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Friday, June 8,2012

Ahead of the curve

by WLJ
The one recurring theme that we heard over and over again from our tour hosts was regulation. Government agencies are in the hip pocket of every man, women and child that has anything to do with our industry and now the Environmental Protection Agency is using drones to fly over and monitor livestock feedlots in Nebraska and Iowa.

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Friday, June 8,2012

Beef Talk

Integrating a new model isn’t easy

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
In recent years, much discussion has been held regarding grass and beef production. The concept of integrating the two production activities seems like a no-brainer. If it was just the cows visiting with each other, that would be true. However, it is inevitable that people will get in the mix and that’s when the no-brainer starts getting complicated.

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Friday, June 8,2012

Vet's Perspective

Managing electrolyte imbalances

by WLJ
Potassium is a key electrolyte that can become deficient particularly in cattle around calving season and during severe illness or chronic anorexia. Other agents, such as calcium, sodium and chloride, can be controlled through metabolic processes—but potassium levels are kept under a more narrow range within the bloodstream.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Back in the saddle

by Pete Crow - Publisher
I have felt a little out of the loop the past few weeks, not keeping up with cattle markets and issues. A few weeks ago, I had to have major back surgery which took me out of the game for a while. It’s been difficult to stay up with the markets, but I figured it’s time to make some kind of appearance.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Beef Talk

These cows can't catch me now

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
“Those cows can’t catch me now that I don’t have all those heavy coveralls on!” Again, all is good. It has been just more than a year since the Dickinson Research Extension Center initially decided to furlough the bulls for a month by changing bull turnout from early and mid- June to the second week of July.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Kay's Korner

Stronger dollar hurts imports

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Exports are a key contributor to the economic health of the U.S. beef industry. They allow the industry to maximize the value of certain cuts and by-products that have a much lower value at home. And they provide a counter-balance to the domestic market. The result is that exports boost cattle prices.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Tour de California

by WLJ
The first stop was at Bengard Ranches in Salinas, owned and operated by the Tom and Terry Bengard family. Bengard Ranches is one of the largest produce suppliers across the country, but also owns a 2,500-head commercial Angus cow/calf operation.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Experts on manipulation, not animal handling

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
“We rely on animal experts to determine what is the best way to raise an animal that’s being used for food,” Domino’s spokesman Tim McIntyre said after the company’s shareholders unanimously rejected a request from HSUS for the company to stop using pork from suppliers who confine breeding pigs in gestation crates.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Black Ink

No cow left behind

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Students emerge from the school system ready to take on the world. Giving each one of them that chance was the impetus for the No Child Left Behind Act. The bill passed in 2001, meaning this year’s high school class spent most of its education course under the influence of what became a controversial law.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Beef Talk

Are your cows ready for breeding?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Well, what is, is. After a long and fairly nice winter, cattle are moving slowly to the cool-season grasses. Many have calves at their side, while others are waiting to calve. However, most of the cows have calved, so the cows and calves are in the process of being worked.

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