BeefTalk

BeefTalk: A time to reflect and ponder

The night drive across western North Dakota was quite interesting. I remembered all the times I had driven these roads hoping to see another car. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Cow herd expansion needs land

Why not more cows? That is a good question because the beef industry is begging for cows. To do that, the cow-calf producer needs more cows to expand, the feedlot producer needs more calves and purveyors need product. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Eucs, grass and a tear

The other day, the Dickinson Research Extension Center became home to an unstoppable force that is going to drill a well. In this case, an oil well. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Calf planting

As the Dickinson Research Extension Center winds up May calving, the year has been good. May calving involves pastures, grass and space. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Do the cows fit the operation?

Generally, facts do not change and the application of facts to life determines success. In other words, life is more than luck. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Do the cows fit the operation?

Are the dedicated resources and activities that are present within the cattle operation optimal in regard to the economic efficiency of the operation? FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Big or little socket?

As calving season comes to the forefront, bull buying starts to wind down and thoughts of summer grass start to come to mind. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: It pays to read the tag

Early discussions of animal breeding and selection always grouped producers into three types, which were the breeder, multiplier and commercial producer. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Understanding EPD percentile tables is important

The discussion of how to utilize breed association expected progeny differences (EPDs) by setting individual goals requires that producers understand how bulls are positioned within the breed association's data set. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: In search of good sires

Focusing on five traits within the Red Angus breed - birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, marbling score and rib-eye area - the Dickinson Research Extension Center has set a goal that the average value for herd sire expected progeny differences (EPDs) should meet or exceed the Red Angus breed average EPD values. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Numbers can challenge, but don't give up

Here is an invitation. Just call if you want to schedule an appointment to review or better understand the numerous numbers associated with expected progeny differences (EPDs). Even when well understood, the EPD numbers can be daunting, even overwhelming. FULL STORY »

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