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When technology is mentioned for computers, medicine or media, it is roundly applauded by society. But when a breakthrough is made in livestock production, technology is unfairly labeled a factory-farming ploy that’s harmful to the consumer, said Gary Sides, a beef cattle nutritionist for Pfizer Animal Health.

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Year-in and year-out, fescue foot occurs in late November and early December somewhere in southwest Missouri. That was the case again in 2010 according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri.

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Winter can pose a number of specific challenges to producers who raise cattle, but proper management can help lessen the impact of cold weather.

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As we begin a new year, we always see a lot of predictions for the upcoming year, whether it be for the most popular movies, the most glamorous people, the hottest cars, etc. While I sure can't offer any insight into those important pop-culture topics, I could offer my best guesses for what we'll see in the cattle market this year.

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1. Approach financial tough times head-on
With ongoing struggles in our country’s economy, the livestock industry faces the continuing threat of tough times ahead. Now is the time to take charge of your operation’s financial success and learn how to thrive in today’s harsh economic climate. For more information on taking charge of your organization’s financial future in our current economy, go to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/DisasterRecovery/livestockconcerns.htm

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