By : John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator (originally published in The Ohio Cattleman) “Today’s consumer appears to be more willing than ever to pay for quality.” Few enterprises are as productive as American agriculture. The American farmer is very good at their specialization: efficient food production. Farmers and ranchers are at their best…Read More
By : By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension The world is full of revolving doors. Recently, I walked through one and was selected by the University of Saskatchewan as the director of its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence, an innovative research, teaching and industry center engaged in all aspects of livestock and forage…Read More
By : Kris Ringwall, NDSU Extension Service A decade has passed since the Dickinson Research Extension Center summarized a calf-tagging program to improve market traceability. The data, when revisited, tells an old story. From 2004 to 2006, a total of 14,432 calves were tagged individually and followed. Data showed 19.5 percent remained on the ranch…Read More
By : Dr. Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture The beef industry, similar to other industries, is constantly attempting to be more efficient and create more value in the product produced. Most cow-calf producers concern themselves with reproductive efficiencies and pounds of weaned…Read More
By : Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension “I can.” Those two words reflect a forward-thinking attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit needed to help agricultural producers cash in on opportunities. Too often I hear, “I can’t.” Producers have many reasons for negativity. Some are imposed by others, risk tolerance, cash flow, regulations, neighbors or previous…Read More
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