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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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Friday, March 12,2010

Too much grade!

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Too much qualitywhats that mean? Its like too much money; theres no such thing. Its like a bull too good, or too much hay; Neighbors too friendly, calves bringing too much pay. No matter what the other cattle made, well I aint never seen too much grade.

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Friday, January 15,2010

No boundaries

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
When cattlemen trudge through four-foot snow drifts in 30-mile-per-hour winds and single-digit temperatures to check on a sick calf, it isnt exactly the same picture of serenity. At that moment, northern producers must think they must live in the toughest place in the world for raising cattle.

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Friday, November 13,2009

The top line

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
If Wal-Mart were in the cattle business, it would probably serve as an operating definition of leastcost producer. People might refer to its cowherd enterprise as the model for slashing expenses.

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