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  • Apr 10, 2014
    blog

    Test Drive A Ram Truck, Raise Money For FFA

    I’m not in the market for a new pickup. Heck, a minivan is probably more appropriate with a baby on the way, but I’m going to test drive a Dodge pickup truck on April 26....More
  • Apr 9, 2014
    blog

    4 States Look To Raise Checkoff 1

    I believe in the power of the beef checkoff program. I’m a product of the checkoff-funded National Beef Ambassador Program, have utilized funds as a past member of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary to promote beef, and now proudly work for the South Dakota Beef Industry Council....More
  • Apr 8, 2014
    blog

    Can The Beef Industry Get Along? 2

    Perusing the comments from several recent blog posts points out several things—we’re a very diversified business that encompasses people with a wide diversity of outlooks and opinions; and we’re an industry that allows those outlooks and opinions to become dangerously entrenched....More
  • Apr 8, 2014
    blog

    NEW Photo Contest: “Man’s Best Friend”

    For a lot of ranchers, where they go, so do their dogs. Trusty, loyal and good help, too, these four-legged friends are part of ranching families and the ranching tradition. Whether it’s a cattle dog, sheep dog, hunting dog or just a family pet, dogs are truly “man’s best friend,” and we are celebrating canines in our latest photo contest....More
  • Apr 1, 2014
    Commentary

    I’m Having An Internal Conversation About Beef’s Future

    Speculation about herd expansion seems to fit squarely into two groups currently. At least it does when I’m chatting with myself....More
  • Apr 1, 2014
    blog

    Readers’ Winning Essays Remind Me Of Why I Love The Cattle Business

    If you’ve been following the “Why I Ranch” essay contest, sponsored by Greeley Hat Works, then you already know that we are among kindred spirits in the beefmagazine.com community. It’s nice to share the same values of hard work, the importance of family, a love of nature and a passion for cattle with other folks....More
  • Mar 30, 2014
    blog

    Without Expansion, The U.S. Beef Industry Is Unsustainable 1

    The problem with ignorance is that sooner or later it catches up to you. I’m not talking about innate stupidity or choosing to be intentionally obtuse. I’m talking about earnestly believing the sky is green, when in fact it’s blue, if the color is considered at all — even if the success of your business depends on it....More
  • Mar 30, 2014
    blog

    Harlan Projects $276/Cow Profit In 2014

    After another month of record cattle prices. I’d planned on moving to another subject in my April 2014 column, but I am compelled to the observations of my mid-month price analysis. Figure 1 presents the eastern Wyoming-western Nebraska sale-barn prices for the week of Feb. 15. All steer calves weighing less than 620 lbs. brought over $200/cwt., 800-lb. feeder steers averaged $170/cwt., and 10 head of 1,053-lb. feeder steers sold for $150/cwt....More
  • Mar 25, 2014
    blog

    You Can Control Your Own Level Of Happiness 2

    I was privileged to spend some time recently with the operations people at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center, NE.  One of the managers within that group mentioned how much he enjoyed his job, but pointed out that there were some days and events that he could do without. My response was that “every job has its cows to milk.”...More
  • Mar 24, 2014
    blog

    8 Things Happening During National Ag Week 3

    National Agriculture Week kicks off this week (March 23-30), and it’s the perfect time to recognize and celebrate the importance of agriculture. Make an effort, particularly this week, to spread the positive message about agriculture in your community. On Friday, I asked friends on Facebook what they have planned for the upcoming week. Here are eight things happening across the country for National Agriculture Week. Please, let us know about any additional events in the comments section below....More
  • Mar 20, 2014
    Commentary

    State By State, Momentum To Raise The Checkoff Is Building 14

    While it still appears to be an uphill battle to raise the checkoff at the national level, such momentum is building in individual states. This state trend is a hopeful sign that the industry eventually will see more total dollars for beef promotion, advertising and research....More
  • Mar 20, 2014
    Commentary

    I Love Tournament Time But I Hate Ranching’s March Madness

    When anyone in America hears the phrase March Madness, most everyone instantly thinks of college basketball and the excitement of the big annual national tournament. If you’re a rancher, it’s more about crazy, frustrating weather, wild markets and trying to outguess the prognosticators....More
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