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Mid-summer is the time of year when the cow herd is turned out on summer pastures

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The increased volatility in commodity prices has everyone concerned about the speculators’ contribution to higher gasoline prices and food prices.

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The cow/calf segment of the U.S. beef industry lost about 175,000 producers over the past 20 years, which equates to a loss of nearly 9,000 cow/calf producers per year.

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A recent flurry of activity regarding the rights of landowners in Texas and Nevada, states where the cattle industry is influential, should be a reminder to all cattlemen that their most valuable long-term asset – private property rights – should not be considered unconditionally protected from the government or a party the government favors over the landowner.

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Plans change. However, with change comes the need to tweak them as they are implemented.

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Producers who regularly deal with high-risk cattle — those animals that may weigh a little less or have been commingled with others from different backgrounds — have seen what Mycoplasma bovis can do to cattle health. However, even the best-prepared operations can experience the disease.

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