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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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"If guys wanted to tighten up their calving window, it's really an ingenious and not too complicated way to do it," my sister-in-law's father, Dallin, says. We are at my niece's birthday party, and like it does when you get cattle people together, the conversation quickly turns to business.

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If you’re a cow-calf veterinarian, you spend quite a bit of time becoming closely acquainted with a number of bulls every spring – probably more than you’d care to be.

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If you walked across my pastures, you wouldn’t believe there is a fertilizer shortage. Heck, even the smallest cattle yards have a devil of a time getting rid of all the manure our blessed beasts produce.

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Well, it finally happened. No, I didn’t win the lottery or draw that elk tag in the Black Hills I’ve coveted for several years. This event was way more likely to occur – “inevitable” is what many have told me. My palpation shoulder gave out, and I needed to have surgery on it.

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A few years ago, I started following Courtenay DeHoff (@courtdehoff) on Instagram. She is a mover and shaker in the Western lifestyle industry. She is an influencer in the best possible use of the term.

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“How’s it going this winter, Jake?” I heard my grandmother from southeast Nebraska ask over the phone. “Oh, it’s not too bad, but it’s been pretty cold,” I replied. Through the speaker her reply came: “Well, what did you expect when you moved to South Dakota?”

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