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  • U.S. beef industry quality assurance
    Jan 23, 2013
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    BQA Is Emblematic Of Beef Production Stewardship

    Even though 2012 beef exports were below the previous year’s record pace in terms of volume through the first 11 months, the value of those products set a new record-high. Through November, U.S. beef exports represented a value of $214.64/head of fed cattle harvested....More
  • calving season
    Jan 23, 2013
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    Environment Is Critical In Preventing Neonatal Calf Disease

    We’ve all heard the old adage that “the three most important things about real estate are location, location, location.” If I could propose a new quote on neonatal calf disease, it would be: “The three most important things about prevention of neonatal calf disease are environment, environment, environment.”...More
  • drought depoulation & repopulation
    Jan 23, 2013
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    Thoughts On Repopulating A Beef Herd After Drought

    In times of drought, ranchers should focus most of their management energy on cash flowing the herd through the drought and beyond. Remember, a drought’s cash-flow impact on a herd is 7-10 years....More
  • cull cows
    Jan 23, 2013
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    Why Are Beef Producers So Afraid To Cull Cows? 1

    In my last three articles, I’ve discussed managing toward a 30-day calving season, developing and selecting replacement heifers, and culling cows and selecting bulls. If you were to review those articles, you would find some repetition and some interconnection of ideas. The question posed by this article’s headline relates to that inter-connectedness and ideas presented in earlier articles....More
  • cow-calf industry
    Jan 25, 2013
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    Cow-Calf Producers Are The Beef Industry’s Lifeblood

    All this set me thinking as to how the U.S. beef industry is like a huge family. It has many members spread all over the continent (and Hawaii, of course). The family squabbles from time to time and sometimes seems to waste energy on pointless issues, but everyone is dedicated to raising the finest cattle and producing the best beef they can....More

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