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Although video sales are gaining a foothold on the cattle trade, most calves still transfer from rancher to feeder through a sale barn. And if there is a sale, it is a requirement that there is a veterinarian on site.

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Y’all know Lonesome Dove, right? The iconic mini-series, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel and arguably the most popular Western ever. As I rule, I don’t love Western movies, and I honestly despise the poor acting (and horseback riding) of John Wayne, but I get sucked in every time those trumpets begin the haunting melody of the Lonesome Dove theme song.

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In this column I have often mentioned scours, abscesses, big tits, bad bags, cancer eyes, foot rot, slurry pits, afterbirth, retained placenta, castration, heat cycles, sheep pellets and snotty noses.

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The last of the evening light had long since disappeared on a moonless Nevada night when James finally pulled up to the Humboldt County fairgrounds. He’d been driving for what seemed like an hour past forever, and he felt like a well-used Oregon Trail ox when he finally reached Winnemucca, one of the crown jewel cities of Nevada’s Great Basin high-desert country.

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A new acquaintance recently commented that she was looking forward to the weekend. She punches a time clock during the week and looks forward to the weekends for “down time.” During the week, she wears one hat to complete her job. She’s good at what she does, and it is rewarding to her.

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The continuing discussion about making the beef cattle industry sustainable is usually focused on improving land, water, feed and cattle. But rarely does the debate focus on the industry’s most critical resource: people.

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