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Each calving season brings a special set of challenges for cow-calf producers. However, the primary goal remains the same every year – get as many calves as possible on the ground and off to a healthy start. One obstacle that virtually all producers will face at some point during calving season is scours.

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Currently, beef bulls are worth a lot of money – at least based on the relatively high prices paid by bull buyers for virgin seedstock bulls this past fall. As a result, strategic management of bulls, particularly during the winter months, is becoming even more important to a producer’s profitability.

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With nearly 800 mother cows, Gelbvieh and Angus breeder Vaughn Thorstenson recognizes that reducing feed inputs would be a huge savings on the ranch he and his family operate in north-central South Dakota.

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Understanding the horse’s body language is extremely important to safely work around a horse. Observing body language allows a rider or handler to be better prepared for reactions from the horse or may prevent actions that will result in danger to the horse and handler.

Features to watch include head carriage, ear position, look in its eyes, flare of the nostrils and mouth, as they will provide you with indicators of what a horse is doing. Pawing, continuous body movement, head tossing, a wild or frightened look, ears laid back against the head, or attempts to bite are all signals of danger to the handler.

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Cattle are typically worked one to two times a year on the ranch. Vaccination, palpation, treatment, testing, dehorning, castration and identification are many of the management practices that require restraint of cattle. The safety of yourself, your help, and the animal being processed should be top priority

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Al ganado de carne típicamente se trabaja una o dos veces al año en el rancho. La vacunación, palpación, tratamiento, reexaminaciones medicas, el descornado, la castración y la identificación son algunas de las practicas de manejo que requieren de “sujetar o manejar” el ganado. La seguridad de usted, sus ayudantes y del animal deberán ser la prioridad principal.

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