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As the year is coming to an end, this is the perfect time to start thinking about next year and what you need to do to be prepared come vaccination time. You want to keep your herd’s health in the best possible condition, and a vaccination plan is the best way to do that.

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The United Nations estimates that world population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. This growth will drive up food demand by a projected 59% to 98% according to a Harvard Business Review article. “This will shape agricultural markets in ways we have not seen before. Farmers worldwide will need to increase crop production, either by increasing the amount of agricultural land to grow crops or by enhancing productivity on existing agricultural lands through fertilizer and irrigation and adopting new methods like precision farming.”

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Many beef producers may need a plan B when it comes to winter forages due to dry conditions, says Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Overton.

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Every five years or so, most of the major beef processors in the U.S. are audited, sampling 10 percent of a fed or non-fed beef plant’s kill and funded by the Beef Checkoff.

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Winter is officially here. That means bundling up for those early morning hours and struggling with the environment of your cattle’s living quarters.

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As December rolls in and the end of 2017 nears, now is a good time for reflection. Naturally, we are excited to start looking ahead and setting those New Year’s resolutions, wishing to put the last year behind us and rather focus on the excitement of planning for the future.

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