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  • what are your ranch resolutions?
    Jan 1, 2014
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    What Are Your Ranch Resolutions For 2014? 1

    Now that 2014 is here, it’s time to start thinking ahead for what the year will bring. The New Year looks bright for livestock producers, with more affordable corn, strong global demand and tight supplies....More
  • Dec 30, 2013
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    Ranching Requires Working Smart AND Hard 5

    I recently read an interview on The Blaze featuring Mike Rowe from the TV show “Dirty Jobs.” Rowe appeared on the Glenn Beck Program to discuss his thoughts on “the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success.”...More
  • Dec 26, 2013
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    Managing Cattle, Equipment In The Cold 1

    The frigid cold makes ranching a little more challenging, but being prepared can help get through freezing weather conditions....More
  • Dec 19, 2013
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    With No Political Correctness, I Wish You A Merry Christmas 13

    I have never been ashamed about being a rancher, about loving my traditional family, or about needing and having a personal relationship with God. But I probably haven’t always stepped forward and proclaimed those beliefs loud enough, held back perhaps by the feeling that I might offend someone....More
  • Dec 19, 2013
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    The Bottom Line Is That Beef End-Product Quality Matters 2

    The value that the consumer puts on the eating experience, and the amount and quality of product we put on the plate, ultimately determines the amount of dollars that enter our industry....More
  • Dec 19, 2013
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    10 Reasons Why I Want A Cowboy For A Son-In-Law 4

    I hope my daughter meets a cowboy; I just hope she waits another 20 years before she starts looking for one....More
  • Dec 15, 2013
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    Christmas On The Ranch Photo Finalists Announced, PLUS Two Art Print Winners

    Christmas is just over a week away, and I’m sure many of you are busy buying and wrapping last minute presents, baking up holiday goodies to take to family gatherings and getting extra work done so you can enjoy the day without having to be outside all day. We’ve been busy around here, too, with our December “Christmas on the Ranch” photo contest....More
  • proper hay storage tips
    Dec 2, 2013
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    5 Considerations For Proper Hay Storage During Winter 3

    Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension forages field specialist shares five ways to reduce hay waste....More
  • heifer replacement costs
    Nov 28, 2013
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    Year-End Analysis Shows Replacement Costs Are Surging

    The cattle market is now signaling that ranchers are starting to hold back replacement heifers....More
  • winter feed supply -- do you have enough?
    Nov 14, 2013
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    Winter Feed: Do You Have Enough To Feed Your Cows? 7

    Yesterday was my 26th birthday, and the lucky gal that I am, my husband Tyler bought me a trailer load of bred cows for my big day. Forget a dinner and a movie, I spent my birthday tearing down fence and putting up new in some old lots we have on the place, in preparation for winterizing these spring-calving cows....More
  • bred heifer prices
    Nov 11, 2013
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    What Are Bred Heifer Prices In Your Neck Of The Woods? 22

    In addition to weaning, preg-checking and harvest, fall is a busy time for cattle sales. I’ve been to a few sales in the last couple of weeks, and it has been interesting to be in the stands and take notes on the highs and lows of these sales....More
  • Nov 6, 2013
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    3 News Items About The Atlas Blizzard

    We have put together another round-up of news items and fundraising events relating to the Atlas blizzard. Here are three you should know about....More
  • Nov 5, 2013
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    Does The Show Cattle Industry Need A Wake-Up Call? 43

    One of my favorite hobbies is showing the cattle we raise. Since I was five years old, I’ve been helping my dad break bulls for consignment sales and prepare my 4-H steers and heifers for summer shows. I learned a lot from showing cattle. As a kid, they were my responsibility. I washed them each day, which allowed me to really bond with these calves and helped me to fall in love with the beef cattle industry....More
  • Nov 4, 2013
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    Winterizing The Ranch, Plus Marketing Spring Calves 1

    We’re in a mad scramble around our place to finish the last of our winter preparations. The western part of the state was hit by a freakishly early storm in early October, but with November now here, steady inclement weather could be he here to stay anytime now....More
  • Oct 31, 2013
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    When Do You Market Your Calves? Plus Last Chance To Win Heat Holders® Socks 34

    “When do you typically market your spring calf crop?” Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Three winners will be randomly selected and announced on Monday. Good luck!...More
  • Oct 30, 2013
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    Which Forages Do You Utilize In The Fall? Plus Win Heat Holders® Socks 21

    Here’s another chance to win a pair of Heat Holders® socks for joining the day’s discussion about fall forages....More
  • Oct 28, 2013
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    What Do You Look For At A Cattle Sale? Plus Win Heat Holders® Socks 19

    Today we ask what producers look for at a cattle sale. Two winning commenters will receive a pair of Heat Holders® socks....More
  • cull cow criteria
    Oct 28, 2013
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    What Makes A Cull Cow? Plus Win HeatHolder Socks 38

    Over the weekend, we pregnancy-checked our cowherd. The veterinarian used ultra-sound technology to better pinpoint the due dates, and after the dust settled, we had a handful of open cows to add to our cull list this year....More
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