On the ranch, The Purpose Driven Herd
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You had to be there

Hey fellow seekers, Calving can be a real adventure sometimes. We can take precautions and review best practices or even past Black Ink columns. But tragic things happen, like when a high-indexing cow calves near a pond and the calf wobbles down the bank to ends its short life (2007), or a coyote awaits like […]

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Mythbusters
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What the heck is a CAB-licensed feedlot anyway?

I’ll admit it. Some myths are of our own making. We throw around terms like “CAB-licensed” when talking about everything from restaurants to packers to feedlots. So what exactly does that mean? Well, various things on various levels. Ultra-simplified, it’s a close working relationship with the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. It is the right […]

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Hot topics, The Purpose Driven Herd
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Accuracy key to AI

Hey fellow seekers, We started using artificial insemination (AI) on registered Simmentals in the 1980s, just going with the most promoted sires and advice from friends. I was pretty clueless, and the cattle were not flushed with enough calories to allow much success—30% was tops. Going commercial and increasingly Angus, I used no AI for […]

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On the road
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On the road to Missouri

Had a fantastic meeting with our licensed partner, Performance Blenders at Gordonville, MO.  Gerry and Geoff Shinn, owners and managers of the company, asked me to come down to speak to about 160 producers this week.  They dined on CAB brisket and side dishes and learned more about consumer demand for high quality beef; not […]

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Hot topics
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It’s technically artificial, but the benefits of AI are real

I am a true-blue, loyal farm radio fan. I live in central Nebraska, just down the road from KRVN, so that’s what’s blaring in my office from sun-up to quitting time. They’re full of valuable information and when they play music, it’s squarely country and usually includes some of greats. Another benefit? I get a daily reminder […]

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