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Monday, March 30,2015

Price discovery

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Should the cattle industry be worried about the cash market for fed cattle? That question has been bugging cattle feeders for decades. But if you watch their behavior they don’t appear too concerned about the cash market since most feeders market cattle on a formula, and there.

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Friday, March 27,2015

Beef Talk

Can profitable beef operations go broke?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
There is the question: Can profitable beef operations go broke? Absolutely, is the answer. Why? For one thing, the definition of profit is misused. And the longer the wrong numbers are applied to the word “profit,” the more likely an operation can get into financial trouble.

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Friday, March 27,2015

Guest Opinion

Basic knowledge and practices assist new cattle producers

by WLJ
When I started at the Noble Foundation in the late 1970s, agriculture in the Southern Great Plains was still dominated by traditional producers engaged primarily in foragebased beef production. Most operations were fairly large and run by experienced full-time farmers and ranchers.

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Friday, March 27,2015

Guest Opinion

Forage planning to manage cost and enhance productivity

by WLJ
The old saying is “hope for the best but plan for the worst.” When it comes to forage considerations for cow/calf producers I believe there is a need to plan for the worst… and plan for the best. And it’s not too early to begin forage planning for 2015.

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Friday, March 27,2015

BQA: It's the right thing to do

by WLJ
Here at the Brackett Ranches, LP, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is an everyday part of how we do business.

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Monday, March 23,2015

Fun time ahead

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The House Natural Resources Committee just released their agenda for the next couple years and it appears that they will certainly produce a lot of news that should please western resource users. The new Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) has a very aggressive mindset;.

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Friday, March 20,2015

Beef Talk

Is return on assets large enough to expand the cow business?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Some events in one’s life become stories because they have an impact on the future. These stories are used to teach and add wisdom to current conversations. Sometimes the discussion may stray, but if the facts are true, the story continues to add wisdom.

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Friday, March 20,2015

Measuring the value of your checkoff investment

by WLJ
As a fifth-generation cattle producer, I pay the dollarper-head Beef Checkoff assessment every time I sell an animal, and I am confident that those dollars are invested as effectively and efficiently as possible.

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Monday, March 16,2015

Markets moving higher

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Beef packers had a few days of profitability a couple weeks ago, but slipped back into red ink again, losing $16.75 per head last Wednesday. Despite profitability, they came to the table and started last week’s bidding at $161. It’s remarkable that the market is moving higher; ...

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Friday, March 13,2015

Beef Talk

Commercial beef production remains a stable business

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
In fact, when one takes a look at data in the world of commercial production, gradual changes are noted, but radical change is not something that is evident within those commercial beef units. Production through decades is a better indicator of change than year-to-year changes.

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