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  • 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
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    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
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    Jan 2, 2013
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    Tips For Selecting Bulls, Culling Cows 8

    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
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    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
  • Mar 8, 2012
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    Video Chat With Team Brangus On Social Media

    Bring the coffee shop conversations online! Grab a cup of brew, get comfortable on the couch with your laptop and start advocating for agriculture! Today’s blog features a video chat with Ben Spitzer, International Brangus Breeders Association marketing program director, who talks about the benefits of using social media for promoting your cattle operation to customers and the beef production story to consumers....More
  • Mar 7, 2012
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    4 Minutes With International Brangus Breeder Association's Ben Spitzer

    BEEF Daily Editor Amanda Radke chats with International Brangus Breeders Association's Marketing Director, Ben Spitzer, about opportunities available in the Brangus breed....More
  • Feb 27, 2012
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    Six Steps For Transitioning The Ranch 1

    By following six steps, farm operators and small business owners can develop a plan to chart the course for future growth and sustainability, according to Michael Langemeier, professor in Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics. In a three-part series, Langemeier shows ranchers how to successfully make plans to transition the operation, including six steps that can be beneficial for farm operations:...More
  • Feb 24, 2012
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    Looking For Reproductive Efficiency Answers

    During the recent national Cattle Industry Convention, I sat in on a meeting where the crux of the discussion was how best to improve reproductive efficiency in the nation’s cowherd....More

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