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Friday, September 6,2013

Beef Talk

Vaccinate and prepare valuable calves for market

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If the calves have not been vaccinated, now would be a good time to establish a vaccination plan with your local veterinarian.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Beef Talk

New ventures come with unprotected risk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Perhaps one is somewhat handicapped in the beef business without a marketing background. Marketing information is continuous and certainly needed. There are processes that allow producers to cover market risk, and given the center’s recent $300 losses in feeding cattle, one comes to appreciate those risk processes.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Beef Talk

Pondering grass

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The Dickinson Research Extension Center (REC) had three pens of yearling steers. One pen (A) was harvested when the steers were 18.1 months old. The next pen (B) was harvested when the steers were 21.4 months old and the last pen (C) was harvested when they were 22.

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Friday, July 19,2013

Beef Talk

Good fences make good neighbors

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The points made in the saying are very true. Anyone who has a fence certainly must ponder why all the effort is being made in keeping a fence. Frost notes the difficulty of maintaining a fence as the forces of nature beat upon the structure.

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Friday, July 12,2013

Beef Talk

Being proactive is better than reactive when working cattle

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
One item that always sticks in my mind was a demonstration at one of the incident command trainings that center personnel attended. Sheri, the presenter, asked for someone to come forward to participate and started handing tennis balls to Sam, the volunteer.

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Friday, July 5,2013

Beef Talk

Good biosecurity a must for beef operations

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Perhaps a discussion in broader terms would provide some background. Cattle are no different than other living creatures. They are a highly refined and well-organized package of living cells. These cells each have a function and must and will do what is expected for the lifetime of the cow.

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Friday, June 28,2013

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Do not assume a good, solid handshake and slap on the back means top dollar was achieved in marketing this year’s calves. Public auction barns and other competitive markets certainly will do their best to get the best value for the calves presented. However, producers need to do their part as well.

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Friday, June 21,2013

Beef Talk

Cow down!

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The same as having cardiac pads available in human environments, cattle operations should have quick access to a veterinarian for consultation and care in this situation. The two probable causes that came to mind were ketosis (sometimes confused with milk fever at calving) and hypomagnesaemia tetany (commonly called grass tetany or grass staggers).

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Friday, June 14,2013

Beef Talk

Cows need grass and grass needs cows

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The unpruned plant probably will look long and scraggly with a few flowers on it. The pruned plant will look robust and full of new leaves and additional flowers. Good gardeners spend all summer snipping, pinching and pruning their selected plants to make them more vigorous, full and gorgeous.

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Friday, May 31,2013

Beef talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The ranch discussion focuses on the occasional problems. Problems always will crop up, but when work, time off and sleep are balanced, people make better decisions. Those improved decisions make for fewer complications and better outcomes, so there is a better work environment.

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