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Somewhere today a family is watching its 2011 calf crop sell.

Whether it be through the sale barn, direct off the ranch or via video, selling cattle can be a nerve-wracking experience.

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Fires that damage or destroys hay and barns – resulting in building replacement, feed replacement and lost revenues – cost area farmers thousands of dollars each year.

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The Thompson Farm Field Day, Sept. 20, will feature talks on “Capturing Value from Genetic Improvements.” The program at the University of Missouri research farm west of Spickard, Mo., starts with registration at 8:30 a.m.

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Cattle producers rely on vaccines to protect their cattle against diseases that negatively impact cattle health and production.

The cost of a comprehensive vaccination program is low compared to the potential dollar losses associated with the diseases themselves.

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Weaning time brings cattle producers one step closer to their paycheck for that calf crop – so they know how important it is to ensure calf health.

Most producers agree that weaning success isn’t about fancy techniques; it’s simply about doing the basic management strategies right.

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As an industry, we have evolved to rely heavily on harvested cereal grains to supply energy for growing and finishing cattle, as well as breeding animals in certain conditions.

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