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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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Friday, May 18,2012

Vet's Perspective

Management and welfare of the young calf

by WLJ
Whether you are following a specific calving season or have calves born yearround, keeping track of herd records is an important management tool.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Waste not...

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
But along with testing my taste buds, it was obvious that industry groups, like CAB, are working diligently with partners, be it restaurants, grocery stores, packers or consumers, to offer new and creative options to increase the bottom line for producers.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Corporate culture

by Pete Crow - Publisher
We’re just about to the point where we’re going to have full contact politics. This race for presidency is going to be interesting, to say the least. It really does get down to an ideology and voting for the man who possesses the same ideals you do. And the way I see it, it’s a simple choice who our next president should be.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Kay's korner

Demand needs grilling boost

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
How much Americans spend on beef and how much they buy is how the industry determines domestic beef demand. Because all wealth to the industry comes from consumers, demand trumps everything else. This will be especially important the next two months as supplies of market-ready cattle start to increase seasonally.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Beef talk

It's time to develop the lazy L for culling cows

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
In reality, producers should be preparing for less forage availability and implementing grazing strategies that will be in balance with what Mother Nature decides to provide this year. No one will know until summer’s end. However, by then, it is too late to be proactive.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Pushing the panic button

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Any time you see the futures markets trade limit down, on all contracts, inside of an hour, you know something went wrong, very wrong. It doesn’t happen all that much but did last Tuesday morning when traders got news that a cow was found in California with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and then the panic sell was on.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Beef Talk

I wish they were all like that one!

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The old saying of thinking outside of one’s box is very real. If we only stay within our own box or environment, we do not really expand our thinking. With no expansion of thought, we never will know what the world could be. We may not want to tackle such a big question.

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