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Selecting the Right Cattle Feed Plans

Different cattle feed plans are used at the more than 619,000 farms, ranches and homesteads that raise cattle. With 92 million head of cattle nationwide, there’s a lot of hungry mouths to feed. What you feed your beef cattle directly affects the quality of the meat, the marbling of the fat and the overall price […]


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How Cattle Farmers Can Help the Environment

Next to burning fossil fuels, industrial cattle farming is often cited as one of the biggest contributors to rising greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. As a result, ranching and beef production have been unfairly singled out as unsustainable practices. The fact is, however, that humans have been breeding and raising cattle for thousands of […]


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Cattle Ranching in Arizona

Cattle ranching may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Arizona, but in many ways the state’s beef industry is as rich and established as any of its Western neighbors. Indeed, the history of cattle ranching in Arizona spans more than 300 years, and while it has experienced periods […]


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Cattle and Humans: More Similar Than You Think

Those of us in the ranching profession clearly spend a lot of time around cows, but how much do we really know about them? You may be surprised to learn that cows are complex, intelligent creatures with more in common with us than we realize. Here are just a few of the ways cattle are […]


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Finding Quality Cattle Equipment

Cattle equipment such as chutes and handling systems can be a major investment for any ranching operation. The right tools can deliver several valuable benefits, including improved animal welfare, increased productivity, lower vet bills and more. For this reason, it’s important to do your research before making a decision. Material Matters Your location will determine […]


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Buying Cattle at Auction: What You Need to Know

The pungent scent of hay and manure mingles in the air. You’ve entered the auction barn, and it’s your first time buying cattle at auction. There’s a lot to learn when it comes to purchasing cattle at auction and beef cattle are popular livestock to raise. With the average price per pound of choice beef […]


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Randall Cattle: A Rare Breed Back From the Brink

America’s long and rich agricultural tradition includes many ideas that haven’t stood the test of time — just look at the brief and ill-fated drive to popularize hippopotamus farming during the First World War. But while some things are better left in history, there’s clear value to preserving a diversity of heritage breeds when it […]


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Cattle Diseases: Signs and Prevention

Healthy beef cattle are a joy to see. Their coats are shiny, their eyes bright. They move freely through the pasture on solid, well-shaped hooves, muscles rippling under their glossy black, brown or cream-colored hides.  Whether you raise Angus, Charolais, Hereford or any other breed of beef cattle commonly found throughout the United States, you […]


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Winter Animal Safety

Winter brings many challenges for livestock handlers, and some of the most significant are icy pastures and pens. Every year, we hear tragic stories about farm animals being killed or injured as a direct result of extreme weather conditions. Whether it’s slipping or falling on ice, lack of access to food or fresh water, or […]


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Put Money in Your Pocket in 2015!

Federal tax laws allow you to subtract some costs from your business income so you only pay tax on the net amount. Not using these deduction options effectively can really hike your tax bill, so make sure you don’t overlook any write-off you’re entitled to claim. It is often beneficial to your business or ranch […]


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