Current Progressive Cattle digital edition


Read how to improve your supervision of employees, financial matters, identification and record keeping. Learn more about land use issues that affect your operation.



Freeze branding, also known as CryoBranding, was developed at Washington State University by Dr. R. Keith Farrell in 1966. This method of branding with extremely cold irons is characterized by white hair replacing the natural hair coat in the branded area of cattle.

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Technology has definitely changed over the years, almost to the point where some wonder who’s watching who. Look on many prominent Internet websites and you can find a satellite picture of the home place. Cell phones now come equipped with locators to help parents know if children are where they’re supposed to be. Military personnel are given serial numbers to track movements or identify deceased.

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Even with the best of intentions, situations exist where the calving season gets to be longer than ever intended. Conditions that result in poorer body condition at calving and breeding can lead to delayed return to estrus and a long calving season the following year.

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