Every number has a story: -2.26

You might say it’s an even number, divisible by 2. But what relevance can we find in -2.26, a negative carried out to two decimal places? You’d never guess it unless you just read the article, but that’s the estimated “own-price elasticity” of the Certified Angus...

Realistic research

Asking for a beverage at a restaurant, you might be shocked if the server replied, “What kind? Flavor A, Flavor B or Flavor C?” That’s because you always know a little more about those options, either a brand name or perhaps descriptors like “fresh brewed” or...

We can cook and we love beef

I hate sad stories. All through college I heard ag speakers and many a professor talk about the fact that young people just don’t know how to cook beef. They’d tell stories of how their mothers slaved in the kitchen all day and they verbally mourned the loss of...

Reproduction matters, Part II

From “cowculators” and other tools to specific selection and management advice, yesterday’s post on the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Symposium was full of take-home points for cattlemen. Today, I’ll continue with helpful advice from day 2 of...

Reproduction matters, Part I

It’s really hard to raise a high-quality calf if the cow doesn’t get pregnant in the first place. A few weeks ago I attended the two-day Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Symposium, held this year at Oklahoma State University. I’ve been to ARSBC...

Beating them at their own game

We hear it in beef cattle meetings all the time: What are we going to do about the chicken nugget? But it’s not just the nugget. You could easily substitute rotisserie chicken, sausage biscuits and a lot of other non-beef ready-to-cook or ready-to-eat items for the...