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Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with winds of up to 155 miles per hour. It is being hailed as the worst storm to hit the continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. 

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We often think of vaccines and diseases when using this analogy. That most definitely applies, but let’s use this analogy and think bigger-picture as winter gets closer.

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Selection of replacement heifers is a big financial decision for the cow-calf operation. Development costs often add up fast, and the wait for the first paycheck from her is a long one. Here are some tips to think about during heifer selection to hopefully aid in avoiding making some costly mistakes.

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Drought conditions during most of the year have prompted feed shortages. Hay is expensive, forcing many to seek a lower-cost alternative. Grazing crop residue can be an effective way to lower winter feed costs.

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Range cubes are used by many in the beef industry to supply additional nutrients lacking in standing forage and hay supplies. One benefit of range cubes is: They can be fed on the ground without the need for feedbunks.

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