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The cattle industry in the U.S. can be accurately described as “transient.” Animals, from the time they are born, may be bought and sold multiple times and may spend at least some time on numerous farms or facilities.

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Recording information electronically is supposed to make things easier, but what many don’t understand is: Electronics are about to make things a lot more complicated in the livestock world.

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Supplementation of stocker cattle grazing bermudagrass, an inherently moderate- to low-nutritive value forage, has often been used by managers to increase animal performance.

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The young lactating heifer has and will continue to be a rancher’s biggest nutritional challenge in the beef herd. If the young cow’s mature bodyweight is between 1,200 and 1,300 pounds, she likely only weighs a little over 1,000 pounds the first month after calving.

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Spring showers bring flowers and a breeding season for most beef cattle producers across the U.S. Whether it is the sole season or the first of two, making sure the males responsible for 50 percent of a herd’s genetics are prepared for the mating marathons ahead of them is not something that should be overlooked.

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Rather than looking backward to see which cows lived the longest and had the most calves, you can use DNA tests on young heifers to better predict which females to keep.

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