Close
Home  Opinion
 
 
Friday, September 7,2012

Beef Talk

Uff Da!

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If one drives around much of the country, 2012 is a lot like 2008. The traditional summer hay is somewhat scarce in many areas and, in some areas, nonexistent. Maybe some solace can be found in the fact that we survived previous dry spells, so we also can survive this one.

Read more Read it in print
Friday, September 7,2012

Comments

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Japan banned U.S. beef products just after our first BSE case back in 2003. They took until 2005 to start importing beef from cattle under 21 months.

Read more Read it in print
Friday, August 31,2012

Beef Talk

Calculating cost per unit is critical

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Although it is true feed must be edible, free of digestive problems and compatible with the beef cow, that still leaves a large selection of alternative feedstuffs. Regardless what one is feeding, the first step is figuring cost per unit of desired nutrients.

Read more Read it in print
Friday, August 31,2012

Kay's Korner

Packer profits under pressure

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
When I first started w r i t i n g about the beef industry 25 years ago, it was fashionable for cattle producers to regard beef processors as “the enemy.” They decried packers for their perceived market power and that they made millions of dollars per year.

Read more Read it in print
Friday, August 31,2012

COMMENTS

Cull cow boom

by Pete Crow - Publisher
After cogitating over the last cattle on feed report, something seemed a little odd. We’re in the middle of a widespread drought, pastures are scrubbed clean, and you would think there would be some early weaning going on with calves going into grow lots or feedlots.

Read more Read it in print
Friday, August 24,2012

Expensive feed = expensive cattle

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The latest Cattle on Feed report showed that cattle placed into feedlots was 10 percent lower than a year ago, but it’s a little misleading since there were a lot of cattle placed last year because of the drought in the southern plains.

Read more Read it in print
Friday, August 17,2012

Management Topics

A recent history of Angus genetic predictions

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
In the mid-1980s, basically all breed associations started their National Cattle Evaluation (NCE) programs to produce EPDs on their whole herd book. What their breeders did with the information differed greatly. Without a doubt, of the major breeds, Angus breeders were the first to pick up and run with these new tools.

Read more Read it in print
Friday, August 17,2012

Black Ink

Worst case scenario?

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
I dreamed of fresh-smelling rain that beat waves against windows and swept slowly through fields to fill every crack before moving on to refill ponds and kickstart the creeks. Dawn light fell on a full rain gauge.

Read more Read it in print
Friday, August 17,2012

COMMENTS

Here we go again

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Who involved in agriculture, and of sound mind, would get involved with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)? The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM)—that’s who. Two weeks ago, OCM, teaming up with HSUS, filed suit in Kansas district court against USDA.

Read more Read it in print
Friday, August 10,2012

Comments

Report card is in

by Pete Crow - Publisher
beef industry’s report card came out during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s midyear meeting a couple weeks ago. It shows that most beef producers have done a pretty good job improving the product over the past 20 years when the first National Beef Quality Audit CROW.

Read more Read it in print
 
 
User Box (click to open)
 
SEARCH IN WLJ
Sign up for our newsletter!
   
 
S M T W T F S
1 2* 3* 4* 5* 6* 7*
8* 9* 10* 11* 12* 13* 14*
15* 16* 17* 18* 19* 20* 21*
22* 23* 24* 25* 26* 27* 28*
29 30* 31*
 
 

© Crow Publications - Any reprint of WLJ stories, except for personal use, without permission, written consent and appropriate attribution is prohibited. 2008 Crow Publications. All rights reserved.