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Monday, December 29,2014

Black Ink

High steaks

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“You get what you pay for” is a saying that often assumes limitations. It comes to mind when you or a friend find disappointment in a supposed bargain. Add an intensifying phrase and it points out that quality costs more, too. You really do get what you pay for.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Black Ink

Momma matters

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“Typically producers do not want to calve thin cows and do not like cows to lose weight during late pregnancy. We know that is bad,” says Allison Meyer, University of Missouri Animal Scientist, listing the side effects.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Pasture Management

Nature's soil-building tools: hooves, earthworms and microbes

by Wayne Burleson
The US- DA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service says we are using and losing more topsoil than the pounds of food produced each year. One reference said, “Six pounds of farmable soil is lost each year per 1 pound of food eaten.” That’s not a sustainable situation.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Beef Talk

Step 1 for bull buying: Red Angus example

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
For example, using the center’s Red Angus bulls, the breeding inventory from this past breeding season included five bulls. Their year of birth and registration numbers are: 2013-born bulls, 1617778 and 1617805; 2011-born bulls 1473021 and 1473096; and 2010-born bull 1393949.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Plenty to celebrate

by WLJ
At the close of each year, it’s helpful to take a look back to analyze not only our own cattle businesses but the entire marketplace as we continue planning for the coming months and year.

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Friday, December 19,2014

CME breaks feeder markets

by Pete Crow - Publisher
If you were a bull in the feeder cattle pit at the CME, I’m sorry to learn of your fate after five days of limit down trading. With the January feeders touching $237, didn’t you think that was kind of high? Cattle feeders were buying feeder cattle at $190 breakevens in November when.

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Monday, December 15,2014

Power of the purse

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Watching the federal government fund itself is always entertaining. This last $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill may be just about right because it seems that nobody is happy with it because they didn’t get everything they wanted. It always amazes me that Congress passes laws and then we go to battle to fund the law or not.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Beef Talk

Prepping for the bull-buying season

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
I am going to say this three times: A producer does not need to know all the mathematics, justifications or scientific “who done it” aspects of breed association expected progeny differences (EPDs). These EPDs are available to all purebred and commercial producers, so use them.

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Monday, December 8,2014

Make it go away

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Don’t you at times wish this Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) issue would go away? For some reason in the cattle business we take on issues that have the potential to harm our industry and we won’t let them go until somebody gets satisfaction.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Vet's Perspective

Winter conditioning for problem calves

by WLJ
A unique set of challenges in livestock care is associated with the management of young animals—this is especially true with orphaned calves in cold fall and winter weather. Problems can center on inexperience of the dam, illness within the herd, or age of the animals.

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