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Friday, October 25,2013

Beef Talk

The benefits of protein

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Properly managed forage supplies have the potential to increase rib-eye area in long yearling steers by 25 percent. Occasionally, data comes across the desk that causes one to sit back and say: Wow, could you repeat that? Yes, properly managed forage supplies have the potential to increase rib-eye area in grass steers by 25 percent.

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Friday, October 18,2013

Time for a political shift

by Pete Crow - Publisher
I don’t know how you all feel about this partial government shutdown deal. It’s over for now, but will be back in play this next January, so it isn’t really over in my book. It just means more of not knowing what this administration plans to do.

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Friday, October 18,2013

Guest Opinion

Millennials here we come!

by WLJ
The Millennial generation is even larger than the Baby Boomers—currently almost 30 percent of all adults and roughly 27 percent of the total population. Millennials are the most connected generation. They are 2.5 times more likely than older generations to be an early adopter of technology.

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Friday, October 18,2013

Management Topics

Data collection season for seedstock producers

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
weaned is arguably the busiest and most important time for data collection for seedstock producers. Proper contemporary groups must be formed, as well as weaning data, disposition scores, cow weights, body condition scores, reason codes for culling and genomics, all collected this time of year for spring calving cows.

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Friday, October 11,2013

We must agree to spend

by WLJ
Democrats are insisting on passing a continuing resolution, which would push the Affordable Care Act—more often known as “ObamaCare”—through fully funded, while Republicans are looking to ease into the program, if ever even accepting it at all. However, it seems that at this point in time, the U.

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Friday, October 11,2013

Beef Talk

In search of late-season protein

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Good supplementation programs will help meet these needs. However, as the summer slowly shifts to fall, finding adequate protein is more of a challenge. In general, as cattle graze, there is an expectation that producers match the season of the year with the nutritional requirements cattle need.

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Friday, October 11,2013

Vet's Perspective

Ergot toxicity

by WLJ
Although much of the growing season had been dry and dusty, more recently we have been experiencing an excess of moisture in the environment. Very wet and humid conditions during peak growing season can result in ergot infestation on grass heads. Ergot is known to occur throughout the world and is endemic in the Great Plains region.

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Friday, October 4,2013

Beef Talk

Love of the land

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
That was Steve because he was the one who “obtains from the earth the bread and the meat.” Walking along, the source was the land and all that can be produced from that land. Not only producing but marketing the produce face to face to those who needed an evening meal.

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Friday, October 4,2013

Kay's Korner

More plant closures loom

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The shrinking U.S. cattle herd has claimed another victim. Cow processor Martin’s Abattoir & Wholesale Meats in North Carolina ceased operations mid-September after 58 years in business. It’s the third cow processor to close in the past two years.

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Friday, October 4,2013

Politics of doom

by Pete Crow - Publisher
ObamaCare is to blame for this entire mess. Ironically, as a small businessman, I still don’t know what to expect with ObamaCare and I’ve tried to learn as much as I can over the past couple years.

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