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Daycare not linked to child obesity
Burgum sets sights on downtowns in governor's race
Drones involved in two pipeline protest criminal cases
Any increase to UND student fees for athletics may have to wait another year
Backers hope ND pot measure will bring relief for patients; police chiefs say law isn't tough enough
crime and courts
nation and world
Spill reported at well site without berm
ND health department tightens up on radioactive waste monitoring
Treater leak spills oil, brine in Mountrail County
Legal challenges buy time to develop clean coal
Coal prepares for carbon-free future as industry pushes developing commercially viable programs
Veeder: Rainy horse ride triggers memory of couple's beginnings
Dullum climbs Mount Rainier with his Scout troop
Revitalizing Ukrainian churches: Priest and family from Ukraine arrive in western ND
Gabbert specializes in unlocking puzzles of the mind
Watford City to host triple header concert
From ND to the pros, Carson Wentz wins over fans
UND football team earns sixth-straight win with 28-21 victory over Idaho State
Rodin, Honkers rout Raiders in 9-man playoffs
Blue Hawks sneak 28 points past Dakota State in third quarter, clinch NSAA
Effertz, Aggies work quickly to dispatch Cowboys
Our View: Dickinson should improve liquor laws, increase licenses
Other Views: Lawless, bullying 'Keep It in the Ground' tactics fail
Governor candidate: Focus on public education first
Letter: Measure 4 doesn't have enough specifics
MCFEELY: National narrative over pipeline protest should be an eye-opener
Eric Ross Abraham
Kenneth "Ken" Gerving
Anne Short Johnson
Medora gears up for visitors
New tellings of old museum stories
Beach vibe in the Bakken
Sax remodels downtown building into custom and detailing center
Business steady as Platinum Motorsports becomes certified
November 6, 2014
Beef Talk: Cull deep enough to find those freeloaders
Today, with an aggressive bidding for weigh-up cows and market bulls, why take the risk of pushing a cow an extra year? As condition and body weight decline, so does value, but managerial inputs and labor increase. The bottom line: Cows need to survive, produce and repeat the cycle...
November 6, 2014 - 10:05pm
October 9, 2014
Beef Talk: Time to sort the thin, young or old cows
The cow is the source of production, so keeping her in shape is critical. Today’s point is that cows will regain body condition easier when production demands are low. Also, as a general rule, when the living have adequate food but are limited to little activity, weight gain occurs....
October 9, 2014 - 9:52pm
October 2, 2014
Beef Talk: A time to reflect and ponder
It was a time to reflect during a trip home to help Dad. After 91 years on the farm, he was moving to an assisted living facility. The night drive across western North Dakota was quite interesting. I remembered all the times I had driven these roads hoping to see another car. Things...
October 2, 2014 - 11:15pm
September 26, 2014
Beef Talk: When a cow is determined to be market beef, sell her
Got cows to sell? If you do, sell them. You only have to look at the prices to know the market is looking for beef. Producers always have some cows to sell if they want to. Current discussions focus on increasing cow numbers, but it may be ill-advised to change cow culling schemes....
September 26, 2014 - 12:51am
September 18, 2014
Beef Talk: Cow herd expansion needs land
Why not more cows? That is a good question because the beef industry is begging for cows. To do that, the cow-calf producer needs more cows to expand, the feedlot producer needs more calves and purveyors need product. Do I keep more cows? That is a difficult question producers must...
September 18, 2014 - 5:45pm
September 4, 2014
Beef Talk: Wet and dry; there is no constant
The use of the word “sustainability” often is an indication that someone is searching for a simple, normal approach to life. In other words, the ability to fit in without the pressures of uncertainty. Is that possible? Can a cattle operation be “sustainable” in the long run...
September 4, 2014 - 5:26pm
August 15, 2014
Eucs, grass and a tear
The other day, the Dickinson Research Extension Center became home to an unstoppable force that is going to drill a well. In this case, an oil well. The spot selected is in the middle of a native grass pasture. Who knows the age of that native grass, but certainly the plants were...
August 15, 2014 - 12:27am
August 7, 2014
Beef Talk: Records: A positive opportunity
As summer appears to be waning and fall soon will be upon us, I can remember a former co-worker, Harlan Hughes, saying; “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” The meaning never changes. The statement is true because you can’t manage what you don’t measure. As producers...
August 7, 2014 - 11:56pm
July 31, 2014
Beef Talk: May I borrow your land?
The beef industry is a land-based business, and along with land comes an interesting relationship. The Dickinson Research Extension Center is in a very aggressive energy industry. Perhaps the word “aggressive” is too harsh, but there certainly is an interesting relationship that...
July 31, 2014 - 11:35pm
July 17, 2014
Beef Talk: Is there a place for cows in the future?
Is there a place for cows in the future? The reality of today’s agriculture is that it is heavily slanted toward crop production if the land has the potential to be converted to crops. Like it or not, for beef production to expand, the economics of the beef cow needs to have a threefold...
July 17, 2014 - 11:55pm
July 4, 2014
Beef Talk: Do the math: Income minus cost equals net return
For those who do math, what is $713 minus $537? The answer is $176. Good numbers, especially for the cow-calf producer because the $713 indicates the amount of cash that cows have been able to generate after adjusting for replacements. The $537 indicates the recent costs to keep a...
July 4, 2014 - 12:24am
June 19, 2014
Beef Talk: Cows are on high alert after calving
As the Dickinson Research Extension Center winds up May calving, the year has been good. May calving involves pastures, grass and space. Because feed is not delivered in a bunk, the cow decides where she wants to be in the pasture and sets in motion a series of thoughts that anchor...
June 19, 2014 - 11:31pm
May 29, 2014
Beef Talk: A good mix of beef, oil industries
The changing world of western North Dakota is a hot and cold topic. In a sense, most would consider change to be a point of reality. Seldom, if ever, does one get to make a statement about life and then control that point for a lifetime. We call that change. Change always has...
May 29, 2014 - 11:58pm
May 22, 2014
Beef Talk: Start your calf vaccinations now
As calving winds down and calves are settled with their mammas, the inevitable day will come when the calves need to get a round of vaccinations. It is much like the old days when the school made the announcement that the county nurse was coming along with a bag full of needles. Terror...
May 22, 2014 - 11:13pm
May 9, 2014
Beef Talk: Spring reflections and calf deaths
The next week will be busy at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The cows have been turned out on cool-season grass and the yearlings need to be worked. The yearling steers are vaccinated and have been turned out for summer grazing or sent to the feedlot. The center typically...
May 9, 2014 - 12:32am