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Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:19 AM CST

At Pendergrass Cattle Company, a load of calves represents an opportunity, with about a 60-day window. It's what happens in that window that makes or breaks someone in the stocker business.

This operation goes back a long way in the Pendergrass family. John Paul Pendergrass is the sixth generation to be a part of the business, headquartered in Arkansas' Franklin County, just outside of Fort Smith. He and his dad, John Frank Pendergrass, have built a team that focuses on management, marketing and growth. And Rule 1 is simple: Don't start out with problem calves.

"All the cattle we buy ...

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