Let me preface this column by saying the world always is changing and the beef industry is not immune to those changes.
As a beef industry, if producers only read and visit about beef production and associated issues, the industry eventually will fail. That is not to say the activities that will replace the beef industry are better, but ignorance of change results in change.
At this time of year, the cows are calving or pregnant, so the feeling of contentment is prevalent within the cow herd. If one never has experienced the pleasure of walking among a herd of pregnant cows, ewes or other ruminants, there is a palpable feeling of contentment, a pleasurable waiting moment.
Is $300 worth discussing during coffee? Some time ago, the Dickinson Research Extension Center decided change was needed. Perhaps it was the weather, perhaps it was the industry or perhaps it simply was a need to search new paths because of the constant evolution of people and their desires. Whatever the reason, the center changed.
Perhaps time does come to a standstill. However, if it does, it is only momentary. Perhaps the now does not really need to know the past. Perhaps what will be will simply be. If we really believe all that, then there is no reason to be very optimistic.
Agriculture is a fast-moving, high-technology business. The production and processing of agricultural products for our consumption is demanding. These demands are not getting easier as consumers increasingly become distant from production.
While memories of the calving season are still fresh in your mind (and your calving book is your reference book of choice), now is the time to review this year’s calving distribution. Evaluate how your management is working.
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