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April 10, 2014 Golden Valley News Page - Beverage choices play a role in maintaining a healthy weight "Somebody doesn-'t want us to learn more about choosing healthful Beef Talk By Kris Ringwall Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service have a mocha coffee, I guess," my husband commented as we left a restaurant empty-handed. I had coupons for two free spe- cial beverages, and the server had told us the machine was not work- ing. "I can save the coupons. Should we go back and buy some regular coffee?" I asked as we got into our vehicle. I think he could tell I really wanted a mocha coffee. "We can try another restaurant," my husband responded. I was fine with thai. On the way, we narrowly avoided two vehicle accidents. My husband had quick reflexes despite the lack of caffeine. Trying to collect my two free mochas nearly cost thousands of dollars in vehicle repairs. ,Now the sun is burning my reti- nas, and I won't be able to see the restaurant," my husband noted with exaggeration and a grin as we turned the corner and headed east. "This is not divine intervention," I said as I reached over and pulled down the sun visor. "If the next place has a broken beverage machine, then I think you may be on to something, though," I said as another car ran a red light, crossed our path and tested our ve- hicle's braking capacity again. "Actually, I think we might want to go home. Maybe we are supposed to cut some calories after this long winter," I added as we reached the next restaurant. The next place had a working ma- chine, and I savored my 350-calorie mocha drink. I noted that I could have had a fairly substantial break- fast of eggs and whole-wheat toast for the same number of calories. Beverages don't fill you up the same way that solid food does. Hav- ing a protein source and whole-grain food in the morning helps tide you over until your next meal. We definitely were wide awake after enjoying our rocket fuel-like beverages. I could have had them skip the whipped cream and choco- late syrup, but we did order medium-sized instead of large-sized beverages. After I drank my mocha, I was energetic enough to run home along the side of our vehicle, but I re- strained myself. If we had one of these beverages on most days without balancing our calories from other sources or going to the gym for longer periods of time, we potentially could gain a couple of pounds a month, or more than 20 pounds in a year. We might need new wardrobes at that point. Making healthful beverage choices plays a role in maintaining a healthy weight. Let's review some tips adapted from to beverages with lower calories: Drink water. Try water instead of sweetened drinks such as regular soda, and energy or sports drinks. Be guided by your thirst. We all have different fluid needs, and most of us get enough water from the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. A healthy body can bal- ance water needs throughout the day. Pay extra attention to your water/fluid consumption if you are very active, live or work in hot con- ditions or are an older adult. Save money by ordering water more often when you dine outside of the home. Make water, low-fat or fat- free milk and 100 percent juice the easy options in your home. Keep these beverages cold and ready to grab in your refrigerator. a Have nutrient-rich milk to get your calcium, vitamin D and potas- sium. Children ages 9 and older and adults need 3 cups of milk per day. Children ages 4 to 8 years old need 2 1/2 cups, and children 2 to 3 years old need 2 cups. Enjoy an occasional special beverage but trim the serving size. For example, select smaller cans, cups or glasses instead of the super- sized options. Use reusable water bottles as a convenient and environment- friendly option to stay hydrated. Be sure to read and compare the Nutrition Facts labels on food products so you know what you are getting. Whento install a newscreen door Hello, I just finished installing a new sliding screen door on out porch door. I've told you about it before. Vern Baker, the world famous Aus- tralian Shepard has an aversion to screen doors. He long ago learned that he can rip screens off windows and doors and I'm sure he thinks he is doing the right thing. If he wants in, and you aren't there to open the screen, he will come in. If he wants out, he goes out. But this time I went the extra fiiile".Orth extra huqedd0!!S ', whichever you feel is best suited. I put in an aluminum screen costing two hundred dollars. If this doesn't work, we may just have to ask Vern to run away. But working on the screen reminded me of another door. Years ago, in a land far, far away, we had a screen door on the ranch house that was in need of repair. Shirley had been after me for quite awhile to fix the door on the porch. I kind of put it off. She hadn't married a carpenter. She had married a cow- boy. One day there was a rattlesnake on her Cattlewoman of the Year plaque! Really! A small, but very ag- itated rattlesnake in Shirley's office on her cattlewoman stuff. Even I don't touch'her cattlewoman stuff! That snake was committing suicide. She insisted I fix the door. After see- Hat Tips By Dean Meyer I put in an alu- minum screen cost- ing two hundred dollars. If this does- n't work, we may just have to ask Vern to run away. mg what she did to that snake, I was thinking maybe I should. In a day or two. A couple nights later, she awoke me with a sharp jab of her elbow. I mean she really whacked me. She could hear a burglar in the living room. I listened. I have bad ears. But, then I heard it! There had to be more than 1! We lay there whisper- ing. I kept urging Shirley to peek out and see how many there were. She said I had to. I was the man. I hated to argue. We couldn't call the cops. We lived 35 miles from town. And the cops didn't like me anyway. As we listened, I heard them move some furniture. There had to be more than one. I quietly slipped out of bed and began to dress. Are you looking tbr a PT position that allmvs you to make a difference in the lives of others'. In emergencies, we give rural America a lift Urgent news for DIABETICS with BLADDER CANCER Ryan Elkin Membership Sales Manager 701-260-J761 Spirit Lifeline provides rural Americans with air ambulance service and emergency medical care. For as little as $65 a year you'll havo - no out-of-pocket cost for our services. Join America's largest air medical membership program. When seconds count... count on us. CALL TODAY! " Shirley was a little agitated that I was taking time to dress. I had a rea- son. I didn't want to be in my under- wear when the ambulance came for me. I tiptoed over to the closet and found a Ping driver. That is a golf club for you less educated. I quietly eased down the hall, stopping to lis- ten. I had to go to the bathroom. It sounded like there were at least two, possibly three. My legs were shak- ing like a kid getting on his first bareback horse. I wanted to throw Up. BUt'I had tO protect my young wife. I got to the living room light and was recalling my Fort Leonard Wood training. I was a killing ma- chine. I flipped the light on, let out an apache war whoop and charged into the fray! I may die, but I was going to get the first swing in. It scared the Hell out of Okie. Okie was a saddle horse that was teaching the kids to barrel race! In the morning, I fixed the screen door. A fly or two is one thing. A small snake is kind of bad. But when a 1300 pound horse can get through the screen, it's time. Later, Dean Soarin" 800-366-8331 LOAN or LEASE - We Give You the Choice. Direct through FCS or your local dealership. FCS HAS DEPENDABLE AND COMPETITIVE CREDIT. Farm Credit Services of Mandan www.farmcreditmandan.corn RUNNING OUT OF TIME? For subscribers, your subscription's expiration date is on your address label. It's time to send in your payment if your expiration is 3 weeks away. , !!!1 !iiil i!i//ll[i Ranch survival still about production costs The times are good pricewise for Farm Management program had cattle, but cattle producers have a lot on their minds these days. Calving has started on many ranches, and the complicated pro- duction scenarios already are con- stantly churning for producers. Unfortunately, the dollars associated with many production scenarios often are in place well before ade- quate financial evaluations are done. The critical point is that the dollars are coming in well, but the dollars going out also are growing. The cattle business costs money. In visiting with Jerry Tuhy, farm business management instructor at the Dickinson Research Extension C e n t e r (, he noted that free markets will tend to price commodities at or near a break- even point for the bulk of producers. In other words, high-cost producers will be the first producers to lose money in good or bad markets. No market will remain positive enough that all producers will survive the fi- nancial tests through time. Cost con- trol remains critical at all times in the cattle business. In the current wodd, competition from the energy- and food-producing sectors of agriculture is real. The competition between land uses, such as crops grown for human consump- tion, crops for energy and crops for livestock feed, is very real. Given Mother Nature's hesitation to provide moisture, the competition only gets tougher. Grass is becoming even more of a premium. Despite agriculture's tremendous effort at keeping energy costs low and feeding people, the price is high as these inputs return to farms and ranches as needed sup- plies. Cost control is the driver for sus- taining beef operations and is achieved by the continual evaluation Direct Costs and Gross Margin Overhead Expenses 2011 $729 $546 2010 $578 $466 2009 $451 $464 2O08 $464 $452 2007 $543 $445 2006 $529 $424 FINBIN (www, from the Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota of the planning process. We need to return to the North Dakota Farm Management Program, along with the FINBIN ( data- base from the Center for Farm Fi- nancial Management at the University of Minnesota. These pro- grams allow our discussion to focus on the dollars and sense involved in the beef enterprise. A good place to start is gross mar- gin. According to Tuhy, gross margin accounts for the purchase and sale of all calves, cull cows and bulls, plus animals transferred in and any over- all changes in cattle inventory. The bottom line: Gross margins reflect the amount of money cattle produc- ers have to work with. In the bigger picture, if gross mar- gins are very small, a producer needs to ask why he or she is involved in the beef business because the money in and the money out are a wash. Well, that is not true in the beef business because those producers who have at least 50 cows and were involved in the 2011 North Dakota $729 in gross margins. Without going too far back in time, these cattle producers have had stable to increasing gross margins to work with. From 2006 through 2010, cattle producers who were enrolled in the North Dakota Farm Management program had gross margins of $578 in 2010, $451 in 2009, $464 in 2008, $543 in 2007 and $529 in 2006. In 2011, the total direct and over- head expense was $546 per cow. Al- though the 2010 gross margin was above 2011 expenses, 2009 through 2006 gross margins were all below the current 2011 expenses. In other words, if cattle prices re- turned to the prices offered from 2006 through 2009, cattle producers would be operating in the red, which is not a pleasant thought. The total di- rect and overhead expenses per cow from 2011 back to 2006 were $546 in 2011, $466 in 2010, $464 in 2009, $452 in 2008, $445 in 2007 and $424 in 2006. A quick review of the numbers points out that, even though average gross margins have been good, if re- cent expense numbers are any indi- cation of future expense numbers, expenses are accelerating. From 2010 to 2011, expenses jumped more than 17 percent, while gross margins jumped more than 26 percent, thus the increase in net re- turns for the cattle producer. How- ever, the red flag still is there, so it will be interesting when the 2012 numbers come out as to where pro- duction costs are going. For now, the point remains: The cost of production is a large, sustain- able block in the survival of beef op- erations. A simple fact is that producers need to plan well while on the high-speed road leading to cattle profits as the 2013 year engages. May you find all your ear tags. Six recommended A screening committee agreed on April 1 to recommend that the president of North Dakota's Board of Higher Education be considered for a second four-year term on the board. Kirsten Diederich, of Fargo, who is a retired biology professor at Con- cordia College in Moorhead, Minn., is among a group of six candidates ompeting for two openings on the Oad. The committee recommended two groups of three candidates each for the two openings on the board. Diederich is eligible for a second four-year term. The second incumbent, Duaine Espe- gard, of Grand Forks, was ineligible for reappointment. The first group is made up of Diederich; state Rep. Curtiss Kreun, R-Grand Forks; and Rod St. Aubyn, of West Fargo. The second group con- sists of Terry Goerger, of Mautador; Kevin Melicher, of Fargo; and Michael Ness, of Hazen. Kreun, a retired Grand Forks busi- nessman, is a former Grand Forks city councilman and school board mem- for two seats on Board ber in neighboring East Grand Forks, Minn. St. Aubyn, a lobbyist, is a for- mer member of the North Dakota House and Senate and assistant Sen- ate Republican majority leader. Goerger, of Mantador, raises certi- fied seed and runs a seed company in Richland County in North Dakota's southeastern corner. Melicher is a Fargo optometrist,and f0 ,r, er presi- dent of the Fargo School Board. Ness is the superintendent of the Hazen School District. The committee's choices now go to Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who will pick a single appointee from each of the two groups of three finalists. His choices will begin their terms on July 1. with Farmers Union Camp! REGISTER NOW! 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