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Feed typically accounts for 60 percent of the total yearly cost of cow ownership according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

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‘Tis the season: weaning time. This month we’ll address on-the-farm weaning rations. The biggest hurdle in getting calves started off right in the fall is the weather. That’s one reason to consider early weaning and subsequent backgrounding. If calves get through the stressful process of weaning from their dam and onto feed ahead of the annual fall 35 degree rain, they have a good chance at success.

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A common marketing claim is the source and age verification of calves. As producers gather cattle to go to market, they have the option to provide documentation to a third-party verifier that their calves are eligible to be source and age verified. Seems simple, and many producers are offering their calves as sourced and aged.

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MT. VERNON, Mo. -- Fall breeding soundness exams done on 95 bulls in Cassville, Miller, Billings and Aurora revealed that 10 (or 10.5 percent), would not do well at getting cows or heifers bred if turned out on that day.

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At its 36th Annual Bull, Female and Quarter Horse Sale held Oct. 13 in Throckmorton, Texas, the R. A. Brown Ranch continued to offer the innovative value-added incentives to its seedstock customers for which it is well noted.

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Vaccine labels contain a wealth of information, and failing to read vaccine label indications and understanding label claims may leave cattle vulnerable to disease.

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