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In March 2011, a report from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) was published titled “The Diverse Structure and Organization of U.S. Beef Cow-Calf Farms.” It’s probably not a surprise to anyone associated with the beef industry that the title itself provides an accurate description of this segment of our industry.

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For producers to capture the most value from their calf crop, a carefully planned marketing strategy is essential. A critical component of developing a marketing strategy is having an understanding of the factors that influence calf prices.

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Are you looking for a new book to read on the topic of leadership? An Internet search on Amazon will find 83,270 matches when you search for “leadership books.”

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Numbered ear tags appear in the ears of a high percentage of cows and calves in southwest Missouri. They are obviously put there for a reason but some producers may not be using the full potential of those tags for herd management according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“I don’t know of many farmers who take the tags as far as they could to effectively evaluate the individual performance of the cattle in their herd,” said Cole.

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From cattle handling to overall management, staffing is a key factor for any feedlot and has a direct impact on the bottom line.

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A $1 investment today can turn into two $20s during a grazing season – without additional pasture or cattle. How? Simply by using implants in calves.

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