BeefTalk

BeefTalk: Making a "premium" calf

What makes a premium calf? There are six steps to placing premium calves that excel on the market: superior genetics, sound management, preconditioning, tag identification and certification, plus a good marketing strategy. The order of the steps is not as important as doing the steps. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: New ventures come with unprotected risk

Perhaps one is somewhat handicapped in the beef business without a marketing background. Marketing information is continuous and certainly needed. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Annual forages make choice yearling steers

The beef industry has been a site/sight-specific industry for a long time. However, these words can have two meanings. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Pondering grass

The world of beef revolves around the steer because it is the principle product of a beef production system. The efficiency of a beef production system is perceived to be based on rapid growth with an early harvest. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Grass and beef

Grass and beef. Or should one say soil and beef because grass is a product of the soil? FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Positive outcomes of May calving in N.D.

For the center, 89.2 percent of the cows calved within the first 21 days of the calving season and 99.6 percent calved within 42 days from the start of the calving season. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Being proactive is better than reactive with cattle

"Blunt force trauma" is a set of words one would not expect to use starting a beef column. However, the topic of this column is safety, and working cattle can be challenging. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Good marketing essential to capture available dollars

Do not let big numbers fool you. With good marketing skills, heavy calves will capture more value. If there is one concept cow-calf producers have total control over, it is how they market their calves. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Cow down

A typical beef operation should maintain a less than 1 percent death rate for productive cows. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Cows need grass and grass needs cows

What’s up? A typical response to that question in the northern Plains ranching country would be: Busy moving cattle, we will talk later. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Cow diversity is a good thing and so is BIF

The ability to produce uniform truckload lots of calves depends on producing and sorting the calves. FULL STORY »

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