BeefTalk: The World is Good, but Sometimes Saying That is Hard
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Sometimes, words are really difficult as events shake our foundation. Questions without answers abound. Words of hope and encouragement fall by the wayside. Our world simply stops. We stop, ponder and question. However, on the range or any place that maintains the living, the world may pause, but it does not stop. We may look to pause, to simply get away. Unexpected events bring that emotion forward, generally when something is wrong, very wrong. We all have this innate feeling, a feeling of emptiness, of loss without a fix. We cannot go back; we cannot change what has happened. We simply may sit at a gate, looking back, but it’s a gate that will not open.
Oklahoma Checkoff Vote Stirs Controversy
Early voting on Oklahoma’s secondary beef checkoff program began Monday, and with it an aggressive campaign to undermine the program and influence voters by planting seeds of doubt. Oklahoma is attempting to establish a producer-funded and managed, state-level promotion, marketing, research and education program for beef and beef products. To do so, producers are asked to vote on a state-wide assessment of $1 per head when an animal changes ownership, all of which is refundable on request. That $1 assessment would be in addition to the $1 national beef checkoff program already in place.
Cowboy trends: Then and now
As an older Nevada gentleman thumbed through a dusty stack of faded photographs from yesteryears, he asked me what I noticed about the photos.
“Is it the lack of fences in the backgrounds?”
“What about nobody being on their cell phone?” I joked.
Reverend Bayes and Cattle Breeding
A Steak in Genomics™
You are asking yourself, who is Reverend Bayes and what does he have to do with cattle? The answer to this question will answer a major misconception in cattle genetics.
Cover crops can extend the grazing season
High Plains Journal
Just a few years ago it would have seemed strange to discuss cover crops at a livestock meeting, but producers are realizing the benefits of cover crops in a livestock operation. “Cover crops give us an opportunity for high quality forage when native grasses are dormant,” said Kevin Wellnitz, a producer from Neosho Rapids, Kansas.
Struggling family-owned farms continue to disappear
Small family farms have been slowly disappearing for decades and this will likely be the case of Minor’s Farm in Bristol. Founded in 1864, the 30-acre parcel on Chippens Hill is operated by Paul C. Minor; his wife, Vicki; and father, Paul J. Minor. Mark Minor, the brother of Paul C., separately harvests the hay.
ATV accident leaves rancher with hidden injury
Cattle ranchers, in general, possess a certain amount of grit. Spring calving, after all, doesn’t stop for the sniffles. So, many farmers and ranchers weather their ailments through the seasons with a tenacious, tough-as-nails resolve to avoid doctors. Until one moment, one misstep, one split-second decision changes everything.
Grazing guru teaches ranchers ‘intensive’ approach
James Gerrish coined the term “management-intensive grazing,” describing an approach to managing cattle he said improves ranchers’ soil health while boosting the carrying capacity of their pastures by more than 40 percent.
Working with wolves: Local rancher tries new approach
Siskiyou Daily News
An ongoing effort to reduce risks to livestock in wolf ranges has produced a new strategy being promoted by one Siskiyou County rancher whose livestock roams in the range of the first recorded wolfpack in California in decades.
Calving Ease and the Law of Diminishing Returns
Calving ease is especially important in first-calf females, and is therefore something we pay close attention to when breeding virgin heifers. In fact, calving ease considerations usually rank first on the list when selecting bulls to use on heifers.