On the ranch
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Island vacation= cattle quandries in a new light

In previous posts to this Black Ink blog, there have been mentions of this Miranda gal. Perhaps a few readers are wondering, does she EVER work? Why hasn’t she made a peep yet? Well, I am Miranda and I’m here to tell you that I do indeed work and keeping quiet isn’t my strong suit. […]

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Hot topics
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We’re all in this together… right?

…right! Getting the cattle industry and the beef business together. Working out here in the Wooster, Ohio office sure gives a girl from the cattle industry a better view of the beef business. Most use those terms interchangeably, but I see it different. You see, the cattle industry — the one I grew up in at […]

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The Purpose Driven Herd
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Cold, spiraling details

Hay, fellow seekers–   When winter weather restricts grazing, you have to step up your attention to detail just a bit.  Looking up past Black Ink columns that mention little things, I found August 2006 Close but no premium, about the slight edge it takes to make incremental progress toward quality, but it is mostly about […]

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Award/contest winners, On the ranch, On the road
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A small world of happy surprises

Isn’t it fascinating how small the beef business is? 800,000 cattle ranchers in our country, and I guarantee every time you meet someone in this business, they are likely to know someone who knows you. I just happened to be home in Wyoming this week on an extended holiday when the folks in St. Joe […]

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The Purpose Driven Herd
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“Purpose Driven”

Hey fellow seekers, In my first post I was just going to introduce the herd. Then I remembered that the big picture plan was that my blog will be known as “the purpose-driven herd,” after a column I wrote in 2006. That’s why I included that phrase. Back then, I wrote, “The cows in your […]

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