Beef Tips: Benchmarking a key step toward higher beef returns

Beef Tips: Benchmarking a key step toward higher beef returns

IN December, my column focused on managing costs. Those efforts become increasingly important going forward as beef supplies begin to cyclically increase and, subsequently, pressure the market. As such, cow/calf producers will likely find the operating environment more in line with historical norms.

To that end, I noted that cow/calf operating margins are historically thin. Data from the Livestock Marketing Information Center indicated a whopping r

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