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Friday, June 4,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
For the Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC), the spring calving season has been OK. The moisture is good, but not excessive, which is good for the grass and the pending cool-season crops. As usual, the warm-season crops are a flip of the coin right now, but we will see.

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Friday, May 28,2010

Whats on your customers grill?

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
No doubt about it, the grill is hot. From the smallest hibachi to the titanic gas rotisserie models, Americans love to fire them up. Summertime sizzles, of course, but some folks even cook steaks under the stars in December. Flashlight and coat are optional, but flavor is a must.

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Friday, May 28,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If anthrax is diagnosed, the costs will increase. The expenses include proper disposal (preferably cremation) of those animals that die, isolation and antibiotic treatment for all animals displaying symptoms, subsequent vaccination of all the exposed animals and finally, herd quarantine.

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Friday, May 21,2010

Rock and a hard place

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s good to see someone attempt to trim the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory wings regarding their haphazard determination that carbon dioxide (CO2) is an air pollutant. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, and Blanche Lincoln, D-AR, have proposed a Resolution of Disapproval

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Friday, May 21,2010

Time and money

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
The first step to reaching peak performance is tracking where youve been. If you dont have production numbers, its hard to make comparisons or data-driven decisions. You dont need to make a complicated recordkeeping system, just make sure it includes all the variables that make a difference.

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Friday, May 21,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The Benjamin Franklin axiom that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is as true today as it was when Franklin made the quote. Although many use the quote when referring to health, Franklin actually was addressing fire safety.

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Saturday, May 15,2010

We’re from the EPA and we’re here to help

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s difficult to tell whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helpful or harmful to society. I suppose that depends on your perspective. When the agency was created in 1970 under the Nixon administration,

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Saturday, May 15,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Several sets of cows have gone to cool-season grass. In fact, almost all the cows that are keepers at the center are on grass. Latercalving cows will sell at a pair sale in mid-May. This leaves cows that can maintain an early calving date within the herds expected calving season, which means pounds and dollars.

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Saturday, May 15,2010

Bull Tales

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
It was a couple of days before Jeff fully understood he had shattered everything between the knee and ankle in his left leg, broken his collar bone and two ribs. However, the news which bothered him most was when the doctors didnt know how long hed be off his feeta tough situation on a mom n pop ranch.

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Friday, May 7,2010

Reproductive efficiency

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
When you breed or turn out bulls with heifers or cows, you have certain expectations. Ideally, you want each of them to become pregnant, deliver an unassisted, healthy calf, and raise it to half its mommas weight six months later.

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