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Page 2 Golden Valley News - ..... December 29, 2016 Week y DIFFI(,ULTY THIS WEEK: Shown are some scenes on Dec. (Photos by Jenae Orluck) 26 in Beach following the widespread Christmas Day blizzard that affected much of North Dakota. Think bout catti Pondering in life is good. So letfs ponder this: iCan the beef in- dustry produce terminal and re- placement bulls?~ Historically, the answer is iyes3 Through the decades, many breed- ing programs have been proposed to offer cattle producers the oppor- tunity to implement cattle-breeding systems that involve terminal and replacement bulls. Perhaps we should ask a slightly different question: iDoes the beef industry hilly utilize terminal and replacement bulls?i Now the re- sponse is muted, and a faint imay- bei can be heard. Either way. bull selection begins with pondering. Is the beef opera- tion going the right way'? Did 1 buy the right bull or bulls? Do I need to make a slight correction in the bullpen'? These are not easy pon- derings. Pondering starts at the local level. Do my cattle fit the demands of the ranch or farm? How do my cattle fit the numerous marketing opportunities? Am I too sensitive to constructive Comments? Is the inpm fact or fiction? Fact or fiction is important when pondering because not all input is fact. The producer is stuck in the middle, much like the net on a pingpong table, and can get con- fused and frustrated, Are the cattle right or wrong'? Did I buy the right bull or the wrong bull? Really, you can have two rights. If you divide the beef business into segments, the beef producer and the feeding industry may find themselves on opposite sides of the net :As the ball is bounced vigor- ously back and forth, the effort is to ponder what the right answer is to bull selection. Are efficient growth and carcass traits or cost-ef- fective maternal and reproductive traits the desired outcome'? Is one more important.than the other? The Dickinson Research Exten- sion Center has spent several years playing pingpong, seeking the right answer. This year, after a three-year evaluation of cattle type integrated within production changes, a light came on. We have two answers. , We pondered the facts collected from the research. Larger cattle have a 10 percent advantage when a cattle system is evaluated based on calves as the unitof production, but when based on acres as the unit Beef Talk By Kris Ringwall Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service REACH THE PUBLIC, EVERYONE BENEFITS SOME GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WANT TO TAKE OFFICIAL NOTICES OUT OF LOCAL NEWSPAPERS AND BURY THEM ON GOVERNMENT-RUN WEB- SITES. THIS IS LIKE PUTTING THE FOX IN CHARGE OF THE HEN HOUSE, system: pproach of production, smaller cattle have a 10 percent advantage in ranch rev- en ue. Now what do we do'? For decades, cattle producers dedicated themselves to the improvement of cattle and the utilization of those cattle' within production systems. These thoughts have many tenta- cles of impact, but a very important thought is opening the door to a systems approach to cattle produc- tion. Cattle management data, per- formance data and genetic data continue to expand into the filture by using new technology to ana- lyze previously collected data along with new data. The results only strengthen the need to develop more cost- and lnarket-driven beef production systems. In a nutshell, producers should capture the op- portunity to select sires that will sire the correct breeding stock, fol- lowed by larger-scaled terminal beef production through efficient, low-cost cow herds. That can be done. In other words, the answer is iyes'~ to the cattle feeder and the cow herd pro- ducer. Once the industry decided that the walls would not cave in when Hereford bulls were mated to Angus cows or vice versa, the world of beef cattle systems was created. Life was simple: All a pro- ducer needed to do was take an es- tablished herd of purebred or straight-bred cows and mate with a different breed. The majority of producers at the time had Angus or Hereford, thus the cross. So why bring UP the past? The same situation is true today, al- though producers have more beef breeds from which to choose. This is a reminder of what followed those initial breed crossings. Legion's district contest winner named DICKINSON The annual American Legion District Oratorical Contest was held Dec. 17 at Dickin- son State University. The competition for this event is Each breed had been tracked drawn from high schools in District meticulously and parentage docu- 8, which represents the southwestern mentation was exhaustive, andarea0f'Norttl Dakota. The purpose some extraordini@ regUlts were, 0f the contest is to develop adeeper becoming visible to the naked eve. Those icrossbred c'alves~ excelled in growth. They were vigorous from birth throughout life. They withstood the stresses of the envi.r ronment better and were just all- around better calves. And producers loved it. What was so great? Producers started with smaller cows and bred them to terminal bulls and sold the calves. Or did they? Well, we all know what happened. Producers kept many of those terminal calves, and we still are living that story. We just donR seem to know how to close the chapter..But we do, if we want to. Cattle breeding sys- tems, whether across breed or within breed, are at the heart of long-term, cost-conscience, effi- cient beef production. With the current capacity to gen= crate, e ;aluate and incorporate sire data across the industry, the chorus is getting louder. The comingling of breeds through crossbreeding and the data analysis of those breeds of cattle that may contribute to a designed system hint that per- haps the process already has started. Pondering in life is good. So letfs ponder. May you find all your ear tags. khowiedge and aftappreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. The winner of the 2016 competi- tion at Dickinson is Elizabeth Yoder, sponsored by Legion Post 3. She will advance to the upcoming re- gional contest at Watford City. The winner there moves on to the statewide competition in Bismarck. Jenna Helsper, a junior at Beach High School represented her school and Legion Post 5 and placed second in the event. Golden Valley News P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621 (U.S.P.S. Pub. No. 221-280) Staff: Richard Volesky, editor/ reporter, Jenae Orluck, corre- spondent and Jane Cook, office and news assistant. The Golden Valley' News is pub- lished each Thursday, 22 Central Ave., Suite 1, Beach, ND 58621 by Nordmark Publishing. Periodicals postage paid at Beach, ND and addi- tional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Golden Valley News, P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621. Please allow two to three weeks for new subscriptions, renewal of ex- pired subscriptions and for address changes. Contact Information Phone: 701-872-3755 Fax: 701-872-3756 Email: goldenandbillings@ Subscriptions: 1 year: $34 Golden Valley County 1 year: $38 elsewhere in North Dakota 1 year: $42 out-of-state and snowbirds 9 months: $25 In-state college rate The Golden Valley News is a proud member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. All content is copyrighted. I I I I by Linda Thistle Solution on page 5 7 1 4 4 7 1 4 Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine[ IF Moderate iI II Challenging I) I) HOO BOY! This weekly puzzle is brought to you by: T&A Seeds Beach, ND (701) 872-3248 ..... ! 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