Category : The Purpose Driven Herd

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Think about weaning

Hey Seekers, Is it ever the wrong time to think about weaning calves? I don’t think so–it’s always on my mind. Better to have plans for them before they are born than look at their growth-spurt at five months and consider alternatives. The drought may have eased in a few places, but for many thousands […]

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Snow after Earth Day in Kansas

Hey out there to all who appreciate seasonal weather, My cows would be included in that group, and they are a bit bewildered this morning. The National Weather Service went to great lengths–all the way to Z–to find a name for what we are seeing in this April 23 storm: Zeus, with snow from Colorado to […]

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Care about your cows

Hey Seekers,      When I was 10, my job was “chicken chores.” Feeding, watering, gathering eggs and occasionally cleaning out for a flock of 800 hens. I hated it, and the egg count showed it: maybe 60% yield. I’m sure I was supposed to learn responsibility through chicken chores, but I probably needed more motivation. […]

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Calving great expectations

Checking heifers Monday night, I wondered how deep I’ll have to cull–at least five of these 25 won’t get to graze the cool-season pastures that show no recovery from August. More of the mature cows on hay and native grass will have to go, too, unless the drought breaks soon. Our herd will be fewer, […]

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Beef’s a trip, Day 13: The target

Yesterday, you read that packers communicate with us through their grids, nothing more than a set of specifications that show premiums and discounts for carcass beef. Today, it’s time to look at one component of most grids that predates those grids and helped launch the whole idea of value-based marketing. I had heard about the […]

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