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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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Friday, February 10,2012

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
In other words, large, medium and small types tend to have the same working parts and, for all practical considerations, in the same proportion as all members of the herd. That being said, the obvious constraints of larger or smaller cattle rest more with the management of the producer’s system than the actual size of the cattle.

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Friday, January 27,2012

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
However, one thing about models is that, as new data comes in, the model simply repredicts. If the projections based on various assumptions do not hold true, then the assumptions can be changed and new projections created. This process really has no end and actually creates a lot of news and information that, in turn, drives managerial decisions.

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Friday, December 30,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
A producer once called and was concerned that the banker was critical of the age of the cows in the herd. The producer was very successful in keeping older cows productive, but the banker felt the cows were too old.

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Friday, December 2,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Cattle reproduction is a very talked-about number. As noted for years, if not decades, success in the cow/ calf business is directly related to a producer’s ability to get the cows pregnant. The standard numbers referred to are relatively easy to calculate.

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Friday, November 4,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Once the industry decided that the walls would not cave in when Hereford bulls were mated to Angus cows or vice versa, the world of beef cattle systems was created.

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