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Most progressive producers have their cows examined for the diagnosis of pregnant versus not pregnant (or “open”) at some time point prior to calving, most commonly around the time of weaning. There are some potential advantages to performing this examination earlier – approximately 90 to 100 days following the start of the breeding season.

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With fall just around the corner, cattle producers across the country are preparing for the season of shipping and processing cattle. This preparation should include taking a fresh look at their protocols for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) to make sure they are managing the disease the most effective way possible.

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Yearling heifers can often be a conundrum when it comes to getting bred. No matter how big they are or how pretty they look, there’s always the chance they just won’t settle. There are a variety of reasons, but the fact remains: They are open when preg-checked in the fall.

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Floods, wildfires and high winds are all recognizable as natural disasters that can cause damage to both land and livestock. Something a little less prominent and a little easier to prevent is soil erosion.

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Planning can make the difference with most things in life. When talking farm succession, planning will determine if you keep the farm in the family or just sell it, cease operation and take the money. Taking the money is not always the wrong answer, especially when there is no family member willing to continue the operation. 

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Healthy calves are critical to the lifetime profitability of your herd. That’s why ensuring your calves get off to a great start is so critical.

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