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Prevention is always superior to treatment, especially in the case of bovine respiratory disease (BRD).

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Newborn calves gain temporary (passive) immunity from disease when they ingest colostrum from the dam – since this “first milk” contains maternal antibodies.

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Many taxpayers fear being audited, for good reason. An extended period of deductions for livestock ranching or other farming ventures can easily trigger an audit.

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According to a recent study performed at Padova University on beef cattle, organic selenium supplementation (Alkosel3000 from Lallemand) can improve meat processing quality and organoleptic qualities, when compared to mineral selenium. The trial showed that organic selenium, not only enhanced the animal anti-oxidant status, but also improved meat tenderness and visual aspect, in line with consumer expectations, and reduced drip loss for the processor. This is an excellent illustration of the ‘farm-to-fork’ benefits of a natural feed additive and additional proof of organic selenium’s superior bioavailability.

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A new tool that can help South Dakota beef producers address challenges in reproduction management is available online. And it’s free.

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