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  • training a horse and raising a kid
    Sep 26, 2013
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    Raising Kids Is Kind Of Like Training Horses, But Not Quite 1

    There’s nothing better than the feeling of being able to throw your horse a loose rein and be confident that he’ll stay soft and supple and between the reins. I guess the difference between horses and kids is that, while I want my kids to go out on their own and carve out their own destiny, there’s a part of me that wants to keep hold of those reins....More
  • Sep 12, 2013
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    When A Single-Minded Focus Is Not A Good Thing 1

    A quick look at history shows that most of the time, major accomplishments are achieved through a single-minded focus. While that may work for Olympic champions and scientists, ranchers need to take a more holistic view of their world....More
  • beef vet looks at 50 years of cattle health
    Sep 4, 2013
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    The Application Of Science Has Been A Primary Driver Of Industry Progress

    There will always be challenges, but if the last 50 years serve as an example, the U.S. beef industry is up to the task....More
  • breeding cattle
    Sep 3, 2013
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    Industry Innovation Is One Thing, But Adoption Is Another

    Innovation and technology have enabled the smallest cowherd since 1963 to churn out about as much beef as it did when cow numbers were at their peak. But some tried and true technologies aren’t being utilized to the extent they should be....More
  • tips to be a good rancher
    Sep 2, 2013
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    We All Need To Be Lifelong Learners

    With BEEF magazine beginning its 50th year of publication, I thought it might be appropriate this month to reminisce about key changes in my life and a few of the mentors who helped me along the way....More
  • Aug 15, 2013
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    Industry Keeps Its Cool Amid Zilmax™ Ban, Angus Defects 15

    The beef industry remains calm while two major issues rocks the boat; the Angus Association announces a new genetic defect and the Tyson controversy over Merck's Zilmax continues to brew. Here's the latest....More
  • great time to sell calves for cattle prices
    Aug 13, 2013
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    It’s A Great Time To Be Selling Calves

    The macro-economic market factors happen to be lined up to benefit cow-calf producers for the next several years, to the disadvantage of cattle feeders....More
  • Jul 25, 2013
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    Straightbreeding Vs. Crossbreeding – Both Can Equal Success 3

    If you want to improve stayability, longevity and lifetime production of the cow, it can be done – with straightbred animals or with crossbred animals. But it’s simply easier and more cost effective to do it with a crossbred female....More
  • square baling
    Jul 1, 2013
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    Square Baling Is A Test Of Family’s Strength 23

    Summer haying season is a time when working with family can be a little more challenging. How do you keep everyone on the same page during haying?...More
  • cowherd profits lower in 2013
    Jun 26, 2013
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    Lower Net Returns Expected For Cowherds In 2013 2

    Due to last winter’s higher hay prices, cattle market advisor Harlan Hughes project lower net returns for beef cowherds in 2013....More
  • pasture grazing tips for beef producers
    Jun 20, 2013
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    Proper Grazing Is A Rancher’s Most Rewarding Challenge 1

    Good cowherd grazing is the catalyst for reducing the amount of harvested cattle feed, increasing grazed feed, reducing labor and equipment costs, and increasing land productivity on the ranch....More
  • ag must embrace competition
    May 30, 2013
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    Ag Must Embrace Competition As A Good Thing

    We in agriculture have alternated between waging a war on our commodity marketplace, and waging a war against competition. Ironically, the war on competition is often presented as an attempt to increase competition. Rural America, and agriculture in general, would greatly benefit from more competition, and we must be vigilant about further monopolization of our business....More
  • cowherd price predictions for 2014
    May 27, 2013
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    If Nature Cooperates, Good Times Are Ahead For Beef Producers 1

    The national beef cow inventory is at a 50-year low, and long-run corn prices are projected to trend lower. These are two positive indicators for today’s beef industry....More
  • ranch mistakes learning
    May 16, 2013
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    Someone Has To Put The Experts’ Advice To Work 1

    I was worried that relying on experts would put me out of a job, but I think I’ve found my role at last. Somebody has to integrate and figure out how to implement all the wisdom we receive from those experts....More
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