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May 5, 2016 Golden Valley News Page 3 Farming, ranching or somewhere in between Producers welcomed spring snow and rain this week in preparation for maintaining or even increasing cattle inventory for the coming year. The extra heifers may find some good pasture this summer and, we hope, turn up pregnant this fall. The moisture impacts land use, which is a serious topic and central to the future for beef production management options. Input for land nse management options often is fol- lowed by discussion, decision and implementation because land is used for direct grazing or the production of feed. At the North Dakota State Uni- versity Dickinson Research Exten- sion Center (DREC), the issue of how to integrate crop, forage and grass production to meet the needs of the cow herd is the focus of cun'ent discussions. How much grass is available'? How many cows can the ranch run? Can traditional cropping systems feed cows'? The focus of the center's efforts involves the integration of forage production and the various opportu- nities to harvest that forage by me- chanical or living means. Doug Landblom, DREC animal scientist, said several approaches have been utilized to explore the opportunity of integrating crops and livestock. These efforts at the integration of crops and livestockinclude the tradi- tional option of feeding hay and sup- plement in confined paddocks following summer and aftermath grazing, but that is not the only op- tion. More recently, pasturing cattle well past traditional aftermath graz- ing in the fall certainly has expanded the center's insight into cattle pro- duction. Cows in confinement and utiliz- ing a sequence of forages by grazing Beef Talk By Kris Ringwall Becf Specialist NDSLi l~xtcnsion Scrxice Thinking about health By Trudy Lieberman cover crop mixtures, followed by coru and sunflower residues, or ~az- ing stockpiled crested wheat, brome grass and other mixed plant types, followed by corn residue, offer ex- panded opportunities to cattle pro- ducers. The longer the cows can be the living harvesters, the less need for mechanical intervention. What does this mean? The cows are doing the work, so we can delay the feeding of mechanically har- vested feedstuffs and spend less on labor. Additionally, calves and year- lings are harvesting warm- and cool- season annuals after early grazing of cool-season grasses and summer grazing of native grass. This yearlong, thorough integra- tion of multiple forages with sev- eral types of cattle certainly challenges traditional thinking. Cat- tle are no longer simple users of pasture; they have been promoted to be the primary harvesters within the pasture and cropping systems. This research at the center has pro- ducers sitting on the edge of their chair, waiting for the preliminary stocking rate estimates of the vari- ous forages. Sound science is the basis of the estimates, but regardless of how sound the science is, this integration has many unknowns. In the end, each eco-site, or one could say soil type, has only so much capacity to pro- duce vegetation. The vegetation (which producers call forage) needs timely precipitation. Not all the pro- duction is available for consumption and, depending on past usage, not all the production has the same value. The center's research is actively challenging the land base to produce more beef through implemented for- age grazing systems that place all cattle on pastures, on fields, on crops, on residues and only occasionally in dry lots. However, discussions will follow. Additional input will be ob- tained and decisions will be made to get a handle on cattle costs, which means an inventory of all the ranch's base units, including grass, crop and forage acres. In closing, the beef business is an affair with the land. Producer success is a function of the ability to utilize an allotted piece of ground through some combination of plant and ani- mal outputs. At the center, plant plus animal (not plant vs. animal) is explored an- nually. Perhaps this is how the term "ranch vs. farm" originated. The farm was heavily dependent on plants and the ranch more dependent on animals. In the past, however, nei- ther was exclusively plant or animal. Today, producers slowly are mov- ing toward specialization. In a broad sense, spring produces cool-season plants, summer grows warm-season plants and fall blooms cool-season plants. These plants could be peren- nials, biannuals or annuals. A successful land-based operation in the future must review all land- based production potential through grain, forage and animal production, including input costs and income. Given the current rains in southwest- ern North Dakota, the center once again will ponder the use of all po- tentially bountiful plant resources from the land, and so should produc- ers. May you find all your ear tags. Panel endorses three for N.D. Board of Higher Education A nominating committee has rec- ommended three finalists for Gov. Jack Dalrymple to consider for an appointment to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. The group includes Don Morton, the board's vice chairman, who is a Microsoft Corp. executive in Fargo. Morton is seeking a second four-year term on the board, which he joined in 20 t 2. His current term ends June 30. The nominating committee also chose Thomas Atkinson, a Bismarck environmental engineer, and Wayne Trottier Jr., of Rugby, who works part-time as the school superintend- ent in Sawyer, as finalists for the seat on the board. The names of the three men will be forwarded to Dalrymple, who will decide onthe appointment. The gov- cludes state Rep. Wes Belter, R- ernor's choice requires confirmation Fargo, the speaker of the North in the North Dakota Senate, but Dakota House" state Sen. Robert Er- whomever he chooses will be eligi- bete, R-Lehr, the president pro tem- ble to serve until the Senate votes on pore of the North Dakota Senate; the pick early next year. Nick Archuleta, president of North The Board of Higher Education Dakota United, which represents ed- oversees the North Dakota Univer- ucators and public employees; Chief sity System, which has 11 public in- Justice Gerald VandeWalle: and stitutions-six four-year universities Kirsten Baesler, the North Dakota and five two-year colleges, superintendent of public instruction, The nominating committee in- who is chairwoman of the panel. It's Youth in North D Governor Jack Dalrymple proclaimed May 1-7, as Farmers Union Youth Week. NDFU hosts day classes and summer leadership camps for kids. More than 1,000 youth attend camp each year. Register for camp Week akota! today! mplex s If you need a risky, complicated surgery, would you go to a hospital or surgeon who had performed the procedure only a time or two be- tore? Most people would say no, but the evidence indicates otherwise. Patients do go to doctors and hospi- tals that have seldom pertbrmed the procedures they need. Yet. for al- most 40 years, study after study has shown that patients" death rates were significantly lower for surgeries done at hospitals that were experi- enced in the procedure. The same is true for physicians. In March. for example, a large study of patients undergoing thyroid sur- geries found that they had an 87 per- cent increase in the odds of a complication if their surgeon had previously performed only one thy- roid surgery, but only a 3 percent chance if the surgeon had performed between 21 and 25 surgeries. "The number of surgeries a doc- tor or hospital performs has a major impact on your likelihood of surviv- ing or thriving," says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C., organi- zation, which supports the use of transparent data to improve hospital safety and outcomes. "It's frankly dangerous to go to a surgeon or a hospital that does one or two a year of what you need." Binder told me. "'Unfortunately, it happens in rural hospitals a lot. These hospitals should recommend you go to a bigger hospital that has more experience" performing the more complicated procedures. Binder would be the first to admit that finding hospitals and doctors who have done a lot of any particu- lar procedure is not easy. Most of what we know comes from Medicare data, but insurers have oo- dles of data, too. "We have the data," Binder said. "It just hasn't been made public." Governments have been slow to require transparency, and a Supreme Court decision in March has made it less likely that will change any time soon. The court ruled that states could urger, es go not force insurers, employers, providers, medical facilities, or gov- ernment agencies to submit infor- mation on price, quality, and use of services to a database run by a state. Without such a reporting require- ment, state efforts to construct what's called an "all claims" data- base could show an incomplete pic- ture, making it hard for patients to find those surgeons and hospitals that had the most experience treat- ing their particular illness. That's why last fall's announce- ment from three large, prominent hospital systems - Johns Hopkins. Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Uni- versity of Michigan - was so signif- icant. The three systems pledged that their 20 affiliated hospitals would require the surgeons to meet minimum annual thresholds for per- forming 10 high-risk procedures in- cluding cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and joint replace- ment surgeries. The thresholds vary by proce- dure. They range from 10 per hospi- tal and five per surgeon for carotid stenting, to 50 per hospital and 25 per surgeon for hip and knee re- placement. Self-policing may be the best hope at the moment, but such thresholds are not universally popu- lar in the medical industry, Doctors who don't do many such procedures don't want to lose business. Neither do the hospitals that grant them privileges. Doctors themselves argue for using quality-based stan- dards instead. But volume, a surro- gate for outcomes, may be the best lneasure we have at the moment, ac- cording to many health safety ex- perts. How do patients get those magic volume numbers? Volume is one metric in The Leapfrog Group's rat- ings. Consumers' Checkbook and Consumer Reports have some data on volume in their ratings. And, of course, it's crucial that you talk with rlen your doctor and hospital about how much expertise they have doing the kind of procedure you need. Be prepared for a hospital to argue that "for many patients the best possible surgery is closest to home," as Dr. Tyler Hughes, a sur- geon at a very small hospital in McPherson, Kansas, and a director of the American Board of Surgery, did recently in a story published by Kaiser Health News. I asked Binder about that since I've heard that argument many times. "You can stay at home," she said. "But know the risks." One risk may be that the hospi- tal with the best volume for your needs is not in your insurer's net- work since insurers don't always choose the providers with the best quality and safety records. What do you do, then? Pay the out-of- network price, prohibitively ex- pensive for almost everyone, or take your chances? Binder thinks most people would pay more to have a much higher chance for sur- vival. Should they even have to make that choice? Our mixed-up, contradictory healthcare system has yet to solve that one. How have you or a family mem- ber chosen a doctor or hospital fi)r a complicated surgical procedure? Write to Trudy at trudy.lieber- man@ gmail.com. Put Your/Honey Where Your House Zs/ Iocal independent ,~ strengthen our bu~ine,wes a,'~ t~ community your l~sl value and our ecorlomy Van or Bus Service Billings County Golden Valley County Distance of 160 Miles CALL 701-872-3836 www.ndfu.org 800-366-8331 | The Billings CounO, Pioneer and Golden Valley News have shared advertising, and have been sharing the news Jbr some of their inside pages for about 40 years. This means the coverage of your ad isn't limited to just either county! Our primary coverage area is western Stark CounO and west to the Montana border. It pays to advertise! HOW TO SHARE YOUR VIEWS We welcome letters to the editor concerning issues of area interest or regarding stories and editorials that have been published. Letters should be limited to 400 words. 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We would like to recognize and thank the following businesses for their contributions whether it was participating and/or donating/support: Dakota Farna Equipment, Farmer's Union, Ben Baker, St. John's Catholic Church, CT Electric, Golden Valley County Sheriff's Department, FBLA, Beach Food Center, Golden Valley County Library, Billings/Golden Valley County Social Services, PATH Inc., Corner Market, MJ Plumb- ing, Home on the Range, Beach Public Schools, Billings County Public Schools, Lone Tree School District, Beach Area of Chamber of Commerce, Western Cooperative Credit Union, Cenex, and Dakota Parent Resource Center. Thank you all again and we hope to do this again next year!! Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. A mendment 1 U.S. Constitution Don't let your freedom slip away. Protect it as if you were Theodore Roosevelt. 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