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Friday, September 30,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Cattle are no different from any other living thing. Rule No. 1 is that cattle must eat and meet their daily nutritional requirements. Occasional imbalances may be tolerated for short periods, but through the long haul, every cow, calf, yearling, replacement heifer, finishing calf and bull must eat.

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Friday, September 9,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Back at the ranch, some of the Dickinson Research Extension Centers small grain hay, which is winter-seeded triticale and hairy vetch, will yield almost 5 tons per acre. The soft dough is around 12.5 percent moisture. For typical dryland production, those are some big numbers.

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Friday, August 5,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Generally, the operational model is renewed, and the managerial motto that �if it worked before, it will work again� can be heard humming in the background. By this time, one should be asking if I am talking about resilience or if I have shifted to resistance.

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Friday, July 15,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
It was not that long ago (early April) that the Dickinson Research Extension Center decided to furlough the bulls for a month. As the breeding plans were being finalized and additional discussions were held, the bull turnout dates were set for mid-August.

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Friday, July 8,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The cattle business has many components and is divided into various enterprises that individual producers opted to participate in. The cow/calf segment always has been the starting point, with subsequent divisions or new enterprises branching off the cow/calf business.

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Friday, July 1,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The future of beef starts with beef systems that generate a per-cow gross margin of $600 and hold direct costs to less than $400 and overhead to less than $100 per cow. After all, the future is what we really desire to know. Unfortunately, much of the future remains hidden behind a wall that we are not given privilege to peek behind.

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Friday, May 27,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The beef business hit some positive returns, according to the North Dakota Farm and Ranch Business Management Education Program (www.ndfarmmanagement. com) and FINBIN (www. finbin.umn.edu/) farm financial database from the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota.

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Friday, May 20,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Numbers are sketchy, but perhaps that remains at the heart of the many issues in the beef business. Granted, there are numbers by the truckload for markets and feedlots. These numbers are utilized daily and help guide those involved in some portions of the beef industry.

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Friday, January 21,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
One fundamental point often is overlooked among all the charts, trends and rhetoric about the beef business. The beef business does not exist without the business of the cow. The cow business is the foundation of the beef business. Without cows, there is no beef or beef business.

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Friday, January 14,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
We still are pondering the future of the beef cow and visiting and revisiting old and new thoughts. If one references the world production of beef, our beef production is just one piece of a very big picture.

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