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Cattle size and Profitability – Bigger isn’t always Better!

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Thanks to Ross Mcdonald of the 98 Ranch up in Saskatchewan for sharing. It’s a posting from the Cow-Cow Calf blog about cattle size Cattle Size and How It Affects Profitability. Larger weaning rates became the trend driven by “bigger is better” – larger weaning rates mean you sell your calves (by the pound) for more. But  Read more…

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Hug a Sportsman – It’s Earth Day

John Watson – Fay Ranches.  Internationally recognized “Earth Day” celebrated every April around the globe, arose from the environmental movement of the 1970’s. But from an outdoorsman and sportsman’s perspective, the conservation movement in the U.S. had already been well afoot nearly 100 years earlier, led by the naturalists of the late 1800’s and championed  Read more…

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Public Lands: Utah GOP bill would let states manage federal grazing

PUBLIC LANDS: Utah GOP bill would let states manage federal grazing Phil Taylor, E&E reporter Published: Friday, April 17, 2015 A new bill introduced this week by Utah Republicans would let Western states manage some grazing allotments on federal lands, relieving the Bureau of Land Management of its environmental oversight. The bill, by Sen. Orrin  Read more…

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Access to U.S. Beaches, Waterways, Vary Significantly from State to State

John Watson/Fay Ranches.  Access to U.S. coastal beaches, waterways and non-navigable rivers and streams vary considerably from state to state.  For instance, Oregon has some of the most public friendly river access laws while states like Wyoming and Texas maintain more protective private property rights in favor of the landowner.  The San Mateo, California coastal  Read more…

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Private Property – Keep Out!

An interesting article titled “Private Property – Keep Out!” appeared in Private Wealth magazine that discussed the challenges the ultra-wealthy have in maintaining their private lives when they purchase real estate.  Many of those on the “Forbes Richest” or Land Report 100 really would prefer not to be included on these lists.  In fact, many  Read more…

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Fay Ranches/Republic Ranches – A Historic Partnership is Forged

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/prnewswire/press_releases/Colorado/2014/10/09/CL33529 PR Newswire DENVER, Oct. 9, 2014 DENVER, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Fay Ranches and Republic Ranches, two of the most successful land brokerage firms in the country, are announcing a groundbreaking strategic alliance that will create one of the most powerful brokerage teams in the United States and further expand each company’s reach and breadth of services.  The two  Read more…

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Van Gogh Farming at Campo Laguna Blanca

Enhancing Land Health Revitalizes both Land Beauty and Productivity By John Watson, Fay Ranches;  Legacy Landbank Conservationist, visionary and mentor, Doug Tompkins, sent me over the weekend, a batch of photos of his Campo Laguna Blanca (farm) situated in the Entre Rios province of Argentina. These pics have a real meaning to me because I see  Read more…

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Dam Removal on U.S. Waterways Creates Tremendous Land Investment Opportunities

As “A Catalyst in Land Investment” Terraqua follows current events and trends with an eye to interpret possible positive or negative impacts on land resource values. In the case of slated dam removals along many stretches of important U.S. waterways, many private landowners along these waters benefit from the participation from increased property values created  Read more…

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Book Review: The Business of Open Space: What’s Next (Stephen J. Small)

This is the latest in the Preserving Family Lands series of Boston-based tax attorney Stephen J. Small.  Before going into private practice, Small was an attorney-advisor I the Office of Chief Counsel of the IRS in Washington D.C., where he wrote the federal income tax regulations on conservation easements. “What’s Next” is geared to land  Read more…

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EPA Proposes Clean Water Act Rule that Expands Waters EPA Regulates

Last week the EPA announced a newly proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule that expands the waters under the EPA’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.  There were U.S. Supreme Court rulings in 2001 and 2006 which defined waters EPA could regulate. The court in these rulings determined the EPA needs to establish a connection  Read more…

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