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Thursday, December 23,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The article titled Economics of Animal Agriculture Production, Processing and Marketing (Volume 21, No. 3, 2006), authored by Michael Boehlje, focused on issues we in the beef industry need to understand. Perhaps that understanding is the source of the continued discussion.

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Friday, December 17,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If the future of beef is a concern, and it certainly seems to be based on the numerous reports on the decreasing cow herd, then who really is concerned? Having been to many meetings and then repeats of these meetings and actually repeats of the...

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Friday, December 3,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The Dickinson Research Extension Center utilizes many bulls and always evaluates bulls at the time of purchase and periodically throughout their life span. Perhaps the most challenging evaluation is to ask if the bulls meet the current objectives of the breeding program or expected market for the calves.

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Friday, November 12,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The call came late in the day after most people had left the office. Do you know who the calf carrying the electronic identification number 123123- 123123123 is? Would you have the calf in your database? These questions are asked often and involve the process of verifying a calf and crosschecking the database.

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Friday, November 5,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
A common marketing claim is the source and age verification of calves. As producers gather cattle to go to market, they have the option to provide documentation to a third-party verifier that their calves are eligible to be source and age verified. Seems simple, and many producers are offering their calves as sourced and aged.

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Friday, October 22,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Third-party verification sounds and is very simple. For someone who wants assurances that others are doing what they say they are doing, you simply ask a third, unbiased person to validate the claims.

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Friday, October 8,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Fall is, depending on where one lives, the time to process calves. As producers, fall also is the last time we physically have the calf in our possession. We need to take the time to note or record the information we would like to have for each calf..

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Friday, September 24,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Producers utilizing the CHAPS (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System) record-keeping program through the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) have a cow pregnancy rate of 93.5 percent and will follow through in the spring by calving out 92.

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Friday, September 17,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Each year, the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) summarizes the average performance of beef cattle herds that are utilizing the Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) programs.

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Friday, September 10,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
As those who are involved in the process of selling beef know, once a commitment is made, that commitment needs to be honored. With the tight supplies of beef and the need to plan long term, kinks in the supply chain can make for some very long days..

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