On the road
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Kansas Angus Association Carcass Data Project

An “on the road” visit to McPherson County Feeders near Marquette, KS, netted this photo of some of the cattle on feed for the Kansas Angus Association Carcass Data Project (CDP).  The purpose of this program is to see how seedstock producer cull bulls (and their customers calves as well) and heifers will perform in […]

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On the ranch, The Purpose Driven Herd
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Better fence, better beef

Hey fellow seekers, When somebody in this township hears black cows are out and they have yellow ear tags, I might get a call. If they’re mine, it usually goes back to a gate closure error or the last 1/4 mile of sorry perimeter fence, with wire from 3 to 63 years old grown into […]

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Mythbusters, On the ranch
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Dysfunctional advice: the result of this Monday’s myth

I want you to take a long, hard look at this cow. Does she look “ruined”? Does she look dysfunctional?  Ok, so maybe you can’t tell much about cowherd function just by glancing at one picture, but it’s a place to start. I visited Schiefelbein Farms near Kimball, MN, a few years ago and I […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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Six degrees of cow selection

You’ve met our intern, Kristen, before. She’s back on the road in Texas with another report from the ranch. Enjoy! The more experiences I have and the places I go, the more I believe in “Six degrees of separation,” the theory that we are all about six people away from any other person on Earth. […]

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Hot topics
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Protein pricing urges beef quality

While those of us in the cattle industry would like consumers to go to the meat case with only one protein purchase in mind, the reality is consumers do have choices and have to make decisions where they spend those hard earned dollars.  Of course, taste preferences play a big part but no doubt price […]

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