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Friday, October 23,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Fairness and other market positioning often are expressed as frustration or confrontation rather than organized planning. The outcome of the conversations is varied. However, the general summation usually leaves things as they are, a little frustrated, but willing to go.

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Friday, September 25,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
At one time, a tag and scale were all the tools needed to start a beef cattle production record system. The tag was placed at birth and the mother and birth date were recorded in the free notebook from the local livestock business.

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Friday, September 11,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
We expect our perception of the world to follow us, so that becomes the heart of our current dilemma. Recent news articles have been very pointed at a food industry that has tried and continues to try to meet the demands of a mobile, demanding client..

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Friday, September 4,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
A land mapping of ecosites in pastures is helping producers determine stocking rates. This mapping process identifies potential forage production for all the individual ecosites to determine the number of acres needed to provide the nutritional requirement for a cow for a month.

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Friday, August 21,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
In food production, things are never the same because many variables come into play on a daily basis. The other day I noticed the raspberry bushes were full of raspberries. Most would say that they are supposed to be. However, the real answer is that the raspberries are not supposed to be there because the birds always eat them.

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Friday, August 14,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Four things beef producers might want to think about are food safety, seamless regionalized calf-tofeedlot health connectivity, implementation of improved RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, and value capture for the producer. Realized or not, these four points have a significant impact on the beef industry.

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Friday, July 31,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Management generally implies input followed by discussion, decision and implementation. The amount of input generally reflects the seriousness of the topic. Recently, the Dickinson Research Extension Center discussed the allocation of cattle resources. Believe me, everyone sat up at the table.

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Friday, July 24,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
How does one capture value? That is not an easy question to answer. As a boy, I remember visits to the farm by some big city cousins who did not have the advantage of growing up on the farm. They wanted to help, and one particular point that stands out was the feeding exercise.

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Friday, July 10,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Usually, when businesses buy and sell inventory, one of three things happens. Under option one, the item sells for more than it was purchased for and one has the opportunity to make money. The second is the break-even option. This is when an item sells for the same as the purchase price.

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Tuesday, July 7,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The first set of cows averaged just more than 1,400 pounds at spring turnout on crested wheatgrass. They are part of a study involving cropping rotations and range systems harvested by grazing cow/calf pairs and early weaned calves. The second set of cows averaged 1,060 pounds when turned on crested wheatgrass this spring.

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