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Livestock Industry Hails Passage of Wildfire 
Prevention Package

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) this week hailed the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee’s passage of the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, H.R. 1526, legislation to prevent the continuation of catastrophic wildfire events by improving federal forest management.

Ranchers Selling Ranches

Based in Austin, Texas Ranch Investments & Associates offers a full range of marketing and financial services to buyers and sellers of farm, ranch and rural property not only in Texas but globally. Ken O’Meara, a nationally recognized developer of office buildings, hotels, college campus living facilities, and large commercial projects founded the company in 1982. After winding down operations for his successful O’Meara Chandler Corporation, Ken saw an opportunity to take his experience in the real estate business into the farm and ranch area that was closest to his heart. The real estate brokerage business was a natural fit.

Buying A Ranch Property?

As you drive almost any highway, you currently see ranches for sale due to extreme persistent weather conditions and high production input costs. If you are interested in buying a ranch, now may be the time to start shopping. Purchasing a ranch requires a big investment; so clearly identify your ranching goals to ensure that the selected property will meet your aesthetic and appreciable expectations.

Ranchers’ Guide to Custom Cattle Feeding

Custom cattle feeding refers to sending cattle to a commercial feedyard that specializes in feeding and managing cattle until they are ready for slaughter. A rancher should consider this practice as a marketing alternative or for market timing purposes. Custom cattle feeding can be used as a tool to increase the dollar return to a cow-calf or stocker program. However, there are times when it may be better to simply sell feeder cattle or calves. The rancher should consider custom cattle feeding at any time when it is likely to increase his net return.

Young Rancher Needs

Traci Bruckner has a lot of experience with beginning cattle operations. As assistant director of the rural policy program at the Center for Rural Affairs, the Wayne, Neb. native helped lobby for the beginning farmer and rancher provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill; she’s also served on USDA’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee 2007-09, and at one time she and her husband had their own cow/calf operation.
 

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