Beef Quality Assurance; Taking Pride in Caring for Cattle

Protecting consumer confidence in beef. That is the the main goal of the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program and I had the opportunity to become BQA Certified last week. BQA is an educational training for producers to build awareness of industry standards based on recommended national guidelines and research from USDA and the beef industry. […]

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Get Smart About Antibiotics

On our family ranch, we use antibiotics as one tool to keep our beef cattle healthy and well-cared for in order to produce great, quality meat. And we don’t just use antibiotics to use them. We have a herd health program where our cattle get regular medical care, including checkups, that starts with vaccinations to […]

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How we identify our cattle

  Identifying our cattle is how we know who they are. Sure, we get to know their personality when we are out with them everyday on the ranch. 1103Y is the bossy cow always to the feed bunk first. I would know that if she had a ear tag or not! But since we work […]

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What ‘Local’ Should Mean To You

Locally grown. Locally served. You probably see these two terms on your menu when you’re at a restaurant or buying beef in the meat case, right? While local has a different meaning to different people, you can be confident that most of the beef you eat right here in the U.S. is “local” because it […]

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Beef agvocacy with a purpose

Beef agvocacy (agriculture + advocacy) does not take any special skills, science or art. It takes your effort to share about what you are doing as a beef producer and explaining production practices that make it easy for food-eaters to understand. As agriculture, we’ve come to a point in time where it is not enough […]

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What goes into ground beef?

As a rancher, mom and main chef in my household, we have two whole shelves in our freezer dedicated to ground beef. It is such a versatile, easy protein to add to any meal – and healthy! We get a 90/10 blend (90% lean beef/10% fat) from our local butcher, and I hardly ever have […]

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Why do we use antibiotics with our beef cattle?

Beef cattle must be healthy and well-cared for in order to produce great, quality meat. And one of the ways that we keep our animals healthy on our ranch is by using antibiotics. We don’t just use antibiotics to use them. On our ranch, we have a herd health program where our cattle get regular […]

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First calf

I posted previously about how ranchers prepare for a snowstorm. I posted a picture of this heifer who was getting ready to calve. And yes, she thought the snowstorm was a perfect time to have a calf.Thankfully, we got her into the barn before the foot of snow dumped. She and the heifer calf are […]

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Value-based marketing for cattlemen with key drivers for 2015

I recently attended the Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium, put on by Colorado Livestock Association in honor of my Gramps. This annual symposium is for cattlemen and one of the main discussion points this year was about the cattle markets and what the key drivers for 2015 and beyond look like.  2014 was obviously a banner year for cattlemen with unprecedented […]

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Using cattle and GPS to study climate change

Just as I use my Garmin GPS watch to track my runs, researchers are using GPS tracking collars on cattle that are part of a five-year study to better understand beef production vulnerability across the southern Great Plains in the face of climate change. The goal, said K-State agronomy professor Dan Devlin, is to increase the resiliency of beef cattle […]

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