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What do you do with a problem that is undefinable, hard to understand and lacks a consensus? That’s the constant challenge facing the beef industry because it describes perfectly the issue of sustainability.

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July deworming is a frequently overlooked opportunity to control nematode (worm) infections and increase calf weight gains. Many cow-calf producers deworm their cows in the spring. The addition of a July deworming of cows and calves has been shown to provide seasonal control of worm infections in late winter- or early spring-born calves. Calves gain more weight and are heavier at weaning as a result of improved worm control during summer grazing.

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Historically, the primary limitation of valuing feeder calves has been accurately gauging the profit potential in the largest genetic group within the industry — the crossbred calf. International Genetic Solutions (IGS), a collaborative effort of numerous breed associations, has developed a tool to assist in determining feeder calf value, called the IGS Feeder Profit Calculator™ (FPC).

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Well-designed and effectively operated cattle-handling facilities make life easier. Such facilities decrease cattle injury, illness and death, and improve producer morale.

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Building fence can be challenging in rocky, frozen or swampy ground when it’s impossible to dig post holes or set posts with a traditional tractor-mounted post pounder.

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Producers using DNA tests to manage their cow herds now have futuristic new tools to speed processing during routine cattle handling.

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