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  • how much are seedstock bulls worth
    Jan 26, 2014

    A Bull Purchase Is More Than Just Buying Genetics 2

    There seems to be a growing price gap between bulls based on the value of seedstock suppliers themselves. How much are you willing to pay for a good bull?...More
  • Nov 21, 2013

    It’s Bigger, But Angus Shares Much With Its Smaller Counterparts 5

    Whether it’s a breed association, a state or national cattle organization, or even an anti-livestock group, if you want to understand their importance and political clout, look at their revenue figure. The American Angus Association stands firmly at the top of the heap....More
  • Aug 15, 2013

    Industry Keeps Its Cool Amid Zilmax™ Ban, Angus Defects 16

    The beef industry remains calm while two major issues rocks the boat; the Angus Association announces a new genetic defect and the Tyson controversy over Merck's Zilmax continues to brew. Here's the latest....More
  • Jun 13, 2013

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    $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

    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

    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

    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
  • cattle show
    Dec 27, 2012

    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

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