It’s all about inflation

By: Luke Schwieterman In Econ 101 we learned that inflation is too many dollars chasing too few goods.  That seems to define the commodity market at the current time.  Supply is unable to keep up with demand. In the US, beef imports are lower and exports are higher.  USDA just released the import/export report for…

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Resolving Conflicts

By: Don Tyler Handling conflicts between employees requires a very different approach because the source of conflict is almost always emotional, not logical. Let’s face it, if conflicts were logical then the people involved would go through a systematic process similar to the one already mentioned and come to a logical solution. Once resolved, there…

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Protecting costs in a bull market

By: Luke Schwieterman Cattle continue their trek higher as this week’s trade began at $111 ($5.00 more than last week) being paid at feedlots. The squeeze between imports and exports continues with December beef imports down 23.7 percent over last year and exports up 31.5 percent. As we discussed in the last article, this shift…

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Hiring and self promotion

By: Don Tyler  In recent years agriculture, and livestock producers in particular, have been experiencing a phenomenon that we were unaccustomed to—a well-funded and highly organized opposition to what we do. Their tactics are over-the-top, but can still have an effect on what young people, and even people in our local community, think about working…

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Be prepared in the event of a disaster

Spring time is thunderstorm season across the Plains. Spring storms occasionally bring severe winds or even tornadoes. Windy spring days also can cause wildfires to move rapidly across range lands. Cleaning up after a severe storm or wildfire is difficult enough. Losing valuable cattle brings additional financial hardship to the situation.  Cattle loss can occur…

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