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BeefTalk: Improper grazing steals from the future

April 20, 2017 — Proper cattle management means proper pasture management. Correct pasture stocking rates and grazing plans are essential for the short run and the long-term survival of a beef operation. Producers have many approaches to grazing systems. The key point is to have a plan because improper […]

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Heaven will be a party

April 19, 2017 — Right now, church for our family typically consists of watching Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah on television each Sunday morning. His latest series of sermons focus on God's love, and two weeks ago he discussed the fact that because God loves us, he wants […]

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Leo McDonnell: The market collapse had nothing to do with supply and demand

April 19, 2017 — I was asked to speak at the Farmers Co-op Ag Expo in Rushford, Minnesota, in February. I believe the content of my speech applies to a broader audience than just those folks gathered in that beautiful Minnesota church, so I want to share that content […]

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Lee Pitts: The dog’s house

April 19, 2017 — Nineteenth century Indians had some great ideas. The Cherokees didn't waste money on lawyers and messy divorces; a Cherokee woman could divorce her husband merely by throwing his stuff out of the teepee. That's what my mom did. Then she put the old dog to […]

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Baxter Black: Anything That Can Go Wrong

April 19, 2017 — "By gosh, that's a new twist," thought Terry as he tightened his collar against the biting wind and stared at the heifer. She was trying to calve standing up! He eased up on her and dropped a loop over the horns. She stood atop a […]

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BeefTalk: Zero Tolerance for Bad Cows

April 13, 2017 — I apologize if the following words are too harsh, but they are true. Unfortunately, some know the feeling all too well. The beef business has risks, and one risk is bad-tempered cows, cows that want to kill you. Most cows respect their caregivers and have […]

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BeefTalk: Zero tolerance for bad cows

April 13, 2017 — I apologize if the following words are too harsh, but they are true. Unfortunately, some know the feeling all too well. The beef business has risks, and one risk is bad-tempered cows, cows that want to kill you. Most cows respect their caregivers and have […]

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Lee Pitts: Ask The StyleMaster

April 12, 2017 — It's been awhile (30 years) since I, the god of good taste, answered your many questions regarding what's in style. It's quite natural that you'd seek guidance from such a fashion forward expert as myself. By the way, I learned that term, "fashion forward," the […]

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Baxter Black: MISERABLE

April 12, 2017 — MISERABLE March came in like a lion and left the door open It's blowed like a banshee for weeks I saddle and ride like some kind of robot She builds up a temper and shrieks The constant thrumming that grates on my skin And pulls […]

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Outside Circle: Goat roping, team sorting, cowhorse clinic, roping clinics, barrels, bucking horses

April 5, 2017 — We got a little more rain this past week. Every bit helps and really shows on the grass. The cows and horses have quit coming to hay, so it's a good thing the grass is coming on! I sure wouldn't mind having some of this […]

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McPeak: We are not overproducing beef

April 5, 2017 — I believe it is time to give thanks to people who in the past few years have done some deeds for the cattle industry. First let's thank the North Dakota Beef Commission, North Dakota Corn Growers, North Dakota Soybean Council and the North Dakota Stockmen's […]

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Lee Pitts: Let’s Think About This

April 5, 2017 — If you thought living next to Ted Turner's buffalo was bad just wait until you hear this. According to a report on CNN and a story written in Newser by Arden Dier, scientists are trying to revive what was once the largest land mammal in […]

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Baxter Black: To Be Honest

April 5, 2017 — I was walkin' through the show barn at the Stock Show. As I passed two fellers sittin' 'round a tack box, I heard the words, "Well, to be honest…" I froze in my tracks! It's been my experience that anything preceded by those four words […]

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A Few Thoughts by John Nalivka: Just a few words on cow size

April 5, 2017 — I guess the topic of managing cows for size is once again making the rounds. It isn't new and yes it is important. I for one don't think I have anything necessarily new and/or earth shattering to say about it, but I did want to […]

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Lee Pitts: Putting The Horse Out To Pasture

March 30, 2017 — I read an article by an economist that suggested in order to make a greater profit you should get rid of your horses and buy an ATV. Putting horses permanently out to pasture sounds like some diabolical PETA plan to me. Heck, the main reason […]

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Baxter Black: The high-horned red cow’s calf

March 30, 2017 — I have calved a lot of heifers in my life…thousands. All of us who have that type of experience know that after the sweat and strain, the slick and sticky, the hope and pull, the grunt and sigh, when the wet little creature plops on […]

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Coccidiosis in calves–treatment and prevention

March 30, 2017 — What a week. The grass is starting to show a little green. If we could get a good rain, I am sure it would be time to mow the lawn. Almost everyone is calving now, but some producers are done. Usually the first two weeks […]

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Heather Maude: Marrying into Ag

March 30, 2017 — Christmas through early spring is proposal season. If you've recently taken the leap and plan to marry a farmer or rancher, there are a few things to keep in mind. Some you've likely heard, but others may not present themselves until after the "I do's." […]

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BeefTalk: For Every Cow, Add a Ewe and Increase Net Return 65 Percent

March 30, 2017 — Research has shown multispecies grazing may improve revenue flow, but the pace of agriculture oftentimes inhibits producer pondering. The challenge is that alternative production scenarios exist, but time must be set aside to evaluate these alternatives. Time is precious; however, pondering still should occur. Recent […]

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A Few Thoughts by John Nalivka: Ground beef demand

March 23, 2017 — There has always been a great deal of conversation about ground beef. It is one of the most affordable and versatile beef products. But, in addition, Americans like hamburgers. If they didn't, the fast food industry wouldn't have grown at such a fast pace. I […]

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