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Friday, May 30,2014

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
One of my first farm visits as a new county Extension Service agent years ago was to visit a producer in distress because of several dead cows. The dead cows were dotted around the pasture and lying in abundant spring grass. Grass tetany was evident..

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Friday, May 16,2014

Beef Talk

Spring reflections and calf deaths

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The yearling heifers also need to be processed, the replacements sorted off and the remaining heifers spayed and sent to grass. Replacements basically are preselected because the breed type is monitored and fit into the center’s crossbreeding program..

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Friday, May 9,2014

Beef Talk

Electronic bidding for bulls: The wave of the future

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Bulls that are needed are not always affordable, and sometimes scheduling conflicts get in the way. Interestingly, of the last four bulls the Dickinson Research Extension Center purchased, three were purchased through the process of electronic bidding.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Beef Talk

Grass turnout date is more than a desire

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The cows seem content, and one may even notice a producer or two out and about checking the cows. Generally, there are strips of hay spread across the pasture or side of the hill to make sure the cows have adequate feed during this critical part of their life.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Beef Talk

Are 60 percent calving in first 21 days?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Are you at 60 percent? As each operation reviews its herd calving history, a cow is expected to start cycling following birth and prior to the bull arriving in the pasture. Ideally, a cow should cycle within 80 days of calving and then settle with next year’s calf.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Beef Talk

A teachable moment

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If the weather can impact calving, the phone will ring and people will want to know how calving is going. For years, I was able to detail the daily struggles and offer words of encouragement. Today, the conversation concerns the needs of others because the Dickinson Research Extension Center will not start calving until May 10.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Beef Talk

Do the cows fit the operation?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
One needs to plan, implement, evaluate and replan to stay in touch. That was the essence of the integrated resource management program that was very successful with the help of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the cooperative efforts of the land-grant universities across the U.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Beef Talk

Are your cows ready to rebreed?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Nutritionally, the calf is actively, maybe even aggressively, growing in utero while absorbing the nutrition the cow is consuming and preparing for those first moments of daylight. That daylight will happen when the pregnancy terminates with parturition and, I hope, a live, nursing calf will greet the producer in the near future.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The second level represented those producers who specialized in expanding the population of breeding males and females. Their principle source of income was selling sires and replacement females to the commercial producer.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Beef Talk

Understanding EPD percentile tables is important

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The Dickinson Research Extension Center is using purebred Simmentals, so we would click on “Purebred Simmentals” to see the 2014 purebred Simmental percentile table, then print the table. The table for other breeds will be about the same but may have different labeling on their respective websites and tables.

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