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BeefTalk: Electronic bidding for bulls: The wave of the future

May 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Recently, the Dickinson Research Extension Center finished putting bulls in the pen for summer breeding. Although bull selection started in earnest as the year ended, the actual purchases take a while to complete.
Bulls that are needed are not alway…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

BeefTalk: Being proactive is better than reactive when working with cattle

July 11, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

“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.
Chuteside etiquette means having a system in place to get the job done and done safely. The work environment needs to be safe before any cattle arrive, and a process needs to be established that clearly identifies who does what. Continue Reading

Beef Talk: A look at a bull’s daily intake

March 25, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

How much should mature bulls weigh? Bull nutritional requirements are based on the projected value at mature weight. Continue Reading

BeefTalk: Source and Age Verification

January 28, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

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. <a href=”http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/event/article/id/44607/”>Continue Reading</a>

Beef Talk: The future of beef

January 7, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

We still are pondering the future of the beef cow and visiting and revisiting old and new thoughts. If one references the world production of beef, our beef production is just one piece of a very big picture. Continue Reading

Bull rankings fill the bull pen

November 26, 2010 in The Dickinson Press

The Dickinson Research Extension Center utilizes many bulls and always evaluates bulls at the time of purchase and periodically throughout their life span. Perhaps the most challenging evaluation is to ask if the bulls meet the current objectives of the breeding program or expected market for the calves. Continue Reading

One bad steer spoils the lot

September 3, 2010 in The Dickinson Press

The interest in age and source verification continues. The interest is real and the need is real. Continue Reading

Beef Talk: Only looking at yesterday leads to failure

August 6, 2010 in The Dickinson Press

Some thoughts on the cattle business: I started writing Beef Talk 10 years ago, so one could conclude there are a lot of thoughts about the cattle business. Continue Reading