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Spring of Hope
Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:38 AM CDT

For the beef industry, the idea of herd expansion has sadly become a well-worn trail for cattlemen that just keeps leading nowhere. As ranchers spend a second spring daydreaming about building back cow herds, it's still too risky and too pricey for many to take the leap. Herd expansion today has little to do with the want and everything to do with the water, the feed and the land.

Kevin Wernette is in a better position than most. He's trying to hold cow numbers steady, not rebuild them, on his Remus, Mich., ranch. It hasn't been easy. He's found the ...

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