Doing what works

A few weeks ago I drove south and west of Oklahoma City, toward a town named Corn. With that name, I was not surprised to see that row crops and wheat have a big impact on agriculture here. But among the miles of crop ground I found a father-son duo sticking out in a...

Making a case for creative marketing

A couple years ago we invited you to “Market at weaning like a feeder at finishing.” And as we’ve been updating some of our Black Ink Basics Tech Sheets with current numbers, we’re still convinced that’s a good idea. (Side note: If you love data, you’ll have a ball...

Marketing trend begs better cattle

I wonder what my son’s preschool program would say if I offered to pay the per-month tuition with eggs? Dollar bills always seem to be in short supply around here, but we have a healthy little flock of chickens and we always have plenty of eggs. They’d look at me like...
The Prime directive

The Prime directive

The Prime directiveImproved genetics, focused selection transform an elusive grade into a logical target  by Jill J. Dunkel Breeding for high quality and retaining heifers over generations, Mike Kasten sees results. The Millersville, Mo., rancher has used artificial...
Beef: bigger and bigger

Beef: bigger and bigger

Beef: bigger and bigger By Steve Suther Cattle feeders don’t like $7 or $8 corn, but they know what to do at those higher prices. Most of them feed cattle longer to heavier weights and sort them to market on a grid.Maybe not all cattle feeders see it that way, but in...