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Friday, December 20,2013

Management Topics

Shows must evolve or become irrelevant

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
I just attended the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, and the National Western Stock Show will soon be upon us. I help conduct the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at Louisville, which is one of my highlights of the year.

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Friday, December 13,2013

Honest science

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Every industry has its activists, both pro and con. Last week, while watching the evening news, an ad about American farmers popped up. The ad was very well done and told consumers essentially who feeds them and the importance of respecting the farming community for doing such a good CROW.

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Friday, December 13,2013

Black Ink

Genomics test strategies explored

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Every day, bulls and breeding stock are selected with the help of genomic tools. Whether producers know it or not, DNA testing affects most cow herds by way of their seedstock suppliers. But those who are more intentional about it are reaping the benefits.

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Friday, December 13,2013

Beef Talk

Is a cow ever too ornery?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Having worked cattle for years and too many sheep to count, one develops a feel for the rogue cow or calf. Maybe it is just a quick look or an intense stare. There also are those animals that you know are not going to have a good cohabitation experience.

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Friday, December 6,2013

Let the market work

by Pete Crow - Publisher
A couple weeks ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plan to reduce mandated biofuel, mostly ethanol production, by 1.4 billion gallons, to a 2014 mandated production of 13 billion gallons. This move is creating a mixed bag of reactions across agriculture.

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Friday, December 6,2013

Guest Opinion

Did you know? Growth, grade correlated to profit

by WLJ
You know that genetics set the base for profitability in all segments of the cattle industry. Earlier this year, Shawn Walter and Ron Hale of Professional Cattle Consultants summarized feedlot data showing what kind of cattle generate added dollars. And guess what? The high-growth, high-grading cattle were most profitable.

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Friday, December 6,2013

Pasture Management

American rangeland and pasture management

by Wayne Burleson
It is a pleasure to be back at WLJ writing about one of my favorite subjects: American rangeland and pasture management. To be sure, this massive land mass is one of Americans’ most prestigious resources. There are several reasons for this statement. First off, pasturelands account for 25 percent of the U.

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Tuesday, December 3,2013

Cheap feed

by Pete Crow - Publisher
There is certainly a lot less pressure on feed stuffs this winter. With the EPA proposing to lower the volume of ethanol production last week, there should be even less pressure on the huge corn crop that was just produced, and harvest is mostly complete.

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Friday, November 29,2013

Guest Opinion

Beef Quality Assurance for cow operators

by WLJ
Much has been said about Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) in recent years, but how many of us really know what it is and why it is important to all beef producers? Simply put, BQA is the effort to instruct beef producers, and their workers, as to ways...

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Friday, November 29,2013

Kay's Korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
It needed to. For years it had rested on the premise that beef was “King” and Americans would continue to gobble it up. But, beef demand began to decline because beef was too fatty and inconsistent in its eating quality. Fortunately, the industry responded to the alarm bells, although it took nearly 20 years to arrest that declining demand.

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