Monthly Archives: December 2013

Montana Ranch

Montana Ranch

Elissa Curtis

The New Yorker

“The age of the open range is gone, and the era of large cattle drives is over,” said the photographer Ami Vitale, whose work from Montana is both a testament to a disappearing way of life and an ode to its endurance.

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BeefTalk: What’s in the Bull Soup?

BeefTalk: What’s in the Bull Soup?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service

Buying bulls is like making soup. You put in a bit of this and a bit of that and in the end, you have good soup. Likewise, a piece of this and a piece of that and you assemble a good bull. Unlike the soup you make from scratch, the bull already is made, but you have to find him.

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CSU holding Cow College

CSU holding Cow College

The Cattle Business Weekly

Colorado State University Animal Science is offering a 6-session, weekly, evening educational course in beef cattle production for interested persons in North Central Colorado and Southern Wyoming to be held in February and March 2014. Cow College will cover fundamental topics of beef cattle nutrition, reproduction, genetics, management practices, and health management.

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Maintaining Positive Impacts on Beef Quality

Maintaining Positive Impacts on Beef Quality

Heidi Carroll


What do you think the average consumer is looking for when they step up to the meat counter to purchase your beef? Regardless of price, consumers expect a safe, wholesome, high quality product every time they make a purchase and expect that the animal was provided humane treatment throughout its life.

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Picking profitable replacement heifers

Picking profitable replacement heifers

Heifer Pro

What’s the best strategy to use when selecting replacements? Record setting prices for cattle and calves combined with lower feed costs certainly have sparked a renewed sense of optimism among cow/calf producers.

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Give Beef Cows High-Quality Forage In Harsh Winters

Give Beef Cows High-Quality Forage In Harsh Winters

Hay and Forage Grower

If they haven’t done so already, cattle producers should inventory the amount and quality of forages they will have available during winter.

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Discarded produce finds use in animal feed

Discarded produce finds use in animal feed

Tom Karst

The Packer

Produce that is unusable for human consumption and discarded by grocery stores has found a ready use in cattle feedlots.

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Where meat does its homework

Where meat does its homework

David Cooper   

Progressive Cattleman

If you’re in the beef business, odds are your cattle profits had something to do with a remote government operation in the eastern Nebraska plains.

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Animal husbandry important in winter

Animal husbandry important in winter

Peter Hagar


I got up this morning and went out to feed the cows. Unlike the summer, when I usually walk out in shorts and a t-shirt, it was below zero and there was an inch or two of snow on the farm road.

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Arizona Agriculture Asks What it Takes to Build a Cattle Herd

Arizona Agriculture Asks What it Takes to Build a Cattle Herd

Julie Murphree

Arizona Farm Bureau

If you’re not raising a cattle herd, you might not know anything about the importance of quality genetics in a cattle herd. As the same article pointed out, it takes years and generations to develop quality genetic traits with each ranch building them into a herd based on environment, feed resources and more.

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How to Save Time & Money with Bale & Swath Grazing

How to Save Time & Money with Bale & Swath Grazing

Real Agriculture

Extending the grazing season past the warm weather months isn’t just a great way to save on fuel and time, it also can significantly reduce feeding costs. Bale and swath grazing or grazing stock-piled fields isn’t as difficult as it first appears

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Baxter Black, DVM:  Shepherds Christmas Reunion

Baxter Black, DVM:  Shepherds Christmas Reunion

The light of the campfire flickered across the faces of the herders. They’d polished off the last of the cabrito.

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Update on major E. coli study in beef

Update on major E. coli study in beef

The Cattle Business Weekly

This group of bacteria is a serious threat to the safety of the food supply, causing more than 265,000 infections in the United States each year.

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Partnering on Quality

Partnering on Quality

Laura Conaway

Angus Journal

Good partnerships are hard to come by and even more difficult to maintain. They take time, effort from both parties, and sometimes a little bit of magic. That’s the paradox.

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What Management Technique Could Give You The Highest Profit?

What Management Technique Could Give You The Highest Profit?

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

Animal gain is a powerful financial tool but recent record corn prices showed us that even good gains can’t outrun excessive costs.

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Extending the Productive Life of the Stock Cow

Extending the Productive Life of the Stock Cow

Jim Krantz


January 1, 2013 U.S. cow inventory totals documented a 60-year low in stock cow numbers, marking eight continuous years of reduction in the U.S. cowherd. Most analysts predict those totals to indicate further reductions when the January 1, 2014 report is unveiled.

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6 Factors For Calculating Pasture Grazing Rental Rates

6 Factors For Calculating Pasture Grazing Rental Rates

Hay and Forage Grower

Getting a good deal is critical for both parties when pasture land is up for rent, especially since land in short supply in the Midwest. So says Kevin Gould, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension beef educator.

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Explaining how cattle prices fluctuate

Explaining how cattle prices fluctuate

Sarah Sanderson Dillon

Helena Independent Record

In the cattle business change is constantly changing. With beef prices, it is never the same from year to year; the fluctuation is inconsistent. Sometimes it can feel like a losing battle, with no end in sight, but then they are some years that we feel that the battle is not that bad. We feel as if our heads are above water, and some years we feel like we are drowning.

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Beef Cow Longevity Series Set for Early 2014

Beef Cow Longevity Series Set for Early 2014

AG Web

Many factors affect beef herd profitability, but one specific factor, keeping young cows in the herd, is a huge challenge for cattle producers. Producers are searching for ways to keep young females in the cow herd longer for several reasons.

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NCBA’s Cattlemen’s College Lineup Set for Feb. 3-4 in Nashville

NCBA’s Cattlemen’s College Lineup Set for Feb. 3-4 in Nashville

Celebrating its 21st year, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Cattlemen’s College has established a reputation as one of the most thorough cattle producer education programs in the nation. Sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health, the 2014 edition of Cattlemen’s College offers a wide range of informative, hands-on educational workshops designed for cattle operations of every size and sector.

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