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  • Jan 10, 2013

    Fiscal Cliff Turns Out To Be Just A Prelude 10

    The battle is being waged in the court of public opinion; the argument being advanced is that nobody should be allowed to play politics over the debt ceiling. If that argument carries the day, then the showdown will probably not occur until the new fiscal cliff deadline. However, the luxury of being able to delay fixing this problem is melting away with every day...More
  • 2013 beef industry challenges
    Jan 2, 2013

    2013 Poses A Lot Of Producer Challenges 1

    Comedian George Carlin once published a long, thoughtful and humorous piece about how the ascendancy of society in the U.S. has coincided with a decline of its personal values. It ends with these thoughts, which I think are good advice for everyone in the new year, regardless of your profession, financial status or religious inclination....More
  • Dec 20, 2012

    Cost Management Really Pays In Tough Times 2

    Cost management is much like heterosis. Used wisely, it always pays; but it pays most when conditions are at their worst....More
  • Dec 18, 2012

    Plan Now To Wean Early

    Larry Berger, head of the University of Nebraska animal science department, talks about the advantages of early weaning. This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association. Visit or for more information....More
  • Dec 13, 2012

    Opinion: The Importance Of Brand Management 1

    It’s normal at the start of the year, but particularly this year, for producers to take a hard look at many aspects of their operation. Being a low-cost producer, producing a higher-quality product, and effectively marketing the product produced have always been considered the three legs of the stool. Perhaps the fourth leg of that stool is brand management. What is your brand? What makes you unique? What do you stand for?...More
  • replacement angus heifers
    Nov 29, 2012

    Tips For Selecting Replacement Heifers For The Beef Herd 4

    Managing reproduction starts with selecting replacement heifers. For a long time, I thought that a combination of performance records and visual appraisal would allow me to tell the good heifers from the poor ones. I have now learned different....More
  • Nov 26, 2012

    Drought Economics – Part II 1

    Last month, I summarized my producer educational programs in past droughts. The key lesson I learned from those droughts was that the optimum drought strategy depends on where we are in the cattle cycle. What is an optimal drought strategy for one drought may be sub-optimal for the next drought....More
  • Nov 26, 2012

    States Lead The Way In ID Traceability

    Suspension of the state’s brucellosis testing program in August 2011 was the impetus behind the Texas Animal Disease Traceability program. Beginning Jan. 1, every sexually intact adult beef animal in Texas must carry an approved form of permanent ID in order to change hands....More
  • Certified Angus Beef choice steak
    Nov 26, 2012

    CAB, Nolan Ryan Prove Quality, Consistency Pay

    Quality and consistency pay, even in a soft economy. Just ask those involved in the industry’s most successful branded beef program, Certified Angus Beef® (CAB). The program, which began in 1978, reported record sales for a sixth consecutive fiscal year (FY) that ended Sept. 30....More
  • marketing beef cattle
    Nov 15, 2012

    The Debate Over Operational Paradigms Continues 9

    The commodity system used to let low-cost producers get away with producing a low-quality product. Meanwhile, the value-based marketing revolution allowed producers to get away with not being concerned with costs of production. Those days are gone....More
  • Nov 15, 2012

    I’ve Realized I’m Not Aging; I’m Evolving 4

    I’m still relatively young, but a little rash of injuries has taught me I’m not as young as I used to be. It also underscores that I need to get smarter about things. A friend of mine says, “It is a natural evolution, we all go from young buck to smart chief. By the looks of you, you required a few reminders.”...More
  • Smart Cow Culling Pays
    Oct 24, 2012

    CHAPS Data Shows Benefits Of Smart Culling

    This year's widespread drought on top of last year’s moisture sucker in the Southern Plains has left everything short - from corn to hay to the supply of cattle. Yet, true to their nature, folks in the cattle business can always figure out a different way to skin the proverbial cat....More
  • Beef Producer Using Antibiotics On Calf
    Oct 19, 2012

    A “What If” Question On Antibiotics 1

    Consumers Union is recommending that all supermarkets move toward offering only meat and poultry raised without antibiotics. But broad, sweeping recommendations such as these simply sound appealing to the uninformed. If treated calves can’t be marketed for consumption, what does CR suggest we do with them?...More
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