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Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef

Livestock Industry Opinions
Nov 25, 2016
“Suppose we could only make 1 million cars. If the auto industry was limited for some reason, what would they do? Would they make small, cheap vehicles or big, premium, expensive cars?” An industry observer asked that question at a cattle feeders’ meeting this summer.
Livestock Industry Opinions
May 13, 2016
“I’ll just DVR it,” someone might say if they can’t make plans to be in front of the television when their favorite show or special report is scheduled to air. It’s become something of a verb, like suggesting you do an internet web search by “Googling it.


Livestock Industry Opinions
Mar 21, 2016
The charming voice and smooth lyrics of the classic song sure make being “unforgettable” sound like an awfully good thing. Even when applied to cattle, it certainly can be. There are those “bell ringer” groups that gain and grade. They never get sick and they earn premiums upon harvest.

Livestock Industry Opinions
Sep 25, 2015
But not everyone is so eager to put their farms or ranches—their lives—on display. Between calving and AI, haying and silage chopping, there is never an “off” season or a good time of the year to devote a day to visitors, not to mention to prep ahead of time.


Livestock Industry Opinions
Jul 17, 2015
File that under the “highly unlikely to ain’t-gonna-happen,” category, but stay with me. If every single backgrounder and cattle feeder decided they weren’t going to purchase “high risk” calves; if they refused to take unweaned, unvaccinated calves, that’s virtually what would happen.


Livestock Industry Opinions
Jan 16, 2015
I know what it’s like to have someone depending on me. I have four little children who look to me for clean clothes, a full tummy, and lots of love and support. It’s been a few years, but I also remember what it’s like to come to a feedbunk, lined with cattle looking up, eagerly awaiting breakfast or supper.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Jan 16, 2015
I know what it’s like to have someone depending on me. I have four little children who look to me for clean clothes, a full tummy, and lots of love and support. It’s been a few years, but I also remember what it’s like to come to a feedbunk, lined with cattle looking up, eagerly awaiting breakfast or supper.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Oct 31, 2014
It doesn’t take a mathematician to think, “Wait, something doesn’t add up.” Yet, that’s the reality in today’s marketplace. Fed steer and heifer harvest was down 6.2 percent for the first 32 weeks of the year, but it wasn’t an even distribution across all quality grades (See Chart 1).
Livestock Industry Opinions
Sep 26, 2014
Those first calves graded 20 percent Choice, and motivated him to continue feeding cattle for the next two decades. It also spurred the rancher to adopt an AI plan to infuse the best genetics more quickly. Today he sells loads above 90 percent Choice, with more than half of those reaching the upper two-thirds of that grade.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Sep 19, 2014
“The grain farmer is absolutely going to get hammered to move his grain,” said Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company. “All of this passes back to you,” the analyst told cattle feeders and other attendees at last month’s Feeding Quality Forum in Kearney, NE, and Amarillo, TX.
Livestock Industry Opinions
May 16, 2014
Earlier this year, CattleFax predicted a 4.5 percent drop in U.S. per-capita beef consumption. We can only expect other proteins to fill the gap. Chicken is always the cheaper alternative, but that spread between poultry and pork prices and poultry and beef prices has become more dramatic.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Sep 13, 2013
According to Texas data, those costs have jumped to nearly $600 per head from maybe half that a few decades ago. At a recent meeting, a Nebraska ag business economist estimated the number had climbed to $800. You can blame that on everything from land and feed prices to labor and fuel.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Jul 19, 2013
Perhaps it’s this fascination with the steakhouse, or it could be the way we talk about the filet mignons, New York strips or prime ribs like they’re the ultimate test of beef greatness. Whatever the cause, somehow folks are often led to believe that’s the only place quality matters.
Livestock Industry Opinions
May 24, 2013
It’s something that often crosses my mind when I see a news headline about a faroff city facing an economic crisis or promoting a study on the benefits of eating brussels sprouts. (Sorry to any of you growers. It doesn’t matter how good they are for me, that’s a taste I just can’t seem to acquire.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Apr 26, 2013
“The production side is looking for something bigger to cover their increased costs,” he said, “but the retail and foodservice sides are looking for [more units of] something much smaller that’s easier to manage from a portion-control standpoint and a unit-cost standpoint.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Apr 5, 2013
T-bones, sirloins, filets and strips—these are the beef cuts referred to as “middle meats.” Such steaks make up 12 percent of the carcass, but represent just under half of its total value. That and the difference in cooking method lead many to believe it’s the only place where beef grades matter.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Feb 1, 2013
“Producers do put pressure on growth, since they get some of the benefit in added pounds at weaning,” he said. “Unfortunately, grade is often overlooked as folks think, ‘It’s not my problem.’” More than 70 percent of today’s cattle are sold on a grid or formula where quality is a key component.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Jan 25, 2013
“We sell to people who are going to cook product and please guests—they’re not buying for themselves and they’re not shopping for price,” says Mort Kent, U.S. Foods of Denver, CO. “They have a reputation to uphold and their customers expect consistency and quality, and they’re willing to pay for it.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Nov 16, 2012
I rode shotgun through a lot of drought-stricken pastures this summer and fall where producers weighed their options. Some folks had a few stores of hay saved up from good years. Some were going to cull a little deeper, while still others were making plans to rent some grass in the few places that were doing all right on moisture.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Oct 19, 2012
“We spend about 7 percent of our disposable income to feed our families,” he said. “In Europe they spend anywhere from 13 percent to 28 percent of their income. What am I getting at? One, we take food for granted. Two, it’s cheap. And three, we always expect it to be there.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Sep 21, 2012
I rode shotgun through some of Anderjaska’s summer pastures last Monday. As we looked at their commericial and registered Angus herd, the sky was gloomy. The clouds teased with a few sprinkles, but, like so many times this summer, moved along before offering reprieve.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Sep 14, 2012
Hitting 60 percent Choice won’t cut it. When premium Choice branded programs emerged, it was really something to get 15 percent or 20 percent that reached those marbling levels in commercial cattle. That’s when it was incidental production, or luck of the draw that landed those cattle in branded programs.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
Jul 27, 2012
But just a few decades later, many of those wildest imaginations are real. When the second of the Hanna- Barbara duo (the company that also created the likes of “Tom and Jerry,” “The Flintstones,” “Smurfs” and “Scooby- Doo”) died in 2006, Roombas were already cleaning floors while you were gone to work.
Livestock Industry Opinions
May 18, 2012
Students emerge from the school system ready to take on the world. Giving each one of them that chance was the impetus for the No Child Left Behind Act. The bill passed in 2001, meaning this year’s high school class spent most of its education course under the influence of what became a controversial law.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Mar 9, 2012
The articles that follow those zingers all explain different facets of the supply and demand equation. Beef prices are up because of a shrinking cowherd, accelerated by drought. Cattle prices are 25 percent higher than this same time a year ago, but can they stay there? That all depends on whether the consumer is willing to pay.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Sep 24, 2010
You may wonder what genetics has to do with herd health. Sure, the neighbor swears that cattle from this breed or that will die as soon as they get off the truck, but thats just an old wives tale, right? Maybe not. Although selection for health still might be only on the horizon, a growing base of research shows they are tied together.
Livestock Industry Opinions
May 21, 2010
The first step to reaching peak performance is tracking where youve been. If you dont have production numbers, its hard to make comparisons or data-driven decisions. You dont need to make a complicated recordkeeping system, just make sure it includes all the variables that make a difference.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Jan 15, 2010
When cattlemen trudge through four-foot snow drifts in 30-mile-per-hour winds and single-digit temperatures to check on a sick calf, it isnt exactly the same picture of serenity. At that moment, northern producers must think they must live in the toughest place in the world for raising cattle.
Livestock Industry Opinions
May 22, 2009
Stop trying to get maximum production. No more topping last years average daily gains. Enough with the peak efficiencies and quit angling for record marbling scores every time. Does that advice cause a pause? Reaching those goals takes years of focus, so it can be hard to let go, even if the long-term profitability of your farm or ranch depends on it.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Jun 6, 2008
How can retained placenta problems be prevented? Since there are many causes of retained placenta, there is no simple answer. Some of the obvious answers include: (1) don’t allow cows to get too thin or too fat before calving, (2) reduce stress near calving as much as possible, (3) prevent exposure to pine needles, juniper trees, and pine trees (particularly ponderosa pines) before calving, (4) make sure your trace mineral and vitamin supplementation program is adequate, (5) prevent foothill abortion problems, and (6) maintain a sound vaccination program to minimize the chance of viral or bacterial abortions. Because calving problems often result


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