Daily Archives: October 5, 2012

WHAT IF? Would the big picture be better or worse if we all did things differently?

WHAT IF? Would the big picture be better or worse if we all did things differently?

Dr. Jude Capper with Tim O’Byrne

Working Ranch

We’ve got a great beef industry going, Mother Nature’s crankiness aside. It’s evolved so much from the days after the buffalo that those ol’ cattle barons wouldn’t even recognize it. Sure, we have some hurdles to overcome; everyone’s lane has a few.

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BeefTalk: Understanding Culling and Replacement Rates Critical

BeefTalk: Understanding Culling and Replacement Rates Critical

Kris Ringwall

Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Culling and replacement rates are the two numbers that will impact the base cow herd. These numbers are shifted as managers determine how to fit cattle to given resources. The rates are the foundation to expanding and contracting cattle numbers.

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Plan ahead when Cattle prices are good

Plan ahead when Cattle prices are good

Dr. Jane Parish

Cattle Today

When cattle prices are high, producers must decide whether to pocket or spend those extra proceeds. The list of choices for spending these funds is often long. So, where should producers start when money is burning a hole in their pockets?

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Challenges and opportunities abound in the beef industry

Challenges and opportunities abound in the beef industry

Greg Lardy

Tri State Livestock News

As the old saying goes, ‘Is your glass half full or half empty?’ The perspective we have on life has a lot to do with how we answer this question.

It is no secret that the beef industry faces many challenges as we move forward. However, there are many opportunities out there as well. Here are a few for you to consider.

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Start beef reproductive momentum

Start beef reproductive momentum

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

There are factors we can’t control in beef cattle reproduction, so we need to pay attention to the factors we can control.

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Reason for optimism for U.S. beef exports

Reason for optimism for U.S. beef exports

Ron Smith     

Increased access to Japan is one reason Erin Borror, U.S. Meat Export Federation, is optimistic about beef. Also, Taiwan has agreed to a “science-based protocol for beef additives, opening up a $200-million market.”

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Drought crushes local beef industry in Hawaii

Drought crushes local beef industry in Hawaii

Kpua

National interest in locally grown food and grass-fed beef are catching on in Hawaii, offering ranchers an opportunity to sell cattle in the islands and send fewer of them to states like California and Kansas.

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