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Mastitis (inflammation in one or more quarters) occurs most commonly in dairy cows, but also in beef cows. Mastitis develops if bacteria enter the teat canal – as when cows calve in dirty areas or lie in mud and manure after calving.

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A new case, Mullins v. United States, decided in the United States District Court in Knoxville, Tennessee, considered an individual who owned and operated a cattle-raising operation who claimed he was entitled to deduct losses over a period of years.

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In the cattle industry, there continues to be a lot of confusion and discussion about what procedures and processes actually produce a “premium” at the market.

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For most ranchers it is not “if” they will have calves with scours, but “when” it will happen. Scours can be caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoa, yeast, mold and stress.

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With the current cattle market – calf prices reached an all-time high in late 2011 – having healthy, productive calves when marketing time arrives is vital to overall ranch profitability.

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While a few inches of rainfall these last few months may have provided a reprieve from the drought and pastures might be greening up – there is no doubt 2011 was a challenging year.

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