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Beef producers: A lot of people are counting on your work

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s been a few years, but I also remember what it’s like to come to a feedbunk, lined with cattle looking up, eagerly awaiting breakfast or supper. No doubt, you know that feeling well.

Know the value of quality beef

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

“You get what you pay for” is a saying that often assumes limitations.

Grid marketing could reward your herd

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Most cattle feeders are pretty shrewd businessmen and women. They don’t just know how to run a break-even. They live and breathe them. They study profit opportunities like their future depends on them, because — especially in times like these — it does. Talk marketing with any longtime feeder, and they’re likely to tell you […]

Fixer uppers? Improvements in herds can be made

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I got my start with other people’s cull cows, just a bid or two above the hamburger market — which was not so dear back then.

Cattle carcass data can contain surprises

Thursday, September 18, 2014

“It made me mad!” That’s what a Montana rancher told me when talking about the first carcass data he ever got back. “I got tired of trying to sell them. I wasn’t willing to accept generic price when I thought I had something better,” he said. “I soon learned.” Those first calves graded 20 percent […]

Winning the race for beef demand

Thursday, August 21, 2014

As we get ready for preweaning shots and deworming, I think these calves are in the homestretch.

No secret to success in cattle business

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Psst…do you want to know a secret? Kids aren’t very good at keeping them.

Is your cow herd above average?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

In some ways, my cowherd is average. In other ways it is above and in still others, below. Those things are true of each cow in my herd, too. That’s all part of what “average” means. Comparing each cow Usually this involves numbers like weaning weights, pregnancy percentages or carcass values of progeny. Add them […]

So your farm is sustainable? Prove it!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Just thinking or saying you’re sustainable isn’t good enough.

Careful decision making can position your herd for success

Thursday, February 20, 2014

When making decisions, weigh the evidence carefully.

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