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One-man show, part I

“I’m going to be my own person,” Jim Moore said as we bounced around in a beat up pickup, checking cows and talking life. His answer was in reference to heifer selection, but it fits the cowman’s character. “Sure I’m a little old fashioned,” he’d tell me later. As if I couldn’t tell. We’d spent […]

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Record Breaking Quality

July 2017 Certified Angus Beef data held a pleasant surprise.

Confession: I’m not really a “numbers” gal. My friends and I often joke about me doing “journalist math” as I am definitely more blessed with an affinity for words over anything numeric. I do however, love when numbers tell a story. While most spreadsheets would make me yawn, a quick look at packer data for […]

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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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