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BeefTalk: Step 1 for Bull Buying: Simmental Example   ( 2014-12-18 )
The baseline traits used are simple growth traits that meet my “touchy, feely” criteria.
BeefTalk: Step 1 for Bull Buying: Red Angus Example   ( 2014-12-11 )
I like to start with the basic growth traits, which are those “touchy, feely” traits that connect what I see in the cattle to what the data is trying to tell me.
BeefTalk: Step 1 for Buying a Bull: Find the Base Herd EPD Values   ( 2014-12-04 )
The bull’s EPD values are the best representation of who he is.
BeefTalk: Prepping for the Bull-buying Season   ( 2014-11-26 )
Genetic uniformity starts at home by selecting good bulls through knowledgeable and informed selection and implementing focused production goals for clear outcomes relevant to beef cattle production.
BeefTalk: We Can Do Better   ( 2014-11-20 )
Focused breeding goals, with clear outcomes relevant to the production of beef, should be at the heart of all cattle operations.
BeefTalk: Proper Cow Nutrition Now Saves Headaches Later   ( 2014-11-13 )
A cow is more likely to sustain a healthy state of living when the feed she consumes is a mixture of green and yellow feeds.
BeefTalk: Cull Deep Enough to Find Those Freeloaders   ( 2014-11-06 )
Cows that do not produce are just one notch above those cows that are open.
BeefTalk: Change, It’s in Your Mind   ( 2014-10-30 )
The needs of today’s cattle industry are not the same as yesteryear’s needs.
BeefTalk: It’s Time to Buy That New Recliner   ( 2014-10-23 )
This is the time to make good on that long-promised opportunity to do something for the family and ranch help.
BeefTalk: Age and Weight Are Cow Herd Dynamics   ( 2014-10-16 )
The cow herd averages 5.6 years of age. Does this mean that all the cows should be managed as 5-year-old cows?
BeefTalk: Time to Sort the Thin, Young or Old Cows   ( 2014-10-09 )
“Thin cows do not compete” and “they need more feed” are points that need to be written on a barn wall, painted on pasture fences and noted on all of your paperwork.
BeefTalk: A Time to Reflect and Ponder   ( 2014-10-02 )
The night drive across western North Dakota was quite interesting. I remembered all the times I had driven these roads hoping to see another car.
BeefTalk: When a Cow is Determined to be Market Beef, Sell Her   ( 2014-09-25 )
Is the current market demand for beef strong enough to let more cows go or should a producer hold on to more cows to increase the herd?
BeefTalk: Cow Herd Expansion Needs Land   ( 2014-09-18 )
The competition for land and land use are compelling forces that will impact the cattle industry.
BeefTalk: Have Some Bulls to Cull?   ( 2014-09-11 )
Rather than keeping problem, inferior or old bulls through the winter, give some thought to marketing the culls.
BeefTalk: Yes, the Shorthorns Have New EPDs   ( 2014-09-04 )
Using the older Shorthorn EPD values, bull x4190244 could not be evaluated very effectively, compared with the Simmental, Red Angus and Gelbvieh genetics.
BeefTalk: Wet and Dry; There Is No Constant   ( 2014-08-28 )
The center, as with all producers, embarks on a management regime that adds and subtracts cattle, and moves cattle to take timely advantage of a plant’s response to moisture.
BeefTalk: Vaccinate to Protect Ranch Assets   ( 2014-08-21 )
Review the numerous vaccination programs available and then, in consultation with a veterinarian, design and match operational needs with marketing protocols.
BeefTalk: Eucs, Grass and a Tear   ( 2014-08-14 )
Grass is not simply a plant that is potted and admired.
BeefTalk: Records, a Positive Opportunity   ( 2014-08-07 )
Not all success is associated directly with meticulous recordkeeping, but those who keep records with factual-based goals certainly will have less positive or negative surprises.
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Renewable Accounts: Renewable Accounts: The New Normal?  (2014-12-02)  Regional retail gasoline prices have fallen about 40 cents per gallon since Halloween.  FULL STORY
Spotlight on Economics: Spotlight on Economics: Preparing for 2015  (2014-12-01)   It is just as important at this time to consider the volatility in agriculture as it is to focus on recent declines in crop commodity prices. Do you know what you will do with your earnings if crop commodity prices rebound?  FULL STORY
BeefTalk: BeefTalk: Step 1 for Bull Buying: Simmental Example  (2014-12-18)  The baseline traits used are simple growth traits that meet my “touchy, feely” criteria.  FULL STORY
Prairie Fare: Prairie Fare: Set Goals to Help Improve Fitness  (2014-12-18)  Exercise and food choices go hand in hand for maintaining and improving health.  FULL STORY
 
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