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Friday, May 21,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The Benjamin Franklin axiom that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is as true today as it was when Franklin made the quote. Although many use the quote when referring to health, Franklin actually was addressing fire safety.

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Saturday, May 15,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Several sets of cows have gone to cool-season grass. In fact, almost all the cows that are keepers at the center are on grass. Latercalving cows will sell at a pair sale in mid-May. This leaves cows that can maintain an early calving date within the herds expected calving season, which means pounds and dollars.

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Friday, May 7,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Source and age verification has a bite to it. As producers, many of the management discussions are relatively painless. The discussion is free, and opinions often are welcomed. Sometimes a particular view of a subject can change when other opinions are brought to the table.

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Friday, April 23,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
While memories of the calving season are still fresh in your mind (and your calving book is your reference book of choice), now is the time to review this years calving distribution. Evaluate how your management is working.

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Friday, April 9,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Bulls can get sick, too. As a kid, I remember finding our bull dead. The bull was at the end of a grove of trees, the victim of blackleg. Not far away were two dead calves.

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Friday, March 5,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Time does not allow us to absorb everything in one setting. For example, it often is best to read one chapter at a time in a book so one can absorb as much as possible. Bull buying is like reading a good book. It is best to do it one chapter at a time..

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Friday, February 19,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Producers simply do not round up rogue cows and calves, select a calf for harvest, and then invite the neighbors over for supper. Selection processes allow producers to get a feel for the genes a bull carries without having to gamble on the bulls outward appearance.

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Friday, February 12,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
That is a very relevant point. The art of livestock selection started centuries ago when producers realized that if they kept back a particular animal, the progeny of that animal tended to look like that animal. If both the sire and dam of the progeny were of a desirable type, then the offspring tended to be even more desirable.

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Friday, January 29,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The weaning weight EPD reflects the pounds a bull is expected to contribute to his offspring when compared with other bulls in the breed randomly mated to cows within the breed. The real meaning of the number is the difference in genes that affect, in this case, weaning weight.

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Friday, January 22,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The Dickinson Research Extension Center and the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) have rejoined forces to demonstrate and document a heifer development program. The NDBCIA and the center had a similar project in the late 1990s..

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