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Friday, September 26,2014

Feeders looking for lofty breakevens

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Placements have been lower over the past six months and at lighter weights up until the August report that said heavy weight placements that were over 800 lbs. were much higher during August. Most areas had great summer grazing, producing heavier cattle, which may defer some for cattle going into the feedlot.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Black Ink

Surprise!

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Those first calves graded 20 percent Choice, and motivated him to continue feeding cattle for the next two decades. It also spurred the rancher to adopt an AI plan to infuse the best genetics more quickly. Today he sells loads above 90 percent Choice, with more than half of those reaching the upper two-thirds of that grade.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Beef Talk

Cow herd expansion needs land

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
That is a difficult question producers must answer. Just how many more is not an easy number to grasp because most beef operations actually try to keep their carrying capacity or stocking rates stable. Stocking rate, or the cow/calf pairs that inhabit the ranch, are set based on the carrying capacity of the particular type of land.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Your beef checkoff

by Pete Crow - Publisher
So let’s see who has the most influence. I figured that Facebook may have some answers about membership or something close to it. According to Facebook stats, NCBA is the clear winner with 34,239 folks liking their page. On the other hand R-CALF has 1,048 “likes” and the United States Cattlemen has 698 “likes.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Black Ink

On the Plains: trains and $2 corn

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“The grain farmer is absolutely going to get hammered to move his grain,” said Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company. “All of this passes back to you,” the analyst told cattle feeders and other attendees at last month’s Feeding Quality Forum in Kearney, NE, and Amarillo, TX.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Beef Talk

Have some bulls to cull?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
For many, the bulls are left on pasture and rounded up with the cows and calves as fall progresses. Throughout the summer, various bulls are moved around or brought home. In some cases, they are injured. In other cases, they simply won’t stay in the pasture.

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Friday, September 12,2014

More checkoff drama

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The Beef Checkoff is being threatened again. It’s absolutely amazing to me that the Beef Checkoff continues to cause problems for this industry. A simple dollarper-head is no big deal. Even two or three dollars a head shouldn’t be a big deal.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Legally Speaking

Tax deductions for advertising, promotional expenses

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Advertising and promotional expenses are usually deductible along with other ordinary and necessary expenses in horse and livestock activities operated as a business. Traditional print ads in magazines can be expensive, and must be repeated in order to be effective.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Guest Opinion

Local leadership important for ag’s future

by WLJ
Agriculture faces many challenges, and strong, effective leadership has never been more critical to the future of agriculture than it is today. In order to meet the nutritional demands of an ever-increasing global population, we must find solutions to the problems that limit our capacity for producing and transporting food.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Government, you, and trust

by Pete Crow - Publisher
USDA said in a 2014 risk analysis, “Although the expected consequences of an FMD outbreak in the United States would be severe, the likelihood of such an outbreak occurring due to exposure of the domestic livestock population to FMD-susceptible animals and products imported from the Patagonia region of Argentina is very low.

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