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  • Mar 31, 2014
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    NPR Suggests Cattle Degrade The Environment 22

    I was disappointed to read Eliza Barclay’s article, “How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct,” which appeared in NPR’s The Salt recently. The article suggests that meat lovers are the real reason the environment is in such desperate shape....More
  • Mar 30, 2014
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    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 27, 2014
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    Rancher Reports Quadruplets; How Do You Manage Multiples? 14

    For many of you, calving is in full swing. No matter how well-prepared you are or how hard you work, there is no such thing as a perfect calving season. The weather, freak calving incidents, and plain dumb luck can mess with your best-laid plans and to the detriment of your calving percentage. Multiple births, however, can certainly provide a boost to that figure, but they also bring their own set of management challenges....More
  • Mar 26, 2014
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    3 Ways Beef Made Headlines Again This Week 1

    Beef has been demonized for far too long. It appears that public perceptions are slowly changing, which is good news for cattlemen who rely on consumers to keep loving and purchasing beef products. Step aside beef naysayers, research is calling “bull” on your negative viewpoints. Here are three ways beef has made the news things week....More
  • Mar 25, 2014
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    10 Resources For Ranching With Multiple Generations

    Ranching is a family affair. 97% of farms are family-owned and operated, and many of those enterprises are run by multiple generations of family members. Many personalities, age gaps, and differing opinions can make the dynamics of working alongside family members both a blessing and a real challenge....More
  • Mar 24, 2014
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    Skipping The Basics Can Carry A Big Bottom-Line Penalty 1

    A breeding soundness exam (BSE) is a fertility exam performed on bulls by a veterinarian; ideally it’s performed annually. It consists of three components – scrotal circumference, a physical exam, and a semen evaluation, and it typically costs between $50 and $150/bull. That’s not an insignificant amount of money, but it pales in comparison to the lost revenue of open or late-calving cows....More
  • Mar 20, 2014
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    4 Ways That Animal Fats & Proteins Were Championed This Week 7

    Red meat and dairy products have been demonized for quite some time by certain nutritionists, the media and USDA’s food guidelines. However, consumer perceptions of animal proteins and fats seem to be slowly shifting. Here are four positive stories on meat and dairy that made the news this week that lead me to believe that perceptions are trending in our favor....More
  • Mar 18, 2014
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    Forget Chipotle’s Negativity; Culver’s Champions For Animal Ag 16

    The animal agriculture community has been up in arms recently about Chipotle’s latest marketing stunt -- a video series entitled, “Farmed and Dangerous.” The humorous series uses modern animal agriculture as the target, and an exploding cow is the punchline....More
  • Mar 13, 2014
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    How Should Ag Respond To Chipotle's Negative Campaigns? 17

    Reader, Wayne Vanderwert, doesn’t agree with my stance on Chipotle's marketing strategies and took the time to write me about his thoughts. In essence, he thinks my complaints against Chipotle are unwarranted because the chain is just taking advantage of a consumer-driven niche, and it’s a production opportunity that beef producers should work to fill rather than condemn. What do you think? How should animal agriculture really be responding to Chipotle's tactics?...More
  • Mar 12, 2014
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    How Bad Has This Winter Been For You?

    This week's poll on the beefmagazine.com homepage asks, "How would you rank this winter's severity?" With 127 votes in so far, 43% say this has been among the worst five winters ever. Another 27% of you say it was bad, but not near the worst. Twenty percent say this has been the worst winter on record, and 11% say it hasn’t been that bad. How has this winter been for you? Vote in the poll and share your thoughts with us....More
  • Mar 6, 2014
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    Liability Risk Is Beginning To Flow Down The Beef Production Chain 7

    The whole topic of liability is a frustrating one for cow-calf producers. After all, a cow-calf producer has no way of controlling what happens to the product once it leaves the ranch. However, in today’s litigious world, someone is going to be sued if a problem develops. Retailers, packers, and feeders tend to be much larger enterprises; thus, they’re much more appealing targets from a trial lawyer’s viewpoint. That doesn’t mean, however, that cow-calf producers are immune from such legal action....More
  • Mar 6, 2014
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    Is Beef Now A Luxury Item Rather Than A Budget Meat? 7

    It’s certainly a good time for the beef industry. Bull sales have been on fire. Cull cows are worth a pretty penny. Just try buying a bred heifer these days; an open cow is pretty costly to replace. Last week at my local auction barn, fed cattle were going for $153/cwt. It’s an exciting time to be in the cattle business, but how are these high prices impacting our consumer?...More
  • Mar 4, 2014
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    Misinformation Creates Fear For Ground Beef 12

    At 27 weeks pregnant, my husband and I have flipped through plenty of books on healthy pregnancies, deliveries and names. One of those books written for the soon-to-be daddy is entitled “How To Make A Pregnant Woman Happy.” Authored by Uzzi Reiss, MD, and Yfat Reiss, the book had us both raising an eyebrow at the advice offered about beef in the diet section....More
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