Daily Archives: March 21, 2017

Baxter Black, DVM:    Anything That Can Go Wrong

Baxter Black, DVM:    Anything That Can Go Wrong

“By gosh, that’s a new twist,” thought Terry as he tightened his collar against the biting wind and stared at the heifer.

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The Reverse Sear Is the Best Way to Cook a Steak, Period

The Reverse Sear Is the Best Way to Cook a Steak, Period

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Serious Eats

I’ve been using and writing about the reverse sear—the technique of slow-cooking a steak or roast before finishing it off with a hot sear—for well over a decade now, but I’ve never written a definitive guide for using it on steaks. It’s a really remarkable method, and if you’re looking for a steak that’s perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge, with a crisp crust, there’s no better technique that I know of.

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Is sustainability sustainable?

Is sustainability sustainable?

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

I would like to be the bearer of good news and tell you that the sustainability issue will fade from the often ADHD-like thought patterns that govern consumer trends. I am not the bearer of such good news, at least for those who would like the whole sustainability thing to just go away. It’s here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future.

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Ranching in the Sandhills began with a hunt for stray cattle

Ranching in the Sandhills began with a hunt for stray cattle

Troy Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

In the beginning, Nebraska’s ranch country had a huge hole in it. Early cattlemen grazed their cattle all around it and up to the edges, but not within the area known as the Sandhills. Viewed from its perimeter, the great expanse of sand dunes, “haired over” with grass, appeared to go on forever. It looked big, empty and scary. That seems odd now, since the Sandhills area is recognized as fine ranching real estate. But 140 years ago, it was unknown country.

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Agriculture damages from wildfire estimated at about $21 million

Agriculture damages from wildfire estimated at about $21 million

Kay Ledbetter

Feedlot Magazine

Based on current information, Amosson said the loss estimate of $21 million does not account for any loss of equipment. The basic categories considered are: lost pasture, $6.1 million; fence repair or replacement, $6.1 million; buildings and corrals lost, $3.8 million; livestock death losses, $4 million; and emergency hay and feed, $1 million.

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Don’t Let Cows Fall Victim to the Spring Nutrient Gap

Don’t Let Cows Fall Victim to the Spring Nutrient Gap

Purina Animal Nutrition

Fresh green grass is a welcome sight come spring. However, early spring grass with limited growth or volume should be approached with caution when it’s used as the sole source of nutrition for recently calved cows.

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Cows Need the Right Nutrition at the Right Time

Cows Need the Right Nutrition at the Right Time

Kindra Gordon

Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA

“Take care of Mama” is a saying not to be taken lightly, at least not when it’s in reference to pregnant beef cattle, said Lee Dickerson, a nutritionist with Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC. Dickerson addressed attendees of the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show during an NCBA Learning Lounge educational session.

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850,000 records say marbling still matters

850,000 records say marbling still matters

Miranda Reiman

Progressive Cattleman

Just missed it. Just missing a flight, a deadline for a major rebate or watching your child’s winning shot at a ball game. The feeling is much the same.

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At What Weight Should I Sell My Feeder Calves?

At What Weight Should I Sell My Feeder Calves?

Chris Prevatt


A commonly asked question around sale barns and at extension programs is “Should I sell light-weight feeder calves now or hold them and sell them when they are heavier?” The answer to this question depends on your individual situation.

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The Disappearing Family Ranch

The Disappearing Family Ranch

Bob Martin


While the number of beef cattle grazing on New Mexico pastures and raised in feedlots does not change all that much every year, the number of ranches does change – inching downward every year as more ranch children leave agriculture.

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