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Don’t blame the calves

It’s no secret: I’m the inquisitive kind. “20 Questions,” my neighbors used to call me. Laughing at my genuine curiosity to common opinion, they’d say, “Laura, that’s just the way it is!” In many instances, things are just what we all say they are, and I think that’s a good thing. It can be a relief […]

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Guess Who’s Back?

A familiar face returns to the Black Ink team.

One of the first assignments I had as an industry information intern for Certified Angus Beef was to write a blog post. Simple task, but when I finished hammering out my word quota, the pressure suddenly mounted. What would I use as my “sign-off” phrase?! Everyone on the team had a witty or thoughtful ending […]

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He makes changes so fast, that John really places a lot of hope in each year's calf crop.
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Tools that work

You need to hang a picture on a wall. As you grab a hammer and swing, I bet you never find yourself thinking, “I sure hope this hammer will work.” You’ve selected the right tool for the job, you know how it functions and you’re confident it will deliver the intended results. Yet, I hear […]

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Black ink in the Black Hills

It’s not what most would call “ag land.” The Snyder family’s Piedmont, S.D., ranch hugs I-90 to the east and the Black Hills National Forest to the west. It would make a beautiful campground. “Our opportunities for expansion are sure limited because of where we live,” Ken Snyder told me, as he and sons Andrew […]

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Learning about cover crops, forage rotations, and general soil health and grazing practices from Shane Tiffany.
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Genuinely good sharing

Two consumers observe all facets of the beef industry.

As Kara was telling me the story of her weekend, I couldn’t help but appreciate the industry that we have chosen to work in even more. It seems that everybody has their own preconceived notions, and that’s OK. She spent that weekend in May with Josh and Leah, whose preconceptions made them curious of the […]

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