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Do Your Homework before Negotiating Pasture Leases, Worker Wages, or Custom Farm Work

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Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as land owners and ranchers renew pasture leases, managers and workers negotiate wages, or agreements are made for custom farm work. It can be pretty challenging to determine what is a fair price for both parties.  […]

Improving Beef Herd Efficiency through Ranch Analysis

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Figure 1 U.S. Average price for 550 pound steers from June 2011 to 2016. Source Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Beef Economist Cattle prices peaked at unprecedented levels in 2014, fell off a cliff in 2015, and have taken a another steep nosedive in 2016.  When you look at the chart above you can see that prices […]

How Much Does Your Hay Storage Cost?


Be careful how you answer that question. Cost and expense are two different things. Everyone worries about the expense of building barns for hay storage. Yes, barns are a big capital expense. Sometimes the method with the least expense ends up costing you the most. For this article we will review three different hay storage […]

Southeast Cattle Advisor at the 2015 Sunbelt Ag Expo

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The 2015 Sunbelt Ag Expo will be held in Moultrie, GA on Tuesday, October 20 through Thursday, October 22, 2015. Members of the Southeast Cattle Advisor group will be speaking on timely management topics at the Beef Barn throughout the event. Seminars are free to attend. Visit with speakers, Extension agents, and ag researchers to […]

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