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Land Market Report: 2023 Synopsis

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By Jared Groce

Happy New Year! Let us all be grateful for the year that has come and gone, and faithful for the good to come in 2024. No one knows what is in store for us, but there are hints that interest rates may very well start to decrease this year. I’m no fortune teller, but past experience has proven that an election year will result in some oddities in the land market – mainly fewer buyers and stagnant prices, but that can always change. The fact is, rural land prices in our area are as high as they have ever been, and chances are good that they will continue to increase. Turns out, God isn’t making any more of this stuff for us.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Ranch Biosecurity

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By Barry Whitworth, DVM

With beef, pork, and poultry exports playing a vital role in the economic health of livestock operations, producers need to understand the dangers that foreign animal diseases and other diseases may have on the viability of their operations.

The recent discovery of Influenza A H5N1 virus in dairy cattle demonstrates the vulnerability of livestock operations to disease events. Sick animals are not the only consequence of a disease outbreak. The economic cost associated with disease can be high. Also, in foreign animal disease outbreaks, export markets can be temporarily lost. Currently, Columbia has restricted fresh/frozen beef and beef products from states with dairy herds testing positive for Avian Influenza. The best defense against these threats is a good biosecurity plan.

To read more, pick up a copy of the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Ag Elsewhere: Montana

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In Montana, June brings irrigating, brandings, and some wondrous sights from Mother Nature.

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Ag Elsewhere: Wyoming

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By Tressa Lawrence

Happy June from the lands of Wyoming!

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