GENETICS OR ENVIRONMENT

GENETICS OR ENVIRONMENT As a youth growing up on the ranches that my father managed, we often discussed ideas and ideals.  Dad would ask somewhat loaded questions and then work me through a discussion that covered the pros and cons of whatever the topic of the day was.  It took some time, but I came…

THE STOCK SHOW CROWD

I had the opportunity last week to spend a couple of days at the National Western Stock Show with my wife.  We had wanted to go for some time and volunteering to work at the Beef Council booth was the commitment we needed to actually prioritize and get there.  I was impressed by the good…

PROFIT or PRODUCTION?

The cattle industry is trapped in tradition. It is typical for ranchers to measure cattle operations by production per cow. This is not a production measure at all but just a disclosure of the packaging size. Since ranching is a land based industry, true production is measured in production per land unit (acre, section, etc.).…

Whose Cow Is It?

Eastern Nevada includes some big country that is unfenced but divided by mountain ranges or roughly controlled by water availability.  A bovine with an urge to travel can end up a long way from home and the fall works is a good time to look through the herd to see if the total count includes…