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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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Friday, May 24,2013

Beef Talk

How do we get the next generation to raise beef?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The flashback put me in the seat of an International 806 tractor with no cab, pulling a John Deere combine with a long-forgotten model number. The field was an average field of barley with the windrows running west to east. A strong wind was blowing from the west and the day was a typical hot, late-afternoon harvest day.

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Friday, May 17,2013

Beef Talk

To pass, 60 percent must calve in 21 days

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
As the calving season winds down, check the calving book. Count the number of cows that calved within 21 days from when the third mature cow calved. After that, check the number that calved the next 21 days and the next 21 days. Keep counting until you get to the end of the calving book.

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