• Tyler Harris

    Top Ten named for Iowa's Best Burger contest

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on March 18, 2015

    It's that time of year once again for the Iowa's Best Burger contest. For the last six years, Iowans have nominated their favorite burger joints to take the title of best burger in Iowa. For the last three years, those of us from the Creston area have had the honor of having our own local restaurant, the Elm's Club, make the Top Ten. This year, nominations came from towns of 1,000 to metropolitan areas of over half a million. From February 11 to March 10, Iowans made over…

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  • Tyler Harris

    Bringing more dollars into Missouri

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on February 18, 2015

    Not long ago, I heard Jim Gerrish refer to Missouri as the "Garden of Eden" of grazing. It's not hard to see why. For a long time, Missouri has been a prime location for cow-calf producers. In fact, Missouri ranks third in beef cow numbers in the U.S. after Oklahoma and Texas, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service's 2015 cattle inventory report. After adding 103,000 beef cows in 2013, Missouri added another 61,000 in 2014, the total is now…

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  • Don McCabe

    Rock Corral Maintained as Part of the History of Maddux Ranch

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on February 12, 2015

    I've always enjoyed reading and learning about Western history, through both fiction and non-fiction literature. It's not quite an obsession, although I have read at least 50 Louis L 'Amour westerns as well as western histories written by many other authors. Brave men and women settled the West, but not without great adventures, inevitable conflicts and hardships. Eventually, ranches, farms and towns were built in the rough and unforgiving region we call the American West. A big…

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  • Curt Arens

    Seeding Good Grass Means Better Grazing

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on February 4, 2015

    With beef prices at record levels, the folks who are used to raising beef are probably looking for ways to raise more. That makes economic sense. They might even be looking for ways to extend the grazing season and add forages to their crop producing land. That also makes sense. At a Beef Profit Tips meeting in Center last week, I listened to University of Nebraska Extension educator, Dennis Bauer from Ainsworth, talk about ways to add forages to your land and get the most out of the…

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  • Holly Spangler

    'Practical Things' from Temple Grandin

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 20, 2015

    Temple Grandin. I feel like I've known her name for as long as I can remember. Cattle expert. Autistic. Lover of livestock. Reformer of packing plants. Respected in and out of agriculture. They even made a movie about her, which I watched, marveling at what she must confront daily, just to get through the day – and not simply surviving but making a difference in the world around her. Grandin is best known for her scientific work on cattle handling and for initiating reforms in the…

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  • Holly Spangler

    A Good Day to Be in the Cattle Business

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 5, 2015

    Remember last winter? The mere phrase "polar vortex" still makes me a little twitchy. Endless days of kids home from school, calves born in sub-zero temps and colostrum thawing on the stove. It was the calving season we thought might never actually end and the one where we lost more calves in that single season than in the previous three years combined. A calf could be born inside a barn and still freeze to death in minutes. It was heartbreaking. And disheartening. Fast forward…

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  • Tyler Harris

    Thousands of Runners Refuel With Hot Beef Stew

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on November 28, 2014

    There are days I consider myself a die-hard runner. That is, until I witness the weather extremes that so often seem to fall in line with the Living History Farms Off-Road Race each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Last year was a perfect example, when temperatures were in the single digits. Fortunately, this year, temperatures were much more runner-friendly, with highs in the mid-50s. Even with these more favorable running conditions, the high-quality protein beef provides is an…

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  • Curt Arens

    In the Cattle Business, Hope for the Best. Plan for the Worst.

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on November 25, 2014

    This past week, I heard Wyoming native and ranching veteran, Burke Teichert, speak at one of his eight stops in Nebraska, sponsored by the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition. One of the things that struck me during Teichert’s presentation was when he was talking about planning and managing the ranch during disastrous seasons, like the 2012 drought or the heavy blizzards that struck the Panhandle and Black Hills early last fall. Teichert said that these kinds of disasters can rightfully…

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  • Don McCabe

    Consumers Give Out Mixed Reviews for Beef

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on November 4, 2014

    For beef producers, it all boils down to consumers, their diet preferences, perceptions about how cattle are raised and their lifestyles. In this country, while demand for your product is difficult to predict, the future holds some market hurdles. But the picture is brighter for overseas demand, particularly in China. I recently listened to John Paterson, executive director of education for the National Cattlemens Beef Association, as he examined our low cowherd numbers in the U.S. and what…

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  • Holly Spangler

    Illinois to Aberdeen: Sale Barns Smell the Same

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 17, 2014

    One of our first stops after we arrived in Scotland was the ANM Group's Thainstone Market. I've described it to my farm friends as a cross between a sale barn and a mall for farmers, with lots of sheep thrown in for good measure. I'm sure that makes perfect sense. When you first walk in, it's a sort of courtyard area, surrounded by small farm shops, a lender and the settlement office. Off to one side are two sale rings – one for cattle and one for sheep. Beyond that…

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