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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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Monday, June 29,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The cattle business is a profession that requires considerable education and experience. In other words, the managerial inputs need to be well thought out so that the ramifications or consequence of doing or not doing something has the desired outcome.

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Friday, June 19,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The beef business never has been short on opinions. Good opinions and the willingness to share those opinions are the core to any dynamic, independent business. For beef producers, independence is manifested in the concept, I need to get the work done.

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Friday, June 5,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The discussion on when to breed cows has to end eventually. Spring and breeding time is here at the Dickinson Research Extension Center.

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Friday, May 22,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Managerial changes require a review of both the positive and negative. Previous discussion on changing the calving date has resulted in two major points: reducing the cows winter feeding costs and lowering the death loss among newborn calves. Both significantly affect the bottom line.

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Friday, May 15,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) members have recorded an average daily gain of 2.52 pounds for calves on summer pasture. This means the 70,000 calves measured through NDBCIAs Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) program cumulatively gain on a daily basis 176,400 pounds, 1,764 hundredweight, or roughly 88 tons.

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