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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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Friday, April 25,2014

Beef Talk

Are 60 percent calving in first 21 days?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Are you at 60 percent? As each operation reviews its herd calving history, a cow is expected to start cycling following birth and prior to the bull arriving in the pasture. Ideally, a cow should cycle within 80 days of calving and then settle with next year’s calf.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Evaluating Beef Checkoff effectiveness

by WLJ
As a checkoffp a y i n g c a t t l eman and c h a i rman of our Beef Checkoff Program’s Joint Evaluation Committee, I want to know that our checkoff dollars are being used as effectively and efficiently as possible.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Culture war

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cliven Bundy finally made the national news with his personal range war and staring down the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This story has been going on for years, but it certainly reached a critical point last week when the BLM decided it was time to gather his cattle.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Black Ink

Good news, bad news

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Sometimes people complain that all they ever read or hear in the news is bad. They may blame the messenger: “Why can’t they tell us about all the good things that happened today?” The news people are just doing their job. Things are supposed to go right, so it is only news when they go awry.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Beef Talk

A teachable moment

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If the weather can impact calving, the phone will ring and people will want to know how calving is going. For years, I was able to detail the daily struggles and offer words of encouragement. Today, the conversation concerns the needs of others because the Dickinson Research Extension Center will not start calving until May 10.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Guest Opinion

Reminiscing on farm equipment history

by DTN
I would imagine back in the late 1970s through the 1990s when many JD dealerships still tended to be family-owned, the range of John Deere Day events varied greatly. I can remember gatherings at the dealership both in the evening complete with a dinner and dance in the shop and also in the afternoon with a lunch and no dance.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Pasture Management

Pasture walking for solutions

by Wayne Burleson
You would think that I know a lot about how to measure grassland health, but I’m still learning. I attribute this to Allan Savory (the founder of holistic management). Allan is one of those rare individuals who challenges your thinking, and about the time that you think you have it all figured out, you find out you don’t.

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