Every number has a story: $204.10

Today’s number is $204.10. But I could have easily selected 36.8% or $83.88 or 16.2%. Those figures are all different ways to illustrate this truth: cattle health is important… to your bottom line, to carcass quality, to consumer perception. Yet in recent years,...
Uniform cattle increase profit potential

Uniform cattle increase profit potential

Uniform cattle increase profit potential  by Miranda Reiman John Simons ranches with his family near Enning, S.D., where they’ve focused on reducing variability in their Angus-based cowherd for the last 20 years.“If your calves all look the same, they’re just a pretty...

Now we’re in the money!

I’m excited to see the price differential between Choice and Select boxed beef at $11.87/cwt today.  Did anyone else notice?  It’s a pretty big adjustment from the values under $5.00/cwt. that we’ve seen more often than not over the past few years and as recently as...
Average doesn’t cut it on grids

Average doesn’t cut it on grids

Average doesn’t cut it on grids  by Miranda Reiman It’s a pretty well recognized fact: if you want grid premiums, your cattle have to be better than average.Most people don’t sell on a value-based system unless they have reasons to believe their herd genetics...