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Friday, January 17,2014

Beef Talk

No shortcuts in the beef business

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Given the recent cold wave across the country, walking across cold snow is notable. There are several types of snow. The fashionable snowflake is poetic, so we smile at the beauty, shape and the mild weather required to gently layer the land. Soon to follow is Jack Frost, those beautiful ice crystals on a cool but not cold morning.

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Friday, January 17,2014

Legally Speaking

The IRS and business plans

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
In recent years the IRS has ruled that a written business plan is important evidence which tends to prove that you are operating in a businesslike manner. The Tax Court has said that in hobby loss cases you should have “some type of plan” for the venture.

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Friday, January 10,2014

Beef Talk

What’s in the bull soup?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Buying bulls is like making soup. You put in a bit of this and a bit of that and in the end, you have good soup. Likewise, a piece of this and a piece of that and you assemble a good bull. Unlike the soup you make from scratch, the bull already is made, but you have to find him.

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Friday, January 10,2014

Going "green"

by Pete Crow - Publisher
There’s that word again— “sustainability”—and now McDonald’s is using it. I think I know how most ranchers define sustainability— the ability to make a profit from one year to the next. And if you look around, there are lots of ranches in this country with long productive histories.

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Friday, January 10,2014

Kay's Korner

SuKarne keeps growing

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The U.S. cattle feeding industry has depended for years on Mexican feeder cattle to help fill its pens. Annual imports have averaged about one million head, although they have fluctuated dramatically at times, in large part due to drought. That’s why 2011 and 2012 saw more than 1.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Pasture Management

by Wayne Burleson
When I was young and just starting out in agriculture with a few purebred horned Hereford cows, I paid very close attention to the cows, but did not concern myself at all about the health of my soils. Soils were just something that my cows walked on. Little did I know… Now roll the calendar ahead 50 years—a half century— and wow, I am a slow learner.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Global beef

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s going to be an interesting year for the beef import/ export business. USDA has forecasted that beef production will be down somewhere around 6 percent to 7 percent this year and that our beef exports will be down 6 percent. Beef production for 2013 finished out at.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Although one wants to keep lots of openness when reviewing new bulls, the truth be told, there is a wealth of information available on most bulls that probably is not well tapped.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Guest Opinion

by WLJ
Angus breeder Keith Russell of Johnstown, CO, has been a mentor and a friend to hundreds of us through the years. During Colorado floods, the Little Thompson River came through at 25 feet above flood stage. Keith lost all of his winter feed and most of his equipment, with severe damage to fences, buildings and his home.

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Friday, December 27,2013

Bring on 2014

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The year 2013 will be one to remember for cow/calf producers. We had a recovering drought and calf prices had a record long rally starting in May and reached new highs right on to the end of the year. Who would have ever thought that 450-pound steer calves would bring over $1,000 a CROW.

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