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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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Before the calendar flipped to 2020, many cattle producers had “replace handling facilities” on their to-do lists. Many of those lists have since been tossed in the garbage due to the unprecedented events of this year.

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In an already volatile industry, complete with weather, pest and disease pressures that can take away from a producer’s bottom line, being able to gain a little more control is an opportunity many cattle producers are taking advantage of.

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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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