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The majority of U.S. cow-calf producers spend time and money to add some level of “value” to their calves before selling each fall.

Historically, this has included using basic management practices including dehorning, castration and using superior genetics for growth, as well as selling calves in larger groups that are similar in age, weight, color and type.

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When most people think about cow-calf operations, they visualize wide open spaces, green grass, horse and rider and a beautiful environment.

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Feeling pain again at the gasoline pump? Don't blame it on corn and the cost of ethanol.

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An inexpensive hay test can offer the best guidance as to how much supplemental feed is required for a beef cattle herd, and at the same time, save ranchers money, according to a Texas AgriLife Research scientist.

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“In the cattle production system, your cattle are only as good as your weakest link – genetics, health, management, feedstuffs – all those things. We do everything we can with preventative medicine so that we don’t have to treat calves,” says Jim Lerwick of Lerwick Brothers, LCC. “Health management may not be quite as important as genetic management, but it’s really, really close.”

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Three producers share how they've focused on biosecurity practices to control BVD virus in their herds.

BVD virus is a real threat to cow-calf operations - it's not just something that happens on other ranches. That was the message conveyed by three producers who shared their experiences in combating BVD (bovine viral diarrhea) virus during the U.S. BVDV Symposium held this past January in Phoenix, AZ.

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