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The past several months have seen considerable volatility in cattle and grain markets, and it is doubtful the volatility will fall off over the next several weeks. Repeated storms across the Upper Midwest have delayed a lot of corn planting that will likely become soybean plantings. The immediate forecast shows little prospects of drying out and heating up, and the continuous trade-related surprises … Well, at this point in time, I am less surprised. I would be surprised without the emergence of news or announcement, and a Cattle on Feed report. Let's talk about that.

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May is the season of severe storms in Oklahoma. The week leading up to Memorial Day included numerous severe storms and several tornadoes in the state with lots of damage and, most regrettably, several injuries and fatalities. A bit more unusual this year is the persistent pattern of wet weather. 

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A mineral supplement in a cow-calf operation is designed to provide minerals and vitamins that may be lacking in the forage. A complete free-choice mineral supplement for grazing cattle will have four main components:

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Breeding season is upon us, and hopefully we have made some sound bull decisions that will positively influence our herds going forward. However, it is even more important we ensure the bulls we have purchased or retained are capable of incorporating genetics into our herds.

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For spring-calving herds, many stressors often coincide with the breeding season, which can impact pregnancy establishment and embryo survival.

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