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BeefTalk: The Challenge of Cow Size   ( 2017-11-02 )
The solution is finding moderately sized cows that produce steers to meet current market desires and specifications.
BeefTalk: Commercial Beef Production Benchmarks for 2017   ( 2017-10-26 )
Achievable goals are the first steps toward improvement.
BeefTalk: Long-term Cow-culling Rate, Replacement Rate and Cow Age   ( 2017-10-19 )
Knowing how your herd compares with industry numbers is important.
BeefTalk: Age and Source Verification Can Work   ( 2017-10-12 )
Age and source verification places value on the calf and its accompanying data.
BeefTalk: The World is Good, but Sometimes Saying That is Hard   ( 2017-10-05 )
Remember that tomorrow is another day filled with hope.
BeefTalk: Age and Source Verification Revisited   ( 2017-09-28 )
Age- and source-verification programs continue to play an important role in marketing cattle.
BeefTalk: Rain Makes Regrowth; Put Weight on Cows Now   ( 2017-09-21 )
Fall is the time to take advantage of crop aftermath grazing.
BeefTalk: Calves Pay the Bills, But the Cows Make the Bills   ( 2017-09-14 )
Cattle breeding systems are the key to long-term, cost-conscious, efficient beef production.
BeefTalk: Time to Get Serious; Small Cows Produce   ( 2017-09-07 )
Smaller cows can produce calves that are competitive with mainstream beef production.
BeefTalk: Walking a Trail, Understanding Cow Math   ( 2017-08-31 )
Having cattle that are too large or too small has real consequences.
BeefTalk: Seeking Efficient Beef Cows   ( 2017-08-24 )
Separate biological and economic efficiency and keep an eye on your goal.
BeefTalk: Diversity Helps Mitigate Drought Effects   ( 2017-08-17 )
Healthy soil is critical to effective, sustainable farming practices.
BeefTalk: Managing Drought Through Proper Soil Health   ( 2017-08-10 )
The effective mitigation of drought is improved soil health and using the available moisture more effectively.
BeefTalk: A Dollar a Day and Counting   ( 2017-08-03 )
Producers need to think outside the box when looking for ways to reduce costs.
BeefTalk: Precondition Calves Regardless of Weaning Time   ( 2017-07-27 )
The well-prepared, preconditioned calf rewards the producer, the buyer and, most importantly, the calf.
BeefTalk: Be Cautious and Do Not Overspend for Hay   ( 2017-07-20 )
The cow-calf business is facing some challenges.
BeefTalk: A Beef Cow is What She Eats   ( 2017-07-13 )
Kochia and Russian thistle can be used as an alternative livestock feed if more desirable pasture or feed is limited.
BeefTalk: Start Planning for Next Year: Pregnancy Check Cows Early   ( 2017-07-06 )
Take steps to minimize the effects of this year’s drought on next year’s production.
BeefTalk: When Early Weaning, Adapt Calves and Provide Right Nutrition   ( 2017-06-29 )
Early weaned calves need to be adapted physically and behaviorally to their new environment.
BeefTalk: How Early is Too Early to Wean?   ( 2017-06-22 )
Consistent and proper animal husbandry and common sense help early weaned calves do just fine.
BeefTalk: BeefTalk: When Dry, Focus on Heifers and the Young Cows  (2018-03-22)  Cattle management during drought is about minimizing herd total weight to match the available forage while maintaining calf numbers.  FULL STORY
Prairie Fare: Prairie Fare: Are Eggs Healthful?  (2018-03-22)  Eggs are a good source of protein and a chemical that helps with brain, nerve and, potentially, memory health.  FULL STORY
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