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,...

Too special?

After a long saga involving an unusual problem with our little guy’s left hand, our orthopedic surgeon told us he was out of ideas, but he could refer us to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. “Of course those are few and far between, because if you specialize that far,...
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...

Know your cattle, grid conditions

Know your cattle, grid conditions  by Steve Suther Commodity cattle are priced by weight class, sex or average carcass grade, but some are worth a lot more or less. Indeed, some producers carve out a reputation, a kind of brand for their consistently high-quality...