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It’s well-documented that calf preconditioning programs can help cow/calf producers boost their profitability on sale day ­— even to the tune of an extra $6.38 per cwt.Adding icing to the cake, calf preconditioning also has been shown to positively affect feeder calf performance.

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In the cattle business, less sickness equals higher profits in every segment of the industry. The pharmaceutical companies have done a great job providing the cattle producer with a variety of products to control morbidity.

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Beefmaster Cattlemen introduced a product that created a niche. Their brand, Nolan Ryan’s Guaranteed Tender Beef, debuted in 2000 as a value-added select product and was designed to unite a supply of Brahman-influenced cattle with a demand for a lean and tender eating experience.

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It is commonly thought that certain probiotics and direct-fed microbials (DFMs) can be used as “natural” alternatives to antibiotics in cattle.

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Most operations have some sort of herd health program. Every outfit lays a claim to shot-giving, pour-on strategies or a program that takes in the big picture of complete herd health.

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