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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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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Good men gone, horse sales, roping clinics

March 23, 2017 — March has been it's usual fickle, windy, sunny, snowy, cold, balmy, self. Just like it always is. I can't believe it's nearly over. Today I've listened to the cranes winging northward. The geese have been here for quite a while, plus the lovely meadowlarks. I've […]

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Lee Pitts: Cover up

March 22, 2017 — Every dry cloud has a silver lining. I have been very lucky these past seven years in that it hasn't rained and I haven't had to cover the hay! I have a friend who hasn't been so fortunate. John lives in a wetter climate and […]

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Baxter Black: Grandpa’s Time

March 22, 2017 — A friend and I were reminiscing about our old folks. Simple farmers. Life today is more complicated today, we observed, more stressful. He talked about his Grandma keepin' house in the hill country of Texas. Simple, he said. No electricity, no phone, a hand pump […]

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Leo McDonnell: The Dismantling of COOL and a market

March 21, 2017 — I was asked to speak at the Farmers Co-op Ag Expo in Rushford, Minnesota, in early February. The first day of my talks was given at the Root River Community Church. I've been asked to share some of my comments by some folks who were […]

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Ashes to ashes

March 17, 2017 — Have you been following the devastating fires that have scorched Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado the last couple weeks? What a tragedy our fellow ranchers are facing in that part of the country. The situation and people impacted have weighed heavily on my mind, and […]

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BeefTalk: The Goal is $1,000 Per Cow Exposed, Including Market Beef

March 16, 2017 — Pondering and goals are good. At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, a goal of $1,000 of income from every cow exposed was set. This income goal includes the calf and the market beef that a cow herd generates. If a cow does not sell a […]

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Baxter Black: Anything that can go wrong

March 15, 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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Lee Pitts: Do the math

March 15, 2017 — I'm often asked by young students what they should study in college in order to become a professional writer. If I was one perhaps I'd know. Other than the four mandatory years of English in high school I've never taken a writing class in my […]

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Spring maybe, southern plains fires, Vern Ward benefit, Larson clinic, Harry Vold passes away

March 15, 2017 — It's been kind of tough several weeks, not only here but other places as well. I was really in need of the gladdening song of the meadowlark today when I went to get the mail. I remember in the aftermath of the Atlas blizzard that […]

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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood

March 9, 2017 — Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the March 11, 2017, edition

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The Cowboy Pastor’s Wife: How to do your best work

March 9, 2017 — Do you ever have too many irons in the fire? Maybe that doesn't happen to you…..but for me all those irons can look confusing when I'm trying to grab the right one. When this happens to me, I may drive right by that windmill that […]

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John Nalivka: The role of robotics in the livestock and meat industry

March 9, 2017 — As U.S. agriculture has developed and U.S. farmers and ranchers have become the most efficient producers of food in the world, there have been a number of defining milestones along the path. Mechanization in the early 1900s was probably the first of these milestones and […]

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BeefTalk: Should I Market 25.6 or 51.2 Tons of Beef?

March 9, 2017 — Two bottom-line numbers illustrate the positive outcome of a choice. The Dickinson Research Extension Center's steer calves born in May 2015 weighed 25.6 tons late in the fall of 2015. The center overwintered the steers, put them on summer grass and transferred 51.2 tons of […]

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Lee Pitts: Bring back the blobs

March 8, 2017 — Eighteen states have sued the feds over some new twists to the Endangered Species Act. A species no longer has to be few in number to be listed, only its habitat has to be "endangered." There might be trillions of some long-eared bat but if […]

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Baxter Black: MISERABLE

March 8, 2017 — 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 on […]

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Outside Circle: Vern Ward’s address, Tierney wins Ironman, lots of clinics, jackpot

March 8, 2017 — I hope the wind has finally let up by the time you read this. It's about blown the hair off the dogs around here. I watched the same geese flying in place until I drove out of sight the other day. They may still be […]

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Pastor in the Pasture Wendel Elliott: Coincidence?

March 7, 2017 — It was just a chance meeting while standing in line to order a quick bite to eat. Or was it? We have those countless times at the feed store, ranch horse sale, coffee shop/cafe, post office, or on a trip. You've had that time you […]

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Pastor in the Pasture Wendel Elliott:

March 3, 2017 — Fresh shod hooves, thunder from the pens, on fresh horses that have had a good rest since the fall works. The horses that have broken out in front begin to be checked by the lead riders. The first few miles can be a little fast […]

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Vet’s Voice by Dr. Dave Barz: Minerals and OB chains

March 3, 2017 — Calving season is rapidly approaching. Many producers have started with their heifers and some purebred breeders are almost finished. The weather has been exceptional so far except for a few snow days. Hopefully the great weather will continue and we will have a good calving […]

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