What not to ring Marilyn about

Marilyn likes to stay under-the-radar, out of the limelight, but behind the scenes….she makes a lot of things happen. Right now the Feeding Quality Forum registration is in full-swing and if you’ve got questions, Marilyn’s your gal. If you need Best Practices Manuals...

Be specific

Is it really breed specific? Sometimes I answer a CAB question with, “Let me ask the scientists.” That’s what happened last week when some Twitter followers asked questions about using our DNA test on other breeds. I knew that it is specifically for high-percentage...

Hidden sickness, hidden cost

The droopy ears, the hanging head, the cough. Yeah, you know what a sick calf looks like. They’re easy to spot….except the ones that aren’t. There are times you wonder, “Is he moving a little slow today? Nah, I guess not.” Think about that runny nose when you debated...

Beef prices & my paycheck

Easy ways to make conversation with anybody in agriculture: 1-Talk weather. 2-Talk prices. It seems everybody knows those rules, so when I’m traveling and visit with fellow ag business folks the conversation usually starts out on one of those two notes. Recently upon...

Everybody’s doing it…or not!

Last week I told you how nearly 75% of the nation’s herd is black-hided. At first glance, it may seem like everybody’s jumped on the bandwagon, producing calves aimed for CAB and other branded programs. But on a recent on-location stop rancher/feeder Larry...

Bad math or complex numbers?

We talk about a lot of numbers on our team. We talk about the nation’s cowherd. We discuss Angus bull sales. We might note the futures market, the corn market and the latest cattle on feed report. We study marbling scores and the percent of cattle grading Choice like...