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Friday, February 14,2014

Beef Talk

CHAPS Herd Benchmarks

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Performance in the beef business is evaluated by reviewing the overall herd. If there are indications that overall herd performance needs to be addressed, the first step is to compare the herd’s performance with a benchmark to gauge what is normal.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Beef Talk

What’s Changing in the Beef Industry?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
What is changing in the beef industry? Reviewing the data from the Cow Herd Appraisal of Performance Software (CHAPS) program, beef herds seem to be fairly constant.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Beef Talk

Live bait is not needed to catch fish

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Catching fish does not always require the use of live bait. In fact, the use of lures of many types and sizes has led to the many storefronts filled with fishing gear. If one is keen on enjoying fly fishing, the artificial fly would more than likely be named and cherished.

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Friday, January 24,2014

Black Ink

Keeping it consistent

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
After living through the summer of 2012, a farmer in my area might be tempted to plant longer season corn. That year it warmed up early, was a hot dry summer that stretched well into fall. The 117-day varieties out-performed the 112-day ones that are common in central Nebraska.

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Friday, January 17,2014

Beef Talk

No shortcuts in the beef business

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Given the recent cold wave across the country, walking across cold snow is notable. There are several types of snow. The fashionable snowflake is poetic, so we smile at the beauty, shape and the mild weather required to gently layer the land. Soon to follow is Jack Frost, those beautiful ice crystals on a cool but not cold morning.

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Friday, January 10,2014

Beef Talk

What’s in the bull soup?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Buying bulls is like making soup. You put in a bit of this and a bit of that and in the end, you have good soup. Likewise, a piece of this and a piece of that and you assemble a good bull. Unlike the soup you make from scratch, the bull already is made, but you have to find him.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Although one wants to keep lots of openness when reviewing new bulls, the truth be told, there is a wealth of information available on most bulls that probably is not well tapped.

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Friday, December 27,2013

Beef Talk

Bulls and cold are not a good mix

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Having had to break into the office door because the lock was frozen shut reminded me that not all things work well in the cold. Those who have experienced cold firsthand do not need to be reminded. For others who can skirt the harshness of winter, in this case early winter, one only needs to take a short walk to be reminded.

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Friday, December 13,2013

Beef Talk

Is a cow ever too ornery?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Having worked cattle for years and too many sheep to count, one develops a feel for the rogue cow or calf. Maybe it is just a quick look or an intense stare. There also are those animals that you know are not going to have a good cohabitation experience.

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Friday, November 22,2013

Beef Talk

Fall pregnancy exams tell the story

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Last week, one set of 72 beef cows came off the pasture and was brought home to the Dickinson Research Extension Center ranch headquarters. The cows’ trip through the chute was fast. Their average weight was 1,482 pounds, with a condition score of 5.3..

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