Agribusiness: How much debt can my cattle operation afford?

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By Ian McLean, Bush Agribusiness* , 19 January 2017 “How much debt can I afford to take on with my property?” This is a critical question for all cattle producers to ask themselves, and the answer is unique to each business, suggests respected agribusiness management consultant, Ian McLean. https://www.beefcentral.com/news/agribusiness-how-much-debt-can-my-cattle-operation-afford/
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Big variation exists in producer financial performance, despite high cattle prices

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By Beef Central, 17 November 2016 Even with the current level of returns for livestock, considerable variation exists in financial performance between enterprises, business advisor Ian McLean told 170 people attending the annual Young Beef Producers Forum in Roma this morning. https://www.beefcentral.com/news/big-variation-exists-in-producer-financial-performance-despite-high-cattle-prices/
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How to budget cattle prices in the current market

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By Ian McLean, Bush AgriBusiness Pty Ltd*, 18 April 2016 A common question from beef producers at the moment is what cattle prices should be used for budgeting purposes in today’s cattle market environment? Whether today’s prices or those of 12 months ago are used will make a big difference to the budgeted bottom line. Unfortunately no-one has a crystal ball, however historical price data can provide a useful basis for determining rational prices for use in budgeting. https://www.beefcentral.com/news/agribusiness/how-to-budget-cattle-prices-in-the-current-market/
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Tectonic shift or high tide for the beef industry?

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Record high beef prices, increasing demand for quality protein, decreased herd size…… are we seeing a tectonic shift for the beef industry, or is this a cyclical high tide that while welcome, is only temporary? This is best addressed by looking at the current prices relative to longer term prices in real terms (with inflation removed), which is shown in the below graph. Two major points can be seen here; there is an obvious cycle in the prices, and we are currently at a high point in the cycle, the current prices are not significantly higher than they were in 2001, This doesn’t mean prices won’t continue rising; what prices will do in the short term is anyone’s guess. However the cyclical nature of commodity prices is pervasive and high…
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The Efficiency of Beef Production

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Growing cattle convert grass into beef moreefficiently than breeding cattleAs the proportion of growing cattle in the herd increases the total beef produced increases, up to a point (which is determined by reproductive rate and annual weight gains)Breeding herds should focus on maximising reproductive rate and then growing the progeny out as heavy as country and available markets permit, while lowering mortalityThe carrying capacity of land under management is one of the main limiting factors of a beef business, the number of AE run in the long term should be set at the long term carrying capacity,The herd profile should be determined by reproductive rate and optimum turnoff weight, growing cattle with good annual weight gains can profitably displace breeders.The efficiency of beef production (measured as kilograms of beef produced…
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