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Friday, May 16,2014

Black Ink

Great beef demanded

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Earlier this year, CattleFax predicted a 4.5 percent drop in U.S. per-capita beef consumption. We can only expect other proteins to fill the gap. Chicken is always the cheaper alternative, but that spread between poultry and pork prices and poultry and beef prices has become more dramatic.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Beef Talk

Spring reflections and calf deaths

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The yearling heifers also need to be processed, the replacements sorted off and the remaining heifers spayed and sent to grass. Replacements basically are preselected because the breed type is monitored and fit into the center’s crossbreeding program..

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Friday, May 9,2014

Actionable Science?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Global warming was the big national topic last week when President Obama came out with the third national assessment on climate change in the U.S. This was a collective effort of a group of 13 federal agencies called the “U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Did You Know

Industry structure gets beef onto consumer plates

by WLJ
So far consumers have continued to buy beef, although we are seeing shifts in what they buy (more ground beef), and portion sizes at both retail and restaurants are shrinking. We’re even selling beef at retail by the serving rather than by the pound, a good marketing strategy for our times.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Beef Talk

Electronic bidding for bulls: The wave of the future

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Bulls that are needed are not always affordable, and sometimes scheduling conflicts get in the way. Interestingly, of the last four bulls the Dickinson Research Extension Center purchased, three were purchased through the process of electronic bidding.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Summer markets

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets remain strong with Mother’s Day and Memorial Day just around the corner. You can see packers gearing up to get more beef on the market. Cash fed cattle were trading at $148 last week and the beef cutout value is showing stability in the $130.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Kay's Korner

Water and plants are vital

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Water and plants are vital to the well-being of American ag. Water in its various forms is needed to grow everything from pasture to feed crops to fruit and vegetables. It succors all kinds of plants that turn directly or indirectly into food for consumers at home and abroad.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Beef Talk

Grass turnout date is more than a desire

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The cows seem content, and one may even notice a producer or two out and about checking the cows. Generally, there are strips of hay spread across the pasture or side of the hill to make sure the cows have adequate feed during this critical part of their life.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Public land debate

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Environmental groups have been active in guiding public policy on federal lands and working through the federal government to create policy that is not allowing resource users to gain full value from federal land use.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Letters to the Editor

Tax paying terrorists

by WLJ
Every rancher or farmer fears losing his property or water rights to the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act is a tool to control the land. Fish & Wildlife decides on the rules and then the BLM has to enforce them. Fish & Wildlife may think they are helping the land and the animals, but they are really hurting them.

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