Putting it in perspective

“You know, a dredge ditch…” I was explaining the Minnesota farm I grew up on and I was met with blank stares from some of my South Dakota State University classmates. “…where you drain water off the field,” I continued. They looked dumbfounded, and I was equally as...

Put it to the test

“Nicole, I think you have cancer,” the doctor told me. That stopped me in my tracks, as it would anyone. Unbelievable. I’m young, a picture of health — there’s no way this was happening to me. But there I was, 25 years old, sitting in a doctor’s office, hearing the...

Keeping after it

“You’re a great mom!” When people say that, I hope it’s true. But sometimes the remark comes as I’ve just luckily (somehow) managed to get through church with relatively quiet, happy children for an entire service. Sometimes strangers say that when we’re at a...

An Olympic throwback

Surprises – who doesn’t love ’em? I’m thinking flowers, an upward swing in the market, a calf crop from a new bull that turned out even better than anticipated – these are the things that put a little pep in your step. I’ve been watching the Olympics as of late...

Beef yield grade opportunities detailed

Beef yield grade opportunities detailedSystem accounts for no more than 40% of red meat yield variation  by Steve Suther When anyone thinks about beef grading, USDA quality grades such as Prime, Choice and Select likely come to mind. Quality grades have been in effect...

Every number has a story: $4.52

Turkey or ham. Turkey or ham. Turkey or ham. If 30% of consumers consider beef roast as “appropriate for a holiday meal” (according to recent polling), why in a family of beef producers do I have turkey and ham at every holiday gathering?! The likely answer is...