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This time of year a variety of catalogs appear in the mailboxes of rural landowners. These catalogs have the latest offerings in seed corn, soybeans, vegetables, flowers, poultry and beef breeding stock, especially bulls.

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Economically important parasites often differ according to geographic region, but, according to Gary Sides, Cattle Nutritionist, Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Operations, there is one parasite for which cattle producers in all parts of the country should keep an eye out this spring: the brown stomach worm.

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Synchronization programs for artificial insemination (AI) have changed a little over the years. Experience and improvements to the synchronization technology probably have modified these programs enough to where almost any outfit can adapt to a protocol, depending on time and labor resources.

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Quite a few years back, when I had ground leased in several locations, I found myself with some extra pasture. This was well before the crisis in genetic defects ever came into view on this side of the horizon. I had a friend with some registered Shorthorns who was short of feed. We got together and he shipped a load down to me and I had that extra pasture problem just go away.

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Winter’s short days and long, cold nights often bring less outdoor activity and more time to rest, physically and mentally. Both man and beast benefit from rest and recuperation.

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