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The ruminant digestive system is as complex as it is important to beef and dairy production. Understanding how the gastrointestinal (GI) tract functions, how it contributes to overall ruminant health and what to do when it’s compromised are critical to the success of your herd. After all, a healthier GI tract helps improve performance, prevent leaky gut and mitigate stress — all of which lead to healthier cows and profits.

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During a recent interview, a reporter asked me about the struggles of time management for the part-time farmer. First, have you ever met a part-time farmer? I haven’t. You’re either a farmer or you’re not. It’s just who you are.

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Old barbed wire hanging off a weather-beaten post is an iconic image of rural America.

It’s also a dangerous environment for both animals and people.

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Just a decade ago, drones were a novelty in agriculture. Dr. Humberto Perotto, associate professor at Texas A&M University – Kingsville says the world of drones has exploded in the past five years.

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The equipment and the tools we use in livestock production agriculture are very diverse. We use different kinds of equipment during breeding, birth (calving, kidding, lambing, farrowing), weaning, feeding, treating, transporting and handling livestock.

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For cattle producers, a stock trailer to haul a sick animal to the vet, move pairs to pasture or transport variable cargo is a necessary and basic piece of equipment.

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