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Many farmers and ranchers across the country face scores of similar problems – from huge swings in commodity prices, crushing environmental concerns, tremendous weather volatility and last, but certainly not least, the remarkable task of keeping the family farming business in the family.

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Anne Burkholder, president and manager of Will Feed Inc., on the detail of a calf's lifecycle.

David Trowbridge of Gregory Feedlots, and Tom Brink of J & F Oklahoma Holdings, talk about their ideal cattle on the feedlot.

Ranch horses are still often the unsung heroes of the equine community. Most probably can remember famed equine athletes like Buck (“Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza”) or the rodeo star Scamper, but few remember the tough ol’ critter that kept a cowboy out of trouble and always did his job – except those who were around him.

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Demand for the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand surged higher in 2011, which helps explain a 40 percent jump in packer-reported CAB grid premiums. Licensed packers paid owners of CAB-accepted finished cattle $32.3 million last year, compared to almost $23 million in 2010, according to February reports. That does not include related premiums paid for Choice and Prime grades.

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Everything changed for Acey Shaw about a year ago, just hours after he delivered a sick calf on the Idaho ranch he shares with his wife and three children.

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