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Friday, May 7,2010

Reproductive efficiency

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
When you breed or turn out bulls with heifers or cows, you have certain expectations. Ideally, you want each of them to become pregnant, deliver an unassisted, healthy calf, and raise it to half its mommas weight six months later.

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Friday, April 16,2010

Predictable

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
These ideas are pretty much universal, but lets consider your cowherd. Across the country, cattle are getting better based on trends in daily gain, efficiency and quality grades. For decades, the improvements were uneven, giving up beef quality for better performance on the ranch or feedlot.

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Friday, March 5,2010

Boringly predictable? The bank won´t complain

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
If theres one thing beef production cant be, its too predictable. We deal with erratic weather and markets, so dependable profit hangs its hat on cow and calf performance that follows a steady and improving trend line.

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Friday, February 19,2010

Strength in numbers

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Every decision is really an opinion, but theres probably a wide range in your comfort zone based on the amount of information behind the choices you make.

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Friday, December 18,2009

Mixed blessings

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
When you count your blessings, remember to include the ones disguised as challenges. Some of them you decided to take on as calculated risks; others intruded on your farm or in your life, but turned out to be mixed blessings.

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Monday, November 30,2009

BEEF talk

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
In reality, animal identification has been around since animals were domesticated and will continue as long as we own animals. As soon as the new family dog arrives at home, the discussion turns to naming the new pet, along with the purchase of a collar and tags.

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Friday, October 23,2009

BLACK ink

Match cows to resources for fall feed savings

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Nows the time many people save money on spring-calving cows. They have just weaned the calves, or perhaps weaned them several weeks ago, so that the cows are in pretty good shape. That would usually be at least body condition score (BCS) 5 to 6, depending on where they live and how much money the owners plan to save on feed.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Keep or cull?

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
You take stock of what you have every day, sometimes in satisfaction and thanksgiving, sometimes in need.

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Friday, August 14,2009

Black Ink

Power cards

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
If you make a living on a ranch, thats a success. Just living on a ranch is a success. Heck, just taking one more breath can be a victory. Everybody is a winner, at least in some small way.

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Monday, June 29,2009

Plan ahead to sell what the market wants

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Get em in the truck, slam the door, wait for the check. How much planning goes into your cattle marketing? Across the country, it varies from long-term contract holders to those who cut out a few head now and then to pay bills. Either extreme can leave money on the table.

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