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NDSU Extension Service, Published January 23 2012

Ranch Hand newsletter offers timely beef cattle information

Many variables contribute to the successful management of a beef production enterprise.

Adverse environmental conditions, fluctuating commodity markets and individual management decisions all have a dramatic impact on profitability.

"In order to proactively take advantage of available opportunities or to respond to situations as they develop, producers need pertinent educational materials delivered to them in a timely manner," says North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist Carl Dahlen.

Each month, Dahlen and other NDSU Extension livestock specialists and researchers provide cost-reduction strategies and advice in the Ranch Hand newsletter. They also discuss other items of interest to the livestock industry, such as on-going livestock research at NDSU, artificial insemination, cattle health products, grazing issues, bull breeding soundness exams, dealing with flooded pastures, use and storage of coproducts, forage harvesting options, cattle market outlooks, early pregnancy checking, maximizing the calf crop and feed supplementation.

In addition, the Ranch Hand contains information on upcoming events and profiles of NDSU's Research Extension Centers.

"Today, beef cattle production is a complex business," says Dahlen, the Ranch Hand's editor. "The Ranch Hand can be a valuable source of information for anyone wanting to succeed in the beef cattle industry."

To subscribe to the newsletter, email Dahlen at carl.dahlen@ndsu.edu. The Ranch Hand also just became available online at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/cattledocs /ranch-hand-newsletter.