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In last month’s issue of Progressive Cattle, we talked about how selection of commercial replacement heifers shouldn’t happen at weaning. That’s because heifers that conceive early in their first breeding season are really the only profitable replacements to keep.

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We’ve learned a lot from the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have learned to stock up their pantries and the basics of home cooking; businesses have learned productivity can be maintained while working from home. And, beef veterinarians, well, they have learned there are similarities between managing cattle and human health.

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COVID-19-related impacts on the beef industry have many producers wondering when the best time is to market this year’s calf crop and asking if it pays to hold calves and put extra weight on them.

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Many of us have had those “crazy” animals that don’t quite seem worth the hassle. But, have you ever considered that crazy cows might actually be hurting your bottom line?

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The story of weaning and receiving calves is a familiar one across the country and it is soon upon us. As grass is drying up and fall has arrived it is time to formulate a plan for weaning. Bawling calves, stressed rumens, long truck rides and new environments all add up quickly to high stress conditions. Let us help you manage through with our MLS #5 Stress Tub: Targeted nutrition specifically formulated for weaning, receiving, or other high stress situations. 

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In light of current weather patterns and drought in portions of Kansas and surrounding states, Kansas State University (KSU) hosted a webinar featuring tips for strategic reduction of grazing pressure, supplementation and early weaned calf nutrition and health considerations.

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