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2018 plays out like a Sergio Leone Movie


December 20, 2018

By Joe Stuver

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly come to mind when reviewing the Year of Our Lord 2018.

The success or failure of a year in our ranching community is usually predicated by the previous year. 2017 was simply ugly. There was little moisture in the crucial growing months, and there was little if any dryland hay.

That set up a disastrous winter and early spring. Bitter cold temperatures left most ranchers taxed fiscally and physically. Load after load of expensive hay came in, and herds were culled to try and stay ahead of the hay. Plus, there was the considerable expense in fuel a...

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