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Read about different aspects of the industry from a variety of perspectives. Guest writers include cattle producers and beef industry experts.

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Those T.V. shows about vets make it look easy. Doc gets a call about a calf that needs to be pulled, and he or she speeds over to the farm in a jiffy. There, things are set up nicely for a few quick turns inside the cow, and the calf comes out nicely.

It doesn’t work like that in real life.

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They say you can’t control the weather, but can we? A better question would be, “Have we been influencing the weather and our climate for decades?” or “Have cattle producer actions been contributing to global warming?”

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I love words. I try to use some every day so I don’t get out of practice.

What if I were in a wreck on my horse and couldn’t remember how to say, “Whoa!”? If I mistakenly yelled, “Wo!” instead, would my horse know what to do?

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As I write this blog, there is little going on for our ranch right now, other than the nightly chore of feeding cows. This time of year always feels like the proverbial calm before the storm. Our first official calving date is 10 days away. While feeding, we inspect and count cows to see who will be the first to “go.”

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If you raise cows, you either have to really love these animals or be somewhat not right in the head. The bovine can make a person half-crazy with her habits of finding fence holes, calving in dumb places and maybe getting a bit ornery at times. And let’s face it, we ain’t gettin’ rich doing this job.

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If you read my last blog (part II is coming), you know the propensity for my livestock to get “out.” This propensity started when my first 4-H weaner pig burrowed from his pen a week before early weigh-ins some 15 odd years ago. That little pig was never seen again.

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