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Demand still favors higher quality

What a wild beef market these days!       I’ve read articles that assume beef prices are going up simply because cattlemen have demanded more in the face of higher corn prices. Of course it’s not that direct, but true in the long run because of supply and demand. The recently narrow spread between Choice and Select […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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Cracking the case

I get ridiculously excited about good carcass data—especially considering I don’t have any cattle of my own. But I do have a logical reason for doing a little happy dance when someone shares good numbers with us. It means I might get to do one of my favorite things in the world: a ranch visit. […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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Not your ordinary Valentine

I’ve been everywhere, man. I’ve been everywhere, man. Crossed the deserts bare, man. I’ve breathed the mountain air, man. Of travel I’ve had my share, man. I’ve been everywhere. Now, when I say our Black Ink team’s been everywhere, man, I mean it! Our small team of nine has covered almost as much ground as Johnny […]

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Mythbusters
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Love is in the air…

So here’s a myth I love to tackle! A week and a half ago, thousands of cattlemen gathered for the Cattle Industry Convention. Now, many of them are home and, like Steve, into calving. But one rancher I visited with was already looking ahead to breeding. Thinking about his next infusion of genetics, he wondered […]

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On the ranch, The Purpose Driven Herd
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Why NOW?

Hey fellow seekers,      People have all kinds of reasons as to why they calve when they do. Mine is partly about the opportunity to use artificial insemination (AI) on our heifers, along with others from the family so that we can get 85 to 100 in a group.  We push the date forward about as […]

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