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Each property is different and has different needs from its owners. Whether you have livestock, crops, game, or are simply living on the land you have purchased, the fencing around your property is paramount.

This guide is a short summary of some different fencing options that you have when looking to enclose your land. With some insight into several options as well as some resources, this will set you on the right track when it comes to fencing in your property.

 

 

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Wooden

This traditional choice is attractive and easily customizable to fit your needs. Since you can paint wooden fencing any color that you want, it is arguably the most sightly fencing option. The thick wood is visible to livestock and is able to withstand severe

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A blight on the land of most ranch-owners in Texas is feral hog overpopulation. This post is an overview of wild pigs and their effects on the land you own or are looking to own.

  

Not only do they tear up the land, but feral hogs can spread E Coli and other diseases to humans and other animals, kill native species, and contaminate water sources. This invasive species can thrive in 79% of Texas and their population continues to increase exponentially. A study from 2004 estimated that Texas had around $52 million in damages annually resulting from feral hogs. Now, that estimation reaches as high as $1.5 billion nationwide. Needless to say, their presence within Texas is detrimental to ranching and landowning.

To get an idea of the scope of

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A hunting lease is an agreement between you (the lessor) and hunters or anglers (the lessees) that allows them to visit and hunt on your land for a specified time period. Your lessees pay you per acre or per lessee for their hunting experience. 

This post will give you a quick rundown of hunting leases as well as resources to help you get started if you decide you would like to lease your own land out or if you are looking for a place to privately hunt.

What is a hunting lease?

Types of Land Leases:

It is good to know that you have options when wanting to lease out your own property or if you are searching for private land to start hunting on. That being said, it is good to keep in mind that a landowner can only agree to as much as their land is capable of providing,

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Cattle, sheep or goats don’t cause overgrazing; people cause overgrazing. Grazing done the right way – incorporating rotations and seasonal rest – can be very compatible with good stewardship of the land. Grazing can also be done in a manner to maintain or improve wildlife habitat. Grazing is inherently neither good nor bad. It is a land management tool that can be used positively or negatively to alter the habitat. How it is used is entirely the decision of the landowner.

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Pat Pilgrim knows a thing or two about scales of efficiency. Taking his father Bo Pilgrim's (of Pilgrim's Pride) model of vertical integration production from chicken farming to cotton ginning, Pat's PPF Gin in Cooper, Texas is bringing life back to the cotton production in the northeast land market region. 

Here's the big takeaway from the "Turning Soil, Northeast Texas Croplands Evolve" article from the Texas A&M Real Estate Center's Erin Kiella, John, Robinson, and Charles E. Gilliland:

 "Pilgrim's program offers contracted growers a predetermined price for cotton while providing planting seed, fertilizer, other chemical inputs, agronomic consulting, picking/hauling, ginning, and warehousing services. According to Texas A&M AgriLife

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 Located 10 miles southwest of Rocksprings Texas and 73 miles west of Kerrville, Texas; Sunset Hills Game ranch is now available for sale. As a complete, turnkey hunting ranch, the sale of this property includes existing red, fallow, axis, and white tail deer stock. This 140 acre ranch is high fenced to contain the current stock of exotics and native deer. Enjoy views for miles across the rolling terrain from the front porch of the tastefully designed fifteen hundred square foot, three bed, two bath home. Complete and move in ready; Sunset Hills Game Ranch offers solitude, dark skies, and a very comfortable home for your family and friends to enjoy for years to come. Corn feeders, protein feeders, and other ranching equipment will be

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Oak Canyon Ranch | 83 Acre Kerr County TX Ranch for Sale | Texas Premier Ranch Realty

Eight point three miles southwest of Comfort, Texas and one hour from San Antonio, Texas; the eighty three acre Oak Canyon Ranch is now available for sale. Ideal for hunters and families seeking solitude within easy reach of San Antonio, Boerne, Comfort, Kerrville and Fredericksburg; Oak Canyon Ranch offers quintessential Texas hill country settings, views, topography, and sunsets. Enjoy the peaceful solitude of the spring fed lake in the canyon along with views for miles from the hilltop overlooking the ranch and surrounding countryside. As a true Texas hill country sportsman’s paradise, Oak Canyon Ranch is home to numerous species of game including whitetail deer, blackbuck antelope, axis deer, white wing doves, and Rio Grande turkey.

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In Part I of this series, we took a close look at how the popularity of Texas hill country land and the empowering of Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCD) in 2001 marked the beginning of the run up in land prices statewide.

Now it’s time to take a look at the underlying resources and the politics that to this day, effect the value and usability of Texas hill country land.  

Before we dig in, it helps to understand the broken slab and broken pipes geological nature of the Texas hill country, illustrated to some degree in the following map of major Texas aquifers:  

Major Aquifers in Texas | Legacy Broker Group

Of particular interest to landowners in the Texas hill country are the violet and blue Trinity and Edwards aquifers.  

Outflows along and from the from the base of the

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South: Warmer than normal temperatures dominated the region with departures in west Texas 6-9 degrees above normal. It was a mainly dry week over the area, with just portions of eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas and into Louisiana recording above-normal precipitation with departures of up to 0.50 inches above normal. With the continued dryness in south Texas, some new areas of abnormally dry conditions were added this week with an expansion of moderate drought in far south Texas.

 

Looking Ahead: Over the next 5-7 days, the eastern United States has the greatest potential for precipitation, with the greatest amounts over the Southeast and into southern Florida. The northern United States also should see precipitation from the northern Rocky Mountains

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Research shows time and time again, whether it is because of profit or pain management, that the earlier you castrate, the better. A Kansas State University study showed that bulls castrated and implanted at an average of 3 months of age weighed 2 pounds more at 7.5 months of age than did the intact bull calves in the same study. At 7.5 months, the bulls were castrated, and then both groups were weighed 28 days later to assess gain.The steers castrated as calves gained 48 pounds, while the bulls that were cut at an average of 578 pounds only gained 33 pounds. That is a lost potential gain of 15 pounds, as these late-castrated bulls had to deal with the stress of healing from surgery. Learn more on how to get the most out of your ranch and raising cattle

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