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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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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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“Hey Doc,” the voice on the other side of the line says. “I’ve got a dead in pen four. Never treated him, and he’s got to be the third one this week. Could we post him and figure out what’s going on around here?”

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Come April, we’re going to know whether or not we were ready for calving season. I’m not talking about having supplies, feed or the calving area ready, I mean each of us will personally feel it in our backs, arms and legs if we we’re not in physical condition to handle calving season.

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Imagine this: black rangy beef cow, eyes wide, bellering fit to be tied. Her head is stuck in a dairy lockup, and she’s panicked.

*Record scratch*

*Freeze frame*

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