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While labels on most injectables say they require refrigeration, our cold-weather winters are just a little too cold. But since beef production is 24-7, 365 days a year at all temperatures, we need to figure out how to keep our injectables at the proper temperature.

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Lice are a common winter problem in cattle, especially in northern climates with cold weather and short winter days.

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It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, the potential for hoof injuries and infections exists in all types of environments. Producers’ “beef” with this is understandable.

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“If a horse isn’t safe and bombproof, he doesn’t stay at our house,” says horsewoman, wife and mother of four Korrina Tomes-Hughes. When Korrina acquired a “witchy” horse who often squealed and kicked out, she quickly told her husband they had one year to solve her behavioral issues or she was “out of here.”

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Reproductive diseases can damage a cattle operation’s profitability for months and even successive years.

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“Foot-and-mouth disease [FMD] is going to be a bigger disaster when it comes to market disruption than what we faced with COVID-19,” said Danelle Bickett-Weddle, associate director for the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University.

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