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  • Jun 13, 2013
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    The ‘Good Old Days’ Of Beef Production Are Gone 7

    The free-market system is amazingly efficient; the reason we produce corn-fed beef is that the most prosperous consumers in the world prefer it to grass-fed beef. And the U.S. wouldn’t be competitive if grass-fed beef was to become the dominant category....More
  • lautner farms responds to viral fluffy cow hype
    Jun 7, 2013
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    Is The #FluffyCow Trend Good For The Industry? 22

    The show cattle industry is gaining lots of media attention, as photos and commentary about “fluffy cows” are showing up on websites and in periodicals to win the hearts of Americans. But, is popularizing a food animal as cute and cuddly a good thing for the industry?...More
  • Jun 6, 2013
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    Should We Fear Lovable Fluffy Cows? 7

    A lot of us will go to Denver, Louisville, Fort Worth, Kansas City and Houston with our own business in mind. Meanwhile, we tend to forget that hundreds of thousands of people attending these events are shaping their opinion of our industry by what they see and do there....More
  • cattle prices in commodity market
    Apr 18, 2013
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    Beef Industry Must Move Beyond Commodity Mindset

    The overwhelming hindrance to achieving the goal of capitalizing on the true value of cattle has been, and continues to be, the commodity mindset....More
  • cow reproduction vital to ranch success
    Mar 25, 2013
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    Solving The "Open-Cow" Dilemma Requires Reproduction & Fertility Management 1

    The bottom line is that nothing about the cow is as economically important as reproduction. Burke Teichert explains how we can solve the "open cow" dilemma occurring in most cowherds....More
  • cattle genetics here to stay
    Mar 21, 2013
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    The Promise Of Genomics Has Finally Arrived 2

    New advancements will allow for widespread use of DNA and the adoption of technology. The number of genomic profiles being collected is growing at a significant rate, which will dramatically improve the accuracy of the tests. Now the experts are telling us that we will soon be moving beyond the level we’ve been on....More
  • commercial bull prices
    Feb 7, 2013
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    $10,000 For A Commercial Bull? 5

    One thing that is for certain is that producers understand the value differences that are associated with superior genetics. Thus, they’re looking to position their operation for what promises to be a very lucrative time for the industry, and they are investing heavily in securing that future....More
  • Jan 31, 2013
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    Don’t Be Fooled By A Pretty Bull Picture 12

    It’s bull sale season, and that means seedstock producers are looking for help from graphic designers, advertisers, marketers and photographers. These professionals offer a keen eye and a creative outlook to make a set of bulls stand out in the crowd. This time of year, my mailbox is crammed full of bull sale catalogs, fliers and pamphlets -- all glossy and smooth, with the promise that each bull photographed is better than the next....More
  • national western stock show
    Jan 17, 2013
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    Some Thoughts From The National Western 7

    You can still find wild extremes if you look, but the industry is focusing in and making dramatic progress on selecting for the economically relevant traits of beef production for the most part. In fact, seedstock producers are even surprised by the amount of progress. The high-selling bulls of five years ago would now be in the bottom 20% of most of this year’s sale offerings....More
  • culling bulls
    Jan 2, 2013
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    Tips For Selecting Bulls, Culling Cows 3

    If you raise your own replacements, the bulls you select become the future of your herd. Meanwhile, judicious cow culling can clean up your herd and make it more manageable and marketable....More
  • cattle show
    Dec 27, 2012
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    Cattle Shows Compete With Basketball For Our Family’s Time

    High-school basketball season is in full swing, and that means plenty of bleacher time as my family watches my sister Kaley play ball. Our family is pretty big into sports; we love going to games and cheering on the Mitchell High School Kernels. We are lucky to have Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) in town, as well, and after chores are done, you might find us watching a college game or two that DWU hosts at the local Mitchell Corn Palace....More
  • Oct 10, 2012
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    Three Steps To A 30-Day Calving Season

    Management of reproduction really includes the manipulation of genetics, nutrition, fertility and estrus, and marketing. If you change any one of these, you may change one or all the others. Burke Teichert, former vice president and general manager of Deseret, provides the management ideas he’s found helpful in building whole-herd reproduction and profitability....More
  • Jun 20, 2012
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    Remember We’re In The Business Of Raising Beef 3

    A few years ago, I judged a speech contest at a junior national show. After each presentation, the judges were allowed to ask questions. For each individual, I asked, “What is the biggest issue facing the beef industry today?” I received several outstanding responses with answers ranging from escalating land prices and input costs, the aging rancher, the death tax and animal rights activists. However, I was disappointed when several of the junior showmen cited growing hair on their show steers as one of the biggest challenges they faced as cattlemen....More
  • Jun 8, 2012
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    Setting Standards For Replacement Heifers 6

    Replacement heifers are certainly an investment. At our ranch, we usually retain 50% of our heifer crop each year to develop and retain in the cowherd. We have found this is the best way to add numbers and improve genetics quickly in our herd. The investment in raising these heifers and feeding them for two years before they have their first calf is one of the biggest costs our operation incurs. That’s why I believe it’s so important that these ladies earn their keep....More
  • May 30, 2012
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    NEW Video, Photo Gallery: My Role As A Cattle Rancher

    It’s hard to believe it’s the last day of May. At our ranch, we’ve been incredibly busy, and the days are just flying by! It seems we just got done calving and planting, only to start artificially inseminating cows and cutting hay. With summer grazing and haying season getting started, I bet many of you, like my family, are spending long days outside -- eating meals out of a cooler in the tractor, hauling pairs to pasture, running to town for parts, fixing fence, spraying for weeds, mixing creep feed, and the list goes on and on....More

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