June fed cattle prices are typically low. April and May fed cattle prices, however, generally hit or are near the highs for the year. Thus, the name of the game becomes “He who can market finished 2018 spring-born calves in April or May 2019 wins.”
The last half of the current beef price cycle is going to require an all-out focus on lowering costs of production.
Harlan is kicking of a series of articles dedicated to analyzing the cattle cycle (it's finally back!) and the beef price cycle to hopefully help you build a strategic business plan for the next cattle cycle.
Will a heifer calf born in 2018 become, along with her herdmates, the most profitable cow in your herd? An analysis of past and present cattle cycles suggests this could be the case.
When you start a beef cow herd is critical. Here's a look at the numbers of how you compare to the average rancher.
Harlan helps break down the numbers and shares tips on projecting feeder cattle prices in 2018.
This is the phase in the current cattle cycle that is the most challenging. Your most important management tool is your pencil, as selling weaned calves may not keep you in the black.
One of the best ways for a retiring rancher to transition out of the business and for a young rancher to get started is with a cow lease arrangement. While the specifics will vary depending on the desires of both parties, there are many benefits...
We are now in the defensive portion of the current cattle cycle. What does that mean for your operation?