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Friday, November 16,2012

Black Ink

More expensive than buying hay

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
I rode shotgun through a lot of drought-stricken pastures this summer and fall where producers weighed their options. Some folks had a few stores of hay saved up from good years. Some were going to cull a little deeper, while still others were making plans to rent some grass in the few places that were doing all right on moisture.

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Friday, October 19,2012

Black Ink

Clean your plate wisely

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“We spend about 7 percent of our disposable income to feed our families,” he said. “In Europe they spend anywhere from 13 percent to 28 percent of their income. What am I getting at? One, we take food for granted. Two, it’s cheap. And three, we always expect it to be there.

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Friday, September 21,2012

Black Ink

What costs more than buying hay?

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
I rode shotgun through some of Anderjaska’s summer pastures last Monday. As we looked at their commericial and registered Angus herd, the sky was gloomy. The clouds teased with a few sprinkles, but, like so many times this summer, moved along before offering reprieve.

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Friday, September 14,2012

Black Ink

We've come so far

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Hitting 60 percent Choice won’t cut it. When premium Choice branded programs emerged, it was really something to get 15 percent or 20 percent that reached those marbling levels in commercial cattle. That’s when it was incidental production, or luck of the draw that landed those cattle in branded programs.

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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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