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The parasite, Cooperia, has become the most prevalent internal parasite in U.S. cow-calf operations according to research data from USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring Service (NAHMS) Beef 2007-2008 cow-calf survey. The effects of Cooperia on cattle productivity, however, have largely gone unchecked. Fortunately, a newly published research study – completed by leading U.S. parasitologists and sponsored by Merck Animal Health – brings to light the negative impact Cooperia can have on productivity if a deworming program is leaving these worms behind.

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Adding DNA information to the American Angus Association National Cattle Evaluation helps improve the dependability of expected progeny differences (EPD), which is reflected in increased accuracy values. But the question is, how much? And what’s this improvement worth?

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Extending the grazing season can help reduce production costs for cattle.

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Back in April when I wrote my last article, feed costs were at all-time record highs and – thankfully – live cattle were fetching unprecedented prices.

Since that time, we have seen a slight increase in feed prices while cash cattle have fallen steadily.

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Hay is one of the most common and expensive winter feedstuffs to produce in most regions of the country.

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A part of our responsibility as food producers is ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of our product – beef.

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