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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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Friday, November 22,2013

Black Ink

Decisions, decisions…

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Some decisions need to be “split second.” When you have to figure out which way to dart to keep that feisty cow from breaking out of the group; when you’ve got to say “yay” or “nay” on a set of replacements going for a little more than you expected...

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Friday, November 22,2013

Beef Talk

Fall pregnancy exams tell the story

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Last week, one set of 72 beef cows came off the pasture and was brought home to the Dickinson Research Extension Center ranch headquarters. The cows’ trip through the chute was fast. Their average weight was 1,482 pounds, with a condition score of 5.3..

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Friday, November 22,2013

I'm a beef cow activist

by Pete Crow - Publisher
For some reason, major media and agriculture don’t seem to communicate very well. I think it’s because we don’t try very hard. We as an industry, and I mean all the trade associations, don’t work at cultivating relationships with major media, like Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times.

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Friday, November 15,2013

Get serious on Checkoff

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s hard to think about investing in the beef industry’s future when cattle and beef values are already so high. As a whole, we need to breed more heifers and produce more products. Then we need to sell more of the high priced product. My concern is that beef prices will move higher and we will shun many consumers from eating beef.

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Friday, November 15,2013

Guest Opinion

Keep your eyes on Washington

by WLJ
I recently mentioned that consumers should begin watching the price of E85 and E10 as we enter a period where fuels with higher blends of ethanol could have a lower cost on an energy equivalent basis.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Legally Speaking

Tax regulations emphasize importance of appreciation in value of assets

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
An important consideration in audits is Factor No. 4 of the IRS Regulations. This factor is called, “Expectation That Assets Will Appreciate in Value.” The term “profit” in IRS Regulations encompasses appreciation in the value of assets such as land and/or livestock used in the activity, and was discussed in an early case, Engdahl v.

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