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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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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.