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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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Friday, June 25,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Agriculture is a fast-moving, high-technology business. The production and processing of agricultural products for our consumption is demanding. These demands are not getting easier as consumers increasingly become distant from production.

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Friday, June 18,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Weaning weight has moved up and down through the years, which is more than likely due to environmental factors. However, the most recent data gathered by the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Associations Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System (CHAPS) program indicates a trend of increased 205-day calf weaning weight.

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Friday, June 11,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Growing cattle generate dollars to cover the daily upkeep and contribute to the income pool at the end of the day. The fixed costs of the beef business must be paid, but fixed costs can only be met once the variable costs are paid, which takes growth..

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Friday, June 4,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
For the Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC), the spring calving season has been OK. The moisture is good, but not excessive, which is good for the grass and the pending cool-season crops. As usual, the warm-season crops are a flip of the coin right now, but we will see.

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