BeefTalk: Beef production of the future
The future of beef starts with beef systems that generate a per-cow gross margin of $600 and hold direct costs to less than $400 and overhead to less than $100 per cow. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: High-return operations are becoming high-cost operations
Rain is good, but the timing and quantity certainly are a point of discussion. The cattle business, a business that essentially is birthed from the grass business, certainly has more flexibility to roll with the wet times than other agricultural enterprises. However, even the cows are beginning to look for a dry knoll to bed down on. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Little money available for high-cost producers
Times are good and perennial grasses, or should we say perennial plants, are doing a little more waving in the wind this spring than their annual grass counterparts. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Understanding and controlling cost is critical
The beef business hit some positive returns, according to the North Dakota Farm and Ranch Business Management Education Program and FINBIN farm financial database from the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: A significant storm event
A significant storm event occurred last Saturday, the last day of April, for those of us in western North Dakota. Significant storm events actually occurred in several areas of the country last week, resulting in the tragic loss of life. Our hearts go out to those who lost family and friends. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Where is the grass?
One does need to ask where the grass is. The snow still covers the ground, at least in southwestern North Dakota. Although livestock producers may question spring turnout dates and slightly modify grazing plans, this is one case where the cows outshine the wheat. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Mothers always mean business
Motherhood never can be taken away. The other day, the ranch crew was reminiscing about the recent calving season. Certain cows come to mind quickly as a certain degree of quickness was needed to survive the initial tagging and appraisal of the calf. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Plan now for May and June bull turnout
It’s that time of year, which is bull time. Many producers are thinking it’s calving time, but calving time is a function of bull time. In other words, having healthy, good bulls ready for turnout in the spring is critical for next year’s calving time. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Does the early bird get the worm?
When should the calving season begin? In simple terms, the question could be: “Does the early bird get the worm?” Following a bird hatch, remnants of abandoned nests can be found. There may be indications that not all of the birds survived the incubation or early upbringing. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Efficient, fast-paced growth?
Where do we go in the grass, cow and beef business? The beef cow stands in the middle between grass and beef. Time stands between grain and grass. Dollars stand between time and profit. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: source & age verification
One could say the future of beef starts with a calving book. Certainly, source and age verification starts with a calving book. Now is the time to be planning on getting cattle ready for source and age verification for next fall. FULL STORY »