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Friday, September 24,2010

Health check

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
You may wonder what genetics has to do with herd health. Sure, the neighbor swears that cattle from this breed or that will die as soon as they get off the truck, but thats just an old wives tale, right? Maybe not. Although selection for health still might be only on the horizon, a growing base of research shows they are tied together.

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Friday, September 24,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Producers utilizing the CHAPS (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System) record-keeping program through the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) have a cow pregnancy rate of 93.5 percent and will follow through in the spring by calving out 92.

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Friday, September 24,2010

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
When U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled in favor of two eco-extremist groups attempts to gain private information regarding federal grazing permits, she put at great risk the rural backbone of the West and the families that hold it together. On Sept.

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Friday, September 17,2010

Market direction

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets remain good after Labor Day, but last week, things became a bit unsettled after a good rally in the corn market. Feeder cattle have lost a few dollars, but yearling trade at $110 with $5 corn isn’t all that bad. But it makes you think a little harder about the direction of the markets

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Friday, September 17,2010

Bull Tales

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
Recently, we had a range fire kick up about 25 miles from our place. It was far enough from our ranch not to be of immediate concern, but close enough that we wanted to pay attention. I headed out looking for information and ready to give assistance..

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Friday, September 17,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Each year, the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) summarizes the average performance of beef cattle herds that are utilizing the Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) programs.

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Friday, September 10,2010

COMMENTS

Time to become an activist

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It seems like it's time to become a political activist. There are a bunch of issues that Congress and the Obama administration need to take seriously this year before real damage is done. The first issue that comes to mind is the death tax. In just four short months, the tax code reverts back to the old one where tax rates increase to 55 percent for estates valued in excess of $1 million. As many of you know, this tax plan can blow up the family farm or ranch. As a matter of fact, any business that is long on assets and short on cash flow will be damaged as a result of this change in the tax code. I suppose this would be another endorsement of our irresponsible Congress. Just remember, you can fix it November 2.

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Friday, September 10,2010

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Most of the problems with hobby loss audits involve people who have a history of losses with their ranch, farm or horse venture. The IRS tends to say that the activity is not conducted as a business, so that the tax losses are disallowed. This can be a substantial tax payment for quite a few taxpayers.

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Friday, September 10,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
As those who are involved in the process of selling beef know, once a commitment is made, that commitment needs to be honored. With the tight supplies of beef and the need to plan long term, kinks in the supply chain can make for some very long days..

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Friday, September 3,2010

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Livestock producers have long had an ambivalent attitude about meat packers. They complain that packers make profits at their expense. Yet when producers own meat companies, the results have often been disastrous. Producers have discovered that operating a successful meat plant or company has unique challenges not understood by outsiders.

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