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Thursday, July 21,2011

The hold-up

by Pete Crow - Publisher
When it comes to foreign trade, agriculture is the bright spot, and the only business segment that has positive trade balance is agriculture. There is no question that there is a hungry world out there and they are becoming wealthier and eating better. Last year, agriculture had a

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Friday, July 15,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
It was not that long ago (early April) that the Dickinson Research Extension Center decided to furlough the bulls for a month. As the breeding plans were being finalized and additional discussions were held, the bull turnout dates were set for mid-August.

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Friday, July 15,2011

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
The trees, together with the plants that grow under them and the water that cycles around them, are the basis for the communities in the White Mountains of Arizona.

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Thursday, July 14,2011

Lines of communication

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Just when you think Cattlemen’s Beef Board and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association leadership have ironed out their concerns, something happens and everyone’s back to bickering. The checkoff has always been a political issue in the cattle business. Ironically, some of the cattle industry’s own internal activist groups were created to

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Friday, July 8,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The cattle business has many components and is divided into various enterprises that individual producers opted to participate in. The cow/calf segment always has been the starting point, with subsequent divisions or new enterprises branching off the cow/calf business.

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Friday, July 8,2011

OBITUARIES

by WLJ
In accordance with her love of the livestock industry, she went to work at Record Stockman for several years and earned the lifelong respect of the editor and publisher. Shortly thereafter, while raising a family of four children, she returned to work at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Vetīs perspective

by WLJ
Increased ambient temperatures this summer should raise producer awareness of heat stress conditions affecting their livestock and pets. Heat stroke is a condition resulting from an increased body temperature.

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Friday, July 1,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The future of beef starts with beef systems that generate a per-cow gross margin of $600 and hold direct costs to less than $400 and overhead to less than $100 per cow. After all, the future is what we really desire to know. Unfortunately, much of the future remains hidden behind a wall that we are not given privilege to peek behind.

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Friday, July 1,2011

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
I recently had the privilege of addressing California beef producers at their midyear meeting. The state has had one of its best spring grass seasons in years, so everyone had a smile on his or her face. I hope what I told them made them feel even better.

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Friday, July 1,2011

Fuzzy math

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Boy, it really makes you wonder just how these guys in government think. This country owes more that $14 trillion and we are running a $1.6 trillion budget deficit, but Congress is squabbling over a few free trade agreements (FTAs) that would create more than $20 billion in commerce between

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