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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.
BeefTalk: May I Borrow Your Land?   ( 2014-07-31 )
What may seem a relatively small clause at the time of signing could mushroom into a major, if not unmanageable, fiscal request at some unknown future date for some future owner of the property.
BeefTalk: May Calving Bull Turnout is Aug. 1   ( 2014-07-24 )
Again this year, the bulls will be turned out on Aug. 1, with the expected start of the 2015 calving season set at May 10.
BeefTalk: Is There a Place for Cows in the Future?   ( 2014-07-17 )
Like it or not, for beef production to expand, the economics of the beef cow needs to have a threefold increase in net returns to compete with crop production.
BeefTalk: The Cow Herd Struggles to Expand   ( 2014-07-10 )
 
BeefTalk: Do the Math - Income Minus Cost Equals Net Return   ( 2014-07-03 )
If a producer wants to keep control of long-term survival, then costs need to be controlled.
BeefTalk: Unified Cattle Identification Remains an Elusive Goal   ( 2014-06-26 )
As with most issues without resolve, the discussion will come and go.
BeefTalk: Calf Planting   ( 2014-06-19 )
Cows are on high alert after calving, so this planting behavior impacts how and when groups of cattle can be moved or at least easily moved.
BeefTalk: Not all Bulls Are Herd Bulls   ( 2014-06-12 )
Some bulls are herd bulls and, more than likely, the herd bulls are at the top of the sale list.
BeefTalk: Grass or Grain Fed?   ( 2014-06-05 )
As a producer, when successful with placing the appropriate product with the appropriate program, the reward is financially satisfying. If not, a new program will be sought.
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Renewable Accounts: Renewable Accounts: How Much Corn Can the Ethanol Industry Use?  (2014-09-22)  A good number to commit to memory is 14.9 billion gallons. That’s the capacity of the domestic corn ethanol refinery fleet.  FULL STORY
BeefTalk: 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?   FULL STORY
Prairie Fare: Prairie Fare: Onions Add Flavor, Potential Health Benefits to Your Menu  (2014-10-16)  Most people consume about 20 pounds of onions per year. In fact, we are eating 70 percent more onions than we did just a few years ago.   FULL STORY
 
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