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Friday, April 12,2013

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Regardless of current net returns, the goal of increasing net returns in the cattle operation is always commendable. For those who are struggling with negative net returns, the increase should move the cow/calf operation in a positive direction and provide enough additional dollars to remain in business.

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Friday, March 22,2013

Beef Talk

Expansion in the cow business

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
In anticipation of this spring’s summaries of agricultural enterprises provided by the North Dakota Farm Management Program (NDFM, at ndfarmmanagement.com), I have been reviewing previous numbers. Data also are available on the FINBIN website at finbin.

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Friday, February 22,2013

Beef Talk

Have you done the annual ranch enterprise analysis?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
To start, producers can sit down and review their own records. However, if history means anything, the evaluation of records is not simple, so the producer ends with the records set aside because numerous production articles and catalogs seem more interesting.

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Friday, February 15,2013

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The cattle business is a fairly conservative business that is operated by fairly conservative people. As risk-takers in a highrisk environment, those in the cattle business have learned that conservative management seems to keep the operation around longer.

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Friday, February 8,2013

Beef Talk

Now is the season of bull buyers and sellers

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The bull-buying season certainly is here, and I hope those who need some good replacement bulls are busy shopping. Like a good ice pond with way too many ice houses loaded with fishermen, who gets the fish (in this case, the bull) takes luck and good planning.

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Friday, January 25,2013

Beef Talk

An evolving beef industry

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The process is long, but continuous, just like herd selection. Selection, in the short term, ends with the purchase of a bull. In reality, the newly purchased bull will add genes to the breed and ultimately make a genetic contribution within the herd and very likely within the breed as a whole.

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Friday, January 18,2013

Beef Talk

The science and awe of DNA

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
When I started teaching a course on genetics several years ago, the textbook name was “iGenetics: A Mendelian Approach” by Peter J. Russell. This fall, I am teaching the same course. However, the text is now “iGenetics: A Molecular Approach” by Peter J. Russell.

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Friday, January 4,2013

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
As far as the heifers go, we have a 96 percent pregnancy rate, but only 85 percent are predicted to calve by June 15. Some would say feelings have limited value when culling cows or replacement heifers. However, there always is that gut twinge when sending a well-grown, well-haired heifer to market.

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Friday, December 28,2012

Beef Talk

All I want for next year is two new bulls

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The bull’s genes were measured and presented as data at the time of sale. By utilizing that data, bulls may be sorted and selected with considerable accuracy. However, the data does not stop with the purchase of the bull. Breed associations constantly are updating their databases and fine-tuning the expected prog eny.

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Friday, December 21,2012

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Although most cows are with calf, reviewing cow herd reproduction dates is important. Typically, 85 percent or more of all cows should be calved within 42 days of the calving season.

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