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Mott Mayor uses role on regional boards to aid city
State-of-art new clinic - and vets
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May 2, 2014
BeefTalk: Electronic bidding for bulls: The wave of the future
Recently, the Dickinson Research Extension Center finished putting bulls in the pen for summer breeding. Although bull selection started in earnest as the year ended, the actual purchases take a while to complete. Bulls that are needed are not always affordable, and sometimes scheduling...
May 2, 2014 - 12:27am
March 20, 2014
Beef Talk: Are your cows ready to rebreed?
By Kris Ringwall The question of the day: Are the cows ready to breed? For many cattle operations, the calving season got started in mid-March, so it will be in full swing soon. I hope the nutritional plan is in place and the cows are doing fine. Although nutritional adjustments...
March 20, 2014 - 8:15pm
July 12, 2013
BeefTalk: Being proactive is better than reactive when working with cattle
"Blunt force trauma" is a set of words one would not expect to use starting a beef column. However, the topic of this column is safety, and working cattle can be challenging. Chuteside etiquette means having a system in place to get the job done and done safely.
July 12, 2013 - 12:00am
March 26, 2011
Beef Talk: A look at a bull's daily intake
How much should mature bulls weigh? Bull nutritional requirements are based on the projected value at mature weight. This means we have to answer the question about how much our bull will weigh at maturity. The question seems simple, but the answer becomes subjective quickly for...
March 26, 2011 - 12:00am
January 29, 2011
BeefTalk: Source and Age Verification
One could say the future of beef starts with a calving book. Certainly, source and age verification starts with a calving book. Now is the time to be planning on getting cattle ready for source and age verification for next fall. The North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association...
January 29, 2011 - 12:00am
January 8, 2011
Beef Talk: The future of beef
We still are pondering the future of the beef cow and visiting and revisiting old and new thoughts. If one references the world production of beef, our beef production is just one piece of a very big picture. In planning for the future of beef, the planning process must include the...
January 8, 2011 - 12:00am
November 27, 2010
Bull rankings fill the bull pen
The Dickinson Research Extension Center utilizes many bulls and always evaluates bulls at the time of purchase and periodically throughout their life span. Perhaps the most challenging evaluation is to ask if the bulls meet the current objectives of the breeding program or expected...
November 27, 2010 - 12:00am
September 4, 2010
One bad steer spoils the lot
The interest in age and source verification continues. The interest is real and the need is real. As those who are involved in the process of selling beef know, once a commitment is made, that commitment needs to be honored. With the tight supplies of beef and the need to plan long...
September 4, 2010 - 12:00am
August 21, 2010
Beef Talk: Two-thirds of the pie
The Dickinson Research Extension Center has fed cattle for many years, at least the last 14 years. The center has fed cattle in a commercial feedlot. Those cattle have performed well, but a struggle always remains between weaned-calf value, backgrounded calf value and fed-calf value. For...
August 21, 2010 - 12:00am
August 7, 2010
Beef Talk: Only looking at yesterday leads to failure
Some thoughts on the cattle business: I started writing Beef Talk 10 years ago, so one could conclude there are a lot of thoughts about the cattle business. The concept was simple, after spending way too many miles traveling to meetings and presenting a few thoughts to those in attendance,...
August 7, 2010 - 12:00am
July 17, 2010
Beef Talk: Quite a closeout
A feedlot closeout at the Dickinson Research Extension Center came across my desk and with it came the usual first question. Did the lot come up with some cash for the operation? Yes was the answer for lot 9315. The lot had an average net return of $246 per steer. That was good....
July 17, 2010 - 12:00am
July 10, 2010
A hay mow full of memories
Perhaps time does come to a standstill. However, if it does, it is only momentary. Perhaps the now does not really need to know the past. Perhaps what will be will simply be. If we really believe all that, then there is no reason to be very optimistic. The past is important and produces...
July 10, 2010 - 12:00am
July 3, 2010
Beef Talk: Individual care the key
Animals are individuals. A group of animals is a commingled set of individuals. At no time do the individual animals actually become a component of a group. That is a fundamental principle that those who engage in animal husbandry come to understand. This point is very important....
July 3, 2010 - 12:00am
June 19, 2010
Beef Talk: Converting to 'can do'
Agriculture is a fast-moving, high-technology business. The production and processing of agricultural products for our consumption is demanding. These demands are not getting easier as consumers increasingly become distant from production. The connection between the cow and hamburger...
June 19, 2010 - 12:00am
May 29, 2010
Beef Talk: Enter small cows, stage right
In the northern Plains cattle business, late spring and summer are fun. No matter what type of beef operation, the shift to warmer weather is appreciated. Regardless of where a producer is at, spring and summer generally mean calving followed by breeding. For the Dickinson Research...
May 29, 2010 - 12:00am