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Friday, October 24,2014

Beef Talk

When a cow is determined to be market beef, sell her

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Current discussions focus on increasing cow numbers, but it may be ill-advised to change cow culling schemes. When a cow is determined to be market beef, sell her.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Black Ink

Fixer uppers: profiting from cull cows

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Decades of using at least breed-average bulls in the pasture and artificial insemination (AI) on the top half moved their progeny up from 10 percent premium Choice to eight times that. I would not want to start over with any other cows now, but it’s still easy to find a bottom 20 percent in these.

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Friday, October 24,2014

West Coast bull sale recap

by WLJ
It’s been widely documented that California is in the midst of the most severe drought on record in the state, and it’s estimated that nearly 30 percent of the cow herd has exited the state over the past 12 months.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Who do you trust?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
This Ebola virus situation is getting a little out of hand. It shows once again that the federal government and the Obama administration just can’t govern and are a little too lackadaisical about doing the job.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Management Topics

Heifer selection in commercial herds

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Proper selection of heifers is vitally important as our industry works to expand. There are some general principles for any commercial operation to consider, as well as more intensive selection criteria for sire-identified herds, as well as genomic tests.

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Friday, October 17,2014

BQA, a point of pride

by WLJ
At the Padlock Ranch, we strive to manage the resources and assets of the ranch for long-term sustainability, and the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program (BQA) helps us meet our goal of producing quality beef.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Less doesn't mean none

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Case in point: I spoke with Katie Fite, Biodiversity Director at Western Watersheds Project (WWP), while working on my sage grouse ruling story for last week’s paper.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Guest Opinion

Sage grouse program established in MT

by WLJ
Last month, Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order establishing the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program. The program has been in the works for some time with several Montana groups having the opportunity to provide input on maintaining state management of the sage grouse species and its habitat in the state of Montana.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Pasture Management

Itīs true that healthy land equals healthy food equals healthy people

by Wayne Burleson
Recently, I spent some time in Africa as a USAID (United States Agency for International Development) volunteer on two farmer-to-farmer assignments, each about three weeks in length. One was in Malawi and the other took me across the central plains of Mozambique.

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Friday, October 3,2014

More checkoff drama

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’sbecoming clear who has the ear of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; the National Farmers Union (NFU). Last week Vilsack held a meeting with the Beef Checkoff working group and said, “This is going to be a one-way conversation,” telling the group that he plans on.

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