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Hello spring, sunshine, nice warm days, blooming clovers and lush green grasses. Hello also, grownup roadsides and deep-green cover crops and hayfields full of volunteer grazeable forage – except we can’t graze these areas; they don’t have a fence. Or, can we?

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Electric fencing changed the game for cattle producers and sustainability on pastureland. Selecting the correct type of fencing for your operational goals impacts the efficiency of your forage and protects resources on your land.

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Whether a challenge is man-made, such as high operating costs, or a natural disaster, such as a drought – or the combination of the two – each generation of producers deal with their own set of unique challenges.

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For many producers, calving season is still top of mind, but before long, it will be time to make breeding decisions for the next calf crop.

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When it comes to tackling environmental issues in the cattle industry, Dave Petty of Iowa River Ranch near Eldora, Iowa, has always been one to grab the bull by the horns. Petty and his wife, Diane, are first generation farmers who founded their own ranch in 1987.  Primarily a cow-calf operation with a finishing feedlot, the Iowa River Ranch is a diversified farm encompassing cropland, pasture and hay land. Petty has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to being a good steward to the land and the environment while producing quality Angus cattle.

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Flies are much more than a nuisance. Their economic impact can reach deep into a cattleman’s pockets.

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