Ground Beef

Today’s article is brought to you by a question asked by Mark from Mt. Crested Butte. First of all, I want to thank Mark; I really appreciate any and all questions and feedback I receive. Mark asked me to go more into detail around ground beef – so let’s dive right in! The first thing to clarify is that no water, phosphates, extenders or binders can be added to ground…

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Feeding Cattle

The summer forage is drying out and losing nutritional value, the snow is beginning to fly, and we are starting to feed our cattle. As winter starts, we are all ensuring that our cattle are still getting the feed they need to maintain a good body condition score. In general, a cow will eat about 2%-2.5% of her body weight in dry matter per day. For the majority of Gunnison…

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Selecting Replacement Heifers and EPD’s Explained Part 1

In my last article we talked about changing weather, and what that means for us as ranchers. We talked about pulling cattle off of grazing permits – whether that be federal permits or private land – and how grazing benefits the environment, economy, and fire prevention. Today I want to focus on the next stage of fall and what we are doing now that our cows are down in the…

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EPD’s Explained – Part 2

Ranchers use a multitude of tools to make decisions to improve their herd genetics. One of the pieces of that is known as Expected Progeny Differences or EPDs. EPDs predict the likelihood of the parents to pass on certain genetic traits to its offspring. EPDs are calculated by using data submitted to each breed association. Ranchers record actual birth weight, weaning weights, and many more pieces of information, and that…

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Shipping Calves

Fall means a lot of things for cattle producers in the area. We’ve already discussed how we choose replacement heifers, but what do we do with the rest of our calves? Most ranchers will be selling their calves into the next stage of the production cycle, but some others are retaining ownership through the entire life cycle, retaining ownership until the calves are a year old, or even pre-conditioning their…

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The Benefits of Grazing

Please note that this is republished from my column in the Gunnison Country Times. Fall is in the air – and that holds true for cattle ranchers as well. Fall means gathering cows and bringing them back to the low country to prepare for winter. Most ranchers have had their cattle on Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service land on their authorized allotments. These cattle (or other livestock) have…

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Gunnison Valley Cattlewomn

Please note: this is republished from my column in the Gunnison Country Times. The CattleWomen have been an integral part of Gunnison ranching for many years. A local group of ranch women in 1951 started planning ways to help their husbands with the business. They were chartered as the Gunnison Valley CowBelles in May of 1951. They came together to promote beef and handle more of the public relationships side…

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Ranching in Gunnison

It’s a new season here in Gunnison. The new Western students are getting moved in, the ranchers are getting their hay put up, and I heard that we got some snow in the high country! This weather just makes me want to curl up in a hoodie and drink a latte. As we welcome in a new season, I think its important to remember how essential agriculture is to Colorado,…

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Grain Finished versus Grass Fed Beef

I’m writing to brag about beef – so buckle up because I think it has some amazing qualities. I am sure everyone has heard this age old discussion – grass fed or grain finished beef. Which is better? Read on to learn the benefits of both! First of all – let’s define grass finished versus grain finished. According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, grass finished beef is beef that…

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