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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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One weaning practice that continues to gain favor with both researchers and producers is fence-line-weaning, a management system which breaks the cow-calf bond gradually through a fence. Pairs are separated but can still see, hear and have nose-to-nose contact.

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Shipping day should be more than, “We got them on the truck, and they’re gone.” Forward thinking and improved management practices can reduce challenges on this important payday by keeping stress and shrink to a minimum.

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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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Most of us use the terms taste and flavor interchangeably, but they’re actually different. Taste refers to the five basic receptors: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami (the one we didn’t learn about in school).

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