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BeefTalk: Market Cows and Bulls Rather Than Cull

September 20, 2018

Fall is the time for breeding cattle inventory reconciliation. Factors such as the availability of feed, labor and desire will be part of the review. The outcomes of this review really set the future for...


BeefTalk: Cows as Combines

September 14, 2018

Cows are harvesters, sort of a biological combine, and dining on crop aftermath can be a real component to profitable commercial beef production. Yes, bison, yaks and many other four-legged precursors were company competitors, but...


BeefTalk: 2018 Cow-Calf Production Benchmarks

September 6, 2018

Commercial beef producers joined the “500 Club” in pounds weaned per cow exposed, according to the 2018 Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) records. The new benchmark is 502 pounds and illustrates better understanding of...



BeefTalk: What Can Sheep Teach Cows?

August 24, 2018

Diversity of livestock is a healthy approach to livestock production, just as the integration of different plants is a healthy approach to expanded cropping systems. In the end, the soil benefits. When soil is healthy,...


BeefTalk: Livestock Diversity a Good Thing

August 16, 2018

The study of chemistry is based on absolutes more than variation. The study of biology is based on variation more than absolutes. Sometimes, what we do is absolute, but more often than not, what we...


BeefTalk: Sheep and Cows: Some Do and Some Do Not

August 9, 2018

Driving across the grasslands, one finds oneself asking, “Who eats all this grass?” Those who live in more urban settings actually ask, “Who cuts the grass?” Well, we have no need to cut grass because...


BeefTalk: Cost Per Pound of Calf is Struggling

July 26, 2018

Beef production, like any other business, needs to control costs to continue in business. For the total optimist, the thought would be that price always would offset costs; thus, perpetual dollars would be coming into...


BeefTalk: Cow-calf Enterprise Expenses Are Up

July 20, 2018

The business success of beef enterprises often suffers because two questions are not evaluated regularly. First, how much does the average beef producer have invested in the cattle operation? Second, can a producer get a...


BeefTalk: Is the Cow-Calf Enterprise Keeping Pace?

July 13, 2018

In the business of cattle, producers seek to move forward by anticipating future opportunities and realizing what obstacles are present. That is not easy. However, reviewing and understanding past numbers helps. So where is the...




BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited – Economics

May 24, 2018

Revisiting yesterday is not a bad idea. In 2006, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association published a discussion regarding the future of beef in the Choices journal (Volume 21, No. 3, http://www.choicesmagazine.org). As a part...


BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited

May 17, 2018

More than a decade ago (fall of 2006), the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association published a discussion focused on the future of animal agriculture in the journal titled Choices (http://www.choicesmagazine.org) in Volume 21, No. 3....


BeefTalk: Pasturing – Get it Right

May 11, 2018

Pastures and cattle seem synonymous, co-dependent. Pasturing is a product of domestication, the need to keep cattle in a desired area and properly engage cattle with plants. To the bystander, pasturing may seem like a...




BeefTalk: Grass Calving

April 12, 2018

Reflection is a good thing. Reflection helps put our decisions in perspective relative to our lives, our work, our community and our world. This spring’s weather has caused many to reflect on when to calve....