cow herd.

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Learn more about the metrics that matter in farming and ranching businesses.

Without clear metrics, it’s close to impossible to determine if your farm or ranch is thriving, floundering, or falling somewhere in between, but it can be tricky to determine exactly what those metrics should be as well as how to analyze them.

If you’re looking for tips on how to best measure your agricultural operation’s progress, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading, and grab paper and a pen – you’re going to want to take notes.

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