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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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Friday, September 27,2013

Guest Opinion

Born & raised in the USA before it was COOL

by WLJ
For the past 13 years I have had a front row seat to one of the most important issues facing the beef industry: the issue of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).

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Friday, September 27,2013

Beef Talk

Plan ahead to wean stress-free calves

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Are they all here? It never seems to fail that when the crew goes out to gather the cow/calf pairs, we are short one. The obvious response is: Any dead ones? The crew looks wry-faced and reasserts that they can tell a dead calf, so no, they did not find a dead calf!.

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Friday, September 27,2013

EPA overreach

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The recent weather roller coaster has me wondering when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is going to step in. With all of the Colorado flooding wreaking havoc on feedlots and oil fields, I’m sure there are countless fines to be handed out and new regulations to be made.

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Friday, September 20,2013

More cows, please

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week we experienced major moisture events in much of the country. Here in Colorado we received a years’ worth of rain and hail in roughly four days. Larimer County in central Colorado received up to 18 inches of rain in a few short days and many parts of the state received three to six inches of rain.

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Friday, September 20,2013

Guest Opinion

Herd expansion means tighter supply first

by WLJ
With a U.S. cattle inventory at levels not seen since 1952, “We’re much smaller than we ever intended to be,” Peel said. Drought and other circumstances led producers to liquidate their cow herds 15 out of the last 17 years, despite recent market signals to expand.

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