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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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Friday, September 3,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If one stands by the fence and discusses calving, most producers are sympathetic to the late- calving cow. At least she has a live calf, is the general response. That is true, but the challenge is to move beyond acceptance and perhaps refocus and rethink this subtle, but real acceptance of late-calving cows.

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Friday, August 27,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The Dickinson Research Extension Center has fed cattle for many years. For at least the last 14 years, the center has fed cattle in a commercial feedlot. Those cattle have performed well, but a struggle always remains between weaned-calf value, backgrounded-calf value and fed-calf value.

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Friday, August 20,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
One of the driving factors in the beef business is cost. As a producer, even a producer with poor records, the cost of doing business keeps going up. Survival means balancing cost and income.

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Friday, August 6,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The cattle business is very dynamic, so it is very easy to get lost in the shuffle. The current news or the latest color print catches our eyes and we start talking. Our conversations tend to be filled with lots of thoughts sprinkled with a few facts.

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Friday, July 9,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Realizing that the bulls did not read the planning manual is a typical and not that uncommon situation after all the long-term efforts are put in place. The bottom line is that the bull wont stay in the pasture. If there isnt a bull, there will not be calves.

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Friday, July 9,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Realizing that the bulls did not read the planning manual is a typical and not that uncommon situation after all the long-term efforts are put in place. The bottom line is that the bull wont stay in the pasture. If there isnt a bull, there will not be calves.

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