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As weaning time approaches for many cow-calf producers, it may be useful to review your management practices to be certain you are prepared.

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In a perfect world, cattle growth promotants would improve and increase marbling, too.

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Seedstock purchases made this fall and next spring can affect the performance and profitability of a cow/calf operation for years. This is why Kent Andersen,Ph.D., associate director technical services, Pfizer Animal Genetics, recommends that producers look for animals that come with genomic information.

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When and if the Texas drought breaks, market indicators suggest that middle-aged replacement cows may be a better choice than younger cattle, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.

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The parasite, Cooperia, has become the most prevalent internal parasite in U.S. cow-calf operations according to research data from USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring Service (NAHMS) Beef 2007-2008 cow-calf survey. The effects of Cooperia on cattle productivity, however, have largely gone unchecked. Fortunately, a newly published research study – completed by leading U.S. parasitologists and sponsored by Merck Animal Health – brings to light the negative impact Cooperia can have on productivity if a deworming program is leaving these worms behind.

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Adding DNA information to the American Angus Association National Cattle Evaluation helps improve the dependability of expected progeny differences (EPD), which is reflected in increased accuracy values. But the question is, how much? And what’s this improvement worth?

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