Daily Archives: April 16, 2012

Longevity In Cattle

Longevity In Cattle

Susan Allen


The average person when asked  to rank the importance of a bull or a heifer to a rancher would typically cite good bull genetics but new research in a joint South Dakota State and USDA study confirms the value of having strong  female cattle that can remain productive for many years. Welcome to Open Range, I’m Susan Allen, back after the break.

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What can you afford to pay for cows?

What can you afford to pay for cows?

Damona Doye


Even if the production practices and related operating costs are similar in two businesses, the financial situation may be very different depending on how assets are controlled, that is, whether they are owned or leased.

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Sustainability is elusive in food chain

Sustainability is elusive in food chain


Minneapolis Star Tribune

Opponents of industrialized agriculture have been declaring for over a decade that how humans produce animal products is one of the most important environmental questions we face. We need a bolder declaration. It’s not how we produce animal products that ultimately matters. It’s whether we produce them at all.

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Heifer replacement a big decision

Heifer replacement a big decision

David Burton

Springfield News Leader

The selection of which heifers to keep as replacements is a key decision for anyone raising beef cattle according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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The Big 5 Management Areas

The Big 5 Management Areas

Troy Marshall


While the cow-calf sector demands far more expertise in far more areas than any other beef industry production segment, we also tend to operate with the least amount of outside expertise or consultation.

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Proposed child-labor rules would destroy family farming

Proposed child-labor rules would destroy family farming

Jerry Moran

National Provisioner

In communities across our nation, no tradition runs deeper from generation to generation than that of working on a family farm. By working alongside their parents, grandparents and neighbors, young people learn important life skills and values — the values of hard work, personal responsibility and perseverance. They learn how to problem-solve and work on a team to get things done.

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Old time branding survives in Wyoming

Old time branding survives in Wyoming


The sun is rising to the east of the Lerwick homestead, but the full moon is still clear to the west.

Both are breaching the horizon, and for 15 minutes it seems like the ranch near Albin is the center of the earth as the red-and-orange sky mixes with the translucent white light of the moon.

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