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BeefTalk: Rolling Out Hay is Rolling Out Dollars

As the year ends, reflecting on the past year is good. The obvious point this year is the lack of forage and how, as producers, one responded to the challenge. The Dickinson Research Extension Center needs more than 1,000 1,300-pound bales to make...

 

BeefTalk: Has the Beef Industry Reached Commercial Thresholds for Performance?

Losing a calf at birth challenges the beef operation, including the cow and producer. But, as we know in the cattle business, the cycle of life starts with conception and concludes at death. Our goal...

 

BeefTalk: Diversity Helps Mitigate Drought Effects

Are you interested in increasing soil water absorption by 685 percent? Remember the commercials that showed paper towels absorbing copious amounts of water, more than a competitor's paper towel? Is...

 

Beef Talk: A Lot Happens Around the Kitchen Table

For years, the kitchen table has been the center of planning for those in agriculture. Conversations of the past, present and future surface around the table. Today, the kitchen table may be in the...

 

BeefTalk: Are You Feeding and Keeping an Eye on the Bulls?

Sometimes beef producers overlook the obvious: bulls. If the bulls are not in a separate pen, now is the time to separate them from the cow herd and take a good look at their condition. Bulls actually enjoy a solitary life, absent from all the coming...

 

BeefTalk: Why Would Calving Time in the Northern Plains Change?

This is a good time of the year to share four years of data and experiences collected at the Dickinson Research Extension Center on May calving. Why? The calving date is more than a calendar date on the wall of the barn. The date affects every...

 

BeefTalk: Countercultural Beef Production

Perhaps it is time to be countercultural. Perhaps most would associate counterculture with lifestyles and the ever-changing human mood, which bring a raised eyebrow from the grandparents. The...

 

BeefTalk: Expanding Genetics and Electronic Bull Buying

Bull buying from your desk at home? It sounds far-fetched, but that is a very real option in today’s bull market. Each year, a new generation of bulls is offered for sale, along with more and better data regarding the bulls we buy. Last year’s...

 

Beeftalk: The Big 60 Means 60 Percent Calved In 21 Days! The 60 Percent Goal Is Very Realistic

The big 60 means that 60 percent of the cows calved in the first 21 days of the calving season. That is achievable, doable and good. Sixty percent was the goal. The evaluation of the cattle business is ongoing, and producers always should take...

 

BeefTalk: 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...

 

BeefTalk: Beef and Oil

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...

 

BeefTalk: Do the Cows Fit the Operation?

Generally, facts do not change and the application of facts to life determines success. In other words, life is more than luck. One needs to plan, implement, evaluate and replan to stay in touch. That was the essence of the integrated resource manage...

 

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Data is essential for finding the desired genetics when selecting bulls. Early discussions of animal breeding and selection always grouped producers into three types, which were the breeder,...

 

BeefTalk: Understanding EPD Percentile Tables is Important

A simple way to deal with the table is to decide on what level of performance one wants to shop for. The discussion of how to utilize breed association expected progeny differences (EPDs) by setting individual goals requires that producers understand...

 

BeefTalk: Bull Buying and Headaches

With the ever-growing databases and improved techniques and computer applications to access the data, reviewing records of old bulls to access the current genetics within the herd aids in understanding the herd. As the year wraps up, the process of...

 

BeefTalk: What's in the Bull Soup?

Bull selection only requires that one understands or at least appreciates the EPD values and trends within a breed. Buying bulls is like making soup. You put in a bit of this and a bit of that and in the end, you have good soup. Likewise, a piece of...

 

BeefTalk: How Well Did the Bulls Do?

The life of a bull is not simple because, for the most part, his life is somewhat confrontational. The other day while reviewing the bulls, two of the bulls still were sparring for dominance. They have been out of the pasture for almost two months,...

 

BeefTalk: Vaccinate and Prepare Valuable Calves for Market

Vaccinate calves now in anticipation of weaning and preparation for sending the calves to market. I hope the calves already have had some vaccinations during branding or early summer cattle work, so now would be a good time to do booster...

 

BeefTalk: Making a "Premium" Calf

What makes a premium calf? There are six steps to placing premium calves that excel on the market: superior genetics, sound management, preconditioning, tag identification and certification, plus a good marketing strategy. The order of the steps is...

 

BeefTalk: Pondering Grass

The Dickinson Research Extension Center had three pens of yearling steers. One pen (A) was harvested when the steers were 18.1 months old. The next pen (B) was harvested when the steers were 21.4 months old and the last pen (C) was harvested when...

 

BeefTalk: Good Marketing Captures Available Dollars

Cattle producers need to set focused, systematic goals to capture more net dollars. When the discussion rests on the income side, marketing is the focus. Improved marketing to capture the monies...

 

Wise Marketing of Cows and Bulls is Critical

As cows and bulls are rounded up for fall sorting, some are sorted for sale, so it is very important to remember that cull cows and bulls are market beef and should be treated as such. Market groups need to be sorted and appropriately presented to th...

 

BeefTalk: Birth Weight In The Eyes Of A Chicken

The question of birth weight is always a good topic during calving. More precisely, birth weight involving calving replacement heifers or first-calf heifers. Generally, older cows have few calving problems. The challenge with younger cattle rests...

 

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