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Friday, August 3,2012

Black Ink

Lung adhesions rob profit

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
The 2012 report includes TCSCF retained ownership records from cattle fed in 18 cooperating yards that used common nutrition, health and management strategies.

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Friday, July 27,2012

Black Ink

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
But just a few decades later, many of those wildest imaginations are real. When the second of the Hanna- Barbara duo (the company that also created the likes of “Tom and Jerry,” “The Flintstones,” “Smurfs” and “Scooby- Doo”) died in 2006, Roombas were already cleaning floors while you were gone to work.

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Friday, July 13,2012

Composites may trade predictability for simplicity

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“In order for a crossbreeding operation to maximize heterosis, it takes a lot of different pasture, a lot of management, which, because of size and time, a lot of people can’t devote to it,” says Jarold Callahan, president of Express Ranches, Yukon, OK.

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Friday, June 29,2012

What's hiding? Several factors influence USDA's black-hided numbers

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“The matrix of what drives total CAB pounds starts with that, and then it would be the percent that’s black-hided,” he says. “Then we apply our 10 carcass specifications to narrow that down even further, so that we’re running right at 24 percent today.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Black Ink

No cow left behind

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Students emerge from the school system ready to take on the world. Giving each one of them that chance was the impetus for the No Child Left Behind Act. The bill passed in 2001, meaning this year’s high school class spent most of its education course under the influence of what became a controversial law.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Black Ink

Demand more from the herd

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
The articles that follow those zingers all explain different facets of the supply and demand equation. Beef prices are up because of a shrinking cowherd, accelerated by drought. Cattle prices are 25 percent higher than this same time a year ago, but can they stay there? That all depends on whether the consumer is willing to pay.

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Friday, July 22,2011

Planning to cope

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Flood water forces the exodus of cattle to higher ground. Drought does the same on a wider scale, only to greener ground. And in the case of wild fires, tornados and other natural disasters, there might not even be time for that.

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Friday, January 21,2011

Auld Lang Syne

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Take good food, turn up the tunes, add a handful of tried and true buddies and a reason to celebrate, and you have a party. Everyones definition of a good bash is different, however.

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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, 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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