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Friday, June 22,2012

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Maximum gain, which is the maximum amount of beef produced on any given day by an individual steer, is no longer critical. If a 400-pound calf can gain 4 pounds per day, the calf would reach 1,200 pounds in 200 days or 1,500 pounds in 275 days.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
So how does one set goals? Some thoughts at various meetings bring some interesting concepts to the table. For instance, if one wants to market 1,300-pound live-grass steers by 2 years of age, the steers will need to gain 1.7 pounds per day to meet the challenge.

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Friday, June 8,2012

Beef Talk

Integrating a new model isn’t easy

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
In recent years, much discussion has been held regarding grass and beef production. The concept of integrating the two production activities seems like a no-brainer. If it was just the cows visiting with each other, that would be true. However, it is inevitable that people will get in the mix and that’s when the no-brainer starts getting complicated.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Beef Talk

These cows can't catch me now

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
“Those cows can’t catch me now that I don’t have all those heavy coveralls on!” Again, all is good. It has been just more than a year since the Dickinson Research Extension Center initially decided to furlough the bulls for a month by changing bull turnout from early and mid- June to the second week of July.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The first point that needs to be noted is that the beef business does not stand alone. The beef business, which is the business of producing food to feed people, is a subset of agriculture. Therefore, one needs to look at the big picture of agriculture.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Beef Talk

Are your cows ready for breeding?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Well, what is, is. After a long and fairly nice winter, cattle are moving slowly to the cool-season grasses. Many have calves at their side, while others are waiting to calve. However, most of the cows have calved, so the cows and calves are in the process of being worked.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Beef talk

It's time to develop the lazy L for culling cows

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
In reality, producers should be preparing for less forage availability and implementing grazing strategies that will be in balance with what Mother Nature decides to provide this year. No one will know until summer’s end. However, by then, it is too late to be proactive.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Beef Talk

I wish they were all like that one!

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The old saying of thinking outside of one’s box is very real. If we only stay within our own box or environment, we do not really expand our thinking. With no expansion of thought, we never will know what the world could be. We may not want to tackle such a big question.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Beef Talk

Drought and stocking rates are two key terms

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
This past year, depending on where an individual lives, has set records for warm, moistureless days. Last spring and summer, as those in the north country battled excess snow and spring rain, only the occasional southern drought article found itself on the list of things to read.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Beef Talk

Understanding things we do not control

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
As has been noted already, to further complicate the process, this sale may be occurring several months to more than a year before the final product, which is the carcass, is valued on the rail.

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