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  • Apr 27, 2014
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    Whose Definition Of Sustainability Should We Abide By? 2

    We as farmers and ranchers should do all we can to understand sound ecology and manage to make our operations economically and ecologically sustainable. Hopefully this will demonstrate to consumers that we care, we are competent and we can produce an abundance of safe food while caring for the environment....More
  • Apr 24, 2014
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    Is There A Game Change Just Ahead For Ranchers?

    My calculated feedlot profits for March 2014-finished cattle are at or near record levels for finished cattle. Feedlots making money appear to be willing and able to bid aggressively for replacements....More
  • Apr 23, 2014
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    Report Says Organic Label Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be 23

    A new report concludes that organic food is neither safer nor healthier than conventional food, and accuses the organic industry of using misinformation to market the label....More
  • Apr 17, 2014
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    Competing Visions Challenge American Angus Association 5

    Recent moves at the American Angus Association open the door for trends that have been occurring to accelerate....More
  • Apr 15, 2014
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    Nevada Standoff Grows From Grazing Fees To Much More 38

    The Nevada standoff was initially over unpaid grazing fees by Bundy, but the issue has grown to a significance well beyond that in many Americans’ minds....More
  • Apr 10, 2014
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    Chicken Is Just A Carrier For The Taste Of The Special Sauce 8

    I’d forgotten just how tasteless and bland chicken on its own really is. The reason we in the beef industry talk about price so much is because the threat from chicken is on the price front. Chicken, however, certainly can’t compete with beef on the taste front....More
  • Apr 7, 2014
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    Where’s The Beef In School Lunches? 17

    A few weeks ago, I blogged about my sister’s frustration with the school lunch program on the first day a meatless menu was offered in her school cafeteria. Since that post, I received many emails from individuals who have also had some experience in the new school lunch program changes, and it appears there are some individuals working to make sure beef stays in schools. However, the reviews are definitely mixed with how well these meals are going over....More
  • 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
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    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

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