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BeefTalk: Commercial Beef Production Benchmarks for 2014   ( 2015-02-26 )
Each year, I look forward to the analysis that generates average values for beef traits.
BeefTalk: Got the Calving Book Handy?   ( 2015-02-19 )
A calving book is a book that allows producers to write down the tag number they put in the calf to record the date of birth as close as possible.
BeefTalk: Cow Contentment is a Good Thing   ( 2015-02-12 )
Access to the proper feed, good water and a reasonable space that has wind protection will keep a cow content.
Prairie Fare: DASH Diet Recognized for Lowering Blood Pressure   ( 2015-02-05 )
In many ways, the diet is very similar to the “MyPlate” recommendations.
BeefTalk: Feel Good by Feeding Some Alfalfa   ( 2015-02-05 )
Adding some alfalfa hay to a low-quality feed base will make supplementing the ration easier.
BeefTalk: Feed Those Cows the Right Amount of Feed   ( 2015-01-29 )
A common mistake that is made as the weather warms is to reduce the feed a little bit.
BeefTalk: Register Those Bulls!   ( 2015-01-22 )
Even if individual animal identification numbers are not available for all the cattle in the inventory, the registration numbers available throughout the purebred business are critical and the heart of the breed association.
BeefTalk: Buy Wisely and Spend Thriftily   ( 2015-01-15 )
The first and greatest cost is maintaining the cow inventory.
BeefTalk: After-the-party Blues   ( 2015-01-08 )
Those who do their homework will lessen the pains of life, but even then there are no guarantees in this business.
BeefTalk: Revising the Red Angus and Simmental Bull Pen   ( 2014-12-31 )
The process begins again each year by evaluating the genetics of the “keeper bulls” prior to going out and bidding on similar or better bulls.
BeefTalk: Revising the Bull Pen   ( 2014-12-23 )
Embedding the right EPD values for the chosen traits into the herd is critical for long-term genetic success.
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.
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