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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.

Consistency can pay for itself in cattle business

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cattle ranchers who stuck with their program are likely well-situated in 2014.

Planning, reality and planning again

Thursday, December 19, 2013

’Tis the season to plan so you can stay jolly all through the year. That may include deciding it is time for Plan B in a few cases, but being on the fortunate side of the drought/recovery line, we are still on Plan A. Starting point It is hard to say when our production year […]

Decisions can make or break your operation

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I can give you advice. Your friends can show you what’s working on their ranch. You can read articles and learn from your local team of experts — Extension specialists, veterinarians, nutritionists and so on. But when it comes down to it, you’re the one who needs to make the decisions. You have to determine […]


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