Tag: Ranching

Ranch Records

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Calving season is in full swing across most of cow country and so are ranchers armed with a red book or smart phone app taking notes about birth dates, weights, […]

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Economic Analysis

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We recently wrapped up our two day Economics Intensive where alumni of the Ranching for Profit School prepared their economic plan for the coming year. For many of us, if […]

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Moneyball is a Movie About Ranching

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The first time I watched the movie Moneyball, I about came out of my chair thinking, “This movie is about ranching”. The correlations are strong and the lessons from the […]

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Silver Bullet

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There isn’t a recipe for a profitable ranch. Not every profitable ranch calves in May and June. Not every profitable ranch has sold all their hay equipment. Not every profitable […]

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A Strong Gross Margin

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If you’re ranching for profit, there is one way to define “a good cow”. She has a strong gross margin. In much of my writing and speaking it might seem […]

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Succession Assets vs Management

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Succession. When the word succession is used in agriculture circles most think of who gets what and when. Typically when any industry group hosts a panel on succession, they include […]

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Maybe We Should Keep Those?

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Have you ever looked at a group of calves, heifers, cull cows and thought, “Well… maybe we should just keep those?” If you have, you’re not alone. Acting on this […]

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Can Small Scale Operations be Profitable?

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I often hear from people operating on a smaller scale that their limitations of size make it impossible for them to be profitable. “I only run 12 cows and operate […]

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Going Backwards Working for Wages

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I was having a conversation with a ranch family the other day about doing their own trucking. They haul cattle to corn stalks and back each year, so they hire […]

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The Ranch Business Time Bomb

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Think of a ranch business you know of, that is no longer in business. Now I want you to think of the underlying cause for that business no longer being […]

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