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We encounter contracts on almost a daily basis. While handshakes and oral agreements are still very prevalent today, written contracts are an important way to memorialize agreements and hopefully help mitigate future conflicts.

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I think we can all agree that an open first-calf heifer is a costly “uh-oh” for our bottom line. Getting that heifer to calve the first time by her second birthday can be tough and expensive. After that, it would seem the hard work is done, but not so fast.

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Growth-promoting implants have been used in the beef cattle industry for decades. They serve to increase muscle accretion and market weight by increasing both daily gain and feed efficiency.

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The stocker cattle business can be extremely rewarding when a producer follows all of the rules and devotes his or her time to the cattle purchased. The stocker cattle business can be extremely devastating if rules are not followed and the producer does not put in the time. What is this fool talking about? Give me a chance to explain, and I think it will all make sense in the end.

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For nearly 60 years, carcass weights for finished cattle have been on a linear increase. As an industry, we have not practiced single-trait selection for cow size. However, we have unknowingly increased cow size by selecting for growth.

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As weather begins to warm, it is easy to think you’re out of the woods from the health risks spurred by the cold, winter months – but not so fast there, friends.

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